Azi Ghaffari, Ph.D.
Dr. Ghaffari is a licensed clinical psychologist and earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, and her post-doctoral fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. She has been trained in a number of evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
"My approach to therapy is collaborative and supportive, and based on the individualized goals and needs of each client. My style incorporates the connection of the mind, body, and emotions. Clients have described me as warm, supportive, non-judgmental, and calm. My goal is to help better manage your thoughts, feelings, and to help you feel happier and healthier. I welcome the opportunity to join your journey to healing and recovery."
She has specialized training in working with individuals adjusting to and recovering from chronic medical conditions. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to helping those struggling with
depression, stress, anxiety, grief and loss, and relationship concerns.
Dr. Ghaffari speaks both English and Farsi.
Melissa Meinen, Psy.D.
Dr. Meinen is a licensed clinical psychologist and earned her doctorate from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. She completed her predoctoral APA-accredited internship at Northern Illinois University Counseling & Consultation Services, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Iowa State University Student Counseling Services. Dr. Meinen draws from a variety of evidence-based clinical approaches to individualize treatment for each client. She often draws from relational and interpersonal approaches, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
“It takes courage to ask for support and seek therapy. Clients have shared my warm, grounded, and authentic approach can help make the process more comfortable. I find we make the most progress in therapy with a non-judgmental, supportive relationship that can make the process feel safe. Within therapy, we will work together to help you reduce distress, understand barriers and patterns that are keeping you ‘stuck,’ and discover ways of moving forward and living life more genuinely. It is my hope to help you build a more fulfilling relationship with yourself and others, while creating an affirming space to both support and challenge you.”
She is a generalist with experience treating a wide range of concerns, and has specialized training in healthy relationships, trauma recovery, multicultural counseling, and group psychotherapy. In addition, Dr. Meinen has extensive experience working with young adults around life transitions and a wide variety of mental health concerns. She also is experienced in helping clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship and family concerns, and occupational or educational challenges.
Robin B. Katz, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Robin B. Katz is a licensed clinical social worker and earned her Master’s in Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. Robin works at The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and has substantial experience working with cancer patients and their care partners. She applies strategies from evidence-based treatments including Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Meaning Centered Psychotherapy, Strengths-based Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
“Life is challenging and full of transitions - which can feel overwhelming. I believe it takes strength, courage and hope to reach out for support. I feel privileged to work with you throughout the process of feeling more confident, happy and better about yourself.” We will work together to find the best treatment plan based on your needs at the time we meet. I am supportive, non-judgmental, warm - with a calm style… and some humor."
Robin is experienced in working with individuals and groups who are affected by depression, anxiety, cancer (diagnosis through after treatment), chronic illness, grief, loss, stress and relationship issues.
Sarah Sarhaddi, Psy.D.
Dr. Sarah Sarhaddi is a licensed clinical psychologist, who earned her PsyD from The Chicago School of
Professional Psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at the DuPage County Health
Department and her post-doctoral internship at DuPage Community Clinic. Regarding treatment
modalities, she employs CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), facets of DBT (Dialectical Behavior
Therapy), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, among others.
“My approach involves creating an individualized plan tailored for each client’s individual needs. Along
with educating the client about different therapeutic techniques, I believe that the therapeutic
relationship is paramount in generating change. Consequently, it is important that I create a supportive
and empathic environment for my clients.”
Dr. Sarhaddi has specialized training working with mood disorders, bariatric clients, relationship issues, grief, and stress. Concerning assessment, she has experience completing ADHD testing and pre-surgical evaluations for bariatric surgery.