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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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.

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Cynthia Holmes, MSW

Our Chicago CBM LGBTQ+ specialist, Cynthia Holmes, is a bisexual cisgender woman who is out and proud and very active in the LGBTQ community. She believes everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin, be able to embrace their gender and sexuality and live a happy, authentic life.

She is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and the University of Michigan’s Women and Gender Studies program. She is currently in the process of obtaining her License in Clinical Social Work and has been working in the social service field for 15 years.

Cynthia’s passion is with Gender and Sexuality, and she specializes in helping Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) and other folks with the coming out process, feeling more comfortable in their own skin and living full and healthy lives. She is happy to work with partners and family members as they process a loved one’s coming out or transition and how it impacts their lives.

She also works with adults going through life transitions, overcoming obstacles and creating positive changes. Her methods are empowerment and strengths base approaches to collaborate with individuals to help them live their best lives.

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Dustin Morici

Dustin Morici is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and provisionally certified by the Association of Applied Sports Psychology. He graduated with his Masters degree in Counseling Sport and Health Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2013. His clinical training included working with students dealing with depression, anxiety, adjustment, and acculturation issues. In sports settings Dustin has worked with teams and individuals to improving cohesion and mental skills in a variety of sports including triathlon, basketball, tennis, cycling, and swimming. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, he also utilizes the holistic lenses of Adlerian Psychology.

In addition to counseling, Dustin directs and competes with a domestic elite cycling team aimed at developing amateur racers to join the ranks of professional cycling. His passion for sport, personal growth, and holistic well-being inform his duties as a counselor, team director, and athlete.