Dr. Jayne Braden

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Jayne A. Braden, has been working in the court system since 1993. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1999 and was licensed as a psychologist in 2000. Regular training with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology helps keep her skills up to date. Evaluations she completes for the court include Child Custody and Psychological, Specific Forensic Psychological, Fitness to Stand Trial, and Criminal Responsibility. FOID reinstatement evaluations as well as those for DCFS are also completed by her. She completes evaluations in several county courts including Boone, DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, and Winnebago. Pre-employment, fitness for duty, and promotional examinations are also completed for local police and fire departments. Fitness for duty evaluations are also completed for local companies. The Braden Counseling Center opened in 2002 and has been providing services to individuals with different challenges with evidence-based treatments since that time. Dr. Braden is now offering EMDR therapy.

Dana Eason

PMHNP-BC

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Dana Eason has 13 years of experience in the field of Psychiatric Nursing. She has been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2014. Dana is a graduate, Magna Cum Laude, of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Nursing, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honors Society for Nursing. She achieved Board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in treating clients across their lifespan. Additionally, she’s obtained Post-Master’s training including a Master of Psychopharmacology Certification from the Neuroscience Education Institute in July 2019.

Brandie Smalley

PhD, PMHNP-BC

Brandie Smalley

Brandie Smalley has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2013.  Brandie is a graduate, Magna Cum Laude, of Kansas University, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honors Society for Nursing. She is board-certified to treat patients with mental illness of all ages. While practicing in St. Louis, she has experience working with patients in an inpatient and outpatient setting.

Brenda Butz

Chief Operating Officer & SMART Facilitator

Brenda Butz

Brenda graduated from Kishwaukee College with a degree in Office Systems in 2013, and has since worked at BCC. Brenda continues to push herself to learn and grow as the demands of her job do.

As a SMART Facilitator, Brenda is dedicated to helping people gain independence from harmful addictive behaviors through our safe, friendly, mutual support meetings, our science-based and secular SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® and our principles and tools, all of which are proven to help people overcome their addictive behavior.

Brenda is your contact for any of your SMART Recovery, financial issues or general questions. As she greets everyone with a smile you can rest assured you will be her most important client. Brenda is a valuable part of Braden Counseling Center.

Mallory Ludwig

Program Director
CRADC, SAP, PAIP

Mallory Ludwig

Mallory Ludwig is a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CRADC), a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), and a Partner Abuse Intervention Program Facilitator (PAIP). She has been employed with Braden Counseling Center since August 2007.

She specializes in: DUI Evaluations, Alcohol and Drug Evaluations, Secretary of State Hearing documents, Substance Abuse Treatment, Partner Abuse Intervention (Domestic Violence Offenders)

Jane Gaitskill

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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Counseling is a second career for Jane Gaitskill. For ten years she worked as a market research analyst in downtown Chicago, but found that to be increasingly unrewarding. At the age of 36 she entered Loyola University’s Masters program in Social Work.

Upon graduating, Jane’s first job was in Evanston Hospital’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department/Crisis Department. Subsequent positions included doing Emergency Room psychiatric evaluations for NorthShoreUniversityHealthSystems, doing in-home counseling with senior citizens and seeing clients in her private practice. She has been at Braden Counseling since 2018.

Jane has extensive experience working with people from a variety of religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds. She has worked with adults of all ages, couples, families in crisis, and children 11 years old and older, addressing relationship issues, mood disorders and psychotic disorders.

Jane primarily uses CBT and supportive therapies, but realizes that a “one size fits all” approach to treatment simply does not work. Given this, she brainstorms with clients to determine what works best for them.

She encourages input from her clients about the therapeutic process, regardless of whether or not that input positive or negative.

Victoria Peyton

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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Vickie Peyton holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has spent 26 years working in healthcare counseling patients and their families who suffer from chronic and terminal illnesses. Vickie practices Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) along with Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) in the areas of depression, anxiety, guilt, worry, anger, self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness or being lost in life, effects of trauma, difficulty coping with chronic health concerns, miscarriage/childless, aging, life transitions, relationship/couples’ issues, loneliness, and compassion/caregiver fatigue.

If you are experiencing loss of any type, then maybe it is time to see a counselor who knows and understands the grief process and who will help you find life after loss. If you are experiencing an overwhelming stressful event that finds you uncertain with feelings of regret or brokenness, maybe it’s time to see a counselor who sees you more than a client, but a unique person. If you are looking for the opportunity to find goals or set new ones, maybe it’s time to see a counselor who believes in you and your aspirations. If you are spiritually broken, no matter your belief, and this has prevented you from finding inner peace, maybe it’s time to see a counselor who will provide a non-judgmental environment. If it’s that period of time when life is not going so well and you are ready to start your journey to emotional well-being, personal growth, reducing stress and learn new skills to cope and manage life, Vickie is ready to meet you and together begin the work to get you on the road of progress and begin (or restart) the journey to who and where you always wanted to be.

Christine Konecny

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

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Chrissy is a Licensed Social Worker. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 2018, and then went on to complete her Masters in Social Work in 2020. Throughout her graduate studies, Chrissy’s emphasis was mental health and counseling. Chrissy has had experience working in schools, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and private practice. Post grad, Chrissy worked as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Coordinator where she assisted her residents with coping through day to day life with a severe mental health diagnosis.

Chrissy believes that the therapeutic process is a collaborative one, both client and counselor work together towards a common goal. She challenges her clients to do the work both inside and outside of sessions. She works under the notion that all things in life are fluid, it’s how we move and progress through the fluidity that will determines our outcome. Chrissy is now offering EMDR therapy.

Madeline Rangel

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

Maddy completed her Bachelor’s and Masters at Aroura University in 2019. She is experienced working in the mental health setting within partial hospitalization and outpatient programs with adults and adolescents through individual and group sessions.  Maddy wants to help individuals through their life challenges and their own treatment goals. She believes it’s important for individuals to have a better understanding of their thoughts, emotions and behaviors and how this might impact them. Maddy wants to provide a safe space for individuals to have the opportunity to open up without judgement and feel supported and respected.

Bridget Irioogbe

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Bridget-Irioogbe

Bridget Irioogbe is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where she obtained her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has experienced working in both a mental health setting as well as in a collegiate setting where she collaborated with individuals to help them reach their personal and academic goals.

“Helping individuals with and without disabilities achieve their goals is my passion. In a counseling relationship, I believe it’s a joint effort to understand and be attentive to individuals’ needs, uniqueness and multicultural aspects.”

Kelsey Flynn

Masters of Social Work (MSW)

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Kelsey Flynn is a Pre-Licensed Therapist. Kelsey completed her Masters of Social Work Degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, following receiving her dual Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology at Michigan State University. Kelsey has experience working in the mental health setting within the school system and the community with children, adolescents, and adults through Individual, Family, and Group Therapy. Kelsey has experience working with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare System and youth in the Juvenile Justice System through her academic experience. Kelsey recently obtained her 20 and 40-hour certification towards becoming a Partner Abuse Intervention Program Facilitator (PAIP).

It is important to Kelsey to meet her clients where they are at. Each individual begins their start at different points in their lives and no path for better days will be the same for each individual person.

Paul Gallosa

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Paul Gallosa has 5 years of experience in the helping profession working as a certified nursing assistant, supervisor at a group home, a client care representative for an employee assistance program, and a substance abuse and mental health counselor. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from Northern Illinois University in 2018, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received his Master of Science degree with a concentration in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University in 2021. Paul has experience working in both residential and intensive outpatient services in the substance abuse field and has mainly worked with adolescents and adults in both group and individual contexts. Paul utilizes person-centered, solution-focused, and cognitive-behavioral approaches to treatment. Paul recently obtained his 20 and 40-hour certification towards becoming a Partner Abuse Intervention Program Facilitator (PAIP).

Amy Antzcak

Licensed Professional Counselor

Amy-Antczak

She completed her bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Psychology in 2018, at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and graduated summa cum laude. Amy graduated from NIU with a master’s degree in counseling- with a specialization in clinical mental health counseling. Amy has prior experience working as a counselor in training at the Community Counselor Training Center (CCTC) at NIU, where she primarily worked with students.

Amy believes unconditional positive regard, empathy, and acceptance are essential to the therapeutic relationship. Amy takes an integrative approach to counseling but likes to utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and person-centered theories the most. Amy also likes to work collaboratively with the client to find an approach that best meets the needs and concerns of the client.

Dwayne Thomas

CADC, PAIP

Dwayne Thomas

Dwayne Thomas is a Certified Alcohol and other Drug abuse Counselor (CADC), whose previous clinical experiences have all been within long-term inpatient treatment, or correctional settings.  In helping to meet the treatment needs and goals of various mandated target-populations (DCFS, Drug-Court, IDOC, etc.), Dwayne brings years of case-management experience to the Braden team. Dwayne has successfully worked with many clients who were initially resistant to implementing change in their lives during treatment, by utilizing both Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT) treatment modalities, to help clients resolve their ambivalence to change, and engage in the treatment process.

Rolando Serna

Clinical Mental Health Intern

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Rolando is a bilingual Latinx Queer Clinical Social Work intern. Rolando’s pronouns are he/him/his and they/them/theirs. Rolando attained his Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in Psychology at Elgin Community College in 2015, where he graduated with honors. In 2018, he graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree where he majored in Psychology and minored in LGBTQ+ studies. He is a member of two academic international honor societies: Phi Theta Kappa, and Psi Chi. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s of Social Work at Governors State University, and plans to one day become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Rolando considers himself an eclectic social worker, he primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), feminist theory and the strengths-based theory. Rolando likes to work from a trauma informed Holistic and Humanistic perspective. He is also interested in Psychodynamic therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Brianna Manson

CADC/Social Work Intern

Brianna Manson

Brianna is currently a CADC/Social Work intern. She is currently in the second year of her Bachelors program at Aurora University. Brianna is passionate about helping others with mental health or substance abuse related issues. She finds it important to advocate for bettering one’s self. She believes being a CADC and Social Worker could allow her to be a positive influence in individuals lives. Brianna believes that we are “stronger together,” and she emphasis that though her work with inclusivity and equality. She wants to make a difference in this world, with a goal to pursue children and family therapy. Her focus is to work with individuals and/or families through difficult situations. Brianna intends to complete her masters in Social Work in 2023.

Sylvia Crownhart

Office Manager

I came to DeKalb in 1991 to attend NIU. I met my husband there and we have been happily married since 1997. We made our home and raised our children here. I rejoined the workforce in July of 2017 after an extended absence as a stay at home parent. I was excited to land here at the Braden Center as an administrative assistant, and I am very proud to now hold the position as the Office Manager. I have drawn great inspiration from the wise words of Maya Angelou, so I share them with you, our clients, as you too begin journeys towards healing and brighter tomorrows.

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

~ Maya Angelou

Heaven Allen

Administrative Assistant

Heaven Allen

Heaven Allen is an administrative assistant for Braden Counseling. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Service Management at Northern Illinois University (NIU). She completed her bachelor’s degree at NIU in 2018 majoring in Public health with an concentration in Health Administration. Heaven has many years of experience in customer service and providing care to clients. Heaven hopes to continue to help clients and families during their intake process and provide warm services to them as they begin and continue their journey to happier days.

What Our Clients are Saying.....

As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
Brian Mirandola
Brian Mirandola
16:59 26 May 22
I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
Devon Buza
Devon Buza
15:25 25 Jun 21
Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
gage butts
gage butts
19:43 07 Feb 21
Amazing place
Ralph Burton
Ralph Burton
16:30 30 Jan 21
Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
Gregory Link
Gregory Link
17:16 21 Jan 21
Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
Gary Duffett
Gary Duffett
21:18 19 Dec 20
My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
Veris Nicole
Veris Nicole
22:36 12 Oct 20
Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
Jennifer Rosales
Jennifer Rosales
21:50 29 Jul 20
I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
randall nuckles
randall nuckles
15:12 09 Jul 20
I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
Majah’s Mayhem
Majah’s Mayhem
19:30 20 May 20
Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
miguel tovar
miguel tovar
00:58 17 Dec 19
All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
Zack Newby
Zack Newby
01:23 18 Nov 19
One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry
16:58 10 Jul 19
Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
Sean Battersby
Sean Battersby
18:46 12 Mar 19
Shout out to Nikki and Nicole. These special women are compassionate professionals and have earned my utmost respect. Braden Counseling is lucky to have them on staff. Also, Cindy at the front desk is amazing!
Angie Johnson
Angie Johnson
21:34 08 Oct 18
Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
Jeffrey Kerner
Jeffrey Kerner
13:53 01 Aug 17
Braden Counseling really cares about their clients! They offer discounts to military veterans which I believe shows their true caring nature! Its nice to have a local place for people to go for help!
Travis Velazquez
Travis Velazquez
22:27 12 Jan 17
Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
T Anderson
T Anderson
21:54 06 Apr 16
Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
Ndisox
Ndisox
03:03 29 Mar 16
Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
Jessica jorgensen
Jessica jorgensen
22:34 24 Mar 16
They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
Brad Jorgensen
Brad Jorgensen
22:33 24 Mar 16
The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
Deborah Mccoy
Deborah Mccoy
19:00 24 Mar 16
I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
Pam Pascolini
Pam Pascolini
15:57 24 Mar 16
The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
Tricia Hernandez
Tricia Hernandez
15:45 24 Mar 16
Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
Amanda Poturalski
Amanda Poturalski
13:56 24 Mar 16
Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
Master Shake
Master Shake
21:57 23 Mar 16
I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
Melissa Stathis
Melissa Stathis
21:48 23 Mar 16
Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
Sarah Schuyler
Sarah Schuyler
20:37 23 Mar 16
Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
Jennifer Alexander
Jennifer Alexander
19:54 23 Mar 16
I highly recommend Braden Counseling Center for all of you mental health needs! The staff is courteous, respectful and kind. Dr. Braden is one of the best clinical psychologists I have had the pleasure working with.
Wendy Hardesty
Wendy Hardesty
15:58 22 Aug 12