The Lakeview Innerview
A Newsletter from Lakeview Center For Psychotherapy
Fall 2012
Niquie Dworkin, PhD
Kate Fiello, LCSW
Melinda Rezman, LCPC, RDDP
Mary Anne Machado, LCPC
Jason McVicker, LCSW, RDDP
Allisun Noe Conant, PsyD
Alexis Jaeger, LCSW
Bobby McCarthy, MD
Britt Raphling, LCPC
Nathan Dougal, MSW, BCD
Rebecca Bonn, RN CRED
Samantha Fenno, PhD, MSW, Fellow

Megan Kolano, MA, Extern 
Allyn Rodriguez, MA, Extern
Lakeview Member Updates

Niquie Dworkin, PhD  

has joined the faculty at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She presented a paper at the APA Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology meeting. 


Kate Fiello, LCSW completed three years of advanced study in Jungian oriented psychotherapy at the C G Jung Institute of Chicago.   


Jason McVicker, LCSW  

is in his fourth year as visiting faculty at both Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago; and the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago.


Nathan Dougal, LCSW  

has been appointed visiting lecturer at the Institute for Clinical Social Work.  He will present a case in his quarterly Contemporary British Object Relations Consultation Group with Jonathan Sklar.


Mary Anne Machado, LCPC has completed all of her course-work towards a PhD at the Institute for Clinical Social Work.


Melinda Rezman, LCPC, RDDP is a psychoanalytic candidate at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.   


Britt Raphling, LCPC  

is currently training in Modern Psychoanalytic Group Psycho-therapy at the Center for Group Studies in New York city.     


Allisun Noe Conant, PsyD

completed the post-graduate training program in psycho-analytic psychotherapy at the Chicago Institute for Psycho-analysis in 2010.     


Samantha Fenno, PhD, MSW

is a member of the Fellows Program at the Cathedral Counseling Center.


Therapy Groups


Interpersonal Process Groups for Men & Women
contact Britt Raphling, LCPC

Interpersonal Process Group for Women
contact Britt Raphling, LCPC

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Group 
contact Samantha Fenno, PhD, MSW 773-506-4456

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Groups
Basic and Advanced Skills

contact Anjannette Padilla Ryan, PhD 773-270-3424

Sliding Fee Scale DBT Skills Training Group
contact Megan Kolano, MA

New Therapist
contact Niquie Dworkin, PhD

Support Groups


Depression & Bipolar
contact Allyn Rodriguez, MA

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Chicago, IL  60657

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We are a cooperative of independent professionals dedicated to providing innovative, thoughtful, and compassionate psychotherapy.  Our cooperative is multidisciplinary and includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, a medical advisor, and a nutritionist.  We provide therapy, counseling, nutrition therapy and medication management to adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families in Chicago.


Allisun Noe Conant, PsyD 

There have been many discussions about the weather occurring in my office lately. Normally, chatting about the weather is neither of much general interest or particularly relevant to psychotherapy. These days it seems to be an exception.   Following on the heels of one of the hottest summers on record, those familiar first hints of autumn are especially recognizable. The change is capturing even more attention than is typical, and the transition is an evocative one for many people.


I am struck by the various reactions people have to the impending shift. For some it is a welcomed change. The cooler temperatures seem to enliven certain people and perhaps recall nostalgia associated with things like the beginning of school, various apple treats, and cozy sweaters. The relief from the oppressive heat allows for new ways of thinking and relating with life. The cooler months tend to be times when we are indoors more, perhaps turning our thoughts more inward. Some clients admit to being relieved of the pressures associated with summer in which one feels a certain obligation to bustle around outside in a hyper-social frenzy. The slowing of autumn and winter may represent an appreciated quiet and calm.


For others this season is a time of sadness and anxiety as the onset of autumn can only mean one thing: winter is coming. People speak of an apprehension, even a dread, surrounding the darkness and cold of the approaching months. The transition into colder weather summons an awareness of the passing of time, being out of control, and even death. Particularly in this part of the country, where winter is long and intense, many of us are struck by our vulnerability and relative smallness. The slowing that is pleasurable to some ignites worries and discomfort in others. Without the warmth and fervor of summer, parts of the self that have been dormant make appearances. Much like the striking silence after the last guest has left the party, this time of year may encourage us to be still and take a look around. Ambivalent feelings surrounding family, friends, holidays and solitude are commonly felt.


I once heard living in Chicago described as similar to a tumultuous love affair. In the dead of winter we are filled with disgust and find ourselves muttering things like "I hate this place", and "I have to get out of here." The long cold months drag on and our hatred and weariness cast a shadow over everything. Cursing while slipping on ice and dropping keys into snowbanks, love is nowhere in sight. At last, March turns into April and the sun shows up and a few flowers return and suddenly Chicago has been redeemed. What a wonderful place to live! Who can even remember what all that hating was about?


And so in life, as well as in psychotherapy, anticipating and immersing oneself in transitions is an ongoing cycle. An awareness of what is stirred in the midst of these transitions can be interesting and enriching. Perhaps cultivating a stance of openness to what arises as the leaves begin to turn may impact our capacity to be more conscious and awake. In the meantime, we may have to find some topic other than the weather if we hope to small-talk.

Our Approach To Therapy


At Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy, we use a flexible, integrative approach in which therapeutic styles are combined to meet our clients' individual needs.  We integrate three major approaches: psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and experiential.
Relational psychodynamic therapy explores past and present interpersonal experiences to uncover the origins of troubling symptoms and patterns of behavior. This sets the stage for more satisfying relationships with others and a healthier self-

Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), addresses problematic ways of thinking and teaches practical skills to provide relief from painful symptoms.
Experiential techniques, such as mindfulness meditation, role playing, art therapy, play therapy, and movement therapy offer an opportunity to experience and express feelings during the treatment session in order to gain insight and to learn to process difficult emotions.   
We believe our integrative approach helps clients capitalize on their inherent strengths and overcome obstacles to happiness and fulfillment.