Our Practitioners


Linda Bartoli LCSW

Linda is curious and passionate about her work. She especially likes challenging and supporting people and organizations through change processes. She has been told her style is interactive, direct, mindful and attune. She works with adults, children, couples and organizations.

As a practiced trauma informed therapist she has 20 years experience working people in difficult moments of their lives. Although trained in DBT and CBT interventions, Linda works relationally with mindfulness, paying close attention to how we are in relationship and how this impacts personal development and social connections.

She has worked in Chicago, New York, Berlin and London as a therapist, group facilitator, leadership coach, consultant, non-profit director and change advocate.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she concentrates on life changes, gender, identity, loss, grief, trauma, depression and anxiety. She has advanced training in conflict management and group facilitation. She has advanced certifications in trauma informed work and works closely with therapists in consultation and supervision.

Linda is qualified and experienced as a both a personal and leadership coach and has a diploma in Organizational Development and Executive Coaching.

Contact Linda at: 312 515 2221/ lbartoli@pivotcollaborative.com

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Cindy Lys LSCW

Cindy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with Pivot Collaborative LLC in
Hyde Park, Chicago Illinois. She has worked as a trauma informed therapist for
over 6 years and specializes in adolescents and adults who face various mental
health and identity development challenges.

Cindy is a grounded, honest, compassionate and well-rounded clinician. She tailors her approach to fit her clients’ specific goals and incorporate various techniques, which include: psychodynamic, relational, inter-subjective, DBT/CBT, motivational, trauma-
informed, strengths-based and solution-focused therapies. She approaches each
client as a complex individual with a unique narrative. Cindy affirms and empowers all
genders, sexualities, ethnicities and faiths in the lifelong practice of positively
embracing and mastering self-identity.

She facilitates groups that are queer focused and trauma informed.

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But
when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. 

– Audre Lorde

Contact Cindy at: 224 444 9056/ clys@pivotcollaborative.com

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Katie Richie LCSW, CADC

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Katie believes it is her role to make therapy a safe, nonjudgmental, and affirming space where she can support her clients on their journey of self-discovery. Katie approaches the therapeutic relationship collaboratively, focusing on individual strengths, strengthening personal agency, and providing space for radical acceptance and empathy throughout treatment. Katie’s areas of specialty and clinical interests include adolescents, young adults and families, substance use, co-occurring disorders, anger and stress management, anxiety and depression, gender, sexuality, self-esteem, women’s issues, and trauma.  Katie’s approach incorporates techniques from trauma-informed, strengths-based, DBT/CBT, acceptance, relational, and solution-focused therapies to find the best fit for her clients’ individual needs and goals.

Katie is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and has experience facilitating harm-reduction and abstinence-based groups for adolescents and adults in all stages of recovery. Katie has six years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and families in a residential setting for behavioral and mental health needs. She has experience with crisis management, coping skill development, and mindfulness tools.

Contact Katie at: 312 985 6155/ krichie@pivotcollaborative.com

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