Our October Speakers
AUDREY GRUNST, LCSW
Audrey earned her MSW at Loyola University Chicago and is a candidate for her MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Audrey combines over 10 years of clinical experience with her business background to help others with decision-making strategy, emotional intelligence, and change management. Audrey has presented at several private and public events on topics that combine mental health, leadership and decision-making.
Audrey’s counseling focuses on adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Audrey believes that everyone is doing their best and should not let mental health stigma get in their way of receiving support. She believes the working relationship is built on kindness, humor, and authenticity.
Audrey has extensive training in skill based therapy including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Family-based Therapy for Anorexia, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She uses these skills in her strategy formula to promote change.
Prior to Simply Bee, Audrey was a director at ERC Insight for three Intensive Outpatient Programs and three Partial Hospital Programs. While at ERC Insight, Audrey build several programs and managed a team of over 20 employees and two locations. She participated in a three-year study with University of Chicago, measuring the outcome of eating disorder treatment using FBT and DBT.
BROOKE FOX, LCSW
Brooke Fox graduated in 1993 from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Music. Brooke then graduated in the top 10% of her class with a Masters of Social Work in 1998 from Loyola University Chicago. Brooke has extensive experience working with adolescents, addictions, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, immigration issues, as well as couples treatment.
Brooke is currently a member of the National Association of Social Work, and has over 20 years of clinical experience. Brooke has been in private practice since 2002. She is currently being certified to practice EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an innovative and clinically effective technique to treat trauma. Additionally, Brooke recently finished her term as an Executive Board Member for Family Service of Glencoe.
Brooke empowers her clients to overcome their struggles through compassion, enthusiasm, loving accountability, and a lively sense of humor. Her goal is to see clients tap into their resiliency, achieving a positive self-connection and life satisfaction. Nothing is more gratifying than that!
NIKKI LEVINE, MA, LCPC
Nikki Levine graduated in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In 2000, she received a Masters in Counseling and a Masters in Dance Movement Therapy from Columbia College. Nikki specializes in working with individuals, couples and families. She has over 15 years of clinical experience, and has been in private practice since 2004. Nikki is a client-centered, interactive therapist, approaching each individual with acceptance, and free of judgment.
Nikki specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, relationships, and transitions. Nikki has extensive experience and training in Internal Family Systems, a client-centered approach that fosters self-connection and self-trust in a compassionate environment. Additionally, Nikki incorporates EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an innovative and clinically effective technique to treat trauma.
DORI J. MAGES, MSW, LCSW
Dori, a licensed clinical social worker, is the founder of North Shore Family Services. She earned her Master of Social Work from The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work in 1997. She also has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dori has been utilizing effective strategies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), and play therapy with children, teens, parents, and families since 1994. She has worked in various areas of social work including: foster care, schools, hospitals, and private practice. Dori earned her Type 73 school social work certification in 1997 and has worked with children of all needs in the public schools for 7 years, so she understands the 504 and IEP process. She collaborates with school staff and other professionals/therapists working with her clients to provide the most beneficial services. Dori has appeared on ABC and NBC news as an expert discussing therapeutic topics and articles she has written. She earned the coveted title of Amazon best selling author for her chapter in the third book in the Amazon Best Selling Series, Overcoming Mediocrity: Strong Women.
As a wife and mother of three, she understands the challenges and rewards of raising children and is compassionate about helping children and families navigate the difficult times. Dori strives to give children, teens, parents, and families the tools they will need to improve their quality of life long after therapy ends.