Founder & Clinical Director
Dr. Kellie Rice is the founder and Clinical Director of the Mind Body Co-op. Kellie leads her team with a solution focused approach, while attending to the clinical needs of her clients. Kellie is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and believes that the power of creating honest, open relationships in the context of group provides fertile ground for change.
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Registered Therapy Dog
Drummond is a registered therapy dog who is 6 years old and has a passion for helping clients’ learn about setting boundaries. Drummond loves to cuddle and is always looking for a lap to lay upon. Fortunately, Drummond also respects the word “No,” and will gracefully take a nap if his cuddles are not wanted. His ability to shameless take up space, ask for love and respect boundaries of others makes him a special addition to the MBC team. Please contact Drummond’s handler, Dr. Rice for more information regarding sessions with Drummond.
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Aimee Dokko, LPC, NCC
Whether you desire to make changes, heal wounds or develop a more genuine and authentic life, Aimee honors you and your courageous journey forward. She invites you to partner with her in creating a safe, supportive space for reflection and growth. Here, you can examine, explore and discover how maintain a more gratifying and joyful lifestyle. As your story unfolds, she tailors a wholistic approach that meets your personal needs, goals and aspirations.
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- I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Somatic Psychotherapist. I am Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and earned my M.A. in Clinical Counseling and School Counseling from University of Northern Colorado.
Living in a city as big as Chicago offers many of opportunities yet it can sometimes feel overwhelming, lonely, and even isolating. Are you hiding certain pieces of yourself from your friends or family to avoid conflict or fit in? You might feel like no one knows the real you. You’ve noticed a shift in how you deal with stress. Maybe it’s coming out as increased drinking, binging or restricting on food, or turning to other behaviors. Or maybe you’ve in recovery but other parts of your life continue to feel unmanageable which feels frustrating. You no longer need to feel trapped.
I became a therapist because I believe no one should stay feeling stuck, whether it’s in a relationship, family situation, substance abuse, or disordered eating. Through my own personal recovery process, I understand that hopelessness is not permanent. Change is possible and hope can be found.
I help clients strengthen their voice. We can work together to refine your truth and further launch into the recovery process. With a background working in adventure therapy and having an appreciation of the impact of nature on wellness, I offer outdoor sessions in the warmer months. I have graduate degree from Loyola University Chicago’s Master in Social Work program and am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. I have experience working in treatment centers in areas of addiction, alcoholism, eating disorders and codependency. At Mind Body Co-op I also offer long term process groups to further explore areas of support, communication patterns and boundaries.
You are not alone. There is opportunity to create a more abundant life.
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Dr. Baheia A. Derweesh completed her bachelor degree in Sociology from Birzeit University and graduate degree in Counselor Education from Northeastern Illinois University and a doctoral in education from Argosy University. Prior to joining National Lewis University, she was Student life acting chair/ Lead Counselor and lecturer at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi for the past 8 years. Dr. Baheia held the position of Psychotherapist at the American Center for Psychiatry & Neurology in Abu Dhabi from 2004-2010 as well as Care & Rehabilitation Director for the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children from 2008-2009. She was the Director of clinical program at Baheia Derweesh, LCPC from 2010-2017.
Baheia has many years of experience working with trauma survivors (includes domestic violence and sexual assault), and War Victims. She is experienced in working with Depression, Anxiety, Eating disorder, and children with behavioral issue.
Recipient of many awards including the Arab American Action Network Outstanding Commitment to Empowering the Community, the Fitzer Award of Administrative Services, Metropolitan Family Services, Graduate College, Northeastern Illinois University and Jane Adams Graduate Scholarship, Northeastern Illinois University.
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Beth Elia, Psy.D
I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.), Cum Laude, in Psychology from The Arizona State University in 1997 and went on to earn her Masters of Science Degree (M.S.) in Counseling and Education in 2002 from the same prestigious university. I completed my Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University in Phoenix, Arizona. My doctoral dissertation was focused on the positive effects of parental involvement on a child’s academic success.
I provided expert neuropsychological evaluation of residents living in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. My clinical experience includes working with clients diagnosed with severe mental illness, sociopathy, mood disorders, autistic spectrum disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), cognitive disorders, and substance abuse and eating disorders. I have worked in private practice with families, couples and all age groups and worked for several years with male inmates in corrections.
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Dylan Nelson-Sease, LCPC
The way we feel and behave is influenced by the stories we tell ourselves, the stories we tell others, and the meaning we derive from these narratives. You may not feel like the main character in your own story. You may not even feel like the author. Maybe you feel at the mercy of the story that was forced upon you in childhood, after a break-up, or as a result of a traumatic event. So many of us traverse through life feeling ashamed of our stories, fearful of the conflicts, and victimized by the plot. You have the right to tell your story differently. You deserve to reclaim your narrative.
I believe that through the creation of a warm, reflective environment, people have the capacity for personal growth and a deeper understanding of what it means to be human. Through the safety of the therapeutic relationship, we can change our stories and develop mastery over our circumstances. Through the exploration of values, the discovery of meaning, and examination of our authentic selves, empowerment is possible.
Changing your story can be scary. Veering from the known path takes courage. I take a collaborative, strengths-based approach to therapy and join my clients in their journey to self-discovery.
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Irina Katz, LCSW, RYT-200
Psychotherapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher
How long have you been feeling frustrated with how your life is going? How long have you been feeling trapped, anxious, stressed out, or even panicked? How long have you wondered how everyone else seems to be so happy while you’re just trying to make it through the day?
Throughout my life, I was the person people trusted to discuss their private pain. I learned long ago that we all suffer, it’s just that we don’t all talk about it. I learned that sometimes it is a long and complicated road to overcoming the things that frustrate us about our lives. I know how hard it is to live with chronic worry, anxiety, pain, or illness. I want people to feel free to choose their own directions and content in their decisions.
When you’re my client, I offer a direct and creative approach to therapy. I have studied and personally experienced the benefits of yoga, movement, and mindfulness, and I will weave those elements into my work with you. Therapy with me will hopefully be fun and leave you feeling lighter.
Things may have been hard, but if you decide to commit to therapy, they will get easier. There is truly a way through every frustration and difficult situation. We can find the way together.
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- Before working in private practice, I worked in community mental health and residential substance abuse treatment centers in Washington, DC. I have expertise in trauma recovery, addiction, and chronic mental health. Because of my background, I am particularly sensitive to issues relating to adjustment to a new culture during the process of immigration, as well as issues specific to first and second generation immigrants.
Jamie Elizabeth Klausing, RMT
Director of Somatic Mindfulness Therapy
It is not easy to understand and can be very uncomfortable living with negative thoughts, feelings or images you may have about your own body. It can be tiring to have your mind racing with daily thoughts and concerns while your body feels nothing, totally disconnected, possibly even numb. Your body may be operating on autopilot most of the time. Or when you do find time and make efforts to move you find yourself lost in excessive thoughts, leaving you feeling more fatigue, more frustration and wondering if you will have enough energy to continue. Continuing to feel disconnected during daily activities may even lead to feeling worse or bad about yourself and your body.
I believe the body is like a sponge absorbing and responding to the experiences we have, thoughts we think, words we say and the emotions we feel. I became a somatic practitioner to help others explore and discover ways to listen to what their body is saying, sensing and feeling. I wanted to help people recognize the relationship, both verbal and non-verbal, they have with their body and their energy. I wanted to help people move their body, notice its patterns and listen to sensations; our internal experience rather than an external result or appearance. I have come to understand, through over a two decades of working in the mind-body field, the importance of gentle encouragement and starting right where you are to slowly build a stronger mind body connection.
I understand how difficult it is to push the pause button on our overactive minds and pay attention to the toll it can have on our body. I support my clients to find more ease, comfort and understanding between their mind and body. I see somatic mindful movement as a process that empowers us to tap into our inner strength, discover our inner knowing and to live with more vitality.
If you are feeling out of balance, struggling in some way or simply wish to create a stronger relationship between your inner and outer world, perhaps it is the right time to connect for support. I would be honored to be on the road to wellness with you.
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- I received my BA from Michigan State University, I have extensive experience as a RMT-Reiki Master Teacher, Somatic Movement and Mindfulness Practitioner -Nia Technique, Inc. (neuromuscular integrative movement), Nia 5-Stages (developmental movement re-patterning).
Jenni Osborne, DNP, PMHNP-BC, APN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Have you been blaming yourself for the actions, behaviors or even the emotions of other people around you? You may be feeling like everything is your fault, like you are just not good enough. You feel as though your worth is only based on how you perform in school or at work, the way you look, or how much you do for others rather than WHO you are? Maybe thinking that if you’re perfect everything will be OK, having the perfect body, being the perfect student, employee, partner, friend, child or parent. If you’re perfect you won’t hurt anymore, won’t be lonely anymore, won’t be afraid anymore.
You may find yourself trying to escape the pain or numb out whether it be by controlling what you eat or how much you eat, binging or purging, using drugs or alcohol, acting out sexually, or self-harming?
Can you imagine that you are worthy simply because you’re you? I became a clinician because I believe everyone deserves to thrive in life rather than just survive, to use their voice and own their power, to know that they are worthy of love, care, and support, and to know they are enough.
I provide medication management as well as psychotherapy, yet, I do not believe there is a magic pill that will make the suffering go away. I believe medication may or may not be part of the solution. I feel strongly about personalizing the care to fit each person’s individual needs. I believe psychiatric medication has the potential to help get us to a place where we are able to do the deeper healing.
I know how exhausting it can be to feel like you will never be good enough or live up to your own unrealistic expectations. As a woman in recovery, I have experienced the miracle of change and I am passionate about helping others believe in themselves. I know recovery is possible.
Change can begin today, you deserve care, acceptance and support. I am ready to begin this journey with you.
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- I received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Rush University specializing in Psychiatry. I have experience at all levels of care: inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient psychiatry. My passion is working with individual and groups coping with eating disorders, substance use disorders, process addictions, trauma and co-occurring mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar.
Miren Guereca, LCPC, NCC
The weight of your daily responsibilities and tasks can be overbearing. You may feel as if you have no control and fear is starting to set in. At times your past comes to haunt you and guilt and shame can rear its ugly head. Perhaps you find yourself in limbo, trapped between two cultures. Your family riddles your waking life with obligations and expectations from the motherland. And yet your innermost desires cater more to a modern “American life”. Living between two worlds can at times be a difficult balancing act and you feel as if you do not fit anywhere.
I became a therapist because I didn’t want anyone to go to therapy and feel that their culture was dismissed. I wanted everyone who is in cultural limbo to have a safe place where they could be heard and understood. I believe the human experience is one of unique consciousness, experience and struggle. I believe your story is valuable, and giving your story a voice is important.
I understand your worst days are filled with pain and anxiety and it can feel like a dark cloud of never ending hopelessness. What you don’t know or realize is it’s all temporary and it can get better. I help people find balance and the ability to overcome the feeling of displacement between two cultures.
You have the right to live with balance and a strong sense of identity. The hardest part is reaching out for help and if you’re reading this you are already more than half way to changing your life and taking control. I would be honored to equip you with the tools you need.
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- I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and offer therapy in Spanish. Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), M.A. in Clinical Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I Practice from a humanistic theory, incorporating mindfulness and meditation techniques focusing on an overall mind-body approach. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy and Person Centered Therapy (PCT). I have experience working with couples, families, adolescents, children and people of all ages treating trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD as well as an array of mood disorders. I specialize in working with Latinx and is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Traci Patterson, LPC, CADC, RYT-200, Y12SR
Psychotherapist, Yoga Teacher
In this chaotic modern world, you may feel increasingly more anxious, worried, overwhelmed, or possibly depressed. Life may even feel unmanageable. You might find yourself trying to fill an internal void with external things, such as alcohol, drugs, food, sex, or relationships. Experiences from your past could leave you feeling stuck in your present. Change can be terrifying, and taking that first step may feel impossible.
I believe everyone has the capacity to achieve positive and lasting change. I became a therapist in Chicago to help others see their worth and take ownership of their lives. Despite what that non-stop loop of negative self-talk in your head may tell you, you are good enough just as you are. I think it is important for people to have a place where they can feel heard, be understood, and know that they are not alone.
I know how difficult it can be to take that first step, which is why I strive to offer a light-hearted and non-judgmental space where humor and laughter become a part of the healing process. I became a Registered Yoga Teacher after seeing the impact that mindfulness had on my own recovery process. Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and color breathing – just to name a few mindfulness techniques – can be used to manage overwhelming emotions, anxiety, and everyday stress.
Long-term recovery requires self-awareness, a strong support system, and a tool chest full of coping skills, and my goal is to provide clients with a foundation for all three. If you are ready to take that first step, or if you are already on your recovery path and want to continue moving forward, I can offer support.
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- I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor (CADC), a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a Certified Yoga for 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) Leader. I received my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from North Park University. I have experience working with adolescents and adults who are struggling with addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and OCD. I weave contemplative and existential psychotherapy tenets with the empirically supported modalities of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). If desired, I incorporate yoga, meditation, and mindfulness techniques into the psychotherapy process.
Yangxi Li, LPC
Yangxi is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) who offers therapy in both English and Mandarin. She graduated and received clinical training from Northwestern University with her Maters of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She completed her practicum at Asian Human Services where she served immigrants and refugees from China.
Yangxi believes that the cause of suffering can also be the means of release and healing. She strives to construct a holding environment that creates a safe physical and psychological space wherein clients feel more free, more seen, and more authentic, so that spontaneous interactions, feelings, and experiences can occur. Yangxi views therapy as an illuminating journey where she collaborates with clients as a fellow traveler to explore the unseen and better equipped to constant growth with self-acceptance, courage, resilience, and creativity.
Yangxi is an eclectic practitioner and her therapeutic approaches include psychodynamic, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Her integrative approach focuses on incorporating mindfulness and self-acceptance to holistically empower the connectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
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Mind Body Co-op
30 N Michigan Avenue Suite #424
Chicago, IL 60602