Maria Rago, Ph. D.

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Maria is the clinical director and founder of Rago & Associates. She has extensive experience in individual, marital and family therapy, supervision and professional consultation. Her leadership has been important across inpatient, outpatient and residential settings. Her advice is so sought after that Maria has been quoted in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Scholastic’s Science World Magazine and by the Associated Press. Maria was named, “Health Hero” by Prevention Magazine for their March 2008 issue. She was also selected as “December” for the 2009 Prevention Calendar. She has appeared as an expert on the 10 o’clock news for both ABC and NBC in Chicago and nationally on Good Morning America and Fox News Live with Brian Wilson.

Maria serves as the National Vice President of ANAD (The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) and in 2012 she was honored to win ANAD’s prestigious Vivian Meehan Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in her service and commitment to people with eating disorders and their loved ones.

Maria has been a passionate and outspoken leader in the field of eating disorders, obesity and body image, and she has spoken across the nation and in Europe to help change people’s unfair assumptions and views. Her book, “Shut Up, Skinny Bitches” (2010) encouraged readers to love food and their bodies.

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Lisa Szudarski, L.C.S.W.

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Lisa has an aggressive, direct, very supportive counseling style. Her no-nonsense and caring approach helps her clients make progress quickly. One of Lisa’s specialties is assisting boys and men with recovery from eating disorders. Lisa also specializes in the treatment of compulsive overeating. And, for people with diabetes, Lisa is well known for her expertise in helping them with their special needs and concerns. As a certified life coach, Lisa helps clients reach both their emotional and physical goals, for any problem in life they may be facing. Lisa is known for her warm, practical, problem-solving advice. When not working, Lisa is busy raising two very active boys who have given her a vast range of experience with various therapeutic issues.

Patrick Trapp, M.S.W.

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Patrick became interested in psychology after searching for and finding his biological mother and father in 1994. He is a national speaker on adoption issues, especially the identity struggle in adolescence. Patrick is renowned for his work with children with ADHD and has worked in school and hospital settings. Patrick enjoys outpatient therapy best because he can help people of all ages understand and appreciate themselves more and help them accomplish their goals. Patrick loves comedies, rock concerts, independent films and most of all his wife and two beautiful children.

Lisa Hardekoph, L.P.C.

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Lisa Hardekopf is a Certified Eating Disorders Associate and sits on the board of the Illinois Chapter of the Internation Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Lisa firmly believes in being creative in therapy and uses a variety of expressive forms of therapy to break through verbal defenses. In 2008, with the help of her horse Wings, she created "On Wings" an equine therapy program designed specifically for the needs of eating disorder clients. Lisa has a long history of running intensive group therapies and is renowned for her innovative and effective body image work. She currently offers a variety of groups including body image groups and the ever popular "Lord of the Rings" group. She is often accompanied in the office by her German Shepherd, Mira, who puts clients quickly at ease and always brings a smile. Lisa was a former college runner and coach and has a long history of riding and showing Saddlebred horses.

Deborah Davero, Psy. D.

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Dr. Dr. Davero brings 20 years of extensive experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety and mood disorders, conduct problems, and anger management issues. Her background includes clinical and management work at Maryville Academy, Allendale Association, CPC Behavioral Health Hospital, and at the Cardinal Bernadine Cancer Center at Loyola University. Dr. Davero has her EMDR certification through the EMDR Institute and utilizes this therapeutic approach to help heal trauma victims, including sexual abuse, rape, childhood neglect and emotional abuse, and other PTSD/phobic symptoms. Dr. Davero also specializes in working to heal young women of eating disorders. Her focus is on empowerment through building a strong self-identity and challenging women to discover their hidden passions and creative strengths. In addition, she offers expertise in the areas of parent consultation and family therapy.

Jill Jacobe, L.S.W.

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Jill is a passionate therapist guiding clients towards goals, setting high expectations, and achieving exceptional results. Jill’s degree in Art Therapy lends itself to a creative approach to therapy.

Jill is an acclaimed speaker having presented for IEDAP, EAGALA and ANAD conferences. Jill's past experiences include: Director of 13 residential groups homes for DCFS children; Clinical Therapist at Edward Hospital's Eating Disorder Programs in Naperville developing and working in the PHP, IOP and residential care programs.

Jill has extensive experience in individual, family, and group therapy. She is a certified Equine therapist and loves to engage experientially with her clients. She is an accomplished group therapist and loves doing a variety of groups with clients of all ages. Jill works creatively with those struggling with personality disorders focusing on accountability, mindfulness and finding ones inner strength and purpose.

Jill enjoys scuba diving, music, horseback riding, garage sales, and antiquing. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband and long walks with her golden retriever.

Josie Miller, L.P.C.

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Josie is a creative, warm and direct therapist. Her expertise in eating disorders guides clients down a path ro recovery. With her help, clients solve any issues holding them back from true happiness. "A primary goal I implement in therapy is helping my clients attain self acceptance. Identifying and embracing our strengths and weaknesses allows us the freedom to grow and replace our negative, irrational beliefs about ourselves with kindness and confidence".

Josie also works extensively with couples wanting to resolve marital issues and become more connected. "Often a couple experiences vast changes and dynamics throughout their relationship. I provide a safe, neutral environment and a positive perspective that allows couples to resolve conflict and ultimately build a stronger bond by focusing on and meeting each others needs".

Lastly, josie offers christian based therapy for clients seeking to involve God in their therapy journey. "We are all broken, healing is a humble journey and when we open our hearts and invite God into our lives, nothing is impossible".

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways a knowledge him, and he will make straight your paths"

Heather Aviles, M.A., A.T.R., L.P.C.

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While working on her B.S. degree in Psychology, Heather began using art as a form of healing negative behaviors and expressing emotions. Art can transcend unconscious obstacles and barriers in a powerful way while healing the soul. She received her M.A in Art Therapy from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Heather’s form of therapy allows her clients to develop and change in the ways they wish to, Overcoming resistance and responding differently to negative feelings. Heather has a passion for working with clients struggling to overcome severe depression, anxiety, and trauma. “I believe with Art Therapy you can creatively push the negative feelings out, which then allows you to transform into the unique and beautiful person you truly are.” Heather also specializes in couples and family counseling.

Stephanie Ciucci, R.D.N., L.D.N.

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Stephanie is an energetic and highly dedicated dietitian that provides guidance in all areas of nutrition. She has been specializing in the treatment of eating disorders since 2004. Stephanie strives to help her clients reach optimal mind/body health through teaching her clients the vital role of balanced, non-restrictive nutrition. Stephanie believes that everyone is an individual, so she takes a very individualized approach to treatment to help address the specific needs of her clients. Stephanie does find that a hands-on approach to treatment, such as grocery shopping, cooking sessions and dining out sessions are very effective in building life skills that are essential for a healthy recovery. Stephanie also helps her clients discover and develop a healthy relationship with physical activity, which is very important for mind/body wellness.

When Stephanie is not in the office, she loves to fill her time playing with her very spirited and energetic twins, organizing social events for her twins club, doing anything outdoors and cooking.

Favorite quotes:

“Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” – Hippocrates

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Hellen Keller

Kendra DeFrank, L.P.C.

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Kendra is an energetic and passionate therapist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. She believes in full recovery and utilizes a variety of techniques to help her clients heal. Kendra used to work as a therapist in the Eating Disorder Program at Linden Oaks Hospital and became well known for her effectiveness with body image and self-esteem work. She also has expertise in the resolution of depression, trauma, and family conflict. Kendra works in our New Lenox office as well as in our Naperville location. When Kendra is not doing therapy, she enjoys traveling, interior decorating, and dancing.

Lindsay Calvario, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

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Lindsay is a warm, friendly, and creative dietitian. Her passion is to help clients adopt a lifelong way of eating which is comfortable, flexible, and promotes optimal health and well-being. She believes healthy eating is an important aspect of life, but only a small aspect, and works to help clients gain a balanced and healthy relationship with food. As an eating disorder specialist, Lindsay helps clients restore and maintain health in the most compassionate, non-rigid way possible. She is also an expert in childhood feeding issues and hormone-related nutrition conditions, including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. She particularly enjoys working with children, adolescents, and athletes. She is a former collegiate cross country and track and field athlete, which gave her a clear understanding of the role a healthy diet and positive body image play in performance. In addition to individual counseling, Lindsay believes in the power of group therapy and frequently runs groups such as experiential restaurant dining, challenge foods, intuitive eating, and groups with food-related volunteering opportunities. Lindsay is involved in the running community and has recently completed her first marathon. Tropical vacations and spending time outdoors with her husband are two of her favorite pastimes.

Eve Miceli, Psy.D.

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Dr. Miceli is a warm, caring and creative therapist who utilizes an integrative approach while working with her clients. She utilizes an intensive, team approach to treatment when necessary, and finds this to be most effective in the healing and recovery process. She enjoys working closely with families and loved ones in order to help facilitate healthy relationships and maximize therapy outcomes.

Dr. Miceli specializes in working with issues related to Interpersonal Concerns, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders and Traumatic Stress. Additionally, she believes that Effective Communication is a key component in any healthy personal or professional relationship, and enjoys providing such training to individuals, couples, families and small organizations.

In her spare time, she enjoys working on creative projects and spending time with her family.

Lisa Carroll, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

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Lisa is a companionate, enthusiastic, and dedicated dietitian. She is committed to improving the health and well-being of her community through nutrition and positive relationships with food. Lisa specializes in eating disorders and weight management and believes in helping her clients achieve full recovery through unique learning and recovery experiences. Her interactive approach with clients helps to promote health and nutrition. Lisa strongly believes that food and nutrition play a large role in physical, mental, and emotional health and allows the individual to enjoy life to its fullest. Her goal as a dietitian is to help the client build lasting relationships with food and a positive body image. As an animal lover, Lisa enjoys playing outdoors with her dog and cooking for her family and friends.

Lenny Rago, M.S.W., C.A.D.C.

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Lenny is a warm and caring counselor who specializes in helping people work through addiction, anxiety and depression issues as well as general mental health and well being needs. He is passionate about working with people to achieve their personal goals and he has dedicated his professional life to serving communities and individuals. Prior to receiving his MSW and CADC, Lenny was a police officer for many years. This experience provided Lenny with an awareness, compassion for and sensitivity to all different types of people facing stressful and challenging situations. He has assisted a lot of people with making positive changes in their lives. Lenny’s background includes working with adults and adolescents in a clinical setting focused on family and individual counseling. He has also been a mentor for foster children and teens. In his down time, Lenny likes spending time with family and friends, traveling and watching sports- especially the Bears and Blackhawks.

Melissa Geraghty, Psy.D.

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Dr. Geraghty has a specialty certificate in clinical health psychology. She is described as compassionate, humorous, and unconditionally accepting of her clients. Dr. Geraghty practices Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which incorporate evidenced based treatments such as mindfulness, teaching coping skills, and assisting clients in living their values.

Dr. Geraghty bases her care on the biopsychosocialspiritual model and therefore views and supports each client as a whole. She has an active style of therapy which involves clients learning about themselves through experiential exercises. Her clinical expertise includes: eating disorders, chronic illness and physical disabilities (e.g. chronic pain, cancer, spinal injury, amputation, surgical and medical procedure preparation, etc.), trauma (e.g. PTSD, secondary trauma in healthcare professionals, etc.), anxiety disorders (e.g. phobias, OCD, etc.), bereavement, depression, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Dr. Geraghty also enjoys giving interactive presentations to clients and professionals.

As a person with chronic pain and other physical disabilities, Dr. Geraghty understands firsthand the difficulties that medical diagnosis brings to daily living. Dr. Geraghty supports and guides clients and their families, assisting them in living life to the fullest regardless of one’s medical and psychological circumstances.

One of Dr. Geraghty’s favorite quotes is: “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” Join Dr. Geraghty in supporting you in living a rich and meaningful life. .

Get in Touch

Considering help? Feel free to email Dr. Maria Rago, counseling director at Rago & Associates. She will personally read it and connect you with the services and people she believes can best help you or your loved one.

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maria@ragotherapy.com

Or you can reach us by phone:

(630) 637-9300

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