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Our Providers

Katie Kroening, LCSW; CADC

Owner; Clinical Director Psychotherapist

Hello, I’m Katie, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I offer a master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology from NEIU. I’ve been in the field more than a decade. I started The Center for Courageous Living because I believe mountains can be moved in our body, mind, spirit and relationships when we embrace faith that things can change, courage to change the things we can and reach for connection to supportive others...I love empowering broken and hurting people and witnessing their transformation from a place of deserts and drought to streams of renewal and hope.

Domenica Doro, LCPC

Provisional Supervisor Psychotherapist

Hello! My name is Domenica, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I received my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, with a minor in American Sign Language, from the University of St. Thomas. I went on to receive my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I am very compassionate, energetic, and empathetic, with a heart for children, especially those who are struggling. I enjoy working with teens and young adults and also individuals and parents through adulthood. My goal is to create a place where all of my clients feel connected, supported, and understood.

Kelly Allen, LSW

Psychotherapist

Hello, I’m Kelly, a Licensed Social Worker. I hold a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver with a concentration in mental health and trauma. I have always desired to help others feel heard, seen, and loved. I recognize the importance of individual stories and how that plays a part in how we see the world around us. Each story is unique and valuable and my goal is to highlight and process through the stories of those I work with. My ultimate goal as a counselor is to help my clients recognize their value and worth and move towards a place of freedom and healing.

Kaitlin Armon, LPC

Psychotherapist

Hello, my name is Kaitlin Armon. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC), with a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. I have a passion to help people gain a greater level of joy, freedom, and stability in their lives. I bring a caring, compassionate, and inviting approach to therapy. I help clients overcome current life problems, heal from the painful circumstances and strongholds that may be blocking clients from hope, peace and long-lasting change in their journeys.

Kristy Searles, LSW

Psychotherapist

Hello! My name is Kristy and I’m a Licensed Social Worker. I hold a bachelor of Social work degree from Trinity Christian College, and a Master’s degree in Social work from Aurora University. I am passionate about helping children and young adults in the sphere of mental health. I am a caring, patient, empathetic, outgoing, and relatable therapist who enjoys working with children in a fun, play based model. I have had 15 years experience working with children, families, and youth in a variety of settings and contexts. I offer a safe space for clients to grow, be challenged, equipped with tools for success, and feel empowered for moving through life’s difficulties with support and encouragement.

Amy Whitenack, MS

Clinical Mental Health Psychotherapist

Hello! I am Amy, a Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s graduate from Capella University. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Winona State University and am a member of the American Mental Health Counselor’s Association. My purpose in life is to assist those in need; I have faith in the resilience of clients and in their ability for achieving happiness. I'm committed to helping clients restore hope, achieve personal goals, and enhance their daily lives with greater joy and meaning.

Sue Proebsting, LPC

Psychotherapist; EMDR Specialty

Hello, my name is Sue Proebsting, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I began my educational career with a BA in Education from Cardinal Stritch University and a master’s in education from National Louis University. I later completed my MA in Mental Health Counseling at Judson University. I have also been EMDR trained. I am a member of the Illinois Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association. I have always had a love for people of all ages and a passion for helping them learn and grow. I consider myself a deeply compassionate, positive, and empathetic individual who loves to connect with people and meet them where they are in their area of greatest need. We’ve all experienced challenges in life and I am honored when clients trust me with their story and are willing to work with me toward healing. To help you get to that place I will join you, be a listening ear, a support, I will challenge you with your permission and when it would be beneficial to you; and I will help equip you with the tools needed to confidently move through life.

Jannette Simmons, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist Bilingual

Hello, I am Jannette, a Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned a master’s degree from Wheaton College, IL in 2023 as well as an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from UCATECI in the Dominican Republic. Over these past couple of years, I have earned a few certifications such as Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prepare and Enrich premarital therapy training, and I am currently undergoing training as an Art Practitioner. Over the years I have been able to gain cross-cultural training skills in Mexico, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic, which has been beneficial in my work as a therapist with all client populations, enhancing my capacity for contextualizing and serving clients who come from diverse cultural backgrounds as well as the general population.

Caleb Engelhardt, MA

Mental Health Counseling Intern

Although I am an intern, I have experience interacting with many individuals of different ages and walks of life, and it is my intention to interact with even more diverse groups of people. My experience and education have prepared me to work with a wide variety of clients to help them grow into becoming healed and whole people.

Tori Hans, MFT Intern

Marriage & Family Therapist Intern

Hello! I’m Tori, a Marriage and Family Therapist intern currently under the supervision of Katie Kroening. I am pursuing my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy with a certification in trauma at Wheaton College. I received my bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Arizona.

Jenny Hansen

Office Manager

Meet Jenny: Jenny is friendly, gifted in attention to detail and is your benefits, and intake point-of-contact. Jenny takes care of all things administrative. You may see Jenny at the office, talk with her by phone and/or by email. Jenny works hard to make the intake process easy and efficient for you. She is our expert benefits specialist. She will make sure you understand your benefits and session fee obligations.

katie@centerforcourage.com

Loreanne Ugochukwu

Intake Specialist

Meet Loreanne, our Intake Specialist. She has a growing role with our company and we are so happy to have her aboard. Loreanne cares for our clients by supporting them in the process of getting connected to the right fit therapist. You might speak with her by phone or email. Loreanne will help you feel heard, welcomed, and informed of our process of onboarding clients. Loreanne is genuine, focused and has a kind disposition; we are grateful she's with us.

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