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Meet Our Team

Dr. Leigh Neiman Weisz, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Leigh Weisz is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice after having been on staff and affiliated with The Family Institute at Northwestern University for several years. She has experience working with children,adolescents, families, and individual adults. She earned her graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with a speciality in children and families. Dr. Weisz earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and graduated with honors. Dr. Weisz has practiced in community mental health, hospital and in outpatient family medicine practice settings.

She completed a clinical fellowship at the Chicago Center for Family Health, working with children, families, couples and individual adults. She has experience in the area of psychological and psycho-educational assessment of children and adolescents. Clinical Interests: Testing for autism, aspergers and learning disorders. Young adults; child and adolescent family therapy; parenting; play therapy; attachment issues; grief and loss; divorce; illness; anxiety disorders; relationship problems

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Michelle Bagan Winterstein, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Michelle Bagan Winterstein is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). She has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. Michelle received her Masters of Social Work degree from New York University and graduated with honors. Michelle has practiced in both hospital and outpatient therapy settings. She has extensive experience working with children and families with a variety emotional challenges.

Michelle loves working with parents of young children, tackling behavioral problems, tantrums, separation anxiety, and other shorter-term presenting issues. She can even do school observations and home visits when appropriate. Michelle also engages beautifully with teenagers around all of the challenges and social and academic pressures they face. She has a natural rapport and sense of humor she brings with her to her work. Michelle also has a specialization in childhood obesity and is trained in both readiness to change and motivational interviewing.

Clinical Interests: Behavior therapy of young children; adjustment disorders; parenting and play therapy; anxiety; middle school and high school adjustment; divorce; social challenges; death and loss

 Contact Info

  • Call:  847-254-9595
  • E-mail : michelle@childrencoping.com
  • Address: 450 Skokie Blvd Suite #503 Northbrook, IL 60062
  • Hours: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays

Jennifer Bensinger Katz, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jennifer Bensinger Katz is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience in therapeutic day and mainstream school settings as well as in multi-disciplinary pediatric clinics.

She also has a Masters of Jurisprudence with a specialization in Child and Family Law and works frequently with families going through the divorce process.

Jennifer has experience treating children and adolescents challenged by trauma, developmental disabilities, anxiety, ADHD, depression, and difficulties with adjustment/transition. She also works with adults who experience anxiety, depression, loss issues, or who are going through life transitions.

Many clients who struggle with school, relationships, and difficult behaviors see her as a source of support and as someone who “gets them” because Jen always meets them where they’re at.

Jennifer cares deeply about each client and family with whom she works and building rapport seems effortless for her. Jennifer believes collaboration and communication with families, school personnel, and other service providers is fundamental to the therapy process. Jen has a lot of experience with IEP and 504 meetings and can help advocate for her clients in the school setting.

Contact Info

  • Call:  (847) 780-6620
  • E-mail : jenniferkatz@copingpartners.com
  • Address: 450 Skokie Blvd Suite #503 Northbrook, IL 60062
  • Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat. by appointment only

Sue Fishbein, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sue Fishbein, LCSW, is a north shore native that has over 25 years experience helping children, adolescents, and families. She earned her Master in Social Work degree from Loyola University and a school counselor certification from the University of Illinois.

Sue’s gentle disposition and nurturing personality creates an environment that puts children at ease.

Her professional experience includes work in the school setting, hospital, and outpatient treatment. She has a strong understanding of physical, mental, and behavioral development. Sue uses a wide variety of methods to help clients discover a positive way of coping through established methodology and current research.

Clinical specialties include: Anxiety disorders, school related issues, ADHD, depression, social challenges, play therapy, parenting issues, selective mutism, and adjustment disorders.

Contact Info

  • Call:  (224) 707-0083
  • E-mail : suefishbein@copingpartners.com
  • Address: 450 Skokie Blvd Suite #503 Northbrook, IL 60062
  • Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday

Leigh Stein, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Leigh Stein is a licensed clinical social worker with over 13 years of experience working with children and families in therapeutic and public school settings. Leigh holds a Masters in Social Work from The University of Chicago with a special certification in School Social Work. She earned her Psychology degree from Tulane University.

Leigh works with children and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, peer relations (including bullying, friendship issues), and adjustment issues (ie-loss, transitions). She is empathetic, nurturing and builds upon her clients’ strengths. She utilizes a variety of active therapeutic approaches tailored to the unique needs of each client. Leigh has an expertise in understanding school systems and experience with the IEP and 504 processes which helps her advocate for her clients. In addition, Leigh has helped countless students and parents navigate the challenges of technology & social media.

Clinical Interests: anxiety disorders; depression; social skills training; autism spectrum disorders; parenting; grief and loss; school related issues, social challenges; executive functioning.

Contact Info

  • Call:  (847) 701-4377
  • E-mail : leighstein@copingpartnersgroup.com
  • Address: 450 Skokie Blvd Suite #503 Northbrook, IL 60062
  • Hours: Monday, Thursday and Saturday, by appt.

Kathy Solk, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Kathy Solk is a licensed clinical professional counselor. Kathy holds her Masters of Science in Counseling and her school counseling certification from National Louis University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Loyola University Chicago. Kathy’s experience includes working with children, adolescents, young adults, adults and families.

Her professional experience includes working as a clinician at OMNI Youth Services, private practice work and as a certified group clinician. Kathy provided group therapy at many local schools for pre-teens and teens these groups included SPARCS (stress and anxiety), Response (decision making) and Seven Challenges (adolescent substance abuse group). Kathy’s valuable background as a certified school counselor provides educational advocacy and assistance when in need of developing a 504 plan. 

Kathy helps to empower her clients and guides them to reach their goals. She believes in an integrative therapeutic approach utilizing DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), art therapy, mindfulness and other evidence-based techniques. She encourages the development of positive coping skills and healthier decision making in a welcoming environment.

Clinical specialties include: anxiety disorders, depression, school refusal, adjustment disorders, anger management, social challenges, parent coaching, ADHD, life transitions, grief, trauma, and substance abuse.

Contact Info

  • Call:  (224) 306-9252
  • E-mail : kathysolk@copingpartners.com
  • Address: 450 Skokie Blvd Suite #503 Northbrook, IL 60062
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Dana Turner, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Dana Turner is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with eight years of clinical experience working in a variety of mental health settings with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dana earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago with a specialization in children and families. Dana has practiced in therapeutic day schools, community mental health, and multidisciplinary outpatient therapy settings. She has extensive experience working with children and families from diverse backgrounds who experience a variety of emotional challenges. 

 

Dana enjoys engaging in play-based therapeutic interventions with younger children and her nurturing, empathetic, creative, and warm disposition puts her clients at ease the moment they begin the therapeutic journey. Dana also enjoys working with elementary, middle, and high school aged clients and has a natural ability to build rapport quickly while tackling difficult topics. Dana has a special interest in SandTray therapy and has utilized its technique with children, teenagers, and even families. 

 

Clinical interests include: behavioral challenges in young children, anxiety disorders, selective mutism, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, working with siblings of medically complex families, bullying and peer issues, working with adopted children, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Contact Info

  • Call:  224-306-2270
  • E-mail : danaturner@copingpartnersgroup.com
  • Address: 450 Skokie Blvd Suite #503 Northbrook, IL 60062
  • Hours: Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Carole Dolgin, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Carole Dolgin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has over 6 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families in a private practice setting as well as a multidisciplinary pediatric clinic.

Carole earned her Master’s degree from Stony Brook University with a completed thesis on the dynamic of control between families and the therapist. She provides individual and family treatment services, specializing in working with clients with adjustment disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression and autism spectrum disorder.

Carole uses a wide variety of treatment techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and play therapy. She encourages parents’ involvement in therapy when appropriate and offers to do school visits and attend IEP/504 meetings. Carole is devoted to helping her clients navigate their way through difficult life issues while promoting constant growth and change.

Clinical interests: anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders including changes around school, home life or social life, parenting, behavioral issues and autism spectrum disorder.

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Ben Kessler, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Clinical Supervisor

Ben Kessler is a licensed clinical social worker who has over 10 years experience working with children ages 6 and up, adolescents, adults and families.

He received his Masters of Social Work from Loyola University and completed his clinical training at the Josselyn Center.

Additionally, he facilitated a summer camp experience for kids with social-emotional needs.

Ben worked at the Jewish Child and Family Services as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and Assistant Director of Outpatient Adult, Child and Family Services.

At JCFS Ben developed a particular expertise in working with children and families. He ran groups for adults with disabilities and children with social-emotional challenges and taught family therapy seminars while supervising clinicians and students completing their clinical training.

Ben also enjoys parenting work, play and art therapy, and uses a variety of techniques including relational psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and other behavioral tools.

Ben is skilled at engaging his clients and works from a strength’s based perspective knowing that trust and a solid therapeutic relationship is central to the success of psychotherapy.

Clinical Interests include:
Anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, attachment issues, behavioral challenges and disorders in young children, adolescents, teens and young adults, bullying and peer issues, child and adolescent family therapy, play therapy, middle school and high school adjustment, depression, school refusal, parent coaching, social skill development, trauma, school related issues, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Alana Korzonas, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Alana Korzonas is a social worker who has experience working with children ages 5 and up, adolescents, adults, and families.
She received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign majoring in Clinical Psychology.

She has worked at Family Horizons Counseling Practice and Purposeful Life Counseling Services where she worked with clients of divorce engaging in co-parenting work as well as family therapy.
Alana has also worked with a variety of clients providing individual and family therapy services for clients struggling with anxiety, depression, family conflict, peer and school issues, trauma, and reunification.

Alana loves working with kids and teens and builds rapport utilizing play therapy and meeting them where they’re at. Alana enjoys parenting work and has conducted interviews for custody evaluations.

Alana’s work is grounded in relational psychodynamic therapy, and she incorporates CBT, family therapy interventions, and other behavioral tools.

Alana is an in-network provider with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, billing under the supervision of Ben Kessler.

Clinical Interests include: anxiety and depressive disorders, behavioral challenges and disorders in young children, adolescents, teens and young adults, child and adolescent family therapy, adjustment to separation/divorce, play therapy, middle school and high school adjustment, depression, parent coaching, school challenges, family conflict, trauma.

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Hannah Sheriff, MA

Masters in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Hannah Sheriff is a mental health counselor experienced in working with children and adolescents ages 7-20 in individual and group settings.

She received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University and completed undergraduate degrees in Genetics and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Previously, Hannah had worked at South Campus school, a therapeutic day school providing supportive academic and behavioral care for children and adolescents struggling to meet their needs in more traditional school settings. Hannah has direct experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, interpersonal skills, trauma, and emotional and behavioral management.

Hannah believes the counselor-client relationship is central to therapeutic work and incorporates Person-centered/Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy lenses.

Hannah is an in-network provider with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, billing under the supervision of Ben Kessler.

Clinical Interests include: anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, behavioral challenges and disorders, social skill development, adjustment disorders, school refusal, play therapy, and identity-forming.

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