Let Us Be Your Rainbow in the Clouds

Arcus Behavioral Health & Wellness is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community mental health agency. Arcus is Latin for "arc or rainbow." We strongly agree with Dr. Maya Angelou's sentiment about being a 'rainbow in the clouds' through practicing kindness and compassion. And yet, we are often too focused on our deficits and flaws. We have learned that although we should treat others with positive regard and kindness, we frequently do not practice that same compassion towards ourselves. 

Our approach to therapy and counseling is to create a warm, culturally-sensitive, and accepting atmosphere where clients feel supported, understood, and we work collaboratively to solve problems. We seek to empower, identify internal strengths, and help individuals find more meaning, joy, and fulfillment from their lives and relationships.

We have considerable experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQ individuals and couples, Latinx, and immigrants. We know that selecting a therapist is an important choice. We would be honored to help you along your path to personal growth and well-being.

Our therapists

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Dr. Louis V. Haynes
Executive Director

Hi there! I graduated with a doctorate in clinical psychology at Adler University in 2016 and a masters in counseling psychology from Adler University in 2010. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Tampa and earned a bachelors degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. I have received advanced training in a variety of therapeutic models, including getting nationally certified as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I am currently licensed as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist as well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

As the founder of Arcus Behavioral Health & Wellness, I am extremely passionate about changing and improving the way psychotherapy is globally perceived and understood. Therapy is not what you see on Dr. Phil. It is a safe, nonjudgmental, and non-critical place to learn and understand yourself, your personality, and how to remove some of the barriers that may be getting in the way of your overall happiness and connection with others. Furthermore, I believe therapy should not solely focus on problems but also help you learn how to enhance your life satisfaction and overall well-being.

I approach my role to helping you with the mindset of which traits I look for in selecting my own therapist: compassionate, authentic, understanding, personable, and a sense of humor. 

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Dr. Diana Hinojosa
Clinical Supervisor

Hello! I am a licensed bilingual clinical psychologist. I graduated from the University of Denver with a doctorate in clinical psychology in 2018 and also received my masters in clinical psychology at the University of Denver in 2015. I completed my undergraduate degree at DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Journalism. I have worked with a range of therapeutic interventions and have previous experience in integrated primary care, community mental health, & college counseling. 

I believe that through empathy, vulnerability, challenges, and at times laughter we can all find deeper connection and meaning in our lives.  My hope is that through our relationship and work together, we can help you find a healing path that feels right for you. Whether you are going through a challenging transition in your life, having difficulty feeling understood/ accepted, and/or are having issues in your relationships, etc, I am here to support you. My commitment to you is that I will try my best to create a space that feels accepting & inviting for you to be able to explore all your questions and goals. Starting this process can feel very intimidating so I commend your commitment to yourself and remind you that I am here to support you along the way. 

I have worked on stressors affecting diverse communities (including: immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ+ individuals, & issues affecting women). As such, I use a holistic/multicultural perspective and also remain flexible in the evidence-based interventions we may use in treatment. I am a fluent Spanish speaker and offer therapy in Spanish and English. 

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Dr. Alex Mylonas

Greetings!  I am a licensed clinical psychologist and I graduated with a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis in 2016.  I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Rutgers University in 2009 with a minor in east Asian studies.  My clinical training took place in a variety of settings including college counseling, community mental health, medical centers, and Veteran’s Affairs hospitals.

 

Throughout my training I have been exposed to a number of therapeutic models and currently practice from a humanistic-existential perspective integrated with evidenced based practices.  I see psychotherapy as an opportunity for clients to experience a relationship in which they can express themselves freely, without fear of judgment or stigma, in a space that encourages them to explore who they are and what gives their lives meaning.  Engaging in that relationship means challenging ourselves to confront the things we fear, embracing our unique strengths and needs, and learning how to compassionately care for ourselves.  In this therapeutic process, my aim is to support clients wherever possible with tools backed by psychological research, while also collaborating with them to learn more about the person they are trying to become and removing the obstacles in their way.

 

My hope is that through our work together you will learn more about who you wish to become and what path will take you there.

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Natalia Borrero, LCPC

Hello! I am a licensed clinical professional counselor and received my master of arts degree in Clinical Mental Health from Adler University. I completed my training at a practicum that emphasized social justice and inclusivity at the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center. My undergraduate work was at Loyola University where I earned dual bachelor in arts and science in Psychology and Sociology, respectively. From 2011 to 2017, I worked at Between Friends, a nonprofit organization focused on eradicating the cycle of violence and building healthy relationships. As a Senior Prevention and Education Specialist, I facilitated a Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program to youth of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, and gained extensive experience supporting clients coping with unsafe and harmful relationships.

 

I believe therapy should create a safe space that is empathic, culturally sensitive and inclusive of diverse sexual and gender identities, expressions, and practices. I see my role as a collaborator that seeks to empower my clients to develop a greater understanding of themselves. As a bilingual/bi-cultural therapist, I also enjoy working with women and people of color surrounding issues including race/discrimination, family separation, and other immigration difficulties. I am a native Spanish-speaker and offer therapy in Spanish and in English.

 

My ideal client is someone who is looking to find authentic self-expression and new paths for growth.

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Yvette Fruscione, LCPC

Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University. I have over 20 years experience working in the mental health field, and have specialized with persons who suffer from chronic difficulties and who are looking to achieve greater independence and quality of life. 

 

Trying to figure out how to overcome daily challenges can be extremely difficult and emotionally overwhelming. My primary goal is to help you become aware of your potential and to overcome personal barriers that have prevented you to achieve your full potential. Together, we can work collaboratively to identify strategies and make changes in your life that will help you reach your personal goals.

 

My clinical style and approach often explores how our beliefs affect our feelings and behaviors and I believe we are all equipped with what we need to improve our lives, we just may not realize it at times. Throughout my clinical experience, I have utilized various treatment strategies aimed to help my clients reach their goals. Therapy is a journey that I would be committed to helping you learn to accept yourself and explore how past experiences led you to be the person you have become. Starting this journey is a courageous step forward that I would be invested to help you find the answers you are seeking. 

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Sam Bennett, LPC

Hello there! I am a licensed professional counselor, and I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health from Adler University.  I completed my undergraduate studies with a Bachelor's Degree of Science and Humanities at Ball State University with a minor in Psychology of Human Development and an emphasis in Sociology.  I am also LGBTQ+ Safe-Zone Trained.

 

Seeking therapy can be an intimidating experience, and making the decision to start can take courage.  I strive to create a safe, empathetic, non-judgmental, relaxed and culturally sensitive environment for each client. I tailor therapy to each individual client in a holistic and inclusive way. This includes an inclusive space for all sexual, gender, and racial/ethnic identities. 

 

Authenticity, compassion and connection are values that I strive to model in both my personal life and therapeutic practice.  I currently practice from a Humanistic-Person-Centered perspective while integrating other evidence-based practices.   I truly believe that you are the expert on your own life.  Thus, you already have the answers within yourself, though they may be clouded at times.  I view my role as a collaborator and guide, helping you understand yourself better, to become more compassionate towards yourself, and working to remove any obstacles that may be getting in the way of your overall well-being and happiness.  I also see therapy as a space to empower and uncover a fuller and more authentic version of yourself, and to build healthy social connections, all of which are tailored to the unique individual that you are.

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Minh Dong, LPC

Hiii! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis in social justice and marginalized communities. While there, I completed my clinical training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where I worked with an interdisciplinary team that strived to achieve the goals of each individual client. As a result, I have considerable experience in working with underrepresented communities as well as with people from various walks of life. Prior to this, I attended the University of Oklahoma where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Boomer Sooner!

 

Choosing therapy can be a daunting task, but when you do, it shows that you have incredible strength and a strong desire to invest in yourself. Whether you are coming in to understand parts of yourself, navigating difficult interpersonal relationships, or striving to have a more authentic self, then I am here to assist you along the way. I am a queer-identifying Asian Therapist who is a strong advocate for LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities who deals with everyday struggles and issues. I utilized strength-based and client centered approach in order to foster a safe and supporting environment.

 

As a young adult, it can be difficult to deal with life transitions and identity development. I am here to offer support and encouragement while pushing you a bit out of your comfort zone. Therapy should help strengthen your ability to recognize and accept the choices you make that aligns with your goals.

Board of Directors

Victor R. Perez, Board President
Althea Stockton, Vice President/Secretary
Daniela Alvarado, Member
Robert Nam Phan, Member
Jared Day, Member
Donovan McKinley, Member

Arcus Behavioral Health and Wellness | Psychotherapist in Chicago, Illinois