Our Team

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LINDA BARTOLI, LCSW

email : lbartoli@pivotcollaborative.com

phone : 312-515-2221

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Linda (she/hers/her) 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.

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TAEISHA STEWART, MA

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email:tstewartpivotco@gmail.com

phone : 312-774-3749

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Taesiha (she/hers/her) has been a practicing therapist  for over 10 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.

Alexa Frenn

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.

Phillip Lee

PHILLIP LEE M. Ed., MSW

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email: phillip.lee.msw @gmail.com

phone : 773-231-7849

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Phil (he/his/him) is a Fellow working on his licensed at Pivot Collaborative. He earned his Master’s in Social Work from Simmons University. With over 7 years working with adolescents and young adults who have experienced various adversities in many clinical capacities, Phil has a passion for assisting individuals in building a sense of identity and belonging. He has been working with families for the past 5 years and thinks this is one of the most important aspects when working with children. Phil also has a background rendering crisis counseling to individuals who may have suffered from major trauma or onset of overwhelming circumstances.

Phil brings a warm, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach towards helping people through the process of change and personal growth, which he believes all persons are capable of achieving. Phil is a versatile clinician. His areas of specialty and clinical interests include children, families, addictions, managing behavioral concerns, anger, stress, anxiety, depression, individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, self-esteem, gender, sexuality, mental health, and cultural identities. Phil’s therapeutic approach is rooted in trauma-informed care, CBT/DBT, relational, solution-focused, biopsychosocial approach, motivational interviewing, and social learning.

“Everyone is unique, and I strive to make therapy a unique experience for each person that I work with. As a therapist I believe in empowering client’s through the therapeutic experience to foster lasting change outside of the therapy setting. I greatly value modeling transparency, care, and healthy support systems. With my eclectic clinical interest, I promote equality, inclusion, advocacy, and social justice. I am genuine, trustworthy, approachable, and hopefully helpful as we address what brings you in.”

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CINDY LYS, LCSW

email : clys@pivotcollaborative.com

phone : 224-444-9056

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Cindy (she/hers/her) has been working as a trauma informed therapist over 5 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.

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

email : cbrossokpivotco@gmail.com

phone : 201-452-9746

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Cristen (she/hers/her) is a licensed social worker and trauma-informed therapist with over 6 years of experience working with adolescents, individuals, and families in various settings. She believes that the power of the therapeutic space comes from the relationship between and safety amongst the therapist and client. Cristen’s approach is empathetic, relational, validating, and direct. Her goal is to meet her clients wherever their starting point may be, join them in identifying their goals, and empower them to strive toward their vision of peace, happiness, and success.

Cristen pulls from various therapeutic modalities including DBT, harm reduction, family systems, psychodynamic, and motivational interviewing. She supports her clients by exploring personal narratives, using mindfulness to build capacity for emotional regulation, and practicing radical acceptance.

Cristen’s clinical interests include depression and anxiety, vicarious trauma and burnout, personality disorders, gender and sexuality, stress management, issues unique to queer and trans individuals, trauma work, and helping families mend rifts in their relationships. Additionally, Cristen has a passion for facilitating therapy groups that allow members to utilize their intersectional identities to increase interpersonal effectiveness and foster resilience amongst participants.

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ANDREW HAZZARD, MSW

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email : ahazzardpivotco@gmail.com

phone : 312-612-0497

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Andrew (he/him/his)  is a pre-licensed fellow 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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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.