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Clinicians and Counselors


Elaine Smith, NCC, LCPC

The best way to describe myself as a therapist, and as a person is unconventional. My approach to therapy begins with positivity, mindfulness, humor, being an active listener, and helping each person develop goals specific for them. I also incorporate an integrated approach by treating the mind, body, and soul. My clinical skills are rooted in CBT, Gestalt, Psycho-dynamic and motivational interviewing. I foster a safe, respectful, and caring environment for anyone interested in therapy. I am motivated in providing a space to explore the strength and resilience within themselves.

 Being a therapist has been the best decision I have ever made in my life. I have the chance to help anyone interested in taking steps to be a better person. My passion comes from seeing a person take control of his or her life. This can be a difficult journey, if taken alone. Especially, when you come to realize you are ready for a change.

We all have trials and tribulations throughout our lives. I have worked with many men, women, children, adolescents, couples, and parents who are suffering from a traumatic life experience, addiction, parenting, family conflicts, and a variety of other issues. My focus as a therapist is to assist my client developing a positive change within themselves and being satisfied.In addition, I provide online therapy. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of online therapy. Then, complete a contact form.

I have two Masters Degree (Psychology and Community Counseling) with 13 years of clinical experiences.

Email: elaine.smith@mindsempowered.org

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Annette Bailey, CADC/ MISA I

I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug  Counselor with a concentration in mental illness substance abuse  in the state of Illinois. My primary objectives is to help others find a different path. My recent experience was at a residential treatment facility in Chicago and working in psychiatric hospitals. I have worked within gender specific programs and co-ed treatment environments in out-patient, inpatient, or residential levels of care..

Addiction counseling includes addressing co-existing issues such as family, relationships, employment, education, spirituality, physical/mental health, and legal concerns. Healing and growth begins with a collaborative, compassionate, yet direct approach to change. I walk with you as you work to gain self-awareness, self-esteem, and empowerment. I help clients in finding hidden strengths, so they can overcome their challenges. My specialty includes addictions and mental illness.

Over 4+ years of assisting women with substance addiction become better parents and members of society. Over one year of professional counseling experience. Solid background and proven ability to work with a diverse population. In addition, I served as a Child Development Specialties in a residential facility. I served as a role model for positive parenting. Taught activities and skills which are appropriate for children, mothers in recovery, and the staff in residence. I networked and referred children in need of evaluation for any developmental issues.

Email: Annette.Bailey@mindsempowered.org

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Kres Snyder, LCPC

I serve a broad spectrum of clients with experience in diverse populations. I specialize in individual, couple, and family therapy with a focus on couple and adolescent issues. I have over 10 years of experience with LGBT concerns, communication struggles, parenting, and counseling for blended families and separation issues. As well as marital and premarital issues. I bring a warm, honest, and open approach to therapy while helping a client feel hope about their situation. I look forward to helping you. 

I utilize techniques that help clients understand themselves, their feelings, and their relationship in a way that improves their lives. A supportive and practical approach is used to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. Compassion and understanding are used to help clients build on strengths and attain personal growth

I understand the uniqueness to each individual and work to accommodate clients to ensure optimal treatment. 

I completed my masters and doctoral work at Argosy University with a focus on clinical psychology with a minor in forensics. In my spare time I like to skate, swim, and hang with my own family!

Email: Kres.Snyder@mindsempowered.org

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