Kati Guada is a clinical psychologist who founded the TCFMH with the goal of providing accessible and affordable mental health where there is a high need. Kati is also a mother of two young children, and she worries about the many invisible children, fathers, mothers and people in Chicago who need support-perhaps now more than ever. She, along with her team, believe that they can work towards bringing people relief by offering trauma-informed mental health services.
Kati earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. During her extensive education, she trained in inpatient, outpatient, community, and forensic centers located in both Indiana and Chicago. With the goal of offering quality care for all, Kati opened up Guada Psych Services in 2016. Kati is proud to be working on the St. Sabina campus, which is a beacon of hope in Chicago. She prefers to work with adolescents and children in the treatment setting and is currently working in St. Sabina Academy one day per week. She is looking forward to continuing to develop the relationships on St. Sabina's campus so that we can have a longstanding presence on campus.
Jamesa joined our team in April, and she has been a welcomed addition! Jamesa said she was personally drawn to the position with a mindset to give back to the community. She grew up in the area St. Sabina is located and although she has since moved away, she wants to be able to share her skills as a mental health professional. Jamesa was attracted to the field of mental health from her background in dance; She knew she wanted to help people but had not yet explored what "help" looked like. Jamesa was able to identify a program that incorporated dance as movement therapy and counseling. According to her, "I felt as though I hit the jackpot!" Jamesa currently sees individual therapy patients on St. Sabina's campus, and she is working one day at St. Sabina Academy providing individual therapy as well as teaching social emotional learning (SEL) classes. Finally, Jamesa is running a therapy support group for adolescents who have lost loved ones to gun violence.
Jamesa earned her MA in therapy and counseling from Columbia College in Chicago, IL. She has a strong clinical background across a range of settings and has experience working with adults and children presenting with a range of concerns, including: drug/alcohol dependence, homelessness, depression, dementia, mood disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety, rape/domestic violence personality disorders, anger management, communication, substance use, just to name a few. Jamesa enjoys working with individuals, families, couples as well as groups.
Dr. Stewart is a welcomed addition to our TCFMH team. He is currently working two days in the school providing individual therapy as well as social-emotional-learning classes at St. Sabina Academy. Additionally, Dr. Steve is working one day on St. Sabina's campus seeing people at the Catholic Charities building for therapy. The remainder of Steve's week is spent seeing patients at our Guada Psychological Services company located in Schaumburg, IL.
Dr. Stephen brings a wide array of clinical experience spanning over 10 years. Dr. Steve works with clients across the lifespan and has experience working with youth and adults in a variety of settings, including in-patient hospitalization, intensive out-patient, community mental health, school-based, and correctional settings. He enjoys using a client-centered approach where the client is the expert of their own lives and Dr. Steve can help guide them to an attainable and goal-oriented solution.