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Our Team

The Calm Mind team supports our clients through a wide range of therapeutic techniques, and has been able to help our clients achieve a calm mind.  We provide a safe and comforting space, and we support you in choosing a therapist that meets your needs. 

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Suzanne Muirheid

Founder

Licensed Clinical Professional Counsellor (LCPC) 

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II (CCTP-II)

Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC)

EMDR Certified

EMDR Institute Facilitator

EMDRIA Approved Consultant

EMDR Institute Approved Consultant

I founded Calm Mind Counseling Center with the goal of providing innovative and effective care to individuals struggling with trauma and other mental health issues. I have found that a trauma-informed approach helps link events throughout an individual's life that can help them understand that difficulties they are currently experiencing and how to best heal.

 

In my efforts to provide my clients with the best treatment possible, I have trained extensively in trauma-informed care.  As a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician, I regularly integrate this technique into my work as I have seen it transform the lives of my clients. Additionally, I work with the EMDR Institute facilitating EMDR trainings and providing mentorship and consultation to EMDR therapists.

My style is holistic and strength-based.  There is nothing more powerful than helping someone realize that their pain and past trauma doesn't define them. Helping people rediscover hope and empowerment creates a sense of purpose in my own life.  

 

I spend my free time with my children, lifting weights, reading trying new restaurants, and playing with my Boston Terriers.

 

Pronouns:  She/Her

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Abigail Slager

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMHC)

EMDR Trained

I am passionate about helping people lean into their journey of self-discovery and grow into personal healing and fulfillment.  I look to build a partnership with you by creating a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to come as you are.   I adhere to a person-centered approach to therapy where I will always choose words that recognize you as a person first with unique gifts and innate value.

 

I have a Social Work degree from Aurora University.  I have experience working in various health care settings including hospitals, community mental health, and kidney dialysis care.  I specialize in helping a broad spectrum of people including teens, adults and families managing chronic illness, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, body image/eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

I am passionate about utilizing acceptance and commitment therapies, mindfulness techniques, and various cognitive behavioral therapies to help you sort through your emotions and evaluate your experiences.

Pronouns:  She/Her

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Jessica Carufel

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

EMDR Training in Progress

As a therapist, I am deeply committed to understanding the various systems—family, society, and culture—that impact mental health. I believe our environment plays a pivotal role in shaping our worldview and how we interact with those around us. Within the therapeutic space, I strive to provide a sanctuary for growth, emphasizing safety and collaboration as catalysts for meaningful change. Empowering my clients, I encourage them to find community, assert their autonomy, and learn to sit with and move through difficult emotions. I deeply respect the courage and self-compassion it takes to embark on the counseling journey, honoring each client's resilience and potential for positive transformation.


In my practice, I do not believe there is a one-size-fits-all approach when working with people. Instead, I tailor my therapeutic style to meet the diverse needs and backgrounds of my clients. Drawing from feminist, attachment-based, trauma-informed, and emotion-focused modalities, I integrate mindfulness, relaxation techniques, somatic practices, and acceptance and commitment therapy techniques.

 
Before transitioning into private practice, I was a Parent Educator and Community Outreach Liaison for an Early Childhood Education Program and an Early Intervention Specialist in a Chicago homeless shelter. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Governors State University with years of experience at private practice. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), I am passionate about trauma-informed care. My clinical experience encompasses working with adults and teens grappling with complex childhood trauma, relational trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and individuals exploring gender identity and sexual orientation. I am especially interested in working with survivors of sexual abuse and helping those reclaim safety and sovereignty in their bodies.

 
What I do in my free time greatly depends on the season. If it is nice out I will find any reason to be outside in nature hiking, kayaking or exploring while in the colder months I am hibernating in my house with my cats and books or showing my husband the perfectly curated TikTok playlist I’ve made him.


Pronouns: She/Her

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Jeana Frazier

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGIP)

EMDR Trained

I strive to provide therapy that is tailored to each individual's unique experience. I became a therapist because I wanted to help and support others in the way that my own personal therapy helped me in the past. I was inspired to be that safe space for others.  My work is rooted in a person-centered approach, and I often use CBT, mindfulness, and solution-focused techniques during sessions.

I have a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University.  I have a background in social justice and with prior experience working in a college counseling setting, as well as a women's treatment facility.  I specialize in treating stress and anxiety management, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss.

 

I am a dog lover, a coffee lover, and a music lover.   Outside of work you can find me jamming out to music in my car, spending time with friends and family, or going on bike rides when the weather is nice! Fun fact, I am an experienced barista!

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Dominque Murrell

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

EMDR Trained

As a therapist, I understand that seeking out therapy may not always be the easiest decision. My goal is to provide a safe space for individuals to feel comfortable expressing themselves as well as create an environment where we can work together in order to achieve his/her/their goals by incorporating CBT and person-centered techniques in session.

 

I have a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. I have experience working with teens and adults dealing with an array of concerns: anxiety, depression, grief, and cognitive disabilities.

 

In my free time, I love spending time with friends & family, going to brunch (or out to eat in general), and watching Netflix/Hulu. 

 

Pronouns: She/Her

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Nicole Sonnefeldt

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Gottman Level I

EMDR Trained

I believe people grow from mutually empowering relationships, starting with the therapeutic relationship. I value equality and authenticity in my approach to therapy, and strive to take the mystery out of the process. I will encourage and strengthen your autonomy, giving you choice in your goals and room to give me feedback about what works best for you. I have a nonjudgmental attitude and no topic is taboo in my office, especially those we are often taught not to speak about, like sex, religion, race, and politics. In fact, I enjoy and encourage these discussions. My approach is warm, yet direct, and I value humor as an important tool for healing. 

I enjoy providing therapy for adults and couples, including LGBTQ+ and non-monogamous couples. I am poly, sex work, and kink - allied and -informed and identify as a pleasure-positive, feminist, trauma-informed therapist. I have a personal interest in and passion for reducing shame and stigma as it relates to sex and pleasure. My therapeutic approach is relational in nature and includes mindfulness, ego state therapy and EMDR, but I integrate many modalities depending on each client's unique personality and needs. 

 

I am a Gottman Level 1 Certified Couple's Therapist, additionally incorporating emotion focused therapy and ego state therapy into my work with couples. I often utilize what I learn while working with couples to help individuals experiencing relational issues. My experience includes working with people with anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, workplace issues and discrimination, spiritual concerns, and relationship issues. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working towards my EMDR certification and received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2023. 

 

In my free time I enjoy staying active, collecting records, and traveling to warm places. I formerly studied dance and spent a decade working in bars and restaurants. 

 

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Elizabeth Einig

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

EMDR Trained

I believe we all have the capacity to grow into our best selves through the power of therapy. As a Licensed Social Worker, I am passionate about creating a warm space that will allow you to feel seen and valued for your whole self. My goal is to help you feel a greater sense of peace, connection, and confidence. My approach is collaborative, gentle, and strengths-based. 

 

I especially love working with children, teens, and adults facing a variety of concerns, including trauma, abuse, attachment wounds, grief, anxiety, self-esteem concerns, and more. I received both my Master of Social Work (MSW) and undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

 

I'd be honored to walk alongside your healing journey to help build confidence, emotion regulation skills, and lifelong practices to enhance well-being. 

 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my cat, Pebbles, and exploring cafes and restaurants.

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Angelica Chrzascik

Master's Level Counselor

Gottman Level I

EMDR Training In Progress

My passion for mental health stems from the belief that every person is capable of changing their life for the better and understanding themselves more. I believe in looking at a person holistically to be considerate of different parts of a client’s life that may be affecting them. While providing a safe space to talk, I will be supportive and collaborate to ensure our work together is effective.


I have experience with advocating for mental health and providing resources while volunteering at a NAMI drop-in center as well as have worked in a nursing home setting assisting with group therapy. Currently, I am working to receive my Master’s in Counseling Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
During my free time, I enjoy seeing friends and family, reading, spending time in nature, and exercising.

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Melissa Bell

Counseling Intern

Registered Yoga Teacher RYT-200

Seeking help is hard. I understand this am committed to creating an environment where you feel supported and understood. I focus on treating the whole person, body, mind, and spirit (whatever that looks like to you.) I will work with you to help you reach your own personal idea of wellness. I use CBT to help you uncover and change negative thought patterns that affect your well-being. I incorporate CBT with somatic (body) techniques like breathing and mindfulness. 

I am retired law enforcement, and have spent the last several years working with women to navigate the challenges of midlife. I am a certified Yoga Teacher, a breathwork facilitator and a meditation teacher. I am currently working towards my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

 

I enjoy spending time with my family and getting outside as much as possible.

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Kaylee Pavlik

Counseling Intern

Hello, my name is Kaylee. I am a dedicated counseling student pursuing my M.A. in counseling psychology at The Chicago School, with a focus on trauma and crisis. I began my career in 2020 and have experience working with a wide range of ages from early childhood to geriatrics. I have provided APA, skills-based therapy groups, behavioral health counseling, and treatment for eating disorders.

Outside of my work, I find solace in reading, teaching my dog new tricks, and playing sand volleyball. These activities rejuvenate me and allow me to bring my best self to my counseling sessions.

 

I am eager to accompany you on your journey towards finding relief and freedom.

 

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Patricia Skarbinski

Counseling Intern

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)
Registered Yoga Teacher RYT-200

As an emerging counselor, helping my clients achieve congruence and vitality in the four areas of health, wealth, purpose, and relationships is my focus. Together, we will discover what is getting in the way of you achieving your potential and becoming authentic.
 
My therapeutic approach is trauma-informed, developmentally aware, and strength-based. I work from an accepting stance, with the intention of holding my clients in deep care and respect. As a person devoted to egalitarianism, I am honored to walk side-by-side with you on your journey. When things get difficult, I will lean in with you.
 
I have fluency in the language of emotions, and am committed to helping my clients identify what their emotions are trying to tell them. In this work, we will avoid doing too much, too fast, and too soon. Honoring your natural rhythm is vital to our work together.
 
As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and certified yoga teacher I have a deep understanding of trauma and the importance of nervous system regulation. Prior to making the transition to counseling, I worked as a professional theatre artist and educator, teaching extensively about embodiment, authentic expression, and unlocking one’s creativity.

 

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Join Us!

Calm Mind Counseling Center is always looking for talented therapists to join our growing practice. 

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