Nicole Maxwell, MA
My current therapy focus is working with adults in various seasons of life who desire change, greater joy, or are looking to make sense of life circumstances. I use cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-commitment therapies to help clients identify and understand how negative thinking patterns affect behaviors and shape world views. Often these patterns can be altered through mindfulness observation leading to a healthier, happier lifestyle. My role as therapist is to facilitate this kind of personal growth in a safe and compassionate space.
Previously, I worked in a group home for children with autism, teaching life-skills towards the goal of functioning independently. I have also worked in an inpatient hospital-setting helping adolescents and adults struggling with suicide, homicide, and other serious mental health issues, to stabilize their crisis.
I joined the Center in 2016 for an advanced therapy practicum and continue here for a second year Intership under the CACTCChicago Area Christian Training Consortium program and the supervision of Dr. Nancy Cochran. I am currently in my final year of the clinical psychology doctoral program at Midwestern University, anticipating a summer of 2018 graduation.
PsyD. candidate, Midwestern University
MA in clinical psychology, Midwestern University
BA in psychology, University of Iowa
630-752-9750 ext 20
Kristin Ras, MA
I am interested in working with people who are going through transitions or feeling stuck—whether due to depression, anxiety, life changes, grief, or stress. I am committed to helping clients develop positive coping skills and a healthy perspective on life so they may live life to the fullest.
I enjoy working with clients to create a hopeful perspective that can come from understanding their own values, and I often rely on acceptance and commitment therapy to facilitate the process. I also draw from mindfulness techniques and meditation.
I have worked extensively with teenagers, young adults, and families through my career as high school teacher for fourteen years. I am currently the Religion Department Chair at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, where I also serve in the ministry department.
I join the Center as practicum student through December 2017 while finishing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Concordia University. I will be working under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Francis, O.P.
I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience of working with people on their faith journeys into my clinical practice. I have led and spoken at various retreats, workshops, and conferences concerning spirituality and faith. I have also done extensive research and writing on recovery from eating disorders, particularly within a faith context. I am an active volunteer with the National Eating Disorders Association, and I believe strongly in building a healthy self-image.
MA in pastoral studies, from Catholic Theological Union
630-752-9750 ext 14