Sarah Stukas

Sarah Stukas, MS, LCPC

“I get it.”

How many times have you truly felt understood? More than anything, I want our clients to feel understood and supported. Let’s look at how you got here; what has impacted your life and played a part at creating who you are today. More importantly, let’s figure out how to help you live the life you desire. Everything we need to live a good life is already inside, but sometimes we all need a little help getting there. I’m here to help because I get it.

I started Life Insight with the soul purpose of creating a home for our clients and therapists where they could be supported, achieve the goals they set for themselves and thrive in in their lives and relationships. We are proud to serve this community and honored by the meaningful relationships we experience with our clients. Whatever Live a Good Life means to you, we’re here to help you reach it!

Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Life Coach with over 18 years experience working with adolescents, young adults and families. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University and has completed extensive trainings in the areas of eating disorders and trauma resolution and is certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy. She is also a real person who sees life as an adventure and happiness as a journey. Sarah believes deeply that life is best lived authentically with a good dose of fun. Favorite accomplishments thus far: being a small business owner, raising two cool kids, and learning to surf.

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Jorie Miklos, MA, LPC

I like to live by the saying: “Find joy in the simple things.” Easier said than done, right? I thought so too until I made it my mission to change my perspective into something of that more positive. As a result, I found a sense of peace knowing I can change my mood simply by looking at a situation in a different light. This insight allows me to effectively work with my clients when they feel “stuck.” I help others find purpose in life and thus deeper meaning behind our experiences. It is then that we can better accept what we are going through with greater ease.

I use a warm, supportive approach along with humor to create a comfortable environment for my clients. My passion is working with adolescents and young adults to help develop a sense of self when struggles such as anxiety, depression, relationships, and life changes are creating roadblocks towards moving forward. I’m here to walk with you to assist in developing a stronger understanding of who you are and what you can achieve!

Jorie is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, and residential facilities. She works with adolescents and adults in individual counseling. Jorie attended Loyola University to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Lewis University to receive her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys doing things outdoors, working out, and being with her friends and family.

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Jennifer Ziegler, MA, AMFT

Several years ago I heard someone tell this tale…

“This guy’s walkin’ down a street when he falls into a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, “Hey you! Can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole, and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, “Father, I’m down in this hole; can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by, “Hey, Joe, it’s me. Can ya help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “What the hell are ya doin’? Now we’re both down here.” The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.”

I love this story! It reminds me that we don’t have to be alone in our struggles and that, in fact, the best way out is through connection with a trusted guide. If you feel like you are stuck in a dark hole (trapped by life’s circumstances, scared, lonely, confused, starting to lose hope…), you do not have to stay there. I know the terrain and can help you find your way out.

I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families, and specialize in helping clients to recover from the ongoing effects of past trauma, anxiety, and relational disconnection. I collaborate with clients to leverage their natural strengths toward greater integration of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual natures to increase personal agency and hope. I am empathic and caring and delight to see my clients become more fully themselves.

Jennifer graduated from Wheaton College with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She loves to learn and is always looking for new ways to help her clients grow. In recent years, Jennifer completed an intensive externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy, a highly effective and evidenced based way of helping couples to connect in lasting and meaningful ways. In addition, she studied under Courtney Armstrong to learn creative methods (based on neuroscientific research) for helping clients heal from unresolved trauma. Jennifer also has extensive church ministry experience and advanced training in helping people to explore spiritual issues.

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Carolyn Ball, MS, LPC

Each of us hopes to live a good life, yet it’s not uncommon for any of us to feel as if our self-worth, relationships and day-to-day existence are not where we hoped they’d be. When this happens, therapy can be a transformative process in which we come to more thoroughly understand ourselves, and one in which we develop insights and strengths that lead us to a more fulfilling and rewarding life.

I work with teens, adults and couples on a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues and life adjustments. While I believe it’s important to understand how the past impacts the present, we will spend the majority of our time together finding practical solutions to help you feel better quickly. I don’t shy away from conflict and tend to be lovingly direct. I use humor where appropriate because sometimes a little comic relief is exactly what we need to look more honestly at ourselves.

In addition to my therapy work with teens, I also specialize in helping young people and their parents think through post high school direction and choices. Deciding what you want to do with your life when you’re only 16 or 17 years old is hard! I try to make that process easier by using a whole person approach and the most advanced testing available. The result is a set of insights that makes clear the intersection of the teen’s individual interests, aptitudes and skills that align with their natural abilities rather than a passing interest.

Carolyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor who completed her masters at Northwestern University. She has additional training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Traumatic Stress Studies, she is a certified Prepare-Enrich Relationship Counselor and a Highlands Company Certified Career Consultant. Carolyn spent many years in the corporate world working for high tech start-ups before following her passion for helping others live a good life. Carolyn is married with two teenage children and enjoys traveling with family, baking and walking with her dogs.

Allie DiVito, MA

We all go through this world with unique strengths and experiences, but every once in awhile we find ourselves not quite where we want to be. We may be feeling stuck, unhappy, or in the middle of an unexpected change and not know where to go next. We have powerful minds that are constantly seeking information, the problem is that sometimes they tell us stories that aren’t necessarily true. So how do we step outside ourselves and sort through the information to choose what to pay attention to? Most of us want someone to take the time to understand us, recognize our pain and let us know we are not alone, and I know the value in going alongside this journey with my clients. Together, we will explore what is most important to you and create the vision you hold for living your life.

I spent a great amount of my life as an athlete and learned some very powerful lessons about perspective, values, teamwork, breaking down big goals into small achievable steps and the importance of humility and humor, all of which have their place in therapy as well. In working with me, clients will find a comfortable space where they feel acceptance, are able to express themselves, and reach their goals.

Allie graduated from Lewis University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specializing in working with children and adolescents. She has completed additional training in addictions and works with adolescents and young adults. When she’s not working you can usually find her spending time with family and friends, or on the basketball court.

Emily Hartl, Office Manager

Making the decision to see a therapist, and taking those first steps to set up an appointment, can feel daunting and overwhelming. But in the end, it can be a truly rewarding experience. My job is to make the process as simple and worry-free as possible, and to help put you at ease. I have the honor of connecting with the new clients who reach out to us asking for help, setting them up with an amazing therapist, and scheduling their first appointment. It’s my favorite part of my job. I want our clients to succeed, to be happy, and to achieve their goals… and giving us a call is the first step! I love when the phone rings, because that means that one more person is taking that brave step toward getting the help they’re looking for. I also handle the billing and insurance side of the practice, to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes, so our clients can focus on the important work they’re doing in their sessions, and not worry about the rest.

Emily has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Governors State University. Her proudest accomplishments include running 4 Tough Mudder races, studying abroad for a year in Manchester, and maintaining a 4.0 GPA thus far in her master’s program.

Meg Cambronne

Meg Cambronne, Writer/Blog Contributor

Meg Cambronne, according to her, has no business being on this team other than being a keen observer, messer-upper and doer of life. She tends to run on the anxious side, but is accepting that and working on it. She has her B.A. in English and Writing from Wartburg College, but please don’t pop quiz her on grammar or assume she is judging you on yours. In spare moments, she loves reading, design, watching Project Runway and playing toys with her two young daughters. One of whom recently informed her, “I make the rules and that means you have to listen.” Meg currently resides in a very cold state, which she bitterly questions eight months out of the year.