Meet Our Team

 

Jan Selander, MSW, LCSW, CDWF, CDTLF

I serve as a counselor and as the Clinical Director of Center for Marriage & Family

and Forest City Counseling.  I love working with individuals and couples navigating 

relational challenges, whether it's marriage, parent, child, co-worker, or other

relationships, and have extensive experience in this work.  I also work with

individuals who wish to strengthen bonds or figure out how to manage the

unique challenges that sometimes present, such as dealing with a difficult ex,

how to effectively co-parent children, or how to blend families. I am certified in

Daring Way™ (Brené Brown) and Dare to Lead (Brené Brown); I have completed

all formal training at the Gottman Institute; and I have advanced training in

Emotionally Focused Couples' Therapy (Dr. Sue Johnson), Emotion Focused

Therapy (Dr. Les Greenberg), and I am skilled in what is considered some of the

most successful therapeutic approaches to marriage and relationships. In addition

to serving as a therapist, I have also served as a pastor, overseeing areas of care

and counseling at several mega-churches in the area.  I have served as an instructor

in the graduate school at Aurora University School of Social Work and in the bachelors'

program at Judson University.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and hold a

Masters Degree in Social Work from Aurora University.  I am married and love 

spending time with my husband, 3 kids, 2 grandkids, and 4 rescue dogs.

Beth Lawson, MSW, CDWF-C

 With more than eighteen years experience as an educator in the public schools,

I have particular expertise in working with children, adolescents, and their

parents.  Many of the clients I work with are individuals coping with mood

disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar.  Helping my clients to

navigate life's challenges is my primary goal in working with individuals and

families.  I am a licensed social worker and enjoy working with individuals of

all ages.  I received a Bachelor's of Science in Education from Illinois State

University, a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Rockford University, and a

Master's of Social Work from Aurora University. I am married and enjoy travel

and spending time with family.

Eric Lindquist, MSW, LCSW, CDWF

I enjoy working with individuals and couples.  Helping individuals maximize

their strengths, develop strong relationships, and work through internal

struggles that prevent them from reaching their full potential is my passion. 

Eric is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys working with individuals

and couples. I am a Licensed Clinical social Worker with a Masters Degree

in Social Work from Aurora University.  I began my career working with

chronically ill individuals adjust and cope with all the different stressors that

come with changes in health. I have also spent a number of years working with

adolescents as they navigate their formative years.  I am certified in Daring

Way (Dr. Brené Brown) clinical approach and have received training in

Emotionally Focused Couples’ Therapy (Dr. Sue Johnson) and Emotion Focused

Therapy (Dr. Les Greenberg).  I am married, and loves spending time with my

family, including my wife, daughter and dog Farley.

Elizabeth Rhyne, MSW, LCSW, CDWF

I enjoy working with children, individuals, families, and marriages. I also enjoy

working with individuals to identify barriers, help them gain the skills

necessary to move toward their goals, and ultimately strengthen them as a

whole. I believe a strong marriage is the foundation of a healthy, functioning

family and I enjoy helping clients navigate through difficult times to

strengthen individually and as a couple.  I previously worked in the foster care

system, with both parents and children, and also have extensive experience

working with children diagnosed with ADHD and children with Autism Spectrum

Disorder.  I received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Aurora University,

graduating with certificates in Advanced Clinical Social Work and Medical Social

Work, and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I am certified in Daring Way

(Dr. Brené Brown) clinical approach, have completed training in Emotionally

Focused Couples’ Therapy, and continue ongoing education. I am married and

enjoy spending time with my family, both of the human and dog variety. In my 

free time, I enjoy exploring local restaurants and cooking on my own.  

Rachel Johnson, LCPC, ATR

I believe in using warmth and empathy as well as a creative approach to navigate the

therapeutic journey together with you.   I will work to uncover your strengths and

build awareness aligning with your individual values.  I am a Licensed Professional

Counselor as well as an Art Therapist. I received my Masters Degree in Counseling and

Art Therapy from Adler University.  During my time there, I gained experience working

at a private practice that focused on eating disorders.  I also served as a school Art Therapist

at a local Chicago public school.  After graduation, I began my work at a community agency. 

I gained experience with children, adolescents, adults and couples in a variety of settings. 

I am married and love to spend time running, practicing yoga and going to the dog park

with my dog, Arnie. 

Meredith Chance, MSW, LCSW, CDWF-C

As a licensed clinical social worker, I have over 10 years of experience working with

clients of all ages and from all walks of life. I am passionate about helping clients

identify their strengths and use them to overcome the struggles they face, meet their

goals, and live a wholehearted life. Our office provides a comfortable, safe,

judgment-free place to confront life’s challenges. In addition to seeing clients in

a traditional office setting, I practice equine-assisted psychotherapy using the

EAGALA™ approach. As prey animals, horses have the unique ability to sense and

react to emotion. Whether you have spent a life with horses or have never met

one face-to-face, there is always something to learn from these amazing animals.  

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you! 

Andrew Selander, MSW, LCSW, CCM

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Case Manager.

I received my Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at

the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am an experienced medical case manager

and graduated with a concentration in Community Health and Urban Development.

I specialize in treating Anxiety, OCD, and helping individuals navigate 

difficult transitions in life. I can provide individual counseling, case management, and

Myer's-Briggs Personality Type Assessments.

Nicole Didier, MSW, LSW

As a License Social Worker, I have gained passion and experience over the last few years while working with

youth and adults who struggle specifically with depression and anxiety, victims of domestic violence,  

children (youth or adult) of divorce, among others who are struggling to understand how to navigate their

mental health.  This occurs with the emphasis of utilizing Emotion Focused Therapy, Self-Compassion,

among the many helpful tools offered through Brenè Brown’s literature. I also have a passion surrounding

the Enneagram and have found it to be an extremely helpful tool for clients who are wanting to gain a better

understanding of themselves, why they do the things they do, and how to become a better version of

themselves. I take a friendly, upbeat, and yet mindful attitude with all of my clients. Before entering into

the world of Social Work, I served for ten years in various youth ministry settings. I graduated from George

Williams College of Aurora University during the first peak of the Coronavirus in May of 2020. I soon dove

into serving clients within the Rockford area community through working with Forest City Counseling,

a local domestic violence agency, and within the foster care system serving as a Qualified Mental Health

Professional.  As I look towards the future I have hope to learn and work with couples in a therapeutic

setting. I have completed many trainings including- Emotion Focused Therapy (Level One), Illinois

Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) 40 hour Training, the Adult Attachment Interview, and I

have completed the Dare to Lead training that is offered through one of our amazing Brenè Brown

facilitators at Forest City Counseling. I am married and enjoy getting to spend time wakeboarding,

snowboarding, laughing, and being creative with my husband. We also have two queen felines in our home.

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