Interns

interns

Kristine Puente, Masters Level Intern

Kristine Puente received her BA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University Chicago.  She has worked with children in both a caretaker and school setting and spent the last 7 years working in business at a healthcare IT company as both a people leader and trainer.  Throughout her career, Kristine has always found a way to connect with people and help them in whatever way she can.  She is passionate about respecting people as individuals with their own histories and strengths and believes in the importance of a trusting and empathetic relationship in a therapeutic setting.

 

Contact: kristine@thecognitiveclinic.com

 

Kristine is available for clients on Saturdays and Tuesday evenings, both virtually and in person.

Michaela Williams, Masters Level Intern

Michaela Williams received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Human Relations from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. She is currently enrolled in the master’s program at Adler University, studying clinical mental health counseling. Michaela is very passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families. She previously worked as a youth service worker for children with psychiatric and development disorders with a history of trauma. Michaela hopes to help clients focus on their individual strengths and how these strengths will help them overcome their personal circumstances and past trauma so that they can move forward.

 

“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether.” – Stephanie Garber

 

Contact: michaela@thecognitiveclinic.com

 

Michaela is available Tuesday afternoons and evenings, and Saturday mornings , in person or virtually. 

Teresa Elayyan, CADC, ICDVP, CYT, Masters Level Intern

Teresa Elayyan is a certified alcohol and drug counselor, Illinois certified domestic violence professional, and a certified yoga teacher.  She is currently working towards earning a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling form Chicago State University.   Teresa has worked with people suffering from substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, trauma, and domestic violence issues.  Her goal by earning a master’s degree is to be able to provide services to a larger range of peoples.  She is passionate about providing empathetic, non-judgmental services and believes that change first starts within…. If one person changes, all of humanity changes.  

 

Contact: teresa@thecognitveclinic.com

 

Teresa is available Wednesday afternoons and evenings, and Saturday afternoons, in person or virtually.

 

“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether.” – Stephanie Garber

Brendan Murney, Masters Level Intern

Brendan Murney received his BS in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University Chicago. Brendan hopes to highlight individual strengths and offer clients different perspectives and more adaptive coping practices.  

“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”- Viktor Frankl 

 

Contact: brendan@thecognitiveclinic.com

 

 Brendan is available for new clients in person and through telehealth on Mondays and Fridays. 

Melaya Thomas, Masters Level Intern

Melaya Thomas is a clinical mental health counseling master’s student at Adler University. In addition to being a full-time graduate student and intern,  she is a wife, mom of four, and a substitute teacher at a high school. While being a full-time CFO (Chief Family Operator), she  returned to school at Ashford University (online) to complete her Bachelor of Psychology degree in 2020, and at once began to pursue a master’s degree.

 

Melaya has a passion for working with teens and young adults, offering them support while they figure out who they truly are and transition into adulthood. As she moves through the last phase of her training, she looks forward to honing her skills and perfecting her craft.

 

“I embrace mistakes. They make you who you are.” – Beyoncé Knowles

 

Contact: melaya@thecognitiveclinic.com

 

Melaya is available for telehealth and in person sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays.