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The Team

Who We Are

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Bridgette Maurino, LCSW

Owner & Therapist 

Bridgette Maurino is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University. Bridgette works with clients ranging from children, adolescents, adults, and parents struggling with depression, anxiety, mental illness, substance abuse, self-esteem, anger management, as well as those coping with relationship issues. 

Bridgette's passion is working with children, adolescents, and young adults using a variety of different therapeutic modalities such as play therapy, art therapy, walk and talk therapy, etc. 

Bridgette has also worked in a wide variety of settings such as: after-school programs, juvenile justice departments for domestic violence, hospitals inpatient psychiatric units and PHP (Partial Hospitalization Programs) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP).


I hope to have the opportunity to work with you!  

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Shauna Wolf, LCSW


Shauna Wolf is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Carroll University in Wisconsin.

Shauna has experience as a (current) School Social Worker and previously as a Probation Officer. She has advanced knowledge in special education, crisis interventions, academic support, the criminal justice system, domestic violence, substance abuse, trauma, and adolescent resiliency.

Shauna works with children, adolescents, and adult looking for support and guidance during stressful times in their lives. She focuses on a strength-based and client-centered approach to best help individuals reach their full potential. Her caring, empathetic, and fun-loving personality influences her therapeutic approach to make each person feel comfortable. Shauna believes everyone should have a safe and healing place to navigate life’s difficult times.

During her free time, Shauna enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, camping, hiking, reading, and traveling.

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Linnea Favlea, LCSW

Linnea Favela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Linnea earned her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Aurora University, while simultaneously specializing in addictions and school social work. 


Linnea previously provided counseling for adult clients in the criminal justice system who required substance abuse counseling to fulfill the stipulations of their probation or parole. Currently, Linnea is a School Social Worker with advanced knowledge in the Juvenile Justice System, adverse childhood experiences, domestic violence, adolescent substance use, depression, and anxiety. 


Linnea is passionate about using evidence-based practices to provide adolescents and adults with counseling techniques to help them achieve their goals. Linnea believes everyone is capable of change when provided a safe, consistent, and reliable setting to process their thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

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Amy Penar, LCSW

Amy has a B.A. in Psychology and her MSW in Social Work. She is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). Amy has been a School Social Worker for 13 years and has worked with students from Pre-School to Transition Age. She provides therapy services for children and teens using an integrated approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. There are so many changes that happen as children grow and develop, and Amy is here to help with these transitions. Amy believes that change happens when people are given the support, they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives.

Amy enjoys working with children to support kids in learning to manage their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. There is a focus on building relationships that allow her clients to explore their experiences and feelings to support them when challenges come along. Amy provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.

Amy earned her B.A. in Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1996. Amy is also a Licensed Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Illinois. She graduated from the Aurora University with her graduate degree in Social Work

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Anita Funkhouser, LCPC


Anita Funkhouser is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Heidelberg University.   I work with clients ranging from children, adolescents, adults, and parents who are dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self-injury, adjustment disorders, grief/loss, anger management, and mental Illness.

Anita works as an intake worker in the ER of a hospital doing behavioral health assessments.  Anita also worked at Little City Foundations for 6 years working with adolescents.  Her therapy style is active and goal-oriented, teaching cognitive-behavioral techniques.  Her goal is to help you reach your desired solution. She believes that all people are cable of change and have it within themselves to make any changes necessary to build a better life.

In her free time, Anita enjoys spending time with her cats and family. Anita loves planting flowers and working in the garden. Anita has a love for traveling.

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Rachel Barry, M. Ed

Practice Director and Educational Advocate 


Rachel‌ ‌Barry‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌special‌ ‌education‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌who‌ ‌has‌ ‌worked‌ ‌with‌ ‌students‌ ‌with‌ ‌emotional,‌ ‌behavioral,‌ ‌and‌ ‌learning‌ ‌disabilities,‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌students‌ ‌with‌ ‌Autism‌ ‌Spectrum‌ ‌Disorder.‌ ‌She‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌Masters‌ ‌in‌ ‌School‌ ‌Leadership‌ ‌and‌ ‌has‌ ‌worked‌ ‌in‌ ‌schools‌ ‌for‌ ‌10‌+ ‌years.‌ ‌ ‌

As‌ ‌an‌ ‌educational‌ ‌advocate,‌ ‌Rachel‌ ‌helps‌ ‌families‌ ‌understand‌ ‌the‌ ‌options‌ ‌available‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌setting,‌ ‌advocates‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌necessary‌ ‌services‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌student,‌ ‌and‌ ‌helps‌ ‌families‌ ‌communicate‌ ‌with‌ ‌school‌ ‌teams.‌ ‌ ‌

Rachel’s‌ ‌passion‌ ‌is‌ ‌helping‌ ‌parents‌ ‌and‌ ‌students‌ ‌get‌ ‌the‌ ‌best‌ ‌education‌ ‌services‌ ‌possible‌ ‌and‌ ‌helping‌ ‌parents‌ ‌navigate‌ ‌the,‌ ‌oftentimes,‌ ‌complex‌ ‌world‌ ‌of‌ ‌schools.‌ ‌ ‌

Currently‌ ‌Rachel‌ ‌teaches‌ ‌at‌ ‌a‌ ‌school‌ ‌for‌ ‌students‌ ‌with‌ ‌behavior‌ ‌disorders‌ ‌who‌ ‌need‌ ‌a‌ ‌highly‌ ‌structured,‌ ‌therapeutic‌ ‌environment,‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌providing‌ ‌advocacy‌ ‌services‌ ‌for‌ ‌families‌ ‌in‌ ‌need‌ ‌of‌ ‌support.‌ ‌ ‌

Rachel has also taken on the Role of Practice Director and is responsible for all our new admissions. Rachel will pair the client with the best fitting therapist. 

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