Our Team

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Expertise and Caring

Our Team

All of our team is dedicated to providing excellent care, in the context of a caring therapeutic relationship. To learn more about each therapist, please view their bio to understand their background, expertise, passion, and approach. Our intake team will help to determine who will be a good fit for you and your family.

Once you have contacted us, an intake therapist will follow up with you to schedule a time for a screening call. This process allows us to find the best therapist match for your needs!

Dr. Michelle Cutler (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Practice Founder and Owner
Dr. Cutler has a nurturing, yet directive style that helps children and families to feel at ease. Her passion lies in helping children emotionally heal, and helping parents to play an integral role in this process. Dr. Cutler typically uses Cognitive Behavioral and Play Therapy techniques, but her treatment approach will be tailored to what...

Dr. Erin Hagerty (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director
Dr. Erin Hagerty believes that every person has the capacity for change, wellness, and healing and that human connection is central to this process. She utilizes a strength based relational therapeutic approach to treatment and works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Erin began her career working with families, children, and adolescents in a variety...

Angie Rush, LCSW (she/her/hers)

Clinical Therapist, Intake Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor
Angie Rush, LCSW, provides therapy for children, adolescents and their parents. She has a warm, inviting and casual style of interacting with families. Her approach is to treat the child within the context of the family. She believes that parents are an integral part of the treatment and encourages active participation in the therapy. She...
Fatima Hashmi is a certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor who brings a wealth of training, experiences, and education to her clinical work. Fatima’s aim in a clinical setting is to use a decolonizing narrative and empower those belonging to diverse communities– who are finding their avenue of advocacy. She utilizes a...

Dr. Katie McGowan (she/her/hers)

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow
Katie places great importance on creating a safe, warm, and collaborative therapeutic environment for the individuals that she serves. She strives to build a supportive and honest relationship with clients while maintaining patience, compassion, and humor. Katie understands that therapeutic change comes from focusing on an individuals’ needs while processing the impact of various ecological...

Dr. Jill Kovach (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Therapy is a process that builds on trust and care as we work together to process and heal from life’s challenges. As such, Jill fundamentally understands client concerns from relational psychodynamic and attachment approaches, which involve exploring how relationships, past and present, shape one’s understanding of themselves within their outside world. Jill approaches this work...

Dr. Yael Zahtz (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor
Dr. Zahtz believes that therapy is a fluid process, there is no “one size fits all”. In her work with children, adolescents, and families she very much views each individual and/or family as their own entity with their own experiences, thoughts, feelings, ways of interacting, and values. No one entity is exactly like another, even...

JorDyne Jackson, LPC (she/her/hers)

Clinical Therapist, Intake Therapist
JorDyne earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, JorDyne is an HBCU graduate with a B.S in Psychology from Tennessee State University. She had an early educational focus in neuroscience and completed several research internships at both Princeton and Vanderbilt Universities....

Urbi Nag, LCPC (she/her/hers)

Clinical Therapist
Urbi believes that therapy is a journey, and the therapist is a guide and source of support for the client all through that journey. She believes every client is unique and uses Person-centered therapy approaches. She employs different combinations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, play therapy, trauma-based interventions and behavior management strategies. Urbi uses relational...

Dr. Leah Marks (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist
As a therapist and evaluator Leah takes an ecological approach, that means she considers all the systems at play in a child or adolescent’s life and tries to understand how they are functioning across these settings. She takes a warm, friendly and developmentally appropriate approach to assessment. When you are completing an evaluation with Leah,...

Dr. Andreya DeLarco (she/her/hers)

Psychology Post-doctoral Fellow, Testing Services Coordinator
Dr. DeLarco earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2022. She completed her doctoral training in various settings, including psychiatric hospital inpatient, hospital outpatient, group practice, and community mental health. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have experienced trauma, including complex trauma....

Melissa Tan, LSW (she/her/hers)

Clinical Therapist
Melissa is committed to meeting you where you are at, and strives to build a trusting relationship with you. She uses a culturally responsive, neurodiverse-affirming, and trauma informed approach to foster empowerment and reinforce connection with clients . She strongly believes individuals can rebuild a sense of safety after a life altering event with the...
Juliet’s approach to therapy combines Humanistic, Psychoanalytic, Behavioral, and Cognitive theories to address each couple and individual’s challenges holistically. She also believes continued education is essential to being an effective clinician and empathetic human. She is always reading, learning, and growing. However, she currently mainly uses EFT, DBT, CBT, mindfulness, and Gottman tools and interventions....

Dr. Alexandra Coleman (she/her/hers)

Psychology Post-doctoral Fellow
My approach to clinical services is client-centered and collaborative. I see the therapeutic process as an opportunity for me to help clients advocate for themselves within their families, schools, and communities. I would describe my style as warm, friendly, and bold. Children and families can expect for me to be well-attuned to their needs throughout...

Dr. Schaelyn McFadden (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. McFadden strives to provide clients a collaborative, authentic, and supportive space to address their concerns, foster their strengths, and enhance their overall well-being. She takes an active approach and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to best meet the client’s unique needs to promote lasting change. Through increasing self-awareness, strengthening skills, exploring alternative ways of...

Anne Zakaras, LPC, ATR-BC (she/her/hers)

Clinical Therapist, Board Certified Art Therapist
Anne Zakaras, MA, LPC, ATR-BC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist. Anne’s integrative, client-centered approach is rooted in evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices combined with art therapy techniques in order to treat a variety of mental health concerns. Anne offers a warm, open, and collaborative approach when working with clients and...
Stephanie Liebl is a Licensed Professional Counselor and  Registered Art Therapist. As an art therapist, Stephanie values being able to use creativity in her approach to working with clients. This can be literally using art supplies, but also helping clients look at their issues through different perspectives or experimenting with a variety of coping mechanisms....
Samantha strives to create a welcoming, safe therapeutic environment where clients can express their personal thoughts and experiences without fear of judgment. She is a therapist who really wants to understand her clients’ thoughts and will engage with her clients with curiosity and attunement to their experience. It is important to her that clients feel...
Kimberly is passionate about providing service to vulnerable, disadvantaged, and marginalized populations. Her approach to therapy is based on an integrative modality, emphasizing CBT, DBT, and systems theories. Kimberly prioritizes a culturally sensitive and strengths-based foundation and believes in collaborating with the client. As a proud BIPOC and first-generation Vietnamese American grad student, she enjoys...
Lena earned her Masters Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate studies (Bachelor of Arts) in both Psychology and Anthropology at Indiana University-Northwest and is currently working towards a graduate certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis through Ball State University. Lena works predominantly with children and adolescents and has...

Daisy Munoz (she/her/hers)

Administrative assistant
Daisy Munoz is the administrative assistant at Rooted Connections. She manages client paperwork and information, and works behind the scenes to support our clinicians. Daisy’s Contact Information: admin@rootedconnectionscounseling.com

Emma Howard (she/her/hers)

Billing Specialist
Emma Howard, is an experienced billing specialist supporting private practices. She has over 15 years of healthcare experience in clinical and administrative roles, but has spent the last several years finding a passion for mental health billing. She loves working with claims and seeing them through until they are paid! She truly enjoys helping the...