Optimum Joy’s Team of Therapists

We are proud to be one of Chicago’s leading mental health practices.

Candace McWhinnie

We remember the word “US,” because you aren’t alone in this!

Pete Marlow

 I help individuals feel seen and heard, mostly by their own self, so powerful things can happen!

Sarah Heinss

We can process the depth of what’s really going on, and to develop a plan and a way forward.

Melissa Del Carmen

I help you put language to your experiences.

Fallyn Lara

Join me in facing pivotal life changes together, transforming them for your growth.


Alex Parlette

I help adults and couples move towards solutions and health.

Viktor Terpay

Mental Health Therapist

I help people create purpose in healthy relationships.

Bria McCalpin

Change can be unexpected, but together we can face anything.

Treshana Lewis

I tailor therapy to meet the client, ensuring counseling is exactly what you need.



Jessica Olson

We’ll work together towards authenticity that feels great to live out.


Roslyn Jordan

Stories, including yours, are meant to be meaningful & exciting!

Natalie Wanders Hu

I give people practical tools to be well in life & relationships.


Elise Champanhet

I help people understand & integrate their stories into a meaningful whole. Story is the springboard for life!


Clair Miller

I work with individuals to increase resiliancy & healing from difficult childhood experiences.

Pamela Larkin

I help individuals understand mental health & make choices for the future.



Alexandra Hoerr

I founded Optimum Joy hoping diverse people would find what they need to be mentally well.