Our path

Working with you

Founded in 2016, the mission of Mindful Wellness is to help people feel better and lead more fulfilling lives.

Our skilled team of therapists are trained in techniques proven to relieve discomfort and actualize long lasting change.

Located in the heart of Berwyn's Depot District, with daytime, evening, and weekend hours, we are able to provide better access to quality therapy services.

We make counseling affordable by accepting most major insurance plans.

Meet our staff

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Jolene Altman MSW, LCSW

Over the years of working with people in intense times of pain, conflict, loss, and hopelessness, I have seen that people possess the ability to heal when given the opportunity to process their experiences in a safe environment. Working with adults, adolescents, and families in a variety of capacities, I provide a supportive yet challenging environment in therapy, helping people to move toward growth, understanding, and positive change. I believe that understanding existing strengths, supports, barriers, and behavior/thought patterns assists people with accessing change. In my work, I facilitate a collaborative process of identifying goals, working toward self-understanding, and ultimately actualizing changes that people desire.

I specialize in treating infertility, postpartum depression/anxiety/PTSD, life-stage issues, relationship issues, attachment, trauma, adolescent issues, women's issues, parenting, depression, anxiety, and family disruption. I provide individual therapy to adults and adolescents (ages 15 and older) and family therapy.

My practice takes a unique approach to each individual, tailoring each treatment plan to meet your needs.

I earned my Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 2006 and my LCSW in 2007 and have been in private practice since 2008.

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Monica Umlauf MSW, LCSW

I believe that most people, at some point in their lives, may face challenging issues, be it job or family stress, relationship issues, death, or illness. My philosophy as a practitioner is to help those dealing with such issues to find support and help in facilitating change where it is needed in order to relieve some of the strain and enhance life experiences. My style is compassionate and individualized. While therapy should always be a forward progress, the pace of therapy should be suited to the individual.

I work primarily within a cognitive/behavioral framework, examining ones belief systems and thought processes to identify possible hindrances and negative behaviors as well as strengths. I consider my methods a goal-oriented team process, in which I help the individual to develop coping skills and utilize one's strengths.

In my practice, I take a holistic approach to helping individuals to manage sometimes difficult life situations. I have an open worldview and non-judgmental outlook.

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Gricel Serrano LCPC

I believe that everybody has the power and ability to better their own lives. Sometimes people seek guidance to achieve their goals—and that is where a therapist can help. I have several years of practice working with clients who have experienced trauma, transitions, and other difficult circumstances. Through an eclectic framework, I utilize various therapeutic techniques to better help clients identify their triggers while processing trauma and utilizing coping skills to improve well-being.

Bilingual in English and Spanish, I have experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and with diverse mental health needs. I am trained to work with issues related to domestic violence and trauma with both adolescents and adults along with a number of other non-trauma related issues. These include life changes, depression, and anxiety.

I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in 2011 and my Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014.

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Laura Rae Venditti LCPC

Laura is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Saint Xavier University, where she minored in Pastoral Ministry. She obtained her M.A. in Gerontological Counseling from Adler University, formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Laura has serviced clients from 5 years old through the age of 90 in academic, clinical, and nursing home settings. While conducting therapy within a client-centered climate, using the tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Laura assists clients in discerning choices that will render them relief from their afflictions. Laura helps her clients identify obstacles, and explore solutions, believing that if you want something to change, you have to change something.

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Victoria Manning LCSW

I’m a gentle, compassionate therapist who loves to help people on their journey to healing. I believe the experience of exploring one’s personal history in a safe and supportive environment is the pathway to insight. My main objective is to provide that safe place for you to explore the hurt places as well as inventory the strengths you bring to face the situations and emotions that are hard to investigate. As you gain insight into what is going on in your life that is causing you pain, stress, guilt, anxiety, and fear or feeling “stuck”, we can establish a plan to courageously try new ideas and behaviors. Since many of the emotional burdens we carry have deep roots in our early experience with family, I will help you look at those messages and how they may limit your potential.

I have experience with addictions (both chemical and behavioral), anxiety and depression, self-esteem, family and marital problems, empowerment, grief and loss, trust and abandonment issues, LGBTQ informed, trauma, adolescent & emerging adult issues, interpersonal problems and self-compassion.

I have a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois Jane Addams School of Social Work. I’ve been a practicing clinician since 1988 in outpatient and residential settings.

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Sandra Davenport Belushi MSW, LCSW

Masters of Social Work, 1995

My practice utilizes skills of relationship building and affiliation which contribute to growth, development and healing. I use an eclectic style that incorporates models of coping strategies including Empowerment Theory, Dialectic Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral strategies, among others.

I am honored to be part of Mindful Wellness, a practice that values growth and healing.

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Bri McLaughlin MSW, LCSW

My therapeutic style is empathic, engaging, and non-judgmental. When clients first start therapy, we will establish a strong relationship and comfortable environment where you feel supported and challenged to grow.

In session, I focus on exploring creative expression through journaling, poetry and talking. I also facilitate meditations and breathing exercises that can be practiced in stressful situations. This approach supports your ability to heal, break free, and create the life you want to live.

I work with children and adults who speak English & Spanish. My clients come in to address anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions. I'm particularly passionate about serving college students, young adults, writers and artists. I also have advanced training in the area of trauma, anxiety and depression disorders.

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Hilary Gilway LCPC

I believe therapy can help clients manage life's challenges, disappointments and stressors. Many clients feel better over time with relief from therapy and move forward to make positive changes in their lives.

I focus on providing a non-judgmental, supportive space, where clients can make a genuine connection and develop a therapeutic relationship with me as their therapist. We would work towards exploring issues, problems and concerns and explore practicing self-awareness and self-compassion. I believe in discussing needs and goals together with clients to create a recommended and individual treatment plan.

My practice and approach are based on a person's individual needs and our consultation. My goal is to help clients begin on a path to create change and to promote healing in their lives.

I utilize a strength-based and cognitive behavioral perspective and incorporate solution-focused counseling and other therapeutic approaches, when appropriate.