Lisa Pisha, MS, LMFT, Creator + Founder of Grow
I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, writer, and creator and founder of Grow. I built Grow from my concrete belief that we all have a story to tell. Our story becomes our meaning, and our meaning determines how we live our lives. I believe that connection is what we all need, and vulnerability, what we’re all afraid of, is how we get there. I wanted to create a space where people could come and feel comfortable, connected, and safe telling their story. Where being honest, courageous and brave in their vulnerability was honored, and where deeper connections were formed. But most of all, a place where they could explore their story, and grow the courage to become the author.
Brené Brown’s work on vulnerability, shame, wholehearted living and revolutionizing life through your story, along with my training in systems therapy, as well as emotion and attachment-based theories have become the foundation of my work and it’s work I’m incredibly passionate about. As a Certified Daring Way Facilitator™ I use Brené’s work daily in sessions, groups and within my own life to spread the message of empowering the ways you live, love, parent, and lead™.
I've also completed the Level 3 Gottman Method Couple's Therapy training, Couples and Addiction Recovery, and the Becoming Parents Program. I’m grateful to work with couples experiencing the need for more emotional intimacy, connection and better communication. Whether through life events and circumstances, a change in heart, or just time, couples everywhere experience change. Sometimes it brings them together, other times it takes a toll. I love helping couples have deeper, more meaningful connection and conversation that allows for incredible opportunities to grow together. I'm a big believer in healthy adult attachment and often use therapeutic lens' of attachment, emotionally-focused as well as strategic therapies.
Finally, I'm everyday grateful to be able to work among the other amazing therapists at Grow, who are just as passionate about living wholeheartedly and helping you do the same.
Angela Michalak, MA, LCPC
I've always liked the saying I heard years ago when I was training at Adler University in the MA in Counseling Psychology program, "It takes a deep commitment to change and even a deeper commitment to grow" by Ralph Ellison. I believe that we all want to be the best version of ourself and are constantly trying to move toward that goal.
I'm Angela Michalak and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I've been in the field for almost 20 years and have extensive experience working with individual adults as well as couples and teens in a variety of settings. I've served as a clinical director for a non-profit community mental health agency that focused on crisis intervention and family therapy, adoption and foster care, emergency mental healthcare and private practice. I specialize in helping clients learn strategies to overcome current struggles and find their inner strengths and I have extensive experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, infertility, grief, life adjustments, and ADHD. I'm dedicated to help you achieve balance in your life. I'm flexible and collaborative in my approach and I foster encouragement and compassion.
I've completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. The Gottman Method is a couples therapy approach that incorporates in depth assessment along with research based interventions. I enjoy helping couples with issues surrounding infidelity, life transitions, as well as coparenting.
I'm married and have three children. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as running, reading and traveling.
Thank you for visiting Grow!
630-256-8378 ext 102
Kari Wittmann Lata, MS, LMFT, LCPC
Both a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. Kari has over 15 years of experience in community mental health and private practice, working with teens, adults, and families. She has a caring and energetic style that focuses on teaching clients how to care for themselves in a way that truly uplifts them and helps them move past whatever challenges they may be facing. Kari very much believes that every person has the capacity to live a healthy and joyful life if given the opportunity to reflect, heal, and take active steps towards living the life they desire. She will help you set goals based on your personal values, identify the obstacles/unhelpful beliefs holding you back, and then work together to resolve those challenges.
Kari brings a special focus on trauma resolution that will help clear lingering negative emotions and energy from upsetting events in the past that currently influence daily life patterns. Trauma is often considered to be large events such as sexual assault, physical abuse, or surviving an attack or disaster, but it can also be “smaller” experiences such as growing up in an alcoholic family, being bullied as a child, car accidents, or having a spouse have an affair. Regardless of the nature of the experiences that impact a person, we often carry the negative effects around with us whether we are aware of it or not. The trauma techniques that Kari uses with clients aim to gently release those negative feelings, effectively “unburdening” clients so they can move forward in life with more confidence, safety, and clarity.
While Kari uses traditional talk therapy methods frequently, her primary trauma techniques are Holographic Memory Resolution (HMR) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), but she is also trained in EMDR. For more information on any of these therapy models, please click on the links attached to each from goodtherapy.org.
630-256-8378 ext 104
Read more about HMR, EMDR and EFT here:
Michaele (Shelly) Knous, MS, LCPC + New Client Coordinator
“When we give ourselves compassion we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.” – Kristen Neff, self-compassion researcher/expert
I’m a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with a desire to help you navigate many of life’s difficult challenges and transitions. Relationship changes, work changes, problems with school, family of origin issues, loss or chronic health issues (to name a few) can impact you in ways that may lead to anxiety, stress, depression and trauma. While collaborating with you and providing a safe and supportive environment, I aspire to help you on your journey to healing, emotional resilience and growth. Whether I’m working with individuals (adolescents, teens, and adults), couples or families, I will always personalize my approach to meet your therapeutic needs by combining conventional methods, along with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.
With couples, I utilize the Gottman Method (Level 1 training) helping to productively manage conflict, increase emotional intimacy, respect and affection. Together, by working towards enhancing the strengths in your relationship, we can move towards creating shared meaning and generate mutual understanding and empathy.
In addition, I'm certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. The EFT process reduces couples' conflict while creating a more secure emotional bond. Couples will learn to express emotions from a place of vulnerability - all the while learning to be emotionally available, empathic, engaged with each other and strengthening the attachment bond between them.
I also facilitate an 8 week Self-Compassion Workshop for Teen Girls. This group provides opportunities for members to move towards empowerment and acceptance of their challenging emotions with kindness and non-judgement.
I bring to Grow Therapy a background in non-profit community mental health, working with a diverse community of clients which also included on-call crisis management. For several years, I taught in Naperville School District 204. In addition, I worked with Bridge Communities Transitional Living Program – helping women (along with their children) move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
Thank you and I look forward to working with you at Grow.
630-256-8378 ext 107
Please note that in addition to accepting BCBS, I accept Cigna and United Healthcare insurance as well.
Emily Keehn, MS, LPC
joins Grow with a variety of experience ranging from career counseling, individual therapy with young adults and children and most recently working with women and female adolescents in recovery from co-occurring disorders such as Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Self Harm behaviors and Trauma. Through this experience Emily has developed a well-rounded approach to working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds through a skills based approach, Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Emily brings a genuine and honest approach to the therapeutic relationship sprinkled with a little humor and believes that by modeling a healthy relationship in the therapeutic setting, individuals are able to feel validated and empowered to approach change. Emily uses a mindfulness-based approach to support awareness of self in daily life guiding individuals to identify innate strengths to support autonomy and growth towards a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Brain-power and the human spirit can nurture amazing transformations and there is no better time than the present moment!
In her free time, Emily is happy when everyone’s schedule lines up and she can spend time with friends and family and is also happy to stay at home with her pup Leon, who has lots of energy for trail walks, playing catch and belly rubs.
“Today is the most important day of our lives” [Thich Nhat Hanh]
630-256-8378 ext 106
Pam Caine, CPLC
Pam Caine believes in family. As an educator, volunteer and Family Life Coach for the past twenty years, her primary focus has been to strengthen homes and families. Pam knows that every family is made up of individuals each with their own style. Her specialty is helping each of them understand how they all knit together. Her unique approach meets people where they are, allows them to assess their challenges and gives them the tools they need to move forward. She offers families support, motivation and guidance through the many stages and phases of personal and family development by providing workshops, programs and coaching catered to the needs of individuals and family groups.
From improving emotional connections to managing adolescent challenges to learning discipline techniques for young children, every family can benefit from her proven techniques and researched approaches that help parents feel secure in their parenting and create healthy lifetime relationships with their children.
Pam coaches families in the following areas:
Family Communication Strategies
Managing Parenting Stress and Anxiety
Parenting Skills and Discipline Techniques
John Gottman’s Emotion Coaching
Addressing Religious Conflict in Families
Cooperative Parenting through Divorce
Strategies for Blended Families
Grand Parenting Support
Community Resource Guidance
Pam is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a member of the National Council on Family Relations. She is certified as a Family Life Coach, an Active Parenting Trainer, a Love and Logic Facilitator, and a Gottman trained educator. She has a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in Family Science and she has been a family advocate and school teacher for 20 years. Pam is married, has four children from junior high school age to college, and is an active and adventurous hiker, biker and skier who loves travel with her family and walks with her dog, Alta.
630-256-8378 ext 105