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Meet our Therapists

Encircle welcomes diverse individuals from different races, gender, sexual orientations, disabilities, socioeconomic status, religions, cultures, and spiritualty.

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Monica Kathuria, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
CEO and Founder

Phone: 312.525.8887 ext. 3
Email: Monica@EncircleW.com
Prefered Pronouns: she/her

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Areas of Speciality

Life certainly has its challenges.  At times you may feel stuck, lost, misunderstood, or disconnected.  This can lead to overwhelming feelings of anxiety, sadness, and frustration.  I work with young adults and teens in various transitions in their lives who struggle with such feelings, and believe relief from such negative places is possible.

Challenges can arise throughout life, such as trying to navigate through relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and staff; or trying to establish a healthy personal or professional relationship.  Maybe you’ve just started a new job or a new business and are not sure how to manage working with different personalities.  Maybe you’ve become a new parent and you’re not sure how to manage your changed relationship with your partner, as well as figure out how to raise a child who is looking to you for guidance.  My goal is to provide a safe place for you to explore and resolve such challenges, and help you increase your quality of life.

I work towards giving you a safe place to share unspoken fears, nudging you toward addressing underlying issues and helping to resolve them.  My aim is to help you learn to communicate more effectively in your personal and professional relationships; as parents, feel more supported and better able to manage your child’s needs; and help entrepreneurs better understand how to manage and lead your team to better run successful businesses.

I will offer support, validation, and insight to help you get to your best.  As a result, you should feel understood, relieved, hopeful, and more focused.  Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary in-person, phone, or video consultation.

Your experiences and perceptions are real because they’re yours.  When you feel a certain way, it is significant, even if others may suggest that what’s on our mind is “really not that big of a deal.”  If your instinct is telling you something doesn’t feel right, you deserve a chance to explore that.  I want to explore those ideas with you, and provide a space where you feel comfortable talking about whatever you want in a safe and judgment-free zone.  I want to encourage you to sit with the uncomfortable feelings you may be having so we can recognize that they are real.  We can then begin to look at what’s behind those feelings and work towards a better sense of control over them.

Often times, our issues include other factors than what we see on the surface.  I like taking an encompassing approach to learn about you on many different levels, like your social circles, cultural expectations, work environment, etc., to understand you better.  Most importantly, I will follow your lead with what you want to talk about, and I will provide support and offer ideas along the way.

I enjoy working with adults across the lifespan who struggle with anxiety and depression, and specifically with the LGBTQ community, and those struggling with social exclusion.  Let’s work together with the goal of understanding the unpleasant feelings so they become more manageable.  Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary in-person, phone, or video consultation.

Jill Bajorek, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Community Engagement Expert

Phone: 312.525.8887 ext. 4
Email: Jill@EncircleW.com
Prefered Pronouns: she/her

Book an Appointment with Jill

Areas of Speciality

Jill Bajorek, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Community Engagement Expert

Phone: 773.357.5498
Email: Jill.Bajorek@EncirclePsych.
com

Prefered Pronouns: she/her

Book an Appointment with Jill

Areas of Speciality

Your experiences and perceptions are real because they’re yours.  When you feel a certain way, it is significant, even if others may suggest that what’s on our mind is “really not that big of a deal.”  If your instinct is telling you something doesn’t feel right, you deserve a chance to explore that.  I want to explore those ideas with you, and provide a space where you feel comfortable talking about whatever you want in a safe and judgment-free zone.  I want to encourage you to sit with the uncomfortable feelings you may be having so we can recognize that they are real.  We can then begin to look at what’s behind those feelings and work towards a better sense of control over them.

Often times, our issues include other factors than what we see on the surface.  I like taking an encompassing approach to learn about you on many different levels, like your social circles, cultural expectations, work environment, etc., to understand you better.  Most importantly, I will follow your lead with what you want to talk about, and I will provide support and offer ideas along the way.

I enjoy working with adults across the lifespan who struggle with anxiety and depression, and specifically with the LGBTQ community, and those struggling with social exclusion.  Let’s work together with the goal of understanding the unpleasant feelings so they become more manageable.  Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary in-person, phone, or video consultation.

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Sarah Schwartz, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Training Coordinator

Phone: 312.525.8887 ext. 5
Email: Sarah@EncircleW.com
Prefered Pronouns: she/her

Book an Appointment with Sarah

Areas of Speciality

We face struggles in this life and through introspection, humor, and support, we persevere. From the development and focus on our individual resources, we gain the momentum to overcome. It is my belief that supportive relationships tend to be of utmost value to us when we are faced with struggle. Through these relationships, we find direction.

It is my desire to support you in finding that very direction. My approach is purposeful, collaborative, and authentic. I will work hard to develop a strong therapeutic alliance with you. I see the client-therapist relationship as the foundation of the change-making journey. I am warm, welcoming, and validating while also direct and goal-focused. I operate from a strength-based approach and am devoted to helping you to explore the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I am committed to helping you to increase self-awareness and to develop resources to better cope.

My areas of expertise include working with adolescents and young adults who present with challenges that may include anxiety, depression, and trauma. In addition, I am skilled in helping clients to manage urban stress, navigate life transitions, and enhance their self-worth. We will begin exactly where you are at, and I will be honored to assist you in creating that life that you so desire. Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary in-person, phone, or video consultation.

Are you tired of feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by the issues that you’re facing in your life? Are you asking yourself, “is there help for me and my situation?” Well, I’m here to tell you yes there is. Mental health is something that many of us don’t always focus enough time on, but is so important to our overall wellness.

As your therapist I will partner with you to alleviate your distress and help you gain insight about the obstacles you are facing. Our time together will provide you with a safe place to reconnect with yourself and your life. Utilizing a variety of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mood management, increasing self-worth, mindfulness and meditation, empowerment, and work/ life balance, we will make steps towards helping you address aspects of your life where you’d like to see change.

I’m passionate about implementing skills that work for you, and providing a space for individuals and couples to process, learn, and grow from their experiences. I’m so glad you are here, and I look forward to working alongside you to reach your goals.

Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary in-person, phone, or video consultation.

Portia Brock, MA

Professional Counselor

Phone: 312.525.8887 ext. 6
Email: Portia@EncircleW.com
Prefered Pronouns: she/her

Book an Appointment with Portia

Portia Brock, MA

Professional Counselor

Phone: 708.365.8152
Email: Portia@EncircleW.com
Prefered Pronouns: she/her

Book an Appointment with Portia

Are you tired of feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by the issues that you’re facing in your life? Are you asking yourself, “is their help for me and my situation?” Well, I’m here to tell you yes there is. Mental health is something that many of us don’t always focus enough time on, but is so important to our overall wellness.

As your therapist I will partner with you to alleviate your distress and help you gain insight about the obstacles you are facing. Our time together will provide you with a safe place to reconnect with yourself and your life. Utilizing a variety of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mood management, increasing self-worth, mindfulness and meditation, empowerment, and work/ life balance, we will make steps towards helping you address aspects of your life where you’d like to see change.

I’m passionate about implementing skills that work for you, and providing a space for individuals and couples to process, learn, and grow from their experiences. I’m so glad you are here, and I look forward to working alongside you to reach your goals.

Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary in-person, phone, or video consultation.

Erica Bobish, LSW

Licensed Social Worker, Clinical Therapist

 Phone: 312.525.8887 Ext. 7
Email: Erica@EncircleW.com
Prefered Pronouns: she/her

Book an Appointment with Erica

Areas of Speciality

We aren’t meant to go through life alone. We need people around us to celebrate the highs, talk us through the lows, and above all else, we need people to listen and hear us. I truly believe that no problem is too small for therapy and that no one should have to navigate the tough parts of life on their own: I want to hear your story, and I’m here to support you through your journey.

Therapy is a collaborative effort that requires you and I to work together to create goals and make changes that will best benefit you, all while being mindful of where you are at in that moment. While I believe therapy is a space that should challenge you to dig deeper and explore feelings, I also aim to create a safe, comfortable space in which you can speak openly and honestly, and be your authentic self without judgment.

I’m passionate about working with adolescents and young adults who are experiencing anxiety and depression, as well as those who are working through trauma, building self-esteem, and developing their identity. I encourage you to come as you are and we can work together through talk therapy, and if you’re interested, through art, writing, and creative activities: therapy should be tailored to you! Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary in-person, phone, or video consultation.

No Preference in a Therapist book here

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We deserve to have our unique stories heard. There may be people in your life that you confide in or maybe you feel as if you could never share the reality that you are experiencing. When you struggle, you deserve to have a place to share your ups and downs, free from the opinions of others. As your therapist, I’m here to provide that to you.

My hope is to create a safe space for you to share your feelings, thoughts, and experiences. I aim to develop a strong alliance with you to explore challenges together. We will move at your pace and create goals that support your hopes. I utilize a combination of different approaches and theories and I will incorporate whatever works best for you during our sessions. You can share what you feel comfortable with without judgement or criticism. I accept you how you are.

I enjoy working with the children, adolescents, adults, and couples, specifically those within the Queer and LGBTQ2SIA+ community. In addition, I have background experience in gender affirmation surgery support and letter writing, and am WPATH member. I value putting you and your culture first, and we will use the space together to address your needs. Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary in-person, phone, or video consultation.

Karli Bigler

Clinical Therapy Intern
Preferred Pronouns: she/her

 Phone: 312.525.8887, ext. 8
Email: Karli@EncircleW.com
Prefered Pronouns: she/her

Book an Appointment with Karli

Karli Bigler

Clinical Therapy Intern
Preferred Pronouns: she/her

Book an Appointment with Karli

We deserve to have our unique stories heard. There may be people in your life that you confide in or maybe you feel as if you could never share the reality that you are experiencing. When you struggle, you deserve to have a place to share your ups and downs, free from the opinions of others. As your therapist, I’m here to provide that to you.

My hope is to create a safe space for you to share your feelings, thoughts, and experiences. I aim to develop a strong alliance with you to explore challenges together. We will move at your pace and create goals that support your hopes. I utilize a combination of different approaches and theories and I will incorporate whatever works best for you during our sessions. You can share what you feel comfortable with without judgement or criticism. I accept you how you are.

I enjoy working with the children, adolescents, adults, and couples, specifically those within the Queer and LGBTQ2SIA+ community. In addition, I have background experience in gender affirmation surgery support and letter writing, and am WPATH member. I value putting you and your culture first, and we will use the space together to address your needs. Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary in-person, phone, or video consultation.

No Preference in a Therapist book here

Book an Appointment
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