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.