Association House’s Mental Health Counseling services focus on the whole-person, providing trauma-informed, culturally affirming therapy that helps you reach your goals at any point in life. On this page you’ll find information on how we can help, services we offer, our therapists, and how to get started.

How We Help

Whether in our offices or via telehealth, we will help you gain the clarity you need. We offer individual and group therapy for individuals of all ages, for couples, and for families.

Our services can help with:

  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief/Loss
  • Gender Identity
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Life Coaching
  • Marital Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Trauma/PTSD

Services

Therapy can take many forms, and our therapists are skilled in identifying the right type of support and intervention at the right time. Whether you have had therapy in the past or are seeking services for the first time, we are here for you.

Some of the approaches and specializations we are able to offer include:

  • Coaching 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 
  • Eclectic Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) 
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) 
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Trauma Focused CBT

Meet Our Therapists

Crystal Villegas (she/her/hers)
Crystal is a Bilingual therapist with a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She has a social work background, where she worked primarily with child protective services, foster care, and adoptions. As a counselor, she has worked with participants of all ages and provided a variety of services.

Crystal seeks to help people become the best version of themselves. She believes therapy can be a healing and empowering experience. In her free time, she enjoys the company of friends and family, lounging at home with her pets, and trying all the delicious restaurants that Chicago has to offer!

Alicia Marrero (she/her/ella)
Alicia is a Bilingual therapist who earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Latinx Mental Health from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She’s trained in DBT, Domestic Violence, and Trauma-Focused CBT. As a Queer Puerto Rican Latinx Muxerista, her passion is working with BIPOC and Queer BIPOC youth and adults.

Alicia practices therapy to empower people to create and mold their sanctuary space and tell their stories. In her free time, she enjoys friends and family, adopts new plants for her home, and makes playlists to express feelings and emotions throughout life’s transitions.

Mary Meckes (she/her)
Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in medical social work and community-based mental health services. She utilizes a collaborative and eclectic strengths-based and trauma-informed approach that draws upon mindfulness, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, and motivational interviewing therapy techniques.

Mary enjoys witnessing her clients’ personal growth while they develop increased insight and healthy coping skills to improve their interpersonal relationships and overall quality of life. She enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family and rescue dog Jake in her free time.

Susana Vargas Villegas (she/her)
Susana is a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She is trained in DBT, CBT, Trauma Focused CBT, Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), Motivational Interviewing, Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals, and Mindfulness.

She is specialized in Acculturation, ADHD, Self-harming behaviors, SPARCS group, and Interactive Therapy (PCIT). Susana works to break the stigma around mental health through therapeutic work and empowerment. She believes in the healing power of being listened to without judgement. In her free time, she plays with her two dogs, does cross-fit, plays the drums, knits, and dances.

Afsha Merchant (she/her/hers)
Afsha is a Bilingual therapist with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. She’s trained in behavioral therapy methods for children and teens with Autism, Down Syndrome, ODD, and other developmental disorders. She has additional training in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and can help kids, teens, and adults learn to speak with photos.

She uses a multicultural lens to make sure cultural dynamics and areas of diversity are not ignored in sessions. Afsha seeks to instill hope in her clients and provide a space to share without being judged. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, knitting, listening to music, and dancing.

Cicely N. Johnson (she/her)
Cicely N. Johnson, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s in social work from the University of Michigan and doctorate in organizational leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has been involved in practicing counseling, consulting, and providing clinical supervision for over 20 years.

Dr. Johnson’s areas of clinical expertise include working with depression, anxiety, and adjustment-related concerns. She utilizes CBT and DBT to help support people searching for a helping hand.

Andrea Martinez Carbrera (she/her/ella)
Andrea earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Latinx Mental Health from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She integrates cultural practices in therapy and is trained in Trauma-Informed Care, Play Therapy, Relational-Cultural, Attachment-based, Psychodynamic focused, and CBT.

As an immigrant herself, Andrea specializes in working with people experiencing issues with acculturation, migratory grief and loss, racial identity, and intergenerational trauma. She seeks to create a safe place for her clients to know that they are not alone in their journeys. In her free time, she hikes national parks with her two dogs and husband, reads books, and paints/draws.

Jordan Henderson (he/him/his)
Jordan is currently in his third and final year at Northern Illinois Universities Clinal Mental Health Counseling program. He is also working toward a Trauma-Informed certificate. He practices therapy to assist in normalizing mental health and therapy in marginalized communities. In his free time, he loves listening to music and traveling!


Affordable Therapy

Many participants receive services through Medicaid. Association House is also an in-network provider for Blue Cross / Blue Shield PPO and accepts self-pay. If we are out-of-network for your insurance company, we are happy to provide you with a statement so that you can ask them to reimburse you for some of your costs. For self-pay, a sliding scale fee is available for those who qualify.

How to Get Started

If you’re ready to take the next step, our team is ready to help. Here are two ways to get started:

  • By phone: 773-772-8009 ext. 6720
  • By email: bh-bcbs@associationhouse.org

After receiving your initial inquiry, we will work with you to understand your goals, match you with a therapist and set your first appointment.