Our Staff

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Sara A. Buxton, M.A., Co-Director

Sara Buxton is a graduate of the Adler School of Professional Psychology where she received her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Sport and Health Psychology. She is provisionally certified by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, one of the few among a small number of certified consultants in the state of Illinois. Her masters training included, working with adolescents and adults in weight management, adjusting to healthy lifestyles, athletic challenges for amateurs and high school athletes and an array of clinical work in depression and anxiety. She is trained in cognitive-behavioral and rational emotive behavioral therapy focusing on goal setting, stress management, mindfulness, and adjusting thought patterns.

Sara is passionate about working with a large spectrum of athletes to help with performance enhancement, working through set backs, and developing a sense of awareness to reach maximum potential. She is a strong advocate for exercise and nutrition as a way to manage life stress and gain achievement.

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Kristina Pecora, Psy.D.

Dr. Pecora is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois, working in private practice since 2008. As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, she specializes in Health Psychology, and treats a wide range of adolescent and adult complaints and comorbidities, including anxiety, depression, couples/relationship issues, culture/diversity issues, work-life balance, and life transitions. Kristina has most recently received training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and enjoys incorporating mindfulness techniques and hypnosis with her clients to expand their experience of life.

Kristina firmly believes that therapy is a healthy support system for creating positive change in your life.
Her goal is to help you uncover your true potential, and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While people cannot change difficult situations or the past, Kristina works with you to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. Through application of complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will work together to unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may hold you back from experiencing a more fulfilling, more meaningful life.

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Casey C. Burden, MA, LPC

Casey Burden is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, addictions, and co-dependence in private practice at the Center for Behavioral Medicine and Sport Psychology in Chicago, IL.

As a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Casey now specializes in clinical counseling and the treatment of addiction disorders. Her clinical expertise focuses on working with those suffering from the effects of anxiety, depression, addiction, co-dependence, and the impact of a loved one’s addiction. Additionally, Casey has extensive training and experience in working with individuals in eating disorder recovery.

Casey is currently serving as an outpatient, private practitioner specializing in individual and group psychotherapy for both adolescents and adults. Her interactive, solution-focused approach to therapy is personalized and tailored to each individual, allowing for the integration of methodologies that assist in an individual’s path towards self-discovery and recovery. Casey believes that the therapeutic relationship combined with invariable compassion allows for individuals to build on his/her own strengths and experience the path of recovery as an empowering process.

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Lisa Page, Psy. D.

Dr. Page has been practicing cognitive-behavioral therapy in private practice and corporate settings for over 10 years. More recently while completing her doctorate degree she specialized in health psychology, particularly weight management and sleep disorders and how they interrelate with lifestyle illnesses. These are in addition to providing treatment for a wide range of complaints and comorbidities, including anxiety, depression, couples/relationship issues, culture/diversity issues, work-life balance, and life transitions.

She utilizes a holistic, systems approach to providing therapy. She approaches therapy as a collaborative experience with an emphasis on self-healing and personal empowerment. She works with clients help them reach their goals that often include overcoming limitations, problems coping with change, addressing specific symptoms, developing more fulfilling relationships, overcoming self-defeating patterns, addressing family conflicts, identifying and pursuing one’s true purpose in order to live more joyfully.

As her personal mission is to build a healthier community, one individual at a time, Dr. Page works closely with primary care physicians and other providers to educate them on the important role that behavioral health has in all types of healthcare. She emphasizes patient’s goals and personal strengths, while providing psychoeducation, and evidence-based therapies.

Through her combined experience, education, demonstrated leadership, and aspirations, Dr. Page has been primed to help her clients succeed. She strives to practice what she preaches and to be a compelling role model for others, while recognizing the importance of goals as a journey, more than just a destination. With her vigorous knowledge, resources, and experience, she is primed to lead America to the “health” into mental health.

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John Anderson, Ph.D.

John is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois, working in medical settings and private practice sine 1998. Trained as cognitive-behavioral therapist, he works a wide variety problems and complaints, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, weight control, stress management, relationship issues, life transition issues, problems in the workplace, and work-life balance issues.

A special area of interest for John is how resiliency impacts the day-to-day functioning of people. Specifically, he works with people to help them learn the skills that highly resilient individuals use to overcome obstacles in their personal and professional lives, navigate through fallout from unexpected challenges and conflicts, become more optimistic and learn to reach out and embrace life’s possibilities.

John believes therapy is a collaborative experience, in which the therapist and the client work together as a team to set agenda items, priorities and goals. His approach is straightforward and practical in order to facilitate a problem-focused, solution-oriented perspective, thereby creating the environment for improvement to take place as quickly as possible.

John graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 1998. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. Over the past 16 years he has worked in a large medical group practice, a local hospital and in private practice.

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Katie Richburg, MA, LPC.

Katie Richburg is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University where she received her Masters of Arts in Counseling. Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hope College. Katie has 9 years of experience working in social service field. Clinically, she has worked with adolescents, young adults, and families. Her previous clinical experiences include working with adolescents in residential and school settings, assisting them with behavioral difficulties, emotional regulation, improving communication skills, and conflict resolution within peer group and family systems.

Katie views counseling with adolescents as a collaborative person-centered approach whereby families, community resources and adolescent play an active role and together, the adolescent gains the skills for improved coping and overall wellness.

Katie is a member of Chicago Counseling Association. For leisure, Katie enjoys travel, tennis, volunteering and walking with her dog in the city.