Our Team

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LINDA BARTOLI, LCSW

email : lbartoli@pivotcollaborative.com

phone : 312-515-2221

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Hello! Welcome to Pivot Collaborative. I  am the founding director of our collective. I aimed to build a diverse group practice for people who are passionate and curious about other people.  People who like to challenge and support people and organizations through change processes and are queer or queer allied- focus on race and gender- who work to change oppressive systems and who are inclusive. We are all trauma informed.

As a queer therapist, I believe my style is interactive, direct, mindful and attune.  I enjoy working with adults, children, couples and organizations.

I began my social work career in 1993. I worked respite with children and families putting myself through the BSW undergraduate program at Loyola University Chicago. I then began working with families and children living with HIV and AIDS. In 1999, I moved to New York City and entered into the Master of Social Work graduate program at NYU. There I continued my tenure as a trauma therapist working with families, children and youth who experience trauma and oppression – personally and systemically.

As a practiced trauma informed therapist I have over 20 years experience working people in difficult life experiences.  I work relationally with mindfulness, paying close attention to how we are in relationship and how this impacts personal development and social connections.

I have lived and 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, I concentrate on life changes, gender, identity, adoption, loss, grief, trauma, depression and anxiety.

I have advanced training in conflict management and group facilitation and advanced certifications in trauma informed work. I enjoy  working closely with therapists in consultation and supervision.

Additionally,  I am qualified and experienced as a leadership coach and have a diploma in Organizational Development and Executive Coaching which I received in London. I have lead consultations projects with MAKE GOOD in London, Be  SMART Academy in Berlin and Studio Gang Architects in Chicago and New York.

I am very proud of the PIVOT CO team and enjoy everyone I work with greatly. We are good people  with humility, skill, knowledge and an openness to learn more.

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TAEISHA STEWART, MA

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email:tstewartpivotco@gmail.com

phone : 312-774-3749

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Taeisha (she/hers/her) has been a practicing therapist for over 15 years. She is dedicated and has a rich knowledge working with adults, teens, young adults, children and families.

As a certificated parenting coach she adds insight to families adjusting to difficult moments.  She focuses on strengths, beliefs and values to build stronger connections.

Taeisha has advanced knowledge of how trauma affects families, communities and individuals. She builds strong bonds with her cleints and focuses her work on race, trauma, grief, depression and anxiety. Her  practice is sensitive to social and cultural issues.

She is a pre-licensed fellow working on her licensure.

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ALEXA FRENN, LCSW

email : afrennpivotco@gmail.com

phone : 414-732-3581

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Alexa (she/hers/her) is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), who completed her graduate degree at the University of Chicago: School of Social Service Administration. She provides a collaborative, strengths based, feedback forward therapeutic approach. In her first few sessions she will focus on learning and observing a client’s style and then progress into an interactive, conversational style of therapy. Alexa is trained in the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Model, which presents as a combination of CBT, DBT, and psychoanalytic therapies through a trauma-informed lens.

She often incorporates tangible tools into her practice, such as breathing exercises, documenting values, practicing self-affirmations, and outlining outside-the-box problem solving while assessing pro/cons of stressful decisions. With these combinations, Alexa works with her clients to explore patterns together and practice strategies for growth.

Alexa’s areas of specialty include but are not limited to anxiety and depression symptoms, substance use management, adjustment disorders, gender and sexual identity exploration, conflict resolution, de-escalation, and navigating fluctuating suicidal ideation and self-harm tendencies. In order to ensure a healthy journey of healing Alexa utilizes a balance of validation, investigation, and therapeutic challenging.

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SUMARA BAIG, LSW

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email: sbaigpivotco@gmail.com

phone : 630-965-4860

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You hold the answers that you are looking for – my role as your
therapist is to work in partnership with you to bring those skills,
capacities, and experiences to the forefront. My personal
identities (i.e. Latinx, South Asian), along with my education in
psychology, religion, and social work, inform my practice
through an anti-oppression lens that is affirming of people on
the LGBTQ+ spectrum, people of all racial identities, sizes, and
religions, parenting and non-parenting people, diverse
relationship structures, kinksters, people who have been
incarcerated, and people who work(ed) in underregulated
economies (i.e. sex workers).
While I have been practicing therapy since 2021, my work with
people spans nine years via interning, crisis work, group
facilitation, outreach, and case management. The majority of my
professional career has been focused on people on the LGBTQ+
spectrum, young people who were “at-risk” of high school drop-
out, and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. I
enjoy working with adults and adolescents alike.
I enjoy using components of motivational interviewing, narrative
therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a person-
centered, relational, and strengths-based approach. I am
certified in Trauma-Focused CBT and have completed both
sexual assault and domestic violence 40-hour trainings.
Let’s set up a consult and see if we’re the right fit!
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Tu tienes las respuestas que buscas – mi función como terapeuta es
trabajar en colaboración contigo para poner en primer plano tus
habilidades, capacidades y experiencias. Mis identidades (i.e. latinx
y asiatica del sur), junto con mi educación en psicología, religión y
trabajo social, informan mi práctica a través de una lente anti-
opresión que afirma a las personas en el espectro LGBTQ+,

personas de todos identidades raciales, tamaños, y religiones, padres
y personas que no son padres, estructuras de relaciones diversas,
practicantes de BDSM, personas que han estado encarceladas y
personas que trabajan en economías subreguladas (como trabajo
sexual).
Aunque practico terapia desde 2021, mi trabajo con personas
abarca casi 10 años por pasantías, trabajo de crisis, facilitación de
grupos, divulgación y gestión de casos. La mayor parte de mi
carrera profesional se ha centrado en jóvenes que estaban "en
riesgo" de abandonar la escuela secundaria, y sobrevivientes de
violencia domestica y sexual. Me encanta trabajar con adultos y
adolescentes.
Me gusta usar componentes de entrevista motivacional, terapia
narrativa y terapia cognitiva conductual (TCC) con un enfoque
centrado en la persona, relacional y basado en fortalezas. Estoy
certificada en TCC centrada en el trauma y he completado
capacitaciones de 40 horas sobre agresión sexual y violencia
doméstica.
¡Hagamos una consulta para ver si somos compatible!

Sumara is a licensed fellow working on her clinical licensure.

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CINDY LYS, LCSW

email : clys@pivotcollaborative.com

phone : 224-444-9056

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Cindy (she/hers/her) is the clinical director at Pivot Collaborative. She has been working as a trauma informed therapist over 10 years. She is grounded, honest, compassionate and a well-rounded therapist. As a LGBTQ ally she sees clients who are curious about their identity and gender. Her practice tends toward working with individuals with complex trauma, anxiety disorders and depression as well as adjustments to life changes.

She facilitates groups that are queer focused and trauma informed. She enjoys working with teens and adults. Her practice is sensitive to social and cultural issues.

Cindy specializes in adolescents and young adults who face various mental health and identity development challenges. Her approach is tailored to fit client specific goals and incorporate various techniques, which include: psychodynamic, relational, inter-subjective, motivational, trauma-informed, strengths-based and solution-focused therapies. Each client is approached as a complex individual with a unique narrative. Cindy affirms and empowers all genders, sexualities, ethnicities and faiths and the lifelong practice of positively embracing and mastering self-identity.

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Katie Richie LCSW CADC

KATIE RICHIE, LCSW, CADC

email : krichie@pivotcollaborative.com

phone : 312-985-6155

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Katie (she/hers/her) 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.

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CRISTEN BROSSOK, LCSW

phone : 201-452-9746

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Beginning 1.1.23 Cristen will pivot into her own practice. We at Pivot are very excited for her new journey to begin. She can be reached at the telephone number below. All the best Cristen! Thank you for helping to build Pivot and your collaboration. We look forward to working with you in new ways.

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ANDREW HAZZARD, LCSW

email : ahazzardpivotco@gmail.com

phone : 312-612-0497

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Andrew (he/him/his)  is a licensed clinical social worker who uses his clinical experience to support children, adults, and families. Andrew uses his intuitive and thoughtful nature to support people in accomplishing their goals, increasing self awareness, and practicing new ways of being. He brings openness, curiosity, and intentionality to the work he does with people.

For three years Andrew has worked with Becoming a Man (BAM) project supporting young adults move into adulthood. He is experienced with substance misuse counseling.

Andrew is a multifaceted clinician with a practice that specializes in supporting individuals living with mental and emotional struggles due to trauma using an experiential techniques. He adapts his approach to suit the clients goals while often incorporating Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Multi-cultural Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Group Therapy.

He works collaboratively with individuals to support them in achieving their goals and leading empowered lives.

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EllY KRAFCIK, LCSW

email : ekrafciknpivotco@gmail.com

phone : (312) 857-8020

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Elly’s (they/them/theirs) goal is always to give my clients the opportunity to feel seen, heard and supported. They are non-judgmental, caring and somewhat goofy. They have worked in a variety of settings around grief/loss, identity development, trauma/abuse, anxiety, depression and disability concerns. They have training and experience in trauma-informed play therapy, and  love incorporating expressive arts into my practice. Their approach is grounded in attachment-theory, narrative therapy, family-systems theory and anti-oppressive practice.

As a licensed clinical social worker Elly has four years of experience working with disabled or neurodiverse folks including learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, and developmental delays. As a non-binary therapist with multiple invisible disabilities, they take an intersectional, justice-focused approach to the care they provide. They affirm all genders, races, sexualities, ethnicities and faiths. I also encourage open discourse and accountability in their daily practice.

They are here to give you the space to understand yourself and the world around you in a way that is collaborative, safe and respectful. Feel free to reach out to them with any questions you may have to see if it would be a fit to work together

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KALEB NELSON, LCSW

email : knelsonpivotco@gmail.com

phone : 773-340-0524 

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Kaleb (he/him/his) is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from the University of Chicago with a Masters in Social Work. Kaleb has over 8 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and families in various outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings. He is passionate about working with trans/non-binary folks as well as their partners and/or families. As a therapist with lived experience in this identity, Kaleb strives to provide a safe and affirming space for clients to feel validated and heard. If you are questioning or exploring your gender, seeking support from someone within the trans community, or wanting to support your partner, child, or family member, Kaleb provides a unique perspective to process and explore these topics.

Kaleb uses a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive framework and combines aspects of DBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Family Systems, Harm Reduction, Motivation Interviewing, and Relational Theory. He works with topics including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, gender and/or sexual identity development, gender transition, and work/academic stress. Kaleb’s approach to therapy is compassionate, individualized, and collaborative.

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HANNAH JONES, LCSW

email : hjonespivotco@gmail.com

phone : 720-755-8256

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I am a licensed clinical social worker at Pivot Collaborative. I earned my Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University and worked for five years as a school social worker, working with elementary and middle school students. I have experience navigating queerness, as well as growing up in religious spaces with a bi-cultural identity. My professional experience extends from being a school social worker, teacher, group facilitator, to a youth advocate.

Over the years as a school social worker, I have supported children, adolescents, and families navigate through life changes, explore conflict resolution strategies, and build emotional regulation skills. I facilitated grief and loss support groups for elementary and middle school students and worked with young people experiencing thoughts and patterns of self harm.

By exploring inner narratives and collaborating on strategies for growth, I support clients with building capacity for emotional regulation and practicing radical self love. I love working with children, young people, and adults. My areas of specialty include working with middle school aged adolescents, navigating bi-culturalism, and exploring the intersection of religion and queerness.

I acknowledge how systems of oppression and intersectionality impact mental health and influence our daily lives and inner narratives. I believe in the power of community care and the importance of creating a world that does not rely on police to manage conflict. I uphold the values of prison abolition and strive to practice anti-carceral mental health.

My therapy practices are centered around the following modalities: strengths-based theories, relational, narrative therapy, group therapy, and anti-oppressive practices.

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I am also trained as a birth doula and yoga instructor.

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DINAH HUDSON, LCPC

email : dhudsonpivotco@gmail.com

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I am  licensed clinical counselor who holds a nationally certified counselor certificate. I have worked with individuals, groups, relationships, and families in a variety of settings within Chicago, gathering my clinical experience as a school counselor, community mental health therapist, and group private practice fellow and therapist. 

As a queer Black person who has done their own healing work, it became my mission to establish the therapeutic space I provide as trauma-informed. That means, I strive toward building a fundamental anti-oppressive space, one where your intersectionalities are respected and your healing is centered. To bring these intentions to the space I provide makes doing the work that healing requires that much more possible for the communities I serve.

I am an EMDR therapist who anchors their anti-oppressive work in the perspectives of the feminist relational model, harm-reduction, body positivity, and restorative and transformative justice frames. As oppression takes many forms externally and impact our view of ourselves, together we can unpack how internalized oppression may impact your healing journey. For this, I offer a space that uplifts the belief that one’s external and internal community are central to connectedness, resilience and internalized liberation

Currently, I work with Queer and Trans individuals as they navigate obstacles that impede progress towards life goals. My work with children, adolescents, and adults have shown me that, for many, these obstacles include explorations of identity, gender and sexuality, experiences of trauma and oppression, and relationship with self, others and systems. As such, I hold respect for all genders and partnerships, and value the humanity of one’s unique lived experience in all contexts they navigate. 

My approach is one that welcomes collaboration with the client to co-create a space where healing is possible. I believe that in establishing an environment that is warm, judgment-free, and genuine, clients can experience a space where those complex, unique, and challenging parts of life have a place to be expressed. I realize that self-directed space for reflection and exploration is often what gives clients permission to acknowledge their truths in full. 

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KAVITA KHARA, LCPC

email : kkharapivotco@gmail.com

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As a clinician, my intentions and practices are to meet clients exactly where they are at the beginning of their journey with compassion and empathy. As we build our therapeutic relationship, in which you feel safe and supported, I hope to facilitate the change you would like to see in your life that promotes greater functioning and satisfaction. I strongly believe that each of my clients are an expert in themselves, and thus, I am optimistic that between both of our expertise, we can pinpoint the root of your struggles and collaborate on how you can move forward and thrive.

I approach counseling from a client centered, strengths based orientation and strongly believe in the power of unconditional positive regard. I utilize body based techniques and other modalities, including cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy, to support growth in a manner that is culturally sensitive, trauma informed, and mindful of your individual and unique needs. My value system is inherently anti-capitalistic, anti-patriarchal, and anti-supremacist. I graduated with my Masters in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in children and adolescent studies, from Benedictine University in 2011, and I am currently a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Northern Illinois University. I am currently a Team Lead for Pivot and designing a supervision and internship program which will begin 2023 for our team.

I began my post graduate career as a children’s counselor for domestic violence survivors and continue this work as an advocate in the field. I have significant experience providing therapeutic services in a residential setting, treating addictions, eating disorders, mental health, and PTSD. I am licensed by the state of Illinois as a clinical professional counselor and recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors as a National Certified Counselor.

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SAMUEL VILLASEÑOR, LCSW

email : svillasenorpivotco@gmail.com

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If you are interested in exploring therapy, “start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” This quote by Arthur Ashe speaks to the power you already have within. My job is to join you on your journey and elevate and reflect on the wisdom inside.

I am a bilingual-bicultural, indigenous Latine Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and have experience working with individuals, families, and groups experiencing generalized anxiety and depression symptoms. My specialties are working with immigrant, first-generation Latine/Latinx individuals, seeking to navigate and understand their cultural identity and the anxiety and/or depression caused by immigration and legal status.  My approach to therapy is also conducive to someone wanting to focus attention on substance use management, adjustment issues, gender, cultural and sexual identity exploration, conflict resolution, and crisis de-escalation.

My goal as a therapist is to join you and collaborate with you. I believe our environment and culture play a significant role in our behavior, influencing how we show up in the different spaces we navigate. One of the goals in therapy is to understand how the systems and spaces you interact with are impacting the various dimensions of you (physical, intellectual, interpersonal, emotional, and spiritual). I use a trauma and resilience-informed approach, focusing on your individual and community strengths alongside non-western modalities to build rapport and safety. I welcome and encourage feedback, which guides therapeutic goals.

What an exciting journey you are about to embark on; it might and will be scary and uncomfortable at times, and you will never be alone.

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JULIE KEY, LCSW

email : jkeypivotco@gmail.com

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It can be difficult to ask for help in today’s society, and even more difficult to find the best fit in a therapist. As a trauma-informed biracial therapist, I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental. My clinical background includes work with individuals managing co-occurring disorders, difficulties related to identity (e.g. racial, cultural, gender, spirituality), Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, Autism, Trauma, PTSD, and grief. I work with individuals and couples at any point in their lifespan, though my background has primarily focused on young adults and families.
I use a client-centered and collaborative approach, and incorporate techniques used in relational, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, expressive arts, mindfulness, and narrative therapies. I am passionate about my work and endeavor to be a life-long learner so that I can continue to assist clients to the best of my ability.
I see therapy as a journey where we can work together to find the path you feel is right for you. I understand that taking this next step in contacting someone can be scary; I am here to listen and support you.
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