Grace Hobson, LCPC

Grace (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and advocate from the South suburbs of Chicago. She completed a master’s degree in Community Counseling at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University). Grace has extensive experience working with clients healing from complex trauma, including sexual violence, and in helping clients navigate mood disorders, life transitions, anxiety and substance dependency. In addition to clinical work, Grace served as Director of Haven House Shelter, providing advocacy to survivors of domestic violence. Grace has particular interest in supporting clients in healing from trauma, navigating minority stress and the impacts of oppression, and helping individuals achieve their personal goals through the use of CBT, DBT and relational therapies. Grace leads with hope, and values accessibility in care provision.  She is an advocate for African American and other marginalized communities, and strives to educate communities to ultimately break the stigma of mental health services.

Mary Mireles, LHMC, NCC

Mary Mireles (she/her) holds a MS from Indiana State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has provided psychotherapy and advocacy in community mental health and University settings. She has particular clinical interest in body liberation, identity exploration, relationship issues, mood and anxiety disorders, LGBTQ+ concerns, complex trauma, and disordered eating. She is a trauma-informed Body Trust®️ Provider in training and works from a Health at Every Size framework. Mary prioritizes a genuine therapeutic relationship in order to create space for clients to explore their authentic selves.

Kristi young, lmft

Kristi (she/her) is a therapist and advocate with 12 years of experience working with diverse groups of clients. Kristi values an authentic, client-centered approach to therapy, without judgement. She holds a harm reduction perspective with regards to behavior change, and employs Cognitive Behavioral, Emotion-Focused, and Motivational Interviewing techniques. She has significant experience in addressing issues of depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, chronic pain and illness, PTSD, substance/alcohol use (and other addictive behaviors), physical and sexual abuse, Borderline Personality Disorder, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and psychosis. Additionally, Kristi has extensive experience working with individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Kristi is a member of - and advocate for - the LGBTQ+ community and engages in affirming care to build self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and resilience. Kristi has a particular clinical interest in providing partner and family therapy with members of the queer and trans community.

Emily Kissner, MA, LPC

Emily Kissner (she/her/hers) is a Professional Counselor, multimedia artist, and activist. She holds a masters degree in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She specializes in working with clients seeking to alleviate mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, managing drug use, as well as complex trauma. Emily works from a feminist framework, is LGBTQA+ affirming and a poly, kink and sex work - aware provider. Emily uses evidence-based interventions from the fields of psychotherapy and art therapy to support clients in building positive coping tools, and deepening self-knowledge and understanding of their personal and interpersonal contexts.

Merissa Hauptstueck (she/her) is an Associate Mental Health Counselor with 4 years of experience working with diverse groups of clients in community mental health and educational settings. Merissa practices from a trauma-informed, feminist approach. Her clinical experience has focused on addressing issues of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, PTSD, substance use and addiction, and physical and sexual abuse. Additionally, Merissa has extensive experience with and passion for individuals who have worked in the sex industry and/or who have experienced sexual exploitation. Merissa is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and has a particular clinical interest in helping members of the queer community process family-of-origin concerns. Merissa strives to create a safe, supportive environment for clients to explore and integrate their identities. 

Reyn Reynolds

Reyn (they/them) works to provide an easy and comfortable onboarding experience at Heartland Healing. As a queer nonbinary person, they understand the necessity of a safe and accepting environment that fosters growth and empowerment. They use this understanding to assist clients in finding the therapist that fits their needs in an inclusive, warm and helpful manner. They are working towards their degree in psychology at the University of Southern Indiana and hope to one day work in the mental health field helping those within their community receive the care they deserve.

Merissa Haupsteuck, LMHCA