The Clinical Company is comprised of mental health clinicians from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds who volunteer their time and knowledge to Erasing the Distance. The Clinical Company offers vision, leadership, and active, hands-on effort, to support all of the internal players within the organization, as well as to ETD audience members, using their clinical expertise and perspective.
Below are the members of our Clinical Company. Click on any individual name to learn more.Carly Bueltel, PsyD
Carly is a recent graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she was first introduced to Erasing the Distance. In 2010, she had the unique opportunity to educationally partner with the company, receiving extensive training in the art of listening and the power of storytelling. Carly believes, wholeheartedly, in the mission of ETD and finds that her own clinical work mirrors the non-profit’s commitment to witnessing others’ lived experiences and providing a safe space for these stories to unfold.
As a 2016-2017 postdoctoral fellow at Eating Recovery Center- Chicago, Carly continues to hone her clinical specialization in the treatment of eating disorders, embodiment issues, and body image concerns. This work is fueled by her passion to help individuals find homes within their bodies and identities.
Carly has a soul-deep connection to poetry and song lyrics, where she finds beauty in words. This likely lends to her appreciation for ETD’s commitment to the word-for-word authenticity of each story preformed. She is excited to join the ETD Clinical Company and enters into this role with a willingness to let each story grow her.
Mihaela immigrated to Chicago in 1990 from Bucharest, Romania. Soon after, she received her M.A. in Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She spent the next twelve years working for Refugee One, where she provided mental health services for refugees from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. She is passionate about cultural issues, and over the years has become an expert in cultural sensitivity topics. In addition, Mihaela uses art and movement as a means of self-exploration and therapy. Her love for playful bodily expression and dance led her to discover, train, and receive teaching certification in Nia, an energetic and dynamic healing movement technique that combines dance, martial arts, healing arts, and somatic therapeutic techniques. Through Nia, Mihaela discovered and trained in the Five Stages of Self-Healing, an integrative practice based on the five stages of human development, which she also incorporates in her psychotherapeutic practice. A few years ago Mihaela became certified in the Daring Way and Rising Strong methodology.
The Daring Way is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Bréne Brown. The method was designed for with with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings.
Since 2002, Mihaela has run her own successful private practice in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, where she provides individual and couples psychotherapy, and leads a variety of groups and workshops. She also volunteers at the Marjorie Kovler Center for Victims of Torture, where she practices clinical psychotherapy and supervises other therapists.
Beto Chavez is a Latinx, gay-identified staff therapist at Live Oak
with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler
University. He began his career at Live Oak first as an intern then
transitioned into his current bilingual staff therapist position where
he works with individuals, couples, and groups. His background includes experience in the foster care system, Latinx communities, developmental disorders, and LGBTQ populations. Beto hopes to continue his journey working with, supporting, and advocating for communities and individuals in need.
Alexandra is a Chicago transplant from Eastern Pennsylvania. She attended and graduated from Duquesne University (BA in Psychology), University of Pittsburgh (Masters in Library and Information Sciences) and Loyola University Chicago (Masters in Social Work). The majority of her career has been spent working within the public school system in a variety of roles: School Social Worker, Behavior Interventionist, Dean of Students, and Educational Consultant. She enjoys exploring the home-school-community connection for students and families. Outside of the public school system she has continued her work with children and adolescents in hospital and agency settings as well. Currently, she is a School Social Worker in Township High School District #211 in the Alternative Learning Program as well as seeing clients in a group practice, Willis Counseling and Consulting.
Rebecca currently runs her own private practice. Recently, she was the adult program manager of Gilda’s Club Chicago. At Gilda’s Club Chicago, she was dedicated to developing programming designed to reduce stress for individuals and families affected by cancer. She also spent 14 years as a psychiatric and substance abuse social worker in partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, and inpatient settings, including specialization within the senior population in addition to acquiring experience as a care advocate and team lead within a behavioral health managed care organization.
Farah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. She is particularly interested in helping individuals improve relationships, move successfully through life transitions, and own their voice. She has experience working with clients with family of origin issues, identity development, sexual abuse, grief, depression, and anxiety.
As the Director of Counseling Services for a large church on Chicago’s south side, Farah leads a team of 18 mental health professionals providing individual and family therapy, small groups and workshops. She enjoys educating and equipping those within the faith community to address mental health with an integrative approach; marrying theology with psychology.
In October 2015, Farah opened her private practice in the south suburbs of Chicago. Her goal is to come alongside her clients, helping them to discover what is true in their lives and to understand the significance of their life story. She takes a pragmatic approach, coupled with humor, to help clients by highlighting growth areas and taking real steps to achieving their goals.
Dr. David Simpson is Assistant Professor of Social Work at Pacific Lutheran University. He arrived at PLU in 2016 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR), Department of Psychiatry, where he was Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Social Work. He was also an adjunct professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work where he taught mental health practice and research classes to students in the mental health concentration. As a clinician, he used Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to treat individuals across the life-span with anxiety disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He remains Co-Primary Investigator of a risk and protective factors research study designed to look at correlates associated with anxiety symptoms in youth. While at UIC, Dr. Simpson was the Program Evaluator for the Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC), a Treatment Services Adaptation Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that aims to improve the lives of youth and families affected by community violence who are experiencing traumatic stress and co-occurring conditions, including substance abuse and disruptive behavior problems.
In September 2013, Jill joined the Caring Ambassadors Program as the Hepatitis C Program Director. “This is truly my dream job”, says Jill, who recently served for the past three and a half years as the Assistant Clinical Director of the Health and Wellness Department at Haymarket Center, a comprehensive addictions treatment facility in Chicago. Jill has experience in both clinical and systems work, and has clinical experience working with survivors of sexual traumas, HIV, addictions treatment, and hepatitis C. Jill is based in Chicago and works across the spectrum of HCV services to address system integration, community awareness, patient support and capacity building assistance to various systems.