Sarah Prendergast, LCPC, NCC
Owner, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor
Phone: 630.984.1610 ext.2
My therapeutic approach is supportive, engaging, and collaborative. I work to foster trust and compassion with each and every client and family I see. My mission is to help my clients identify goals and help them learn strategies to attain those goals identified through therapeutic techniques tailored to meet their needs. I also enjoy using humor in my sessions to engage clients and help them feel at ease. I have 14 years experience working in mental health and a Master of Arts degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Counseling. My internship was with Elmhurst Guidance Memorial services in their chemical dependency program where I worked with adolescents and adults dealing with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.
In my practice, I work with individuals who are struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, ADHD, addiction, emotional/behavioral disorders, grief/loss, trauma, stress, relationship issues and adjustment to developmental and life transitions. I also specialize in working to assist family members who are dealing with loved ones who are struggling with addiction and the family dynamics involved with this process. I also work with individuals dealing with low self-esteem and socialization issues as well as emerging adults who are struggling to make their transition into their new life roles from college to career. To me, being able to assist my clients in their areas of transition, allows me to effectively plan coping skills that they can utilize. My therapy modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered, Trauma Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Strength Based practices. Together we work to understand the way your thoughts and emotions affect your behaviors and how to develop new, healthy ways of coping to get you effectively living your life and achieving your life's goals.
Cynthia Koskiewicz, LCPC, CADC
Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Phone: 630.984.1610 ext. 3
Your healing can begin right now and here when you make the brave decision to choose a therapist who will listen deeply, seek to understand your feelings, and help you create a new and empowering story about who you are. That is my approach to therapy. My aim is to teach my clients how to identify old, limiting beliefs that interfere with their relationships, their sense of purpose, and inner peace. Together, we can work on healing the unhealthy relationship you have with yourself if you are willing to shed that old identity to embrace one that is whole, genuine, and resilient.
You may be one of those people who feels like you have to be the “strong one” and cannot ask for help. If so, you will find an advocate in me as your therapist. You ARE a strong person; your life challenges, and your feelings, just seem stronger than you right now. My approach with clients is compassionate and supportive. And, I will gently challenge you when needed to help you grow out of your comfort zone so you can reach your goals.
Over the last 15 years in this field, I have helped adults, adolescents and their families have better communication and heal together. I have also worked with couples and I am Level 2 Gottman-trained to help you reconnect and seek to understand one another. My experience includes working in an Intensive Outpatient facility for both adults and adolescents; a residential treatment center for mental health and substance abuse; a medication assisted therapy clinic for opioid addiction; a neurofeedback clinic for mood disorders, ADHD and traumatic brain injuries; and private practice where I have worked one-on-one with clients and their families.
My expertise lies in helping clients manage their mood disorders (anxiety and depression), overcome their substance abuse and really anchor their recovery, and assisting with major life transitions (including dealing with a spouse or family member who struggles with chemical dependence, divorce, empty-nesters, grief and loss of life partners, career changes and job loss). My therapy modalities are strongly rooted in Mindfulness, Solution-Focused as well Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Katie Puttrich, BSW
Intake Coordinator/Office Manager
Phone: 630.984.1610 ext. 1
Katie has a Bachelors Degree in Social work and has been working in the mental health field for the past 14 years in a variety of settings. She is the first point of contact when connecting with Recharge and works hard to make the process as seamless as possible. She facilitates the process of scheduling appointments, collecting necessary intake paperwork and collecting insurance information as well as handles payments and billing for the practice. She has a kind and warm friendly personality to help one feel at ease to begin their therapeutic journey with Recharge Counseling.
Erika Gartner, LPC
Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
Phone: 630.984.1610 ext. 4
Daytime availability only at this time
I regard each individual as the foremost expert on themselves. As a therapist, my goal is to guide you to discover and become your authentic self. The therapeutic relationship is one that is collaborative and built on trust.
I earned my Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and I have over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health. I spent a decade working at one of the country’s most prominent residential treatment centers in various therapeutic and administrative roles, including serving as Director of Admissions. I have also worked with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings including private practice, crisis hotlines, employee assistance, gambling addiction services, and intensive outpatient programs.
I specialize in eating disorders, substance abuse, addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mood and co-occurring disorders. More importantly, I believe in a holistic approach to treatment—treating the whole person and not just the symptoms. As a person with Type 1 Diabetes, I also empathize, and am mindful of, the connection between our mental and physical health.
My treatment approach is rooted in Humanistic and Existential philosophies. I believe anxiety is unavoidable; however, it’s what we do with that energy that elevates us and creates self-awareness, a sense of identity, and responsibility for our lives.
I often incorporate Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing in therapy. I am never afraid to think outside the box, as I am ultimately committed to adapting treatment to the needs of my clients to help them make meaningful change in their lives.
I am a member of The American Psychological Association and Illinois Counseling Association.