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Meet the Psychologists and Licensed Professional Counselors of Sankofa

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Meet the clinical psychologists, licensed psychiatrist, and licensed professional counselors of Sankofa, a mental health treatment center located in the heart of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. Please feel free to contact us with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Jason LaHood, Psy.D., Director of Clinical Services

Dr. LaHood, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, received his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He obtained his Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Dayton. Additionally, he is an active member of the American Psychological Association. In clinical practice, Dr. LaHood works with clients of all ages in individual, couples/family, and group formats. Dr. LaHood specializes in working with clients facing trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship discord. His therapeutic approach combines existential and psychodynamic psychotherapy, with integration of cognitive-behavioral techniques as needed…learn more

Molly Pachan, Ph.D., Executive Director

Dr. Pachan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in the areas of assessment and treatment. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology – Child and Family Track at Loyola University Chicago, and completed her psychology internship training at the Cambridge Health Alliance – Harvard Medical School. In addition to her doctoral training, Dr. Pachan completed a graduate fellowship with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. Trained as a child clinical psychologist, Dr. Pachan sees clients of all ages, and specializes in psychological assessment, psycheducational assessment, play therapy for children and adolescents, behavioral problems in childhood, parenting practices, academic and career motivation, trauma, and international issues in psychology. She has experience in college counseling, child abuse treatment, treatment of veterans, and community mental health, as well as psychological assessment…learn more

Julia Burrell-Smith, Psy.D., Director of Training

Dr. Julia Burrell-Smith is the Director of Training at Sankofa Psychological Services. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and completed her psychology internship training at Sankofa Psychological Services. In clinical practice, Dr. Burrell-Smith specializes in working with adults and adolescents who are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma. Dr. Burrell-Smith utilizes a psychodynamic and insight oriented approach to treatment that is collaborative, individualized, and strength based. In addition to private practice, she has experience working in hospital, school, and community mental health settings. She has extensive experience working with issues related to suicide and self-injury, and is interested in cultural and psychological issues specific to women and girls. Dr. Burrell-Smith’s research focuses on psychological distress in counselors and clinicians, and is therefore particularly interested in working with mental health professionals…learn more

Diana Goldman de Zocchi, M.A., Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

For over 25 years Diana has specialized in the clinical treatment of adolescent and adults with depression, anxiety, phobias, bereavement and grief, acculturation issues, post traumatic stress and interpersonal relationship discord. Her approach to treatment includes psychodynamic therapy with integration of cognitive-behavioral or other techniques. She believes that in the therapeutic process it is essential to help the client identify misunderstandings in relation to oneself, others, or in relation to their interpretation of life events. Her main goal is to promote the development of the client’s individual abilities to find new ways to deal with their emotional suffering.

From her own experiences working in three different countries, she has developed a multicultural perspective which enables her to understand how culture, identity, and self-esteem are closely interconnected.

Por más de 25 años, me he especializado en el tratamiento clínico de adolescentes y adultos.
Mi experiencia de haber trabajado en tres países diferentes, Argentina, España y U.S me ha permitido desarrollar una perspectiva multicultural que me permite entender la íntima relación entre cultura, identidad y autoestima. Hablo español y portugués…learn more

Magan Marshall, Office Manager

Magan is an Organizational Communication specialist with six years of professional experience in an administrative capacity in three major industries in Chicago. Magan is experienced with human resource policies, procedures, and the protocol necessary to enforce them ethically and without liability. Magan is excited about her position at Sankofa and views this job as an opportunity for advancement and discovery…learn more

Emanuel H. Contreras, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor

Emanuel H. Contreras is a Chicago counselor working with all ages and couples. He facilitates counseling interventions tailored to treating depression, grief and loss, changes in family structure, relationship issues, behavioral issues, among others. His approach utilizes existentialism, Gestalt, and person-centered therapy formats, which are all beneficial for promoting autonomy and positive behavioral change.

Precious Benson, Administrative Assistant

Precious Benson is an administrative assistant for Sankofa Psychological Services. She is currently obtaining her bachelor’s degree in education. She has previously taught English in South Korea, and has a strong interest in healthcare management.

Jeff Van Den Bussche, M.A., L.P.C., Staff Counselor

Jeff specializes in working with clients facing issues with anxiety, depression, interpersonal relations, family conflict, grief and loss, and life transition. His therapeutic approach includes interpersonal therapy which focuses on relationships, with a strong emphasis on cognitive-behavioral techniques, as well as strategic, solution-focused, and emotion focused approaches. In addition, Jeff provides counseling regarding adult identity development, including masculine identity and managing male expressions of emotions.

Additional Associates & Trainees

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow:
Karl Southgate, Psy.D.

Diagnostic Externs:
Dan Atkins
Riley MacDonald, M.A.
Ryan Maher
Jackson Newsome, M.A.

Advanced Extern:
Christine Deya, M.A.



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