In 2015, Founders and Owners, Jasmine Tudy and Lisa Alexoff, created Aspire to provide non-traditional, eclectic therapy services to the Chicagoland and Northern Suburb community. Seven years later their team has grown from a staff of only two, to a diverse team of ten. 

Our diverse team of clinicians all work with individuals, children, teens, couples and families. 

Jasmine Tudy

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Lisa Alexoff

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Maddie Holmes

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Jeff Stark

"My job is to shed light, not to master"

My intention as a therapist is to create an environment that is supportive, positive, and in which the client has both freedom of expression and freedom from judgment. My work is grounded in the principles of mindfulness; utilizing the proper strategies and techniques while customizing my approach to fit your needs.  Together we will address patterns of thought and behavior known to impact how we think, react and feel. Even small changes in these daily habits can improve wellness and bring clarity to concerns, goals, and ideas for more creative, sustainable approaches to living.

 

Together we will each experience a gentle, supportive way of working with the source of emotions and perceptions.

Vallery Jackson

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman

Vallery Jackson is a master’s level, licensed professional counselor. She received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University, as well as her certification in Couples and Family Therapy. She has also received advanced training forDialectal Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy.

She views therapy as a tool that can help reorient individuals, couples, and families, to empower them to decide what they want and need to heal and continue progressing. She believes the first step is acknowledging how our experiences have molded our lives, from there we can move forward to take the steps required for our journeys. With dedication and drive, CHANGE is always possible.

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Daina Sauls

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Katie Salerno

“I have found that it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay, simple acts of kindness and love.” - Gandalf (J. R. R. Tolkein, The Hobbit)

 

Katie has recently graduated from Concordia University with a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is passionate about working with kids, tweens, teens, and young adults and has experience working with those who struggle with ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Transitions and Self-Esteem. 

 

Katie believes that when we can navigate our internal world, the external world around us seems less daunting. 

Sara Haase

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so and you appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so that you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”-Marilyn Monroe

Sara is a Certified National Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor candidate, and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Argosy University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from National Louis University. Sara is certified in Reiki.

 Sara’s approach to therapy includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Motivational Interviewing.

Jennifer Raines

“Every morning, I remind myself that I am closer to becoming my true self every day”

 

Jennifer is currently attending Concordia University Chicago. She has experience working

with adults over 21, living with severe and persistent mental illness and substance use disorders. 

 

Civil service runs in Jennifer’s family as herself and her relatives all pride themselves on being servants of the community. With a holistic approach to therapy, she works to find creative ways to help her clients bring balance back into their lives. 

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Justin Miller

“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation”

― Victor Frankl 

Justin is currently in the final year of his graduate counseling program at National Louis University and is passionate about working with individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community, and those dealing with severe mental illnesses. His interest in counseling grew from the desire to accompany individuals on their journey to achieve what they genuinely want out of life.

 

While honoring the complexity that is being human, Justin is open and happy to help you get to where you want to be. 

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