Meet Our Team

Meet Joseph!

Joseph Chae, M.A. is committed to helping you make real changes in your life and in your community. He received his Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Northwestern University. He also has over 10 years of experience offering counseling as a pastor of his local church. Joseph provides a warm, nonjudgmental environment that explores the issues that may prevent you from living the life you want. He offers a safe place that deals with these issues in a variety of ways depending on individ ual needs. Joseph is capable in neurocouseling, humanistic psychology, and talk therapy. He is also able to offer faith-based counseling if requested. Within the therapy session, Joseph is also able to provide extensive psychoeducation utilizing his biology background. If you feel like you are ready to commit to making positive changes, Joseph is ready to facilit ate a new beginning helping you meet the challenges of your life.

To make an appointment with Joseph, call Marianne at 630-337-6571.

Meet Christine!


Marianne Tomlinson Therapy, LLC is very excited to have Christine Kim join our staff!

Christine received her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Northwestern University. While her undergraduate and graduate level work has been outside the counseling field, she has taught, advised, and served people from a diverse population such as international students, immigrant families, and business professionals in academic and social settings. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies: World Comparative Religion Track and a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies and Teaching English as a Second Language from Wheaton College, IL.

Christine believes that every life matters. Everyone’s journey presents different seasons of joys, challenges, and unknowns. The way in which one navigates around those circumstances ushers in stress, potential growth, hope, and/or change. How well one chooses to respond is a reflection on the self in the process of transformation, new opportunities, health, and wellness. Christine enjoys exploring and working with people from all seasons of life and backgrounds. Of particular interest to her is working with those who experience tension or challenges in navigating through: anxiety, stress, identity, grief, divorce, relationships, and adjustment issues. She respects the inherent dignity and worth of every individual and aims to create a safe, caring, and non-judgmental atmosphere for clients to feel valued and hopeful.

Christine approaches therapy holistically as a means for individuals to feel heard and respected, to better understand themselves and others, and to explore alternative options to gain confidence, healing, and strategies through life’s daily and long-term goals. She desires to assist clients in this therapeutic process by providing empathy, open communication, and insights in the struggles and concerns of every person she has the opportunity to work with. Christine considers it a humble privilege to walk alongside clients to serve them in reaching their full potentials, goals, and healing.

To make an appointment with Christine, call Marianne at 630-337-6571.

Meet Christi!


Christi Johnson is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and received her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Kansas and prior to entering the field of counseling, Christi worked in the pharmaceutical industry in sales and sales leadership roles.

Our emotional responses to people and situations do not go away simply because we do not give attention to them. Unresolved feelings will bubble up and can damage our relationships and our physical health-and are linked to depression and anxiety. Christi is passionate about helping individuals heal painful emotional experiences so they can be free to pursue their dreams and achieve their life goals.

Christi utilizes a number of therapeutic approaches to help clients achieve their mental health goals. She completed training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) which has been proven to provide relief from the strong physical and emotional reactions associated with post-traumatic stress (PTSD), trauma, anxiety and depression. Christi also has training in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT). EFIT helps individuals explore their emotional and relational patterns with the goal of uncovering underlying needs, fears and dreams. This integration equips them to create meaningful, nurturing connections with themselves and others.

Christi works with clients to address a variety of concerns including:

  • Healing from trauma-including childhood, racial, religious and relationship 
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship conflict and divorce
  • Sexual and Gender Identity
  • Career Development and Life Transition

To make an appointment with Christi, call Marianne at (630) 337-6571.

MEET Laura!


Laura Alcantar, Northwestern University graduate, holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has devoted herself to promoting wellness for nearly 20 years. After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Public Health in 2002, she pursued extensive specialty training and managed a private practice in the field of Eastern complementary medicine known as Ayurveda. During these years, she helped clients navigate various health issues and attain wellness. As she practiced, her interest in mental health grew and she made the decision to extend her expertise to become a licensed clinical mental health counselor. Some of her areas of interest include supporting clients with transitions in career, gender, relationships, new diagnoses, and coping with death and loss. She also helps clients work through issues of depression, anxiety, and mood disorders and develop tools to live more functionally with these diagnoses. 

Laura ascribes to an integrative approach to counseling grounded in a person-centered perspective. She uses a wide range of evidence-based therapeutic measures which place emphasis on a client’s strengths and resources in order to assist them in problem resolution, health and relationship management, and overall achievement of goals which contribute to a life guided be their own core values. Some of her approaches involve narrative therapy which places strong emphasis on exploring your stories and the language you use to describe your life and life events; acceptance commitment therapy (ACT) which places emphasis on mindfulness and cultivating action that supports your values; emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), which places emphasis on core beliefs and emotions which drive behavior; and spiritual/existentialism and dreamwork which places emphasis on finding meaning and purpose in life and exploring deeper beliefs about the nature of life and death. Laura is also trained in ART, (Accelerated Resolution Therapy), a research-backed therapy which has demonstrated phenomenal success in bringing resolution to both new and long-held traumas. 

To make an appointment with Laura, call Marianne at (630) 337-6571.

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