Madrigal Consulting and Counseling, LLP is a group practice counseling agency with multiple therapists devoted to helping others with life challenges whether it is related to individual, couples, family, or work environments. Our therapists have experience in organizational systems.
We specialize in anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, hoarding, OCD, PTSD, domestic violence, sex addition, trauma and abuse, self-harm, sexuality and identity, addictions, marital, faith-based, civil service, educators, therapists, law enforcement, military, disability, school aged children, couples, adults, families, and employee assistance.
Madrigal Consulting and Counseling, LLP is an interactive, solution-focused therapy group that integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, we work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
A commitment that we make to you is to provide a comfortable environment for you to explore yourself. Together, we will identify strategies and tools to manage your thoughts and feelings, become aware of your strengths, and grow as an individual. We are looking forward to being on this journey with you.
Cesar Madrigal, PhD, LCSW, Therapist & Owner
Dr. Madrigal has been in the field of social work for over 35 years and has served in many capacities and environments with the focus on working with the behavioral health of those who are clinically significant. Areas of expertise include working with adults with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, hoarding behaviors, sexual identity, and addictions. Dr. Madrigal has served in the capacity for many years as a community leader, university instructor, coordinator, and consultant. He has dedicated his life to help others discover their true being by helping strengthen his clients to live a life of purpose and meaning. Dr. Madrigal is very sensitive to the spiritual needs of his clients. Working with Dr. Madrigal, you will see how his gift of relationship and individual care makes such an impact in the lives of others.
Carie L. Johnstone, M.Ed, LCSW, Therapist & Owner
Carie has been in the field of social work for the past 20+ years. She has served in the capacities of crisis intervention, child and family welfare, community mental health, school social work, and special education. Her expertise is in behavioral health, foster and adoptive care, EAP services, family systems, divorce with children, LGBTQ+, academia, policy, PTSD, trauma with a focus on sexual related issues, and offers a faith-based approach. She serves children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Carie has been a university instructor for the past 14 years along with holding administration positions and offering consultative supports and services. She currently serves in a legislative appointment to the Illinois Community and Residential Services Authority (CRSA) which helps strengthen policy and supports for children and adolescents with behavioral health needs in Illinois and was recently appointed to the IL Adolescent Suicide Prevention Ad Hoc Committee. Carie is also listed with the Illinois Gender Affirmed Clinicians Group. Her mission in life is to support the healing journey of others so they can live a purposeful life.
Holly Mareski, LCSW, CADC, CCTP, Therapist
Holly has over 15 years of experience in the field of social work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Her specialties include: treatment of substance use disorders, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, domestic violence, self-injurious behaviors, intellectual disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Holly specializes in addictions treatment, the management of anxiety, and therapeutic interventions for survivors of trauma. She has experience working in a variety of settings that include: addiction treatment facilities, medical clinics, and residential treatment programs. Holly is a compassionate therapist who strives to create a non-judgmental atmosphere; where patients can open up at their own pace, while feeling validated. Holly specializes in a wide range of interventions typically rooted in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She also has experience with Solution Focused therapy and Person-Centered Therapy. Holly serves children, adolescents, adults and couples.
Michelle Cruz, LCSW, Therapist
Michelle has a Masters degree in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois with a concentration in Occupational Social Work. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Michelle has over 23 years clinical experience working with clients & organizations regarding a variety of workplace and performance issues. Her experience in managing crises lends itself well to her strength in conducting critical incident stress debriefings and grief groups. Michelle has worked within various settings over the years, from outpatient to inpatient, including within the school system and has served a variety of clientele with a variety of issues. Her areas of expertise include transition & deployment/re-integration issues for military members and their families, providing EAP (employee assistance programs) services all while supporting clients throughout challenges in order to overcome obstacles, accomplish their goals & feel their best!
Ellen Lazar, LCSW, Therapist
Ellen has over 20 years of experience in school-related issues such as attendance refusal, learning styles, and cyber-bullying. Her work with individuals across the life-span integrates a holistic examination of behavior, relationships, and patterns both inside and outside family systems, including cross-generational transmission. Ellen has worked in a variety of hospital programs, inviting topics of separation, parenting, and aging into her expertise. She has specialized in crisis work, addiction and substance use. Ellen is fluent in Spanish. She holds a Master's Degree in School Counseling, with a CADC and an MSW from Loyola University in Chicago.
Deborah Cremiux, MSW, LCSW, Therapist
Deborah Cremieux is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her MSW at Aurora University. She has worked for over 23 years with children, teens, families, couples, and individuals from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. Deborah serves clients with care and compassion and has helped people cope with issues of grief and loss, anxiety, depression, family disruption and crisis, as well as job loss and career change. Deborah is a trained Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. She believes in helping others through difficult times by building a relationship of trust and respect focusing on individual strengths and resiliency.
“I welcome the opportunity to assist clients when it seems that challenges are overwhelming, and the pathway through is unclear. My hope is to help you discover the path that will lead to a changed perspective and a feeling of peace, stability, and most of all, happiness.”
Laurie Schick, MSW, LSW, Therapist
Laurie is a Licensed Social Worker, having earned her Master’s of Art in Social Service Administration from University of Chicago. She has worked for 5+ years in a variety of clinical roles at an inpatient behavioral health hospital along with crisis intervention in the Emergency Department. She has also worked in a variety of other community settings with families, children, adults, adolescents and the aging population. Laurie enjoys working with a variety of clients and has interests in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, life transitions, and Women’s issues. Laurie uses a strengths based approach and works collaboratively with her clients in a warm, non-judgmental environment. With empathy and compassion, Laurie strives to provide clients with tools and self-awareness to address life challenges using a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Family Systems.
“The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao Tzu