Lindsey Adams, LCSW, EMDR Therapist
I attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where I obtained my Masters degree in Social Work. I began my career as a family counselor and adoption caseworker. I then went on to work within the school system. I have also been a family therapist for children and families in the foster care community. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a therapy used for treating anxiety, panic attacks, grief, and trauma. Using EMDR makes me feel more effective as a therapist, as I get to witness people getting better. I am truly passionate about the work that I do, and the people who I have an opportunity to work with. My goal is to instill the hope that was once instilled in me.
“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways”
— Mother Teresa
Maranda Herbert-Stachyra, LCSW, EMDR Therapist
I am proud to be a part of Cornerstone Family Counseling. I believe we are a strong team of experienced, effective therapists. Each of us have unique personalities and skill sets.
Choosing a therapist who is a good fit is important for most clients. This is my attempt to share my background…
Many of my clients are hesitant or anxious about coming to counseling. They later tell me that they feel safe in sharing their thoughts and feelings. They tell me that I am “authentic” and that its is easy to develop the trust that is needed in order to begin the counseling process.
I have a genuine interest in others. As a therapist, I am humbled to be entrusted in sitting with people through their worst and best of times.
“Mandy has provided a safe space for me to process past and present challenges in my life. Attending counseling with her has given me the ability to gain a greater sense of self and grow as an individual. I know that I am not alone and that I have her support to do the work involved in counseling.” —Anonymous Client
I believe my strengths include helping those facing issues such as: Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Self-Esteem, Relationship/Marital Problems, Grief and Loss, Divorce Issues & Co-Parenting.
In my 20 years of practice, I have worked to cultivate therapy techniques and skills that are evidenced based and effective. With that said, I get to see people heal, grow, overcome and thrive.
My treatment approach is eclectic, and I use therapeutic approaches based on the needs of my client. My treatment practices include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy.
If you are searching for a therapist, my hope is that you find someone who is a good fit for you. Most of all, I hope that you reach your goals.
-Mandy Herbert-Stachyra, MSW, LCSW
Scott Murray, LCSW
I am a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where I received my Master’s degree in Social Work. I have worked in outpatient clinics, in-patient psychiatric treatment facilities, academic institutions, and forensic facilities where I provided therapy to individuals, groups, couples, and families. I utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, along with eclectic approaches for the evaluation and treatment of: depression, grief and mood disorders; anxiety, PTSD, and panic disorders; severe mental illness; domestic violence; and addiction. My goal is to help people learn new and adaptive ways of coping and communicating to resolve emotional or relationship problems and return to living happy, healthy, and productive lives.
Amy J. Cates, LCSW
My Social Work journey began long before it was time for me to decide on a college major. I have always had a desire to assist people in finding their “happy” and to provide support in situations when needed the most. I feel very blessed that when my time came for college, I didn’t have to search for a major to fit me, as I knew where I belonged. I attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. While completing my degrees, I worked in a community mental health agency providing services to children, adolescents and their families.
I currently provide individual, family and couples counseling. I have experience with the utilization and implementation of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. I am also certified in Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). This type of therapy is very effective in the treatment of adolescents struggling with chronic stress often caused by trauma history. I have also been certified as a Cognitive Training Facilitator for the Real Colors curriculum. This curriculum is beneficial to adolescents, as well as adults as it encourages them to recognize their own personality type in conjunction with other people’s personality types. This promotes more positive communication skills as well as positive behavior reactions to different types of personalities. My goal as a therapist is to help with the encouragement of healing, peace, and happiness within one’s self.
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
Jami Harland, LCSW
I attended Junior College at Rend Lake College and then went on to Southern Illinois University where I obtained a Bachelors in Social Work. I went on to complete my Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on Health and Mental Health. I’ve worked in a multitude of settings including residential, medical social work and counseling with a focus on women’s issues. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the NASW as the Chairperson of the Southern District of Illinois. My goal is to assist clients with finding and using their inner strengths to cope, adapt or overcome life’s difficulties.
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”