Nancy Segall, LCSW
Nancy Segall is a social worker and credentialed Illinois Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist with over 30 years experience working with mothers, children and other mental health professionals. She has an MA from the School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago. She is on the Adjunct Faculty of Erikson Institute and The Chicago Center for Family Health and has a private practice in which she works primarily with women who have a Postpartum Mood Disorder. She is a Past President of The Illlnois Association for Infant Mental Health and a current board member.
Paula Biliter, LCSW
Paula Biliter worked as a social worker at The Virginia Frank Child Development Center where she did individual, couple and family therapy. She trained in play therapy at House of the Good Shepherd, a shelter for battered women and their children. She co-founded and was Assistant Director of The Family Room, a non-profit organization that provided educational and supportive programs to families with very young children. In addition to her work with The Family Room and Beyond the Baby Blues, Paula is a psychotherapist in private practice.
Terri Drews, MSW
Terri Drews is a social worker with over 25 years of experience working with women and children. As a family-infant developmental specialist in the Perinatal Family Support Center at Evanston Hospital, she worked with women with high-risk pregnancies, families with babies in intensive care, and new parents. She served as coordinator and facilitator of the New Mom’s Group, a support group for new moms and their babies. In 2001, she joined The Family Room, a non-profit organization that provided educational and supportive programs to families with young children.
Ellen O'Donovan, LCPC
Ellen O'Donovan is a licensed clinical professional counselor with 25 years of experience providing mental health services in Chicago-area clinics, agencies, and programs. Her current job with NorthShore University HealthSystem's Perinatal Family Support Center focuses care on women and families coping with high-risk pregnancies, pregnancy loss, parenting newborns in the intensive care unit, and perinatal mood concerns. In previous positions, she has worked as an adoption counselor, provided child and family counseling, and counseled victims of domestic violence. She has a private therapy practice in Evanston.
Amy Eisenberg, M.A., LCPc
Amy currently practices as a Perinatal Mental Health Clinician for the Perinatal Depression Program at Northshore University Health Systems and serves as Illinois coordinator for Postpartum Support International. She has a private practice in Skokie, Illinois.
Michelle Fisher, LCSW
Michelle Fisher is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, parents and families. She is trained as a school social worker and has worked at several schools and agencies on the North Shore, in addition to teaching counseling courses at the college level. Michelle is a Perinatal Mental Health Clinician for the Perintal Depression Program at Northshore University HealthSystem. Michelle has a private therapy practice in Evanston and Ravenswood.
JENNIFER BATZA, LCSW, AM
Jennifer Batza is a mother and a psychotherapist trained as a licensed clinical social worker dedicated to increasing human resilience and connection. In her work she sees grief, loss, and trauma as catalysts for tremendous growth. In 2018 she will celebrate ten years of working in both inpatient and outpatient obstetrics and pediatrics at Evanston and Highland Park Hospitals. She also supports mothers and families in a private practice and on a mother's hotline. She views psychotherapy as a tool for building resilience, confidence and creative capacity. She loves her job and feels incredibly lucky to witness the peer support and learning women experience through the relationships they build at BBB.
Kay warren, LCSW
Kay is a licensed clinical social worker with over 8 years of therapy experience and almost 15 years of healthcare experience. Kay serves clients from adolescence into adulthood specializing in perinatal and reproductive mood disorders in women, eating disorders in adolescents and young adults, and women's mental health related to menopause, parenting, significant others, work stress, etc. She has worked in major hospitals, primary care clinics, nonprofit organizations and assisted living/nursing homes. She believes in the importance of using both physical and mental health to understand the individual completely, with the ability to articulate the connections between mind/body and how our physical health contributes to our mood and vice versa. Currently, Kay works part time in a primary care clinic and has a private practice in Lakeview and Hyde Park Chicago.
Libby Rosencrans, LCPC
Libby Rosencrans is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with 20 years of experience working with women and their families. She serves as Acting Clinical Consult to NorthShore University HealthSystem's Perinatal Depression Program and is a Perinatal Mental Health Clinician for the Mom's Hotline since 2003 when it was founded. Libby has special expertise in perinatal depression and anxiety, adjustment to motherhood, fertility issues, intrusive thoughts, grief and loss. Libby has a private practice in Wilmette.
Laura La Porte, LCSW
No one prepares us for motherhood. Some of us endure postpartum upheaval, infertility or loss among other things. Since 2004, I have supported women through these challenges.
I earned my Master’s in social work from the University of Chicago. For 15 years, I have been the Program Coordinator for the Perinatal Depression Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem. I trained with Postpartum Support International. I published research in major obstetric journals and presented at international conferences. Mostly, I’m proud of giving moms the hope and support they deserve every day.
I love eating but not cooking. I don’t read enough books, but I exercise regularly. Knitter, dog-lover, wife, mom and woman’s woman. I have personal experience with perinatal loss.
Lisa Elliott, AM, LCSW
Lisa Elliott (she/her/hers) is a relational psychotherapist and clinical social worker. In addition to her work with BBB, Lisa is part of a group private therapy practice in Ravenswood. Lisa previously worked at NorthShore University HealthSystem's Perinatal Family Support Center. Lisa’s clinical work focuses on perinatal and reproductive mood disorders and perinatal & infant loss. Lisa’s clinical expertise also extends to work with LGBTQ+ children and adults, and survivors of adult and childhood trauma. Lisa is committed to providing sensitive, strengths-based therapy for individuals and families of all gender and sexual identities. Lisa believes in the transformative power of relationships for growth and healing. She considers it a privilege to support and bear witness to the power of the group.
Paula Casas, LCSW
Paula Casas, is a licensed clinical social worker. She received a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago and also holds a Masters in Child Development from Erikson Institute for Child Development. Paula is bi-cultural and bilingual and speaks both English and Spanish. She has worked in the field of infant mental health and family support for over fifteen years. She started her career as a maternal and child health advocate and policy analyst at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. She since has worked in several other non-profits in both clinical and administrative roles. In addition to running support groups for Beyond the Baby Blues, Paula is therapist with Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center in Deerfield and Willow Wellness Center, a private practice in Park Ridge, where she specializes in perinatal mood disorders and grief and loss.