Counseling Services Staff

Mary E. Grigar, PhD
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of
Health and Wellness

Mary earned her Ph.D. (2001) in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University and her M.S. (1995) in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky.  She completed her doctoral internship at the Illinois State University Student Counseling Services and her postdoctoral fellowship at the      University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to her graduate work, Mary received a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in Psychology and Anthropology. Her clinical experiences include primarily university and college counseling center work where she has had the opportunity to fulfill a variety roles such as counselor, supervisor/trainer, mentor, advocate, consultant, and administrator. Mary approaches her clinical work with a focus on understanding a client’s social, cultural, and biological factors to allow for a supportive, validating, and empowering space for clients to examine who they are and who they want to become. In her supervisory relationships, Mary places a high value on the supervisory relationship in order to provide an authentic space for growth and development through establishing trust and safety in the journey of becoming a positive change agent in our ever changing world.

Ed Neumann, PsyD
Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Community Wellness Coordinator

Ed earned his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology (2012) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Butler University and his postdoctoral fellowship at Northeastern Illinois University.  Prior to his graduate studies, Ed received a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University.  Ed has trained and worked in a variety of different clinical settings in his career, including a private practice, a community mental health center, and several college counseling centers.  He also spent several years working on a psychiatric hospital unit for children, adolescents, and young adults.  In these settings, he worked with a diverse range of people with an equally diverse range of reasons for seeking counseling.  Ed approaches counseling primarily from a humanistic, person-centered perspective, but also integrates components of existential and psychodynamic theories into his work with clients.  As a part of this approach, Ed is sensitive to each person’s unique blend of multiple social identities, including race, ethnic background, gender, sexual identity, ability, SES, and religious background, and how these various identities contribute to an individual’s overall sense of self.  Ed’s areas of interest and specialty are depression, loss and mourning, identity development, trauma, crisis, and interpersonal relationships.  In addition to his clinical work, Ed is also highly committed to supervision and training of future members of the helping fields.  His approach to training is developmental and informed by his humanistic perspective.  Accordingly, Ed believes that the training relationship is paramount and must be characterized by trust and collaboration, which allows trainees to feel both supported and challenged to pursue the goals they set for themselves. 

Kasey Schultz-Saindon, PhD
Asst Director of Counseling Services & Coordinator of Clinical Training

Kasey earned her M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2013) in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. She completed her doctoral internship at the Colorado State University Health Network and her postdoctoral fellowship at Roosevelt University’s Counseling Center. Prior to her graduate work, Kasey received a B.A. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she majored in Psychology and received minors in Spanish and Mathematics.  Beyond her work in multiple college counseling centers, Kasey also has previous clinical experience in private practice and outpatient mental health clinic settings. She enjoys engaging in the wide variety of responsibilities and relationships that come with working in the college setting, including providing counseling services, supervision/training, outreach, and consultation to the campus community. In addition to enjoying working with individuals, Kasey has a passion for both group and couples counseling. Some of her other clinical interests include life transition and adjustment, relational struggles, identity development, self-esteem, gender concerns, autism spectrum disorders, stress management, and alcohol and other drug use concerns. Her approach to counseling stems from client-centered and interpersonal process theories. She believes that clients can begin to make the changes they want in their lives through building a supportive relationship with a therapist who is genuine, authentic, and empathic. When a therapist creates a space in which clients feel safe enough to sit with uncomfortable emotions, clients are able to begin to be more authentic and congruent themselves. Kasey takes a developmental approach to supervision and training, which is influenced by her client-centered and interpersonal style. She believes that the foundation of the supervisory relationship creates the opportunity for growth and further development as a psychologist in training. Most importantly, she strives to be her authentic self and create a space in which trainees can be their authentic selves, developing their own voices and identifying who they are and want to be as a psychologist.

Felix Deiss

Felix Deiss, M.A
Psychology Intern

Felix Deiss, M.A. is in the last year of their doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. They received their M.A. in Clinical Psychology in the summer of 2018. Felix graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Creative Writing in 2015. They have worked as a therapist at Purdue University Northwest Campus and at DePaul University. They have also practiced in community mental health settings and with young adults and adolescents in a wilderness therapy program. In these settings, Felix has worked with clients from a variety of backgrounds on a variety of struggles. These include feelings of depression, academic difficulties, identity concerns, anxiety, family conflict, relationship questions, experiences of discrimination, trauma, and grief and loss. Felix has also volunteered in the Emergency Room to counsel and advocate for people following sexual assault. In therapy, Felix is committed to a building a respectful and collaborative relationship with their clients. They know that every person brings great personal knowledge and strength to counseling. Felix’s goal is to support their clients in using those strengths creatively to address the difficulties that bring each person to counseling and to improve each client’s experience of their life.

Kamila Smyk-Jaworski, M.A.
Psychology Intern

Kamila Smyk-Jaworski, M.A., is currently in final stages of completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Adler University in Chicago. Kamila also holds two MA degrees: in Cross-Cultural Psychology from University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warszawa, Poland (2003) and in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago (2019). She is also fluent in Polish language and culture.

Kamila worked and trained in a variety of settings including social service agencies, private practice, community mental health clinic and a university counseling center where she provided counseling services to a wide range of people of different ages and life stages, different races, ethnicities, religions, socio-economic status, including those for whom English was a non-native language. Kamila helped clients with their concerns related to low self-esteem, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, trauma, romantic and family relationships issues, career counseling, anger management, substance abuse and domestic violence and partner violence issues.

Kamila believes that true healing happens in a therapeutic relationship with a client that is based in trust, authenticity, unconditional acceptance, empathy and gentle guidance. Her clinical work is informed by the person-centered and psychodynamic approaches enriched by a multicultural lens. Kamila also received training in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) program and is passionate about incorporating the mind-body work into clinical practice. In her therapeutic work Kamila not only strives to help her clients feel better but also wants to help them connect to who they really are: their true, authentic and unique self.

Tammy Smith, M.A
Practicum Therapist

Tammy Smith, M.A., is a doctoral candidate within the clinical psychology program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois and is expected to graduate with her Psy.D. in August 2022. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in June 2019. Before her graduate work, Tammy received her B.A. in Economics and minored in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Tammy has previous experience working with a diverse range of clients as a therapist at Eating Recovery Center in Chicago. Throughout her training, Tammy has helped clients with concerns related to disordered eating, body image, anxiety, depression, identity development, relational difficulties, and family dynamics. Tammy’s therapeutic style stems from acceptance and commitment therapy while incorporating other therapeutic interventions to address the individual’s unique needs. Tammy believes in cultivating a collaborative, unconditionally accepting, and compassionate environment to support an individual’s growth. Tammy’s clinical interests include adaptability, self-care, resilience, creativity, perfectionism, diversity/multicultural factors, self-empowerment, and stress management. Tammy is passionate about helping students grow and achieve their goals.

Zeina Soued, M.A
Practicum Therapist

Zeina Soued, M.A. is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is expected to complete her Psy.D. in July 2022. Zeina also holds two M.A. degrees: in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College (2016) and in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology (2019). Prior to her graduate work, Zeina received a B.A. from Rhodes College, where she majored in Psychology and received a minor in Theatre. She is also proficient in Arabic language and culture.

 Zeina has three years of clinical experience including private practice, high school, and college counseling settings working with children, adolescents and adults. Throughout her training, Zeina has provided counseling services to culturally diverse populations who have a wide range of concerns related to feelings of anxiety, depression, family conflict, relational struggles, academic difficulties, trauma, self-esteem, and loss. She approaches therapy by building a strong therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist in a safe and supportive environment. Her style of therapy draws from person-centered and solution-focused frameworks while using a multicultural lens. Zeina strives to build upon clients strengths and collaborates with them to focus on creating a treatment that fits their unique needs.

Zeina’s clinical interests include identity development, acculturation, international student concerns, adjustment issues, diversity/multicultural issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, relational issues, life transitions, spirituality, Middle Eastern and first-generation college students.