Kelly Amrhein, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow
Andrea Brandon, Psy.D., ABPP - Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Brandon earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Children's Institute, Inc., in Los Angeles, CA, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Primary Care Center for Psychological Health in Northwest Indiana, treating children, adults, and families. In her role with the Los Angeles Urban League Head Start Program, Dr. Brandon trained teachers in Parent-Child Interaction (PCIT) techniques, providing live coaching for implementation in the classroom setting as well as identifying students with behavioral challenges. In 2011, Dr. Brandon was one of the original counselors trained for Adventure Camp, the only intensive group therapy in the Chicago area to treat selective mutism provided by Advanced Therapeutic Solutions (ATS). Dr. Brandon has continued working with ATS as a supervisor and co-facilitator of Adventure Camp. Currently, her role at ATS includes providing specialized treatment for selective mutism, running social skills groups for anxious youth, and coordinating social skills group practice in the community, where anxious youth practice talking and interacting with others. Board certified in child and adolescent psychology, Dr. Brandon shares her expertise with area schools by providing school interventions and specialized consultations to support children with selective mutism.
Theresa Gabby, LSCW, School Social Worker
Theresa Baker Gabby, LCSW has spent her career helping children and families. During years as a social worker in Chicago Public Schools and at a therapeutic school, Theresa has helped many children facing a wide array of challenges. Having used various research-based interventions to service students with Selective Mutism in schools, Theresa looked to further her learning and expertise by participating in Adventure Camp in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Currently, Theresa is a school social worker in Skokie, IL. During her summers off, Theresa provides group therapy services at ATS. Theresa has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with emphasis in school social work and children/families. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Saint Norbert College. In addition to holding LCSW credentials, Theresa is certified as an alcohol and drug counselor by the State of Illinois and as trauma specialist by the National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children.
Carmen M. Tumialan Lynas, Ph.D. - Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Lynas received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University in CA. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Northwestern University Medical School's Stone Institute of Psychiatry and her post-doctoral fellowship at Shared Vision Psychological Services, treating both children and adults. Motivated by her passion to help children and families coping with selective mutism, Dr. Lynas founded Advanced Therapeutic Solutions (ATS), which houses the Selective Mutism Program and aims to provide appropriate and effective selective mutism treatment. With the launch of Adventure Camp in 2011, Dr. Lynas became the first in the nation to replicate Dr. Steven Kurtz's Brave Buddies Selective Mutism intensive program, making this innovative treatment available in the Chicago area for the first time. At ATS, Dr. Lynas provides cognitive behavioral therapy, parent training, teacher training, and specialized consultation to therapists who seek to learn how to treat selective mutism, as well as running Adventure Camp yearly. Known for her work, Dr. Lynas provides school in-service trainings, specialist school consultations, school interventions, and school district-approved assessments of children with selective mutism.
Dr. Lynas’s mission is to increase awareness, increase availability of effective treatment, train clinicians and teachers, and decrease the number of children and their families who suffer for longer than they should. “Sometimes this means we have to think out of the box, because exposure therapy involves more than just treatment in the office. I don’t want to think about what can or can’t be done within the constraints of one’s resources, I want to think about what can be done to increase the effectiveness of one’s resources. We teach our children to use their brave and gain exposure to what’s not comfortable for them; the same applies for the clinician. I teach clinicians and teachers to step out of their comfort zone and apply techniques that aren’t traditional in their setting. But the more we do it, the easier it will get, and the easier it gets, the more we’ll do it, which in the end will benefit all children.”
Cathleen O'Leary M.A., LPC, NCCC
Cathleen (Cate) O'Leary earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her practicum and internship at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois where she worked as a school counselor. As a school counselor, she specialized in working with students who struggled academically due to social and emotional issues. Her professional experience also includes working as a hospice counselor where she provided anticipatory grief and loss counseling for patients, families, and caregivers. Cate was an Adventure Camp counselor in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She joins ATS' clinical team as a part-time therapist accruing her licensure hours to turn her provisional LPC licensed into a full LCPC license. In addition to providing part-time hours at ATS, Cate continues her role as a job coach for both high school and adult transition students with developmental and emotional disabilities. She provides on-site vocational training and counseling for students who may also have co-existing issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder or selective mutism. Cate feels passionate about providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and adolescents so they may grow and develop to their full potential.
Ashley O'Meara, Ed.D., ABSNP - School Neuropsychologist
Dr. O'Meara earned her master's degree in Social Science Research from the University of Chicago, her doctorate in Educational Psychology from National-Louis University, and a certificate in School Neuropsychology from Texas Woman's University. She is a board certified School Psychologist and American Board School Neuropsychologist Diplomate. She has specialized training in trans-disciplinary play based assessments as well as the assessment and diagnosis of early childhood disorders, autism, ADHD, and selective mutism. In 2011, Dr. O'Meara was one of the original counselors trained for Adventure Camp, the only intensive group therapy in the Chicago area to treat selective mutism, hosted by Advanced Therapeutic Solutions (ATS). Currently, her role at ATS includes providing specialized psychoeducational testing from a school neuropsychological perspective. Dr. O'Meara is one of very few school neuropsychologist diplomates in the Chicago area, and quite possibly one of the only, if not the only, Chicago-area school neuropsychologist with knowledge of selective mutism. With this unique combination of skills, Dr. O’Meara approaches the psychoeducational testing process in a manner that not only yields valid results for children with selective mutism, but also yields applicable recommendations that schools can use to address a student’s psychoeducational needs with an understanding of how those needs may interact with selective mutism.
Rae Ann Menotti, BA - Practice Coordinator
Rae Ann, our practice coordinator, has been helping ATS grow since October 2013. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Knox College in 2008. Following graduation, she worked in social services advocating for families in under-served urban communities. Rae Ann has over five years of experience in the nonprofit and education sector with a focus in case management, recruitment, program coordination, community outreach, and project management. In the past, she has provided consultation services to individuals and groups, and has facilitated workshops on personal and professional development. Rae Ann has a wide range of experience in various supportive roles. Her diverse background has allowed her to become skilled at navigating challenges and connecting families to resources. As Practice Coordinator at ATS, she assists with scheduling, billing, general administrative tasks, as well as developing and coordinating systems within the practice to ensure efficient and streamlined services.
Hawa Navarro, MSW, LCSW- Intake Coordinator
Hawa Navarro earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds the credential of Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. She also received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Cornell University. During her graduate school studies, she completed internships at a community-based alternative to suspension program for short-term suspended middle and high school students, as well as an outpatient substance abuse treatment program for adult women and mothers. Her professional work experience has included the provision of clinical case management services to incarcerated youth, and mental health and substance treatment to incarcerated adult women. Hawa joined the ATS team in May 2016 as an Intake Coordinator where she continues her dedication to providing effective services driven by her passion for helping others. In this role, Hawa conducts phone intakes and assists with scheduling billing, data collection/management and coordination of new referrals. She has also trained and participated as an Adventure Camp Counselor for Summer 2016.
Jacqueline Pabis, BA- Research Project Manager
Jacqueline (Jackie) Pabis recently graduated from the University of Missouri- Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology as well as a minor in Human Development & Family Studies with a Multicultural Certificate. In the future, she plans to continue on to graduate school and pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. During 2015, Jackie worked as a research assistant under a team of graduate professors at her university’s Youth Depression and Anxiety Lab. She focused on assessing what psychological methods adolescents use when dealing with mixed emotions in controversial situations. The methods were then compared with what coping mechanisms were most often used when depression or anxiety were present. During her senior year at the University of Missouri, Jackie worked in the Cognitive and Emotional Control Lab, as well as volunteered at the local Veteran’s Affairs hospital for additional experience with anxiety-related disorders. Jackie was an undergraduate intern at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions during the summer of 2015 as well as a counselor for Winter Adventure 2016. She had the opportunity to take part in skill trainings and shadow clinical experiences, which crystallized her passion for working with children. Recruiting Jackie to return to ATS as our Research Project Manager was an obvious choice. Her commitment and dedication was evident during her summer with us, and her personable nature bodes well for her work with children, as well as work with our team. In addition to her Research Project Manager role, Jackie also participated as an Adventure Camp Counselor during Summer 2016.
adventure camp vs traditional therapy
|Adventure Camp||Traditional Therapy|
|$85/hr x 35hrs (5 units are parent guidance)||$150 - $190/hr x 35 hrs|
|$2,975||$5,250 - $6,650|
|1 week (saved 7.25 months of time)||30 weeks (7 1/2 months)|
|See gains quicker||Takes longer to see gains|
Adventure Camp Study Update 2016
We are excited to share that 91% of the 2016 Campers showed improvement in the School Domain from the Baseline measure to the 3-Month Post Camp measure, and 95% of 2016 campers showed improvement in the Public/Social Domain from the Baseline measure to the 3-Month Post Camp measure. Further analyses are to be completed to determine statistical significance and clinical significance of these findings, but here we present to you our preliminary findings to date. Click here to download the power point slides and watch both presentations below.
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