Our Therapists
Ryan T. Porter, LCPC, CADC

I am an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) therapist who has been serving clients in the Lake and Cook County communities for over 15 years. I have worked with families, children, adolescents, and young adults with varying diagnoses and issues (i.e. major depression, bipolar disorder, self-mutilation, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, chemical abuse and dependency).

I am also a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) and have extensive experience running substance abuse groups. These groups promoted prevention, intervention, and recovery among teens and young adults.

For 2 years I co-facilitated experiential wilderness groups that traveled to various locations in the country. I have experience running anger management groups and working with high risk youth who are gang affiliated and at risk for incarceration. Currently I provide clinical supervision for students who are in masters level programs at various colleges and universities.

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Amy Greskiw, LCPC

I am an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) and have been working in the field for over 15 years. I have experience with chronically mentally ill adults in residential settings, and with youth and their families in home-based and school settings.

I have worked closely with youth struggling with issues including mood disorders, self injury, anger management problems, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD. I have assisted many families in improving their ability to communicate and respect one another. I have facilitated several groups for teenage girls focusing on problem-solving, self-esteem, and healthy relationships. I have a warm, encouraging, and honest therapeutic approach and work hard to engage the entire family in the therapeutic process.

Ryan Lauterwasser, LCPC, CADC

I am a licensed clinical therapist serving clients in Cook, DuPage, and Lake Counties since 2001. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) I most enjoy helping families sort out system or individual problems to increase connection and develop qualities to express and meet emotional needs. Frequent client issues include substance use, depression, self-injury, adolescent trauma, parent training, and couples/family therapy focused on repairing broken relationships and strengthening relatedness.

My philosophy builds on the commitment of individuals and families to enact change using strategies of personal empowerment. Change is a personal choice and cannot be forced by external persons. A central purpose of therapy is to identify the core values with which one wants to live life and discover how to modify behaviors to be more consistent to these values. Through value identification, development of coping strategies, reframing negative perceptions of self and the world, and fueling internal motivation, change is possible!

In addition to my work at Guardian Youth, I am employed at Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward. As the Lead Inpatient Clinical Therapist I provide supervision for clinical staff and student interns in addition to patient crisis management services.

Arica Barton, LCPC

I am an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) and have been working with youth and families for more than 10 years. I have been professionally trained to conduct individual, group and family therapy. My specializations include parent-child relationship issues, family communication problems, effective discipline approaches, and behavioral problems. I also have experience counseling individuals with mental health issues such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders.

I have a relational approach with the clients I serve. I recognize the important role of parents and other significant adults in youths' lives and strive to work together in addressing youth behavior and promoting appropriate parent leadership and family capabilities. I embrace a strengths perspective which encourages family self-sufficiency and acknowledges that families have the capability to engage in problem-solving work and improve their own functioning.

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