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.

Preston Rice

Preston Rice, M.A
Psychology Intern
price@lakeforest.edu

Preston Rice is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psy.D. program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. His internship at Lake Forest Wellness Center marks his final year of training before receiving a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Preston received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Auburn University. He earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2019. Preston has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in college settings, outpatient mental health clinics, and private practice. His clinical interests include working with underserved communities, mood disorders, substance use, relationship and family challenges, trauma and systemic challenges related to diversity and inclusion. He works from a culturally sensitive, strengths-based approach, and values the empowerment and inner strength of individuals. Preston uses empirically based systemic approaches and works collaboratively with his clients to identify and achieve their therapeutic goals. Preston applies a cooperative style to working with clients of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and religions. He values the unique qualities all clients and families bring to the therapeutic relationship. Preston enjoys creating a safe environment that helps his clients feel heard, understood, and appreciated. He embraces the importance of working at a comfortable pace with his clients.

Preston is an active member of the following Professional Organization:

  • Association of Black Psychologist

Aslihan Tuzun Sabaz

Aslihan Tuzun Sabaz, M.A.
Psychology Intern
atuzunsabaz@lakeforest.edu

Aslihan Tuzun Sabaz, M.A., is currently completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Adler University in Chicago. Aslihan also holds two M.A. degrees: Clinical Psychology from Okan University (2015) in Istanbul, Turkey, and Clinical psychology from Adler University Psychology in Chicago (2020). Aslihan has a breadth of experience working in various psychology and therapy environments, both domestic and international. She has experience working with clients with differing minority statuses in inpatient, outpatient, social services, and college counseling settings. Aslihan specializes in working with individuals who are experiencing difficulties making meaning of their life struggles, which include: trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship or interpersonal issues. She is trained in psychodynamic, DBT, ACT, Gestalt, and EMDR approaches. Her current doctorate dissertation focuses on immigration psychology and the resiliency of immigrant women in the U.S. As an immigrant woman, Aslihan’s multicultural awareness informs her therapeutic approach in terms of building connections. Aslihan’s therapeutic approach emphasizes how our most personal perspectives on life are informed by our past experiences. As a clinician operating from this perspective, Aslihan conceptualizes every client according to the integrative stance, guided by a strengths-based approach, which respects the underlying fundamental unity of all people. Aslihan’s passion is to establish a therapeutic relationship and work collaboratively with diverse clients by helping them to feel comfortable and safe in the therapeutic environment. She strives to create an open environment to allow access to the meaning of our past experiences and explore their impact on how we think, feel, where we are currently, and our hopes for the future. Aslihan believes that the change occurs through insight and awareness that transforms into better adjustments and adaptation in individuals’ life.

Rachel Goldfarb

Rachel Goldfarb, M.A
Practicum Therapist
rgoldfarb@lakeforest.edu

Rachel Goldfarb is a fourth-year graduate student in Roosevelt University’s PsyD Program. Her practicum placement at the Health and Wellness Center will be her third and final practicum prior to applying for clinical internship and completing her doctoral degree. Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2018. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in 2020. Rachel has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in various settings, including a Chicago Public School and a private practice. Her clinical interests include life transition and adjustment, stress management, mood disorders, relational struggles, self-esteem, and identity development. Rachel focuses on developing new strengths and skills to manage stressors in the short term, while gaining insight into reasoning behind behaviors to help clients regain control over past patterns and facilitate future autonomy. Her approach can be described as supportive, warm, nonjudgmental, validating, and empowering. Rachel emphasizes collaboration, as she believes goals are best set and met when therapist and client work together. Rachel works to create an environment in which her clients feel comfortable and safe.

Alexander Patterson, M.A
Practicum Therapist
apatterson@lakeforest.edu

Alex Patterson, M.A., is a 4th year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is expected to graduate with his Psy.D in August 2023. He received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2019, and completed his coursework and internship for the M.A. in Clinical Psychology program at Towson University from 2016-2018. Additionally, he received his Certificate of Completion from the fellowship program at The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in 2021. Before his graduate work, he received his B.S. in Psychology from Towson University. Alex has clinical experience in high school, substance abuse, hospital, and community mental health settings working with children, adolescents, and adults. Throughout his training, Alex has allied with a diverse range of clients who present with concerns related to anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, relationships, family dynamics, anger, identity development, and existential crises. He has been privileged to be invited into the lives of clients from all ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, genders, and socioeconomic status. Alex approaches therapy from a psychodynamic and existential perspective with a multicultural and trauma-focused lens, as he believes that humans interact with the world in ways that are the logical conclusion of their experiences. He places a high value on the therapeutic relationship to provide a healing and corrective connection between himself and his clients. His clinical interests include relational struggles, complex trauma, video game/internet addiction, systemic oppression, substance use, music, and escapism. Alex works to build a safe, validating environment for his clients to thoughtfully examine their life experience, foster personal and relational growth, and discover their unique personal meaning and values.