Meet the Therapists

IMG_0876Anne-Marie C. Nicolas, Psy.D.

As a clinical psychologist and Reiki Master, Anne-Marie C. Nicolas, Psy.D. combines her traditional clinical training with a holistic treatment perspective which incorporates the mind, body, and spirit of each client individually, respecting each person’s beliefs with compassion. Dr. Nicolas attended the American Psychological Association accredited Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida; becoming a Doctor of Psychology in 2008. Before obtaining her doctorate, she worked as a counselor at a crisis stabilization unit, clinical assessor for a major hospital in Orlando, Florida, and with sexually abused children. While in her doctoral program, her directed study focused on self-image development in adolescent African-American females. She also acted as a coordinator of research into the evolving attitudes related to interracial relationships in our society. Her internship and postdoctoral training occurred in an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility and she credits these experiences collectively with providing a rich atmosphere for her personal, professional, and spiritual journey as well as shaping her clinical practice. Dr. Nicolas has also acted as a clinical director and values working in collaboration with other professionals. Her areas of interest and specialty include holistic addiction treatment, psychological assessment, trauma informed therapy, holistic and spiritual health, transpersonal psychology, client centered psychotherapy, chronic pain management, and work with ethnically and spiritually diverse populations. From a young age, Dr. Nicolas has had a calling to assist others as they heal from psychological and spiritual wounds. She is descended from a family of healers. Most notably, her father Dr. Aristomene Nicolas, M.D., a renowned internist and pathologist in Chicago until his passing. She believes in the mind, body, and soul connection which is reflected in her practice. Dr. Nicolas believes in providing “care with integrity.”

Please listen to Dr. Nicolas on Voice America internet radio discussing chronic pain management:

http://cdn.voiceamerica.com/health/011431/rogel061814.mp3

 

Lauren M Jackson LCPC, CDVP

Passionate, empathetic and a driven desire to help facilitate positive change in the lives of others is the motivating force behind Lauren Michelle Jackson. Having the ability to relate to others and find common ground has served her well as a licensed clinical professional counselor, life coach, motivational speaker and Domestic Violence advocate.

Lauren’s passion for serving others began when she started her counseling career as a Domestic Violence Therapist and Community Educator. Under this title, Lauren gave individual and family therapy services to victims and their children, led women empowerment groups, ran teen and adult dating violence seminars/workshops, taught Domestic Violence educational classes and conducted outreach presentations on the importance of Domestic Violence awareness.

Adding to her work history, Lauren also served as a Mental Health Consultant providing therapeutic and referral services to children and their families that participated in Head Start/Early Head Start programs throughout the city of Chicago. In addition, Lauren also served an Adult Mental Health Therapist working with outpatient clients that suffered from Axis 1 mental illness disorders.

Guests working with Lauren often become empowered to place themselves back on their own priority list, confront feelings from their past – often trauma-related- and find ways to gain the healthiest relationship with themselves. This ultimately is based on Lauren’s belief that if we have the best relationship with ourselves it will show to be true in all other aspects of our life’s journey. It is with this awareness that individuals are allowed to give themselves permission to live their absolute best and most authentic life yet.

Lauren believes therapy should be a collaborative process, however just like most things in life one get’s out of therapy what they are willing to put in it.  Lauren is aimed to provide a supportive and objective environment for guest to explore, become educated and to create the change guests desire to see.

Lauren is a truly a Gestalt therapist at heart with influences of Feminist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well.  She believes that by exploring and gaining awareness of one’s past grants them access to understanding the nature behind their behavioral patterns and give them the opportunity to make better-informed decisions within their lives to help foster their continual growth.

Dr. Jonah Waseberg D.Min, Ph.D., LPC

Adjunct Professor of Counseling Psychology

Dr. Waseberg works with clients from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. He treats different populations including individuals,  groups, couples, families, adults/young adults, adolescents and/or children, with a variety of mental disorders including, but not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, eating disorders, adjustment disorders. He works with issues ranging from general trauma and trauma recovery to depression, anxiety, PTSD, loss and grief, phobias, self-esteem issues, adjustment, cultural shack, life transitions (e.g. immigration, job loss, new parent, etc.), breaking relationships, abandonment, identity, religion/spirituality issues, anger management, marriage, interpersonal relationships, substance abuse, and many other issues.

Dr. Waseberg’s approach is collaborative focusing on relational and empowerment approaches to explore past issues that may still be causing difficulty. Also, he focuses on a client’s strengths to find meaning(s) in the present, and solution(s) to their problems. He addresses clients’ emotional, behavioral and interpersonal issues using evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy, existential therapy, mindfulness, holistic, spiritual counseling, pastoral counseling, trauma-informed therapy, and client-centered therapy.

Dr. Waseberg integrates into his treatment the cultural background which includes race, gender, faith/religion, and nationality, of each client because he believes each client has a unique context, especially narrative and identity.  Clients can expect Dr. Waseberg to meet them where they are with empathy and intuition.He also utilizes creativity to assist with mental and emotional processing or as a tool for self-care.

Dr. Waseberg earned his Ph.D. from Chicago Theological Seminary. He studied Psychoanalysis for almost two years at the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis(CIP), which supplemented his Ph.D. coursework, where he also completed a full-year Post-Graduate Psychoanalytic Fellowship. Prior to his Ph.D., he earned another doctorate, which is Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.  Currently, he teaches as an adjunct professor of counseling psychology at Trinity Christian College, IL.

 

To schedule an appointment or for more information please contact us at info@bluelotuspsychology.com or at (773) 551-3916

 

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