The psychotherapists of House Calls Counseling are a seasoned, diverse team of friendly, professional, master’s-level Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Social Workers.
Billy Kaplan, LCSWBilly Kaplan is the President and Clinical Director at House Calls Counseling. He is a graduate of Bradley University and he earned a Master of Social Work degree from Yeshiva University, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He has provided in-home and office-based psychotherapy to families, couples, adults, adolescents, and children for over fifteen years. He has worked in many settings and with many types of problems, including work as an in-home therapist in a child welfare program intended to keep families together, a counselor of victims of sexual abuse, and a clinical administrator for a drop-in center for homeless youth. He has been a clinical supervisor in foster care, residential, and counseling programs. He is an experienced trainer who has presented extensively at local, national, and international organizations on attachment disorders, parenting skills, adolescent development, child welfare and a host of other topics. He has held adjunct teaching appointments at Loyola University School of Social Work and Governor's State University, and he supported expectant and new parents through the Boot Camp for New Dads workshop at the University of Chicago Lying-In Hospital in Hyde Park. His article, "New Dads in Labor: An Opportunity for Involvement" was published in the September, 2004 edition of the International Journal of Childbirth Education. Billy works with individuals, couples and families primarily utilizing an attachment-focused approach in the northern part of Chicago and near-north suburbs. He specializes in working with foster and adoptive families on attachment-related issues. He has over three years of advanced training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Click HERE for a copy of his resume:
Katie Jackson, LCPC Katie Jackson is a psychotherapist at House Calls Counseling. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Sociology. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. For the past several years, Katie has been providing clinical services to children, adolescents, couples, and families at a child welfare agency. She has worked with families that have been impacted by traumatic events, with foster care families, and with adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system. She delivered community-based (in-home and in-school) services as well as office-based services. Katie is a certified trainer in providing an eight-week, trauma-informed parenting curriculum that was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She recorded a podcast about her work with the curriculum. Additionally, Katie has provided trainings to other professionals to promote using trauma-informed practices in clinical settings, schools, and the court system. Katie specializes in working with youth and families on issues of attachment & trauma, trauma-informed parenting, recovery from sexual abuse, court involvement, and family reunification. Katie has training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and advanced training in the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Model (ARC).
Jessica Levy, LCSW Jessica is a psychotherapist at House Calls Counseling. Jessica graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in elementary education. Jessica spent five years teaching, predominately in neighborhoods on the South and West sides of Chicago. Realizing her desire to focus on the mental health needs of children, Jessica then obtained her Master of Social degree from the Jane Addams College of Social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While working on this degree, Jessica was accepted into a certificate program which allowed her to gain in-depth training in evidence-based mental health practice with children and adolescents. Jessica earned this certificate in evidence-based practice from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Also while at UIC, Jessica did her social work internship at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry. Jessica has spent the past several years working for a child welfare agency, providing therapy for children in specialized foster care. The children Jessica has worked with have all experienced traumatic events, including neglect and abuse. Jessica is also experienced at providing therapy to children and adolescents in foster care who have intellectual disabilities. Jessica additionally has led trainings for foster parents on a variety of topics, and provided therapy for biological parents of children in foster care. Jessica has training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Jessica specializes in working with youth and families on issues of trauma and attachment, trauma-informed parenting, and behavioral concerns. Jessica enjoys working with children of all ages. She services families in the near north suburbs, Chicago, and south suburbs.
Laura Markoya, LSW Laura Markoya is the Program Administrator and psychotherapist at House Calls Counseling. Laura is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and received her Master of Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. Laura has been a director at the Salvation Army and worked in a variety of social service organization as a Direct Care Worker, Program Coordinator, and Case Worker. Over the past several years, Laura has worked with children and families who are struggling socially and emotionally due to abuse, neglect, or attachment disruptions. She also works with couples. Laura has experience working with those that have been impacted by traumatic events, children and adolescents in residential settings, foster care families, and with adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system. Laura works with individuals, couples, and families primarily in the northern and north western suburbs. She has previous experience working with youth and family issues of attachment & trauma, trauma-informed parenting, court involvement, and family reunification. She has worked with a culturally diverse group of individuals and has training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
Barbara McCormick Somerville, LCPC Barbara is a psychotherapist with House Calls Counseling. She is a graduate of Governor’s State University in University Park, Illinois, where she received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling and Psychology. Barbara has over 20 years of professional experience and has held a variety of positions working in foster care, child welfare and crisis center agencies. She has served as an educator for at-risk youth, a foster home licensing specialist, a case worker, parent and staff trainer, parent support group facilitator, program coordinator, alcohol and substance abuse counselor, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and facility manager. Barbara has worked in many different settings and with culturally diverse individuals and families. Her clinical experience ranges from providing psychotherapy in office-based and in-home treatment foster care programs for children, and teens living in group homes, to providing trauma-informed crisis response at a hospital emergency room for survivors of sexual violence. Barbara works with individuals, couples and youth who are struggling socially and emotionally due to abuse, neglect, or attachment disruptions, and their families. She also specializes in working with survivors of sexual violence and continues to facilitate professional training in trauma-informed crisis response for the state coalition in Springfield. Barbara works in the western and southern suburbs.
Kim Shubert, LCSW Kim Schubert is a psychotherapist with House Calls Counseling. She is a graduate of Illinois State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She earned a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Loyola University and a Master of Science in Child Development from Erikson Institute. Throughout her career, she has provided therapeutic services for youth and families who have been impacted by abuse, neglect, and attachment disruptions. She has also provided assistance to adult victims of domestic violence through the Army’s Family Advocacy Program. Kim has training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Model (ARC), and in treating youth who have experienced sexual abuse. She has also provided training to other professionals to promote using trauma-informed practices in clinical settings and to foster parents on implementing trauma informed parenting practices. She will be serving families in the near north suburbs and northwest suburbs.
Wendy Kovacs, LMFT Wendy Kovacs is a psychotherapist at House Calls Counseling. She is a graduate of Simpson College, in Indianola, Iowa, where she received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. She earned a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. For the last several years she has worked with children, youth and families at a child welfare agency in a variety of positions including Therapist, Educational Liaison, and Program Coordinator. She provided in-home treatment for a child welfare organization in Iowa. She has presented at conferences in the Midwest and West Coast. She works with families in Spanish and English. Ms. Kovacs works with individuals, couples, and families in the western and southern suburbs and she consults with schools and school staff on how to work with children with attachment-related difficulties. She focuses on the treatment of survivors of abuse and neglect, children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked with a culturally diverse group of individuals. She has advanced training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Wendy is not currently accepting new clients.