Mosaic Therapy began as the brainchild of Veronica Vyazovsky, a school counselor and special education teacher. Veronica came to the United States at the age of 9 as refugee from the former Soviet Union and saw firsthand her own family’s resistance to any mental health treatment. “In everyday Russian, it is hard to say, “I am depressed” or “I am anxious”, mainly because mental health issues are not openly discussed. Problems in functioning are usually attributed to individual will or character flaws, rather than mental illness. For example, a mother concerned about her child may ask, “Why is he so lazy? I just don’t understand why he doesn’t just get up and go to school.”
Working for Chicago Public Schools as a school counselor, Veronica referred many of her students for outside counseling services. However, parents weren’t able to take the students to their appointments due to transportation or scheduling issues. Parents also reported that they didn’t feel comfortable with the counseling process, because they didn’t know what their child might say to the therapist about the family. Looking around for years to find culturally competent, accessible and affordable services for her families, Veronica decided to start a program that met these needs. Mosaic Therapy is a group practice that provides counseling that is accessible and culturally relevant.
Lindsey’s passion is providing youth resources to flourish in life. Lindsey has work experience in residential settings with youth who experienced trauma and clients with a domestic violence background. Lindsey also has experience working with groups and families. Lindsey enjoys utilizing art techniques in session to enhance the experience of expression for the client. Lindsey co-authored a chapter in The Therapist’s Notebook to discuss the effectiveness of animal assisted play therapy with sexually abused children. Lindsey’s future goals are to continue to study the human animal bond and incorporate animal assisted therapy in her work.
Nancy is a qualified Learning Behavior Specialist and holds a Masters in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters of Art in Professional Counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Before joining Mosaic Therapy, Nancy worked as a Special Education teacher with Chicago Public Schools and the Youth Connections Charter School Network. Nancy helps children and adolescents who are challenged by social, emotional and learning issues. Nancy became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor to help people navigate their complex worlds in order to live healthier, happier lives. She believes in a holistic approach to health and that all components of ones’ life are interrelated.
Kendra Bostick is a passionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has five years of school social work experience and two years of experience within inpatient child and adolescent behavioral health units in Chicago. Kendra is bilingual in Spanish and has immersed herself in many global endeavors including working in a therapeutic day center in London, teaching English in Thailand and coordinating mental health workshops in Ecuador. Kendra is currently obtaining her second Masters degree with a focus on how to use Adventure Programming and Experiential Education to improve children’s selfawareness, selfconfidence and social skills.
Leslie loves working with youth and adults who are gifted, learning different, or twice exceptional. Her approach includes collaborative goal setting with clients; utilizing a creative, strengths-based approach in order to cultivate increased self-understanding, acceptance, and positive growth. Leslie is working towards her Doctoral Degree at Governor’s State University and is active in professional outreach at both the state and national levels.
Lisa is a Registered Art Therapist with a special interest in working with children, as well as adults who struggle with mood disorders, life transitions, and the search for meaning. Lisa is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned a Master’s degree in art therapy, and has worked with children in a residential setting, and adults in psychiatric hospitals. She has a background in Waldorf education, as well. Lisa incorporates many forms of art making and writing in her practice, which is strengths-based and client-centered. She believes that metaphor and imagination are powerful, transformative tools for helping clients of all ages develop their capacity for insight and creative problem solving.
Anna is an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) and AMFT (Associate Marriage and Family Therapist) who sees couples, families, and individuals ages five and up. Anna received her MA in Family Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University and has worked with a variety of populations, including families involved with DCFS and institutionalized adults with chronic severe mental illness. Anna is passionate about helping couples and families through stressful events, life transitions, and other situations that often lead to a breakdown in communication and functioning. She also recently discovered that she loves working with children with specific phobias. Anna’s approach to therapy is mainly solution-focused. She finds it helpful to incorporate expressive art and other playful interventions, especially when working with children and families.
As a first generation Assyrian-American, Ashourina’s passion lies in the area of multi-cultural counseling. Her goal in counseling is to be able to highlight the strengths and resources of culturally diverse individuals and families, and use those strengths in a therapeutic setting. That being said, it only makes sense that she leans towards a strengths-based, person-centered perspective.
Ashourina is currently completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). Through her time at NEIU she has conducted research pertaining to Assyrian Cultural and Family Histories in the greater Chicago area, and through this research she has learned a great deal about acculturation, ethnic identity, and generational differences. She has presented her research at the NEIU Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium and was granted a Bernard Bromel Excellence in Podium Research Award. Through her work, Ashourina hopes to apply what she had learned through her education and research, to a wide array of multicultural populations.
Lauren has just finished the MA program in Marriage a Family Therapy at Northeastern Illinois University. She is currently working on obtaining both her LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and AMFT (Associate Marriage and Family Therapist). Lauren specializes in working with children, adolescents, teens, and their families. She believes that working with all parts in the family system is important for positive change and improvement in communication. Currently, Lauren works at Bremen Youth Services where she provides individual and family therapy for clients ages 5 through 21 from diverse backgrounds with a range a presenting issues including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, risky decision making, family disruptions, ADHD, and life transitions. Lauren has also been involved with the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (DASA) where she provides assistance for adolescents and teenagers who have substance abuse concerns or have been effected by another member of the family who has an addiction. When working with children and their families Lauren works from a family systems framework approach and often utilizes art therapy, expressive therapy, and at times a client centered approach.
Danielle has a masters degree in school counseling and seeks to make it her life’s work to empower youth, their families and their communities—especially those from under-resourced and socially oppressed populations. She has had two years experience working in therapeutic day school settings with youth who present with mental illness compounded by histories of trauma and involvement in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems. Danielle’s counseling approach is centered within social justice and family systems frameworks while blending evidence based techniques such as motivational interviewing and dialectical behavioral therapy to help youth develop and take action towards concrete goals. Danielle is also a strong advocate for LGBTQ youth and takes great pride in working with this community.
Christyne is a caring and empathetic Marriage and Family Therapist and certified play therapist with a special interest in working with young children, children with autism, and their families. Christyne’s work involves a systemic approach, looking at the multiple contexts children and families are involved in, including extended families, school, doctors and other professionals, as well as focuses on attachment and social-emotional development in children. Christyne collaborates with families to determine goals and provides therapy in a play-based treatment modality.
Christyne received her Master’s degree from Kansas State University and has had experience working with children on the autism spectrum, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, foster care placement, grief, and externalizing behaviors. Christyne has also worked in Head Start classrooms, providing feedback and support to teachers on how to decrease problem behaviors and encourage social-emotional development
in preschool students. Christyne has gained extensive training on autism and in play therapy and has co-authored a book chapter on the experiences of mothers with special needs children.
Saba has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and has an LPC licensure in Illinois. She has 3.5 years experience in secondary education and hospital settings. She is well versed in assessment, serious mental illness, and individual and group therapy. She is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi with conversational Punjabi. She has worked with clients of all ages, including children and adults. She has also given lectures and conducted research in the field of psychology.
Rachael recently graduated with her MA in Counseling Psychology with concentrations in Children/Adolescents and Latino/a Mental Health from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is currently working on earning her LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). Rachael enjoys working with children and adolescents and believes that prevention, early intervention, and education is key in helping those with mental health issues. Rachael has worked for the past four years in an adolescent residential facility. Rachael has worked with clients ages 5 to 18 from many diverse backgrounds, both individually and in a group setting. The presenting problems Rachael has worked with include, but are not limited to, self-harm, suicidal ideations, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant behaviors, aggression, adjustment difficulties, children of divorce, and low self-esteem. Rachael has also done group work with topics related to aggression replacement, skill streaming, daily living skills, self-esteem, mindfulness, and chemical dependency. Rachael works mostly from a Cognitive Behavioral Theory approach, but enjoys incorporating art therapy, expressive therapy, strength-based therapy and the client’s culture into her treatment as well.
Veronica works primarily from a brief, solution-focused framework and includes parents in her work with children. Veronica is skilled at evaluating students from multilingual backgrounds. She providers parents with training to help them understand the special education process and be better equipped to advocate for their children.
Cristina Wilson brings a wide range of clinical and administrative experience to her role as Practice Administrator at Mosaic Therapy. She has worked for large insurance corporations, Non-profit organizations, & small family owned businesses. Cristina is a detail oriented, paperwork ninja who strives to provide the highest level of service to all our clients and families.
Cristina is also a licensed social worker and earned her Master’s degree from Governor State University. Cristina has experience working with a variety of diverse populations. She has clinical experience working with clients coping with chronic illnesses, homeless adults & families, coordination of care for the elderly, individual and family counseling with adults, adolescents, and children, and also served as a child facilitator for a domestic violence center.
Evelyn has worked with families in the Chicago area for over ten years, culminating in a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Northeastern Illinois University. She is experienced in working with children of all ages, as well as families and couples in both individual and group settings. Evelyn brings creativity and positivity to her sessions while adapting to meet client needs.