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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
Karl Southgate, Psy.D., Staff Therapist and Clinical Development Coordinator
Dr. Southgate, a licensed psychotherapist practicing in the areas of therapy and school consultation. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and completed his psychology internship training at Sankofa Psychological Services. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He has experience in college counseling, inpatient settings, and group practice. Dr. Southgate sees clients of all ages in individual, couples, and family formats. He specializes in play therapy, as well as the treatment of depression, anxiety, and relational discord from an insight oriented and interpersonal perspective.
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.
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.
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
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.
Additional Associates & Trainees
Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow:
Karl Southgate, Psy.D., L.P.C.
Riley MacDonald, M.A.
Jackson Newsome, M.A.
Christine Deya, M.A.
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