Director and Clinical Psychologist

Over more than twenty years, Dr. Julia Rahn has built a varied career in clinical practice, over the span of which a unifying theme has clearly emerged: to achieve the best outcomes, you must work with the whole person. This is the key to Dr. Rahn’s success in helping individuals and families to define personal goals and to make progress towards those goals. Harnessing the depth and diversity of her clinical experience, Dr. Rahn helps her clients to leverage their strengths to alleviate depression, manage anxiety or other difficult emotions, and to improve relationships with others—as well as with themselves.

Dr. Rahn’s own professional journey has taken her throughout the Midwest, with numerous clinical externships culminating in an internship at the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Rahn has developed her practice as program director for a pediatric development center, professor of psychology at two universities in Illinois as well as an entrepreneur. As Director of Studio for Change®, Dr. Rahn has sought to create a space within which her clients have access to a rich variety of therapeutic efforts and resources; adding to the Studio’s primary focus on psychotherapy, Dr. Rahn’s practice makes frequent referrals to professionals in nutrition, fitness and hypnosis, and makes frequent recommendations for external resources such as books, art, and social or networking events.

Dr. Rahn is available for speakerships, and has experience in public speaking, television and radio appearances, as well as in publishing for both professional and lay audiences.

When Dr. Rahn isn’t wondering how the world could be a better place to live in and what her role in this change should be, she enjoys participating in spin classes, taking walks by the lake, and visiting her heartland in Northern Michigan.

Assisitant Clinical Director and Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In her eight years of practice, Jenni has developed a comprehensive approach to therapy that starts where it should: with the client. Jenni’s warmth and relatability create a safe, comfortable environment that empowers clients to face the challenge of self-exploration to create fundamental and permanent change in their lives. Jenni takes a holistic perspective and focuses on clients’ strengths to help them see, and then overcome, the obstacles standing between them and a more fulfilled version of themselves. Areas within which Jenni has experience and interest are: working with children and families in adoptive homes, helping clients to explore the emotional aspects of chronic pain and overcome that pain, exploring the mind-body connection as it relates to trauma and stress, and LGBTQ-related exploration and support.

Jenni holds a baccalaureate in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is available for individual and couples therapy, and works with adults, adolescents and children.

Outside The Studio, Jenni enjoys nature and spends as much time as she can adventuring outdoors with her family and her dog, Ruby.

Psychotherapist

In a varied career spanning over twenty years, Judy has worked in foster care, residential therapy, adoption preservation, community mental health and in both group and solo private practice. Her roles in these settings have been clinical, supervisory and administrative.

The unifying theme of Judy’s work has been recognizing innate wholeness and potential within each individual—and then helping to unlock it. Judy guides others to discovering this wholeness and accessing it to facilitate their own healing. Those facing grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and life transitions all benefit from Judy’s approach. In addition, Judy applies her strength-based, holistic approach to assist struggling families and in her individual work with children. She emphasizes that collaborative effort is key to meeting individual or family goals, such as increased functioning, clarity, sense of purpose, a greater sense of peace and an increased capacity for joy.

Judy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has received training in Theraplay® and done advanced work in Internal Family Systems therapy.

Judy is available for work with children, adolescents, adults and families. She is also available to lead mindfulness groups and other psycho-educational groups.

Beyond her work in the Studio, Judy pursues her lifelong commitment to living a spiritual life by attending an interfaith/inter-spiritual seminary. She will be ordained an interfaith minister in June 2017.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Kate’s practice proceeds from the fundamental principle that we each define the path to our own well-being. As a board-certified dance and movement therapist, she helps client to explore the mind-body connection and its powerful role in therapy.

Kate helps her clients seek healing and growth in their struggles with depression, stress, anxiety, insecurity and emotional or physical trauma (such as from pregnancy, surgery, abuse or other causes). Kate’s work is informed by the knowledge that all these conditions affect—and are influenced by—our physical bodies as well as our emotional minds. She fosters safe, positive and empowering therapeutic relationships within which her clients find the comfort to deepen self-awareness, identify and employ strengths and create long-lasting, positive change.

Kate holds a master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College in Chicago, and has worked extensively with people recovering from physical and emotional trauma, as well as those battling chronic mental illness and addiction.

Kate is available to work with adult individuals, couples and groups.

Outside the studio, Kate loves to read and eat and travel as often as possible!

Post-Doctoral Fellow and Psychotherapist

Sara’s work starts with a focus on the therapeutic relationship itself, which must be safe and affirming to create the trust that supports change. Sara’s previous experience enables her to approach her work through a multicultural lens, to create a safe space for discussing diverse multicultural concerns.

First by cultivating a foundation of safety, comfort and trust, Sara employs a collaborative, relational process to help clients find clarity and, in turn, to deepen and strengthen both self-awareness and their relationships. Sara takes a gentle, empathetic, but direct approach to helping her clients address challenges and stress. She highlights self-compassion and acceptance to empower her clients, helping them to connect to their strengths, struggles and pain.

Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a doctorate in psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. In addition, Sara completed a predoctoral internship at the Counseling and Consultation program of Northern Illinois University. While there, Sara completed a specialization in trauma-informed therapy, and therapy for substance use and eating concerns. She has experience working in college counseling centers, community mental health and inpatient children’s therapy, and has worked with children adolescents and adults with social anxiety and autism spectrum disorders.

Sara is available to work with adults, couples, children and adolescents. Sara is available for speakerships on the topics of stress-management and creating positive relationships.

Outside the Studio, Sara can be found cheering on her alma mater—Go Buckeyes!—or planning her next trip to the beach.

Psychotherapist

For the past ten years, Dr. Rasheed has worked as a psychotherapist and has extensive counseling training in a variety of areas. Dr. Rasheed grew up and trained in Dallas, Texas where she had her own private practice seeing individual adult clients and groups, while also educating on emotional health.

In individual and group therapy, Dr. Rasheed works together with clients to learn customized coping skills and techniques that will help him or her reach their goals. She attunes to the client, observing each client’s unique needs and adapting strategies to better suit each client. Dr. Rasheed conveys empathy, a nurturing attitude, patience, and acceptance toward all of her clients.

As a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner (LFYP), Dr. Rasheed employs yoga for treating depression and anxiety and is certified in Yoga for 12-Step Recovery and Psychology of the Body System. She uses the connection between mind, body, and breath in the counseling session to access the body’s healing power, and harnesses the power of mindfulness to elevate mood. Dr. Rasheed believes that roots of sadness and anxiety are often learned in infancy throughout our relationships with others before we are even able to speak. When we experience hardship in life, our bodies store emotional wounds in different places. How can we truly address these nonverbal issues using only talk therapy as a recovery tool?

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Rasheed speaks for many organizations in the Dallas and Chicago areas, has often appeared on local Dallas ethnic radio stations discussing emotional health and has served as adjunct professor at University of North Texas. Dr. Rasheed has published articles on counseling education, counseling supervision, and multicultural issues. Dr. Rasheed believes in the importance of service to the community, having provided pro bono counseling services for local non-profit organizations in the North Texas area.
Dr. Rasheed’s education, clinical experience, and volunteer service have afforded her the knowledge, insight, and skill to work with you and help you meet your needs.

Dr. Rasheed is available for individual and group talk therapy and/or talk + body psychotherapy and classes. She is also available for speakerships, workshops, and company team building.

Outside the studio, Dr. Rasheed loves to practice yoga and tai chi; in addition to playing with her dog, Winnie.

“Don’t fight the darkness; bring the light and the darkness will disappear.”—M. Mahesh

Pyschotherapist and Licensed Social Worker

Jodi embraces a practical approach to therapy, encompassing a variety of therapeutic modalities, to address numerous emotional issues, including anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, adolescent issues, family dysfunction, LGBTQ issues, OCD, personality disorders, mental health disorders, and trauma. She has worked with individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities.
Jodi knows that we all view life through our own lens, and equally that all our lenses are cracked. Each experience adds a new “crack,” skewing our view (for better or worse) of ourselves, others, and the world around us. Exploring our own, unique context allows space for understanding, acceptance, forgiveness, empathy, healing, growth—and change!

Jodi’s practice begins where the client is at, and remains centered on the client and their strengths. She establishes safety and trust to allow for a collaborative and authentic therapeutic relationship, dynamically re-evaluating as therapy progresses to ensure that the client’s primary concerns and needs are met. Jodi firmly believes that successful therapy not only relieves symptoms but fosters inner capacity and resources to allow clients to live with greater freedom, contentment and possibility.

Jodi helps her patients to understand and accept themselves as the foundation for emotional insight, mood regulation and improved interpersonal patterns and attachment styles. She empowers clients with greater skills for communication and self-expression. Such self-acceptance, emotional insight and skillful communication combine to foster greater empathy for others.

Jodi is available for therapy with individuals (teenagers and adults), couples and families.

Jodi and her husband enjoy sharing their lives with their two mini-dachshunds (their “furry children”). The beach is Jodi’s happy place and she loves traveling as much as possible to broaden her concept of people, herself, and the world we live in.

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