And the Day Came…

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight as a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” –Anais Nin

Welcome to the Studio for Change and our blog. The Studio for Change is a place for individual change. We know that that people are hurting on the inside, not living to their full potential, treating themselves and others badly, and many are just plain miserable. If this is you, we want to help you change and become the person you were meant to be. We believe that taking action to understand yourself, including your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors is the first step in helping you be happy and healthy. As the process continues, you will be ready to take more steps to improve your-self and your life. Together, we create the life you were meant to live feeling happy, joy-filled and free (on most days).

Each individual was born with the potential to create a life filled with meaning, passion, friends, and purpose. However as life happens, internal roadblocks are formed stopping us from growing into and being the person we want to be. It takes time and energy to understand and abolish these barriers. But all of the time and energy spent doing this personal work leads to having more energy and more life resources. So much energy is being used to maintain internal and external roadblocks, we can help you unleash this energy and use it to reach your daily and life goals.

We know we can do this because we have already helped many individuals move from a place of grief and despair to one where lightness of being and happiness is the daily norm. We do this by understanding what it means to be human, taking into account daily life stressors as well as understanding physical, mental and emotional well-being. We teach life skills to overcome hardships. We sit through painful experiences together, remembering times past and integrating life lessons into one’s daily being. We learn from mistakes and celebrate successes.

Change takes time and the process is filled with ups and downs, straightaways and curves. We urge you to make a decision to find a new way of living that works for you and together we can find and take the steps necessary to achieve your personals goals and receive the treasures life has to offer.

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And the Day Came…

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight as a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” –Anais Nin

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Sophie Goldman, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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In today’s world we find ourselves and others around us struggling in silence with feelings of anxiety, depression and/or uncomfortable emotions. Sophie believes that everyone deserves to have a space where they can be heard and seen without judgment or criticism. To work through past emotions and make positive changes, Sophie helps her clients identify their emotions, learn and utilize healthy coping skill, create adaptive routines, set boundaries, improve communication with themselves and others, and develop meaningful relationships.

Sophie fosters a meaningful therapeutic relationship through her nonjudgement attitude, helping clients feel comfortable and secure leaning into and understanding their emotions and behavior.  Sophie encourages her clients to find tools within themselves to help overcome life’s obstacles.
Furthermore, she empowers her clients to approach their emotions in a new way without habitually avoiding them. She does this by creating safe space where clients feel supported on their journey of personal growth and change. No matter where someone is at in their life, she meets them there, and together they design an individualized treatment plan to fit their needs.

Sophie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and her master’s from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sophie has been working as a therapist for the past 5 years. She started her career at an outpatient center for women and adolescent girls with
eating disorders performing group, family, and individual therapy. While there she utilized the Unified Treatment Model for Eating disorders in combination with a relational approach to address comorbid mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and trauma. More recently, Sophie has spent the last three years working in private practice. She uses the following therapeutic interventions, CBT, ACT, Unified Treatment Model of Eating Disorders, amongst other methods, to help support clients in their self-discovery and recovery.

Sophie welcomes clients who are struggling to cope in our unpredictable world and may be suffering with high levels of anxiety and depression. Sophie also specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, including Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, ARFID, and Body Dysmorphia. In addition, she works with clients who are struggling with ADHD, OCD, Trauma, Women’s Health Issues, Self Esteem, and life transitions.

For fun, Sophie enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to podcasts, watching Netflix, and working out.

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Alexandra Shuman, LSW

Child and Teen Therapist

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Alex believes that children and teens need a place that feels safe to explore their inner emotional struggles and understand how these struggles lead to behaviors that make it difficult to adapt and grow in their lives.

Furthermore, she knows that creating a space that allows children and teens to be their authentic self is the key to successful therapy. Through active communication and play, every session is a chance for re-centering, self-exploration, and mindfulness, and over time, the reduction in anxiety, improved mood, and decrease in challenging behaviors. In addition, Alex utilizes a psycho-education approach to help her clients understand what their mind and body are going through and offers strategies to change what is no longer working. This allows her clients to overcome challenges that may come their way in the future. 

Alex also believes that the therapy process should be a unique experience for each child and teenager she works with. She understands the complexities of children’s emotions and behaviors and takes the time to look at the person as an individual and tailors her approach based on their needs. Furthermore, Alex strives to make the therapeutic process feel comfortable and nurturing with a focus on setting and obtaining treatment goals that can be met. She connects to her clients through understanding what motivates them and by developing a working and trusting relationship that her clients can depend on.  

Alex holds a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and a master’s degree from Barry  University. Alex has experience working as a therapist for 3 years in an array of settings. More specifically, Alex has worked with clients from as young as three to adulthood. Additionally,  Alex has experience and interest in facilitating parenting groups that focus on strengthening the parent-child relationship.  

Alex is available to work with toddlers, children, teenagers, and their parents providing individual and family therapy. Alex has a specific interest in working with children who struggle with anxiety, ADHD, and other child-behavior problems. 

Alex moved with her family from Miami to Chicago at the start of the pandemic. She has had no trouble exchanging the heat of Miami for the unpredictable Chicago weather and is looking forward to experiencing all that Chicago has to offer.

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Hallie Rosenthal, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Hallie believes that the therapeutic process should be a highly personal and transformative experience.

She values and relies on the relational component of therapy and strives for her clients to feel truly heard and understood in sessions. Hallie believes that building a trusting, safe, and collaborative relationship is essential to making progress in therapy. She is committed to working with clients to identify their unique needs and make progress towards their goals.

Hallie’s practice focuses on helping clients explore their values and increase self-understanding to create positive growth and meaningful life changes. Hallie specializes in evidenced-based interventions including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RODBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).  She also draws on various neuroscience-based approaches to explore the mind-body connection and is specifically trained in the assessment and treatment of trauma through Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.

Hallie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in clinical mental health from Loyola University Chicago. 

Hallie has experience working with clients who are managing depression, anxiety, OCD, interpersonal difficulties, disordered eating and trauma-related disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient community mental health, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment. Hallie is currently available to work with adults and adolescents for individual and group therapy. 

Outside of work, Hallie enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two cats. She also loves walking or biking by the lake, listening to podcasts, and reading fiction. 

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Kathy Pukszta, MA, LPC

Individual & Couple’s Therapist

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Kathy believes therapy presents a unique opportunity and experience to feel deeply seen and heard, to process and make sense of innermost emotions and experiences, to recognize and unlock one’s inherent strengths, and to move toward a deeper sense of self awareness and compassion.

She views people as being capable of an enormous range of emotions, thoughts, and experiences, though often they can find themselves feeling stuck. Kathy further recognizes that people are inherently wired for healing given the right conditions. To that end, through her warmth, genuine curiosity, empathy, and grounded presence, she endeavors to create a safe, explorative, validating, and collaborative therapeutic space, one that always honors the unique worldview of the client.

Kathy is passionate about self-discovery and collaborates with clients to build needed skills and inner resources to work through factors that block one’s sense of freedom and motion, to allow oneself to be radically authentic, to pursue what is truly meaningful, and ultimately, to fully engage in life’s journey. She guides clients to examine past and present issues to achieve insights and new patterns that will help clients overcome adversity and promote change toward their unique goals.

Kathy identifies as a strength-based clinician, utilizing a variety of evidence-based practices, including mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, feminist therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and trauma/attachment informed therapy.

Kathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Concordia University Chicago. She recently received licensure as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Her experience in private practice has allowed her to work with a diverse range of populations, supporting adults, adolescents, and families experiencing challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, life transitions, identity development, relationship/communication issues, grief, and more.

In her spare time Kathy enjoys hiking and connecting with nature, playing in a tennis league, reading the latest contemporary fiction, and spending quality time with family, friends, and pets.

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Amanda Murphy, LCSW, CADC

Staff Therapist
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Amanda’s approach to therapy begins with creating a safe and trusting relationship that empowers you to make positive behavioral changes in pursuit of your goals and values.

Amanda is dedicated to helping you overcome obstacles so that you can engage in your life more fully and live in line with what is truly important to you. Amanda utilizes evidence-based coping tools to help you gain insight into harmful thoughts and patterns to lessen their impact on your daily life. Amanda values compassion, authenticity, and humor in her work and has a warm and empathetic style allowing you to deepen self-awareness and connectedness.

Amanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and Gender Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Amanda specializes in binge eating disorder, compulsive over eating, body trust, HAES, self-esteem, substance abuse, stress management, and trauma informed therapy. Amanda’s experience includes being a sexual assault advocate, a domestic violence advocate, working with veterans, working as a counselor at a women’s halfway house, and working at Eating Recovery Center in the Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery Program.

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Cortney Kingsmill, LCPC

Staff Therapist
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Cortney’s work focuses on helping others to feel empowered and to identify strengths within themselves in order to achieve a happier, healthier state of being. She offers an emphasis on mindful and holistic health and works towards a greater sense of self-awareness and self-love.

Cortney guides clients along their journey by offering a warm and supportive environment to process the challenges or stressors a person may be experiencing. Her person-centered viewpoint allows her to tailor her sessions to each specific client in order to explore what will work best. She offers empathy and direction while helping clients to challenge thoughts and behaviors that may be negatively serving them, while building on positive insight and the tools to cope with life’s ups and downs. Cortney encourages clients to explore the way they relate to themselves and the world around them and to improve relationships, awareness and self-love. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Illinois University. Her experience is in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, residential facilities and private practice and holds a certificate in Trauma-Informed Yoga. 

Cortney is available to work with adults, adolescents and children providing individual and family therapy. 

Outside of the studio, Cortney enjoys spending time with her husky (Enzo), trying new fitness classes, listening to podcasts and exploring the food culture of the city. 

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Margo Abrams, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist
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Margo brings a warm and empathic approach to her work with clients, striving to meet the unique needs of each individual in her care. She views every client as a complex individual with both strengths and areas for growth. Starting with creating a strong and trusting relationship, Margo engages each client in the therapeutic change or assessment process. Margo works with children, adolescents, and young adults providing individual, group, and family therapy.

Margo also provides comprehensive pediatric psychological diagnostic and learning evaluations for children and adolescents. As Margo has had many years of experience working in schools, she is available to consult directly with schools and help advocate for families regarding Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as well as school behavior plans. She feels strongly that collaborating within the school system is an essential component when working with children. Furthermore, she believes regular communication with parents, schools, and other medical professionals is essential in supporting the child to do their best.

Margo holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at a private school in Manhattan, New York. Upon receiving licensure, Margo was asked to stay as a licensed supervising psychologist for the school’s APA accredited training program. She has also worked in other settings including community mental health clinics, outpatient clinics, and a therapeutic day school.

Outside of work, Margo enjoys taking advantage of all the city has to offer! She can be seen walking by the lake, shopping at her local farmer’s market, attending street festivals, and spending time with family and friends.

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Julia M. Rahn, Ph. D.

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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.

Please note: Julia is not taking new clients at this time

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And the Day Came…

Embracing change by empowering you

Michelle Garcia

Office Manager
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Jodi Daniel, MA, LCSW

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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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Judy Ranniger-Meza, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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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.

Ordained an interfaith/ interspiritual minister in 2017, Judy pursues her lifelong commitment to living a spiritual life through creating and maintaining community, spiritual study and growth, spiritual activism, and assisting others in their life’s journey through spiritual counseling and performing marriage, funeral, and other sacred ceremonies.

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Emily Brown, Psy.D.

​​Clinical Psychologist
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With a deep base of experience, Emily brings a focus on mindfulness and self-awareness to her clients, helping each to identify their authentic values and craft lives more fully in line with what is truly important to them.

Emily builds client relationships enriched by honesty, flexibility and good humor. Warm and direct, Emily helps each client to explore the thoughts and behaviors that shackle them, the patterns in which they feel “stuck”. She helps clients to build the insights, perspectives and coping skills needed to dislodge the patterns that serve them poorly, to accept conditions beyond their control, and to engage their lives authentically, intentionally and productively.

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington and a doctorate in psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She enriched her training during a pre-doctoral internship in addiction treatment and a post-doctoral fellowship at Regional Mental Health Centers in East Chicago. More recently, Emily has been a primary therapist and Clinical Manager of a program specializing in Mood, Anxiety and Trauma-Related concerns. She has employed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her work. Emily’s work has exposed her to a wide range of practice setting and levels of care, to include residential, PHP, IOP, outpatient and community mental health.

Emily works with adults and adolescents providing individual, family and group therapy.

Outside of work, Emily waves the banners of Chicago and Seattle in her passion for sports, and nourishes her appetites for exciting food and exploration by scouting and sampling Chicago’s amazing culinary landscape.

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Emily Brown, Psy.D.

​​Clinical Psychologist
Emily@studioforchange.com
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With a deep base of experience, Emily brings a focus on mindfulness and self-awareness to her clients, helping each to identify their authentic values and craft lives more fully in line with what is truly important to them.

Emily builds client relationships enriched by honesty, flexibility and good humor. Warm and direct, Emily helps each client to explore the thoughts and behaviors that shackle them, the patterns in which they feel “stuck”. She helps clients to build the insights, perspectives and coping skills needed to dislodge the patterns that serve them poorly, to accept conditions beyond their control, and to engage their lives authentically, intentionally and productively.

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington and a doctorate in psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She enriched her training during a pre-doctoral internship in addiction treatment and a post-doctoral fellowship at Regional Mental Health Centers in East Chicago. More recently, Emily has been a primary therapist and Clinical Manager of a program specializing in Mood, Anxiety and Trauma-Related concerns. She has employed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her work. Emily’s work has exposed her to a wide range of practice setting and levels of care, to include residential, PHP, IOP, outpatient and community mental health.

Emily works with adults and adolescents providing individual, family and group therapy.

Outside of work, Emily waves the banners of Chicago and Seattle in her passion for sports, and nourishes her appetites for exciting food and exploration by scouting and sampling Chicago’s amazing culinary landscape.

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Lauren Roda, LCPC

Child & Family Therapist
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Lauren’s approach to therapy is collaborative and family oriented. Emphasizing integration, Lauren builds relationships not only with the child and family, but also with schools, physicians and other members of the child’s community. Lauren helps your child to build skills and behaviors to guide them to their fullest potential.

Because she understands the process can be intimidating. Lauren creates a safe, inviting environment for children and their families to explore and grow. Throughout, strengthens communication and attachment between the parent and child.

Lauren’s practice includes parent-child relationships, early childhood, parent training, behavior management, divorce, and autism spectrum disorders. Lauren has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy in an array of settings, including private practice, behavior hospitals, and schools as a therapist and coordinator.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University, with honors in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) from Roosevelt University. Lauren is a published author in the Child and Care Youth Forum, based on research with Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Lauren is available to work with toddlers, children, and parents. She will also provide parent training and social skills groups for children and their families.

Outside of the studio, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and dog, Charlie, and participating in winter and summer activities in Northern Michigan.

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