Learn more about each of our therapists
Each member our team brings their own unique approach and therapeutic expertise into the counseling office. As a practice, however, we share common values of genuineness, empathic attunement and affective engagement.
Are We The Right Fit?
Finding the right “fit” is essential to successful therapy. In our experience, establishing a sense of safety and connection with your therapist is the first step toward healing and growth. You may want to explore our staff below and contact the therapist that feels right for you. Or you can contact us and we will gladly collaborate with you to find your best therapeutic fit.
Chad Alcorn, Psy.D.
With over 15 years as a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Chad Alcorn has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults in DuPage County. Based on his narrative as a boy growing up in Glen Ellyn, he understands all that is good and bad about this town. He is a graduate of Glenbard West and attended Butler University on a football scholarship. Upon graduation, he pursued pharmaceutical advertising and worked five years with Medical Economics/Thompson Publishing. With some discernment, he changed careers and attended Adler University in Chicago where he received a Masters (1999) and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2001). His internship was at the DuPage County Health Department where he practiced in in-home-family therapy. His postdoctoral work and early years as a psychologist were at the Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center where he was Director of Adolescent Services. During that time, he received a grant from the DuPage Community Foundation and published The Broken Superhero: Understanding Pride and Regulating Anger. In 2006, he opened Alcorn and Allison Clinical Associates with his good friend and colleague, Seth Allison, LCPC, with whom he discusses theory and music. Chad is trained in EMDR Level 1 and 2. At the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy he received a certificate in Self Psychology. He resides in Glen Ellyn, with his wife Rachel, and three children—Charlotte, Mira, and Soren. For better or worse, he has accepted suburban life including basketball at Healthtrack and golf at the Links with friends. He reads and plays harmonica. He likes dad- rock bands like Wilco.
Seth Allison, MA, LCPC
Seth Allison, MA, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor who received his master’s degree in clinical psychology (2001) from Wheaton College. He began his career with the DuPage County Health Department as a Clinician/Consultant, providing office and home-based family therapy to children and adolescents. Two years later, Seth entered into full-time private practice with Arbor Clinical Associates in Wheaton where he continued working with families, and began deepening his understanding of effective therapy with adults and couples. Seth co-founded Alcorn & Allison Clinical Associates, LLC in October of 2006 with his good friend and colleague Dr. Chad Alcorn, Psy.D. Seth has developed expertise in several therapeutic modalities including Emotion Focused Therapy, Attachment-Based Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, and Psychoanalytic/Self Psychology. Seth enjoys writing, playing, and listening to music. Recently, he founded an original indie-folk band, swore he would never draft another Bears player in his fantasy league, and purchased yet another guitar.
Andrea Burkly, MA, LPC
Andrea Burkly, MA, LPC, received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wheaton College, and is working towards the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) designation under the supervision of Seth Allison, MA, LCPC. Andrea completed her clinical training at Outreach Community Counseling Center, where she gained experience working with a group of individuals and couples with backgrounds as diverse as the concerns they brought to the counseling room.
In the years before she pursued her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Andrea gained professional experience in public accounting and pharmaceutical sales, and life experience as a stay-at-home-mom of four children (the most challenging job of them all, by far!). It was her own experience of working with a counselor – first through the trial of postpartum depression, and then through the day-to-day challenges of modern womanhood – that reignited Andrea’s desire to turn her personal passion for wellness into a full-time career. Andrea specializes in working with women as they face some of the biggest challenges of their lives: marriage, divorce, and dating and remarriage; the birth of children, postpartum adjustment and mood disorders; parenting intact and “blended” families; work; loss (and rebuilding) of identity; managing extended family relationships; and the stress, anxiety, and depression that often accompanies these challenges.
Becky Conway, MA, LCSW
Becky Conway, MA, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. Becky earned her Masters degree from the University of Chicago’s Social Service Administration Program with a Clinical concentration in 2004.
Becky was most recently the Clinical Director of a private therapeutic day school where she supervised a team of clinicians including school social workers, music therapists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and recreational therapists. She was responsible for all clinical programming including individual and group counseling services to students, play therapy, pet therapy, and related services. Additionally, Becky has previous experience providing counseling services as a solo practitioner as is excited to now be a part of Alcorn and Allison’s group practice!
Becky’s strengths are her approachability and creativity. She is inspired in both personal and professional ways by inventive spaces to create and discover. Where many may have a dining room in their home, Becky instead has transformed a room dedicated to everything art and music. This is where Becky, her husband, and two children have “Family Art Nights” and music jam sessions.
Leslie Duff, MSW, LCSW
Leslie Duff, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University, went on to earn her masters degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago in 2009 and completed licensure in 2011.
Leslie has experience as a treatment provider in crisis centers, schools, hospitals and residential treatment. She has worked privately at Alcorn & Allison since 2013 where she focuses her clinical expertise in treating depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harming behavior, traumatic experiences, life transition issues, grief and loss, family conflict, and self-esteem concerns.
Leslie is a compassionate guide for her clients and believes in the healing power of a relationship, both internally and externally. Leslie lives locally with her husband, Nathan, and their two children, Layla and Finnegan.
Stephanie Marquart, MA, LCPC
Stephanie Marquart received her MA from Wheaton College Graduate School in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with training emphases in child play therapy, family systems, and sexuality. She is working towards the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential under the supervision of Seth Allison, MA, LCPC. Her clinical training was at Wheaton Youth Outreach, where she pursued her passion to work with children and adolescents in a community mental health context. During this time she received special training in crisis intervention, utilized evidenced-based practices, and integrated research into her clinical work. Stephanie has advocated for children and youth by presenting at scientific conferences on topics of group child-centered play therapy and the efficacy of healing models for traumatized youth.
With her deep love of travel, Stephanie had the opportunity to explore over ten countries and is looking forward to adding more to the list. Most recently, she went backpacking in Europe. Two years prior, she spent three months in Swaziland, Africa, where she mentored adolescents who were struggling with depression, self-harm, and post-traumatic stress disorder. A Southwest Florida native, Stephanie loves spending time outdoors as the Illinois weather permits and has some excellent bicycling accident stories to share. She is an avid listener of music and is continuously learning how to cook.
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Jenny Gresko Schevers, MA, M.Div, LCPC
Jenny Gresko Schevers grew up in New England and attended Wheaton College studying theology, psychology and art. Upon graduation she co-founded an intentional community in a poor neighborhood in Chicago which sustains a vital spiritual and social justice presence to this day. While living in community she earned her Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston choosing this seminary because of its rich and diverse theological perspectives and because she could bike there from home. She earned her second graduate degree, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, after spending her own time as a client in therapy and finding incredible help and value in that work. She attended the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and interned at Haight-Ashbury Psychological Services where in addition to seeing clients she coordinated community projects such as emergency help to local residents when a fire leveled a portion of the neighborhood. Jenny returned to this area and has been in private practice for twenty years. Specializing in trauma, Jenny is certified in EMDR and trained as an Internal Family Systems therapist.
Darian Gier, MSW
I chose therapy as a profession because I am eternally fascinated by people. I love meeting them, engaging with them, and learning their unique story and what makes them tick. Before getting my Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, I acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Chicago. As such, I enjoy working with people from diverse cultures with diverse issues and challenges.
I believe that at the heart of counseling is forming a healthy, trusting relationship, and gaining self- awareness that eventually leads to self-acceptance. I enjoy practicing with a generalist approach to therapy, using a combination of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, solution-focused, family systems, and culturally-informed techniques. I have studied a range of past and contemporary psychological theorists, such as Paul Wachtel, and I am particularly interested in the emerging field of mentalization.
My training and experience has largely been with adolescents in the junior high and high school settings, though I also have experience working with other populations in and around the city of Chicago. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, exercising, movies, books, music, following sports, comedy, and cooking and cuisine.
Steve Howell, MA, LCPC
Steve Howell, MA, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor who received his Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Adler School of Professional Counseling (now named Adler University) in Chicago (2013). He completed his internship hours, and was later hired, at DuPage County Psychological Services. He gained valuable experience there in treating men in a Group Therapy format for substance use problems and those charged with domestic violence.
The next phase of his career was in transitioning to Stenzel Clinical Services, a local private practice. There he worked with not only men but started treating women and couples as well. During this time, his interest in psychoanalytic concepts and theories led him to participate in the Fellowship Program at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis for two years in a row.
Karine Ivy, MA, LPC, NCC
Karine Ivy, MA, LPC, NCC received her Masters degree from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Roosevelt University with an emphasis in Trauma. She completed her internship experience at the Will County Public Health Department in the Child and Adolescent Unit, where she worked with many, diverse at-risk youth. During this time, she worked with individuals and families around challenges including, but not limited to, depression and anxiety, mood instability, various life transitions, and trauma. Prior to her internship, Karine had the privilege of co-facilitating a self-esteem group for adolescents and young adults at a private practice for more than 5 years. Additionally, Karine worked closely with women of all ages, struggling with eating disorders and trauma at a residential facility.
Karine enjoys spending her free time with her friends and family, whom she cherishes very much. Exploring different parts of Chicago and trying foods from different cultures are two of her favorite activities. She also enjoys hobbies such as reading, drawing, singing, playing video games, and of course, catching up on her latest Netflix shows.
Joel Marquart, MA, LPC
Joel Marquart, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor who received his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling (2016) from Wheaton College Graduate School. During clinical training at the MBI counseling center in Chicago, Joel provided therapy to teenagers and young adults experiencing social anxiety, depression, substance abuse, ADHD, low self-esteem, complex life transitions, perfectionism and identity development struggles. Prior to graduate school, Joel worked for three years with adolescents and adults at White Pine Mental Health Center in Saginaw, Michigan.
Outside the office, Joel loves being in nature. Whether it’s fishing on a lake, cooking over a campfire, or reading in the shade of a tree, the outdoors inspires and rejuvenates him better than a cup of coffee. If Joel has to be inside on a weekend, he is probably making a big mess in the kitchen as he attempts yet again to realize his fantasy of becoming a gourmet chef while singing classic Motown hits (he thinks he can sing harmony). He also has secret aspirations to run the Boston Marathon…when he gets around to it.
Gina Ruane, LCSW
Gina Ruane is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families since 2010. As a Glen Ellyn native and Glenbard West graduate, Gina was active in the local community prior to leaving for Colorado. After meeting her husband in Colorado, Gina moved to Milwaukee where she obtained her Master’s Degree.
In 2008, Gina began her career in the Health & Human Services Department of Waukesha County, WI. In this role, she was introduced to several treatment settings where she worked to strengthen youth and families through community outreach and spending time doing child and adolescent therapy in the city of Milwaukee. For the past 6 years, Gina has been employed with Rogers Behavioral Health in Milwaukee, WI, and recently began work at the new Hinsdale facility. Here, Gina worked in child and adolescent hospital programs specializing in Anxiety, OCD, Depression, self-esteem, self-harm, adjustment disorders, and even emotional and behavioral problems.
Margie Skowron-Sieka, MA, LCPC
Margie Skowron-Sieka is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University. Joining the clinical team at an employee assistance program, Margie gained extensive experience working with adults seeking guidance in stress management, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship conflict, women’s and men’s issues, and workplace concerns. While her clinical work has been incredibly rewarding, one of her most influential roles has been providing clinical supervision and mentorship to staff counselors and practicum students. This extraordinary opportunity has
led Margie down another path~ to pursue a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is currently studying for her doctorate at Adler University, with the hopes of continuing on her journey of advocacy and leadership.
Dave Taylor, MA
Dave received his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Wheaton College in the spring of 2019. During his graduate school internship, Dave provided therapy to couples, adults, adolescents, and families from a variety of backgrounds at Cedar Tree Counseling in St. Charles. There he worked with a number of issues, including marital and family conflict, depression, anxiety, addiction, anger, various types of trauma, life transitions, and infidelity. In particular, Dave worked extensively with individuals and couples impacted by sex and video game addiction and young people experiencing challenges in their post-college transition to independence. Dave also led clients affected by anxiety in mindfulness meditation sessions and co-led a support group for men struggling with anxiety, depression, and anger. During his time at Cedar Tree, Dave discovered a special joy in working with couples, as so much of a person’s identity and worth stems from the definition discovered within intimate relationships.
Prior to pursuing a career as a therapist, Dave has held a variety of jobs, including registrar at a doctoral program for clinical social workers, computer support technician, Starbucks barista, kids’ musician, substitute teacher, and even wedding deejay. Over the past 20 years, Dave has performed improvised comedy, which has only fueled his desire to become a therapist. In the cardinal rule of improv, “yes and…”—saying yes to another person’s initiations and then building on them with your ideas—Dave has seen a correlation to the therapeutic process: “yes and…” allows for an immediate and deep connection between people that can facilitate change. In recent years, Dave was a stay-at-home dad to his three kids while his wife served as the breadwinner. Taking care of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of three small children while trying to remain relevant—creatively and professionally—has been one of the more difficult experiences of Dave’s life. This challenge has given him a special heart for parents who feel overwhelmed and out-of-touch with who they are or who they want to be.