Denise K Ambre, LCSW
Direct Line: (847) 729-3034
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Psychoanalyst specializing in individual, couples, adolescent and child psychotherapy, and I maintain a private practice conveniently located in Glenview, Illinois.
With over 25 years experience as a therapist, and as a graduate of both Loyola School of Social Work and the Wisconsin Institute for Psychoanalysis, I am currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are depression, anxiety and trauma/PTSD.
In addition to being a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I have presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of trauma and PTSD, parenting and child development. I am also on the faculty of the Wisconsin Institute for Psychoanalysis where I teach courses on psychoanalytic topics, and adjunct faculty for Northwestern University where I am a Preceptor for the Masters students in the Counseling Psychology Program.
I am an interactive, psychodynamic therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and insight to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with individuals to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
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Christopher Skeaff, LSW, PhD
Direct Line: (312) 823-4804
I am a psychotherapist experienced in working with adolescents and adults on a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. I specialize in helping people make sense of their challenges and make meaningful, lasting changes in their lives. With warmth and empathy, I seek to create a collaborative space where clients feel safe, supported, and free to explore what matters most to them. Each treatment is unique, but common gains include relief from emotional distress, greater self-understanding, enhanced relationships, and fuller personal and professional creativity.
I received my MSW from Loyola University Chicago, where I also completed a clinical internship with the LUC Wellness Center, and am a graduate of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute's "Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought" program. Before becoming a therapist, I earned a doctorate in political theory and held research and teaching posts at the university level. Drawing on 20 years of experience in higher education (in various capacities: undergraduate, varsity athlete, doctoral student, junior faculty, career changer), I have particular expertise helping individuals who are dealing with the stresses of college, graduate school, or faculty life.
Cynthia Sanchez Vazquez, NCC, LPC
Direct Line: (815) 909-0839
Opening up and being vulnerable to someone can be very intimidating. That’s okay, it is a normal feeling to have. I welcome any questions that you may have about the therapy process and would enjoy exploring any fears that may arise in taking the first step to opening up to someone. My hope is that by creating a safe space we can establish a connection that fosters a collaborative relationship. I am a strong believer in meeting you where you are at and seeing every client as unique. After all, everyone’s process is different and we all have a story. Through in-depth exploration we can reveal the roots of what is causing you distress, causing troubling symptoms, or what may be disrupting you from reaching the relief or goal you are seeking. I also believe in empowering you and providing you tools to help manage specific symptoms.
In our therapy sessions, I take an integrative approach while also considering multi-cultural factors. I have experience in DBT, CBT, ERP, and application of psychodynamic theories. I plan on tailoring your treatment to meet your needs.
My background involved graduating from Northwestern’s Master of Art in Counseling program. My work environment has included working in a community health and PHP/IOP settings, along with interning at The Family Institute. My undergraduate experience involved graduating with a double major, nutrition and psychology, and a minor, Spanish.