Counseling Services Staff

Mary E. Grigar, PhD
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of
Health and Wellness
mgrigar@lakeforest.edu

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
neumann@lakeforest.edu

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
schultzsaindon@lakeforest.edu

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.

Dr. Ashley Wood

Ashley Wood, PsyD
Staff Psychologist
awood@lakeforest.edu

Ashley earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology (2016) from Roosevelt University. She completed her doctoral internship at Towson University’s Counseling Center in Towson, MD and her postdoctoral fellowship at Eating Recovery Center, Insight, in Chicago, IL. Prior to her graduate studies, Ashley received a B.A. in Psychology and Educational Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and an M.A. in Psychology from American University in Washington, D.C. Ashley has trained and worked in a variety of settings, including college counseling, community mental health, private practice, and partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings. Through these varied experiences working with diverse populations and presenting concerns, Ashley areas of interest, passion, and specialization include working with issues concerning life transitions and adjustment, identity exploration and development, emerging adulthood, academic and career concerns, relationships, body image and eating, stress management and mindfulness, and self-confidence/self-esteem/self-compassion. Ashley approaches counseling from a psychodynamic and relational perspective, and believes that relationships are formative and also healing, and strives to create a safe, supportive, caring, compassionate, and non-judgmental space where clients feel seen, heard, and understood. In addition, Ashley also utilizes skills-based interventions to help expand and enhance clients’ coping, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation abilities. Through these approaches Ashley aims to empower each client to gain a deeper understanding and awareness of themselves, their emotions, thoughts, wants, and needs, and their values, so that they can find their own unique voice and live more authentically and congruently. In addition to her clinical work, Ashley is passionate about training, teaching, and supervision, and she utilizes an individualized, developmental, and relational approach to this area of her work. Ashley has taught as an adjunct instructor at Roosevelt University and also as a Master Trainer with The Body Project, an evidence-based, cognitive dissonance body-acceptance program. In her free time, Ashley likes to spend time with friends and host gatherings, arrange flowers and charcuterie boards, travel, read, explore different restaurants, and take mindful walks.

Beatrice Rothbaum

Beatrice Rothbaum, M.A
Psychology Intern
brothbaum@lakeforest.edu

Beatrice Rothbaum is a fifth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Adelphi University. Her internship at Lake Forest Wellness Center marks her final year of training before receiving her doctoral degree. Beatrice earned her M.A. (2017) in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to her graduate studies, Beatrice received a B.A. from Oberlin College, where she majored in English. Beatrice’s clinical and research interests include minority stress, relational resilience, substance use, and LGBTQ+ mental health. Beatrice has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health, outpatient, and college counseling settings. As a therapist, Beatrice collaborates with clients to create a therapeutic environment that feels safe, authentic, and validating. She works from an interpersonal and integrative perspective that encourages curiosity, insight, and personal growth.

 

Shannon Skaistis

Shannon Skaistis, M.S.
Psychology Intern
sskaistis@lakeforest.edu

Shannon Skaistis, M.S. (they/them) is a doctoral student from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Shannon is excited to join the Lake Forest College community for their final year of clinical training to receive a doctoral degree in counseling psychology. Before entering graduate school, Shannon completed a bachelor's in English Literature from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and worked in community settings as a case manager with individuals across the lifespan. During their psychology training, Shannon has worked with various individuals and groups, including Veterans, survivors of sexual assault, and college students. Some of their clinical interests include working with individuals navigating life transitions, interpersonal relationships, stressors related to minoritized identities, substance use concerns, and chronic pain. Shannon views counseling as a collaboration to name and understand emotions and challenging experiences. They also aim to help individuals pinpoint areas of connection and disconnection in their lives and move toward relationships and spaces which feel meaningful and supportive.

Allison Levin

Allison Levin, M.A
Practicum Therapist
alevin@lakeforest.edu

Allison Levin, M.A., is a fourth year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP). She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University in 2019 and her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from TCSPP in 2021. Allison has clinical experiences working with children, adolescents, and adults in hospital, substance use, and community mental health settings. She has experience working with clients with various ethnicities, racial backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Her clinical interests include trauma, neurodivergence, mood disorders, self-esteem, LGBTQ+ identity, sexuality/sexual health, relational struggles, systemic oppression, and stress management. Allison approaches therapy through an existential framework with a culturally sensitive lens and emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship to guide the healing journey and make meaning of an individual’s struggles. She understands the importance of addressing short-term and long-term goals in therapy and integrates body-centered and DBT approaches within the therapy space to help develop coping skills, empower the individual, and foster the mind-body connection. Allison works to create a nonjudgmental, validating, and warm space to help her clients feel comfortable, safe, and understood.  

Robert Twidwell

Robert Twidwell, M.S.
Practicum Therapist
rtwidwell@lakeforest.edu

 

Robert Twidwell, M.S. (he/him) is in his fourth year as a PhD student in Counseling Psychology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his M.S. in Psychological Science from Western Kentucky University and his master’s level training in clinical mental health from Marquette University. Prior to his graduate studies, Robert received his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, where he majored in Psychology/Social Behavior and Social Ecology. Robert’s research interests are in the use of telehealth and the use of language within telehealth. Clinically, Robert is interested in working with emerging adults and their experiences of life transitions. Robert has experience working with college students, college students on the autism spectrum, and adolescents with anxiety and depression. Robert views counseling as a collaborative process between client and counselor, with the client being the expert on their experiences. He approaches each client with unconditional positive regard, and he sees each client as an individual. Robert looks to guide clients as they explore their present and past experiences to discover connections (and disconnections) that may be impacting the clients’ current functioning.