Behavioral Healthcare In

Chicago, IL

Stop struggling with mental health and substance abuse challenges. Programs for ages 14 - 24.

Behavioral Healthcare in Chicago, IL

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Services Offered:

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Home Services

Potomac “Home” is our name for appointments that occur in the community rather than in our offices. When you’d prefer to get support at random times of the day or evening, Potomac Home services are usually only 1-2 hours per week.

A "Whole Family" Solution

We also have the same options for your parents but instead of calling them Mentors we call them “Parent Coaches”. Your parents can choose to have “clinical” or “life” assistance. And some of our life coaches can coach your parents over a phone or a tablet or a computer.

Ready When You Are

In addition to weekly scheduled sessions, Potomac Mentors and Coaches are available for you and your parents in real time, at critical moments when you might need support and guidance the most.

Wherever You Are

Many of our Home participants have come to us after completing a wilderness program or residential treatment. They can’t stand the thought of going back to an office for more therapy. Potomac Home is a better alternative. We meet you wherever you are most comfortable.

Earning Our Reputation

This in-the-moment support via phone or text is why Potomac Home has earned its reputation for success with tough, real-world situations.

Optimize Your Support Network

Here’s an example of how your Potomac Home Mentor and Parent Coach work together with your family to optimize the resources you have in your community. Many people are surprised to learn that there are hundreds of solutions for you within the circle of friends and leaders you already know!

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Organizations We Belong To

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Meet the Chicago Team

Sarah Schwartz

Sarah Schwartz

Position: Regional Director
Credentials: LCSW

Sarah Schwartz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, with a concentration in children and families. Sarah comes to Vive with nearly a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She has worked in schools, in residential treatment facilities, within a therapeutic wilderness program, in various outpatient behavioral health clinics, as well as in the home and community. Sarah uses a strength-based, person-centered approach in her practice and has extensive training in both CBT and DBT. She is purposeful and compassionate in building a strong therapeutic alliance with each client, as she views the relationship between the therapist and client as the foundation for the change-making journey. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time in the out of doors, be it taking a bike ride, going for a long walk with her dog, or enjoying Chicago’s lakefront with family and friends.

Sarah Schwartz

LCSW

Regional Director
Rhonda LaPoint

Rhonda LaPoint

Position: Family Therapist
Credentials: LCPC

Rhonda LaPoint is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Rhonda has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in community settings. Rhonda’s experience includes family and individual therapy using a relational approach with an emphasis on strength based behavioral strategies. Most recently, Rhonda worked with Ada S McKinley to provide crisis intervention and assessment services in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals and homes in the community. Rhonda’s experience includes training teachers and school staff in effectively supporting children and adolescents with ADHD and other impulsive behavior issues. She also has trained clinicians to effectively intervene and assess crisis situations. Rhonda participates in a variety of experiential programs that promote personal and interpersonal understanding and enjoys various physical activities including hiking, biking and swimming as well as spending time with her four young adult children.

Rhonda LaPoint

LCPC

Family Therapist
Tina Shrader

Tina Shrader

Position: Family Therapist
Credentials: LMFT

Tina Shrader is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Master of Arts in Couple & Family Counseling from Adler University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Florida. Tina believes that time spent with family should be enjoyable, affirming, invigorating, and safe. She has years of experience working with young people, and families in crisis, and assisting them in achieving their goals with a systemic and solution-focused approach. Tina empowers families by addressing maladaptive communication strategies, parenting techniques, assessing expectations, and balancing power dynamics. Tina’s favorite part of being a therapist is that she has the privilege of being welcomed into families, and being trusted with their deepest vulnerabilities. Tina is a newlywed, a stepparent to two amazing girls, and a pet-parent to a Wheaten terrier and a kitten. She enjoys spending her free time doing yoga, watching Netflix, traveling, and entertaining on her patio with friends and family.

Tina Shrader

LMFT

Family Therapist
Adam Stewart

Adam Stewart

Position: Family Therapist
Credentials: LCSW

Adam Stewart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from Stony Brook University. Adam is dedicated to encouraging teens, young adults, and their families in overcoming challenges. Since graduating from Stony Brook University, Adam has worked with this population in a variety of capacities, including community, hospital, and residential settings. Adam has completed several trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Motivational Interviewing. Adam uses a strengths-based, motivational approach to highlight and capitalize on strengths while strategizing ways to address areas for growth. He firmly believes the challenges teens and adolescents face exist within the context of the family, while simultaneously recognizing adolescence and yound adulthood as unique developmental periods. He is truly invested in his clients’ self-discovery, development, self determination, and healing. In his down time time, you can find him running, watching soccer, and spending quality time with his wife, family, and friends.

Adam Stewart

LCSW

Family Therapist
Ryan Weinstock

Ryan Weinstock

Position: Family Therapist
Credentials: LCSW

Ryan Weinstock is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. From an early age he developed a love for the outdoors and a passion for playing sports. He is an avid distance runner and was captain of the Cross Country team at his alma mater, Kenyon College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology. Ryan has nearly 10 years of experience working with at-risk adolescents and young adults in a variety of settings. He uses outside the box thinking to conceptualize creative, often experiential strategies to connect with youth. He is a firm believer in meeting clients where they are at in their therapeutic process. It is this client-centered approach along with a knack for active listening that has allowed him to make a strong connection with so many young people. In his free time, Ryan enjoys volunteering, hiking, and kicking around the soccer ball. When he is not off exploring the trails Chicagoland has to offer, he is spending quality time with his girlfriend Rachel, with whom he has plans with to someday amass a family of dogs together.

Ryan Weinstock

LCSW

Family Therapist
Marisol Bucio

Marisol Bucio

Position: Family Therapist
Credentials: LPC

Marisol Bucio is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. Marisol is a bilingual therapist (Spanish) and has experience working with a culturally diverse population. She has worked in different settings such as not-for-profit organizations and community agencies where she assisted in reunifying families. Marisol believes that every individual can benefit from therapy and works to create a safe, trusting, non-threatening environment for each client. Marisol specializes in helping children, adolescents, and adults with work-life balance and transitions, depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, grief/loss, trauma, and self-harm. Using a collaborative and integrative approach with clients, Marisol utilizes cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and Adlerian therapy to meet the unique needs and desires of each client. During her free time she enjoys traveling, eating at new restaurants, and watching Netflix.

Marisol Bucio

LPC

Family Therapist
Austin Tyus-Michalak

Austin Tyus-Michalak

Position: Therapist
Credentials: LCSW

Austin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, where he majored in Human Development and minored in Psychology. Austin earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Austin has worked in the mental health field for several years where he has gained experience working with adolescents, families, and the elderly population. Austin has experience working in both an inpatient and outpatient setting, focusing on assisting individuals with developing healthy coping skills to manage daily stressors. Austin specializes in utilizing a variety of effective intervention approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, and Crisis Intervention. Austin also applies several components of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to promote a higher quality of life. Austin believes that Mindfulness is at the core of developing a strong foundation for healing and growth.

Austin enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, exercising, and experiencing the beautiful aspects of nature.

Austin Tyus-Michalak

LCSW

Therapist