AMT Counseling Management Services, Inc.


Casi Besich, MS, LCPC

Specialty: Age 5 to adult; sexual abuse, assault and trauma, individual & family therapy, mood & anxiety disorders, PTSD, Anger Management

Casi completed her graduate work at the National Louis University. She has received certification in working with individuals who suffer from various traumatic incidents, as well as working with victims of domestic violence and their perpetrators.

This clinician combines directive, client-centered and interactive counseling techniques while adapting to the unique needs of clients ages five throughout adulthood. She specializes in working with young girls about body image, domestic violence, and how to have healthy relationships. She has held positions in a variety of settings, including residential, social service agencies and private practice.

Over the past 20 years, Casi has advocated for and worked with adults with developmental disabilities, victims of child sexual and physical abuse, victims and offenders of domestic violence.  She currently holds an adjunct faculty position with University of Phoenix.

Casi has been married to Michael for 16 years and has two children.


  • Specialties: Domestic violence, substance abuse, children, teens, adolscents, adults, older adults, senior citizens, developmental disabilities, LGBT, BDSM, female issues, life changes, teen issues, cultural issues, sexual assault/abuse
  • Experiences: Worked with domestic violence/perpetrators since 2003 (Apna Ghar, Southwest women working together, South suburban family shelter), worked with developmental disabilities for over 10 years as a respite worker, worked with children in DCFS system, facilitated groups in nursing homes, psych-therapy in home settings including assisted living, mental health facilities, and nursing homes, provided therapy in school settings
  • Approaches: what client needs (DBT,CBT, etc)
  • Outside interests: Traveling (visited 17 countries in 4 years), culture, sitar, tabla, and kathak. Payal also owns her own non-for profit called Generations Empowered. Its mission is to help those that have trouble balancing the American culture with a foreign culture.
  • Family status- long distance marriage, 2 step-daughters. 
  • Education: Bachelor’s in psychology (Marquette University and University of Illinois in Chicago), Masters in Social work (Loyola University)

Judith Augsburger, MA, LCPC, Ed.D. (abd)

Judith is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, IL.  She has 35+ years working with children, families, adults, and small groups in a variety of not-for-profit community agencies.  She utilizes a systems theoretical approach with an emphasis on what the individual or situation calls for to assist in resolution of the identified concern. 

Judith has three adult children and six grandchildren ranging in ages three to sixteen.  When she is not playing with the grandchildren, she enjoys sewing, reading, listening to music, camping, or baking and will include as many of her grandchildren in any of these activities as possible.

Dawn Shields MA, LPC, ICDVP

Specialty:  Children to adults, individual, couple, and family counseling, DUI evaluations, and DUI risk education classes.

Individual psychotherapy/counseling addresses depression, self-esteem, regret, anger, coping with loss, lack of purpose or meaning in life, work problems, school issues, relationship issues, and family patterns.

Mariage or Couple psychotherapy/counseling addresses relational conflict, poor communication, divorce, sexual disfunction, drug and alcohol issues affecting relationship, and general discord.

Family psychotherapy/counseling addresses issues involving the entire family including family patterns, roles, parent-child conflicts, child/adolescent behavioral issues, stage of life adjustments, blended and step-family adjustments. 

Additional Services DUI evaluations, risk education classes for DUI, anger management groups, stress management, meditation, and lecture presentations for the community or school on varied topics related to psychology including DSMIV-TR disorders. 

Dawn is a graduate from Governor's State University.  She has a BA in Psychology with emphasis on Mental Health, and a Master's in Counseling with special focus on Marriage and Family. 

Philip Ware, MSW, LCSW

is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has practiced in behavioral health for children, adolescents and families for over 25 years. Having formerly served as trainer and ultimately Clinical Director in community based agencies serving youth and families, he entered private practice in 2009. Phil holds a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University, an MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary, and an MSW from Loyola University. Presently, he is an Advanced Student in the Institute for Clinical Social Work doctoral program. Phil offers treatment concerning a variety of issues, and is flexible in his approach, and is experienced in serving clients who desire to receive therapy consistent with a faith based perspective. His primary concern is to assist persons not only in addressing their immediate issues, but in their overall pursuit of wholeness. Phil joined AMT counseling in March of 2011.

Eran Smith, MA, LCPC

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Donna Mills MS LPC

Donna Mills has an open and affirming practice with all individuals, families and groups. It is important to Donna to have a caring therapeutic relationship in order to assist you with setting and reaching your goals. Donna Mills assists individuals and families with the stresses of immediate or long term situations. Donna has an understanding for people that experience anxiety and/or depression. Come see Donna for any of your problems or stressors in your life.

Donna Mills has training as a pranic healer, is a reiki master/teacher and a hypnotherapist. Donna does accept insurance. Please call to verify your insurance with AMT.

Tracy Theard, MA, LPC, NCC

Tracy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health from Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.  Tracy’s primary focus is to assist individuals, couples and families to work through, cope with, and develop skills to manage all sort of issues (mental, physical, social, environmental, and career) that are common and uncommon in the cycle of life.  She has been a volunteer sexual assault advocate since 2004.    

Tracy provides individual, couples, and family therapy to adolescents and adults via evidence-based treatment approaches of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Play Therapy.  She also works with individuals seeking faith-based guidance along with the therapeutic process.  Tracy believes in creating a trusted therapeutic relationship that empowers and encourages the client to continue to grow in his/her journey.

Bionca Martin, MSW, LSW

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Shubhra Kannan, LL PsyD

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Marie Barnhart, MA, LPC

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