Diana Newton, Executive Director
Diana Newton has a background in non-profit fundraising, journalism and public relations. Diana is committed to raising awareness about the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. Through her work in the non-profit sector, Diana has witnessed the devastating effects of violence. However, she also has been privileged to know many courageous people who have demonstrated that healing is possible after trauma, especially with the support, guidance and love of community.
Mary Beth Ryan
Denise Duval, Ph.D
Denise Duval is a psychotherapist with over thirteen years experience working with young adults and college students concerning issues such as surviving violence and trauma, self-care, relationships, and substance abuse. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Her dissertation examined the experiences, relationships, and needs of homeless young adults. She earned her Masters of Social Work degree with a Mental Health Concentration from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois.
Denise teaches social work and child development classes at a graduate program that is offered through a partnership of the Erickson Institute and Loyola University. She has written articles on the neurological effects of exposure to violence and has conducted numerous studies and training seminars for therapists such as "Therapist's Lifeline: The importance of Consultation when Treating Trauma" along with Gail DeLyser. She is currently working on several publications including, "Understanding and Treating Young Women Survivors of Sexual Assault: Self Psychology and Relational Perspectives". She also worked as a therapist at the Chicago Women's Health Center providing individual therapy to women addressing mood disorders, interpersonal relationships, career, and other life issues.
"I think it is important for survivors of sexual assault to know that trauma elicits a sometimes overwhelming number of memories, feelings, and beliefs about the self. In order to not only deal with the trauma of sexual assault but experience a sense of wholeness and self understanding, longer-term treatment in a safe, consistent, empathetic environment with someone who can guide them through the self exploration process is highly beneficial."
-Denise Duval, PhD, LCSW
Maria Nanos, Ph.D.
Maria Nanos has twenty years experience as a psychotherapist working with children and adults concerning issues such as sexual abuse, sexual assault, intimacy problems, trauma, and substance abuse. She recently earned her Ph.D. at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her Masters of Social Work degree from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois.
Maria's experience includes clinical supervision of psychologists and social workers at several different programs. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Jane Addams College of Social Work on numerous occasions. She is also an adjunct professort at Loyola University. She has conducted many training seminars on topics such as child sexual abuse and therapeutic approaches to treating children with sexual behavior problems.
Maria's approach to therapy is to provide a safe, trusting, and empathetic environment for non-intrusive therapy.
"Everyone deserves to be happy. Everyone deserves to feel well."
-Maria Nanos, LCSW
Bernadette Hayes is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who provides therapy to individuals and families. In her practice, Bernadette focuses on early attachment, anxiety, sexual assault/ abuse, incest, grief/loss, life transitions, and relationship issues. She received her Masters degree in Counseling and Human Services from DePaul University and received additional training in Domestic Violence through the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network.
Bernadette views the therapeutic space as an environment that offers clients a safe haven and the opportunity to make discoveries, find hope, develop self-awareness, and gain clarity through exploration. "I support clients in recognizing their inner voice as they discover their strengths, gain insight into self-defeating patterns, and work toward self-acceptance."
Bernadette trusts her clients' pace in the healing process and respects their choices in the therapeutic setting while bringing her experience to guide each session. Bernadette works with clients in guiding them to explore how they create meaning from their personal experiences to help them each find their own answers. Bernadette believes each individual has the internal resources and the ability to live a fulfilling and authentic life.
"At different points in our lives, many of us find ourselves "stuck." I collaborate with clients to help them identify barriers that keep them stuck and together we work to transition beyond them. It is possible to move forward and toward our greater potential."
–Bernadette Hayes, LCPC
Gina Shropshire is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in the Loop and Rogers Park. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is also an advanced doctoral student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and an instructor in ICSW’s PhD program. One of Gina’s specialties is helping young people navigate the passage between youth and adulthood.