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Our Therapists

Claudia Skowron, MS, LCPC/LPC, CADC

Licensure Illinois/Colorado

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Claudia Skowron is the owner and founder of CST Counseling and Consultation. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor who has also attained her CADC certification. She graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University earning her Master’s Degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology. Claudia has extensive experience working in a range of treatment settings including inpatient mental health, PHP/IOP (partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient), community mental health, and private practice. She also has experience working with high-profile cases, business consultation, and business workplace dynamics.

Claudia's theoretical framework pulls from cognitive-behavioral therapies, dialectical-behavioral therapies, motivational interviewing therapies, strength-based approaches, and psychoeducational-based coaching. Yet, her therapeutic approach is eclectic, meeting the needs of her clients. “A certain approach that works with one individual may not resonate with another; it’s my role as a therapist to meet each client where they are in treatment and adapt the most appropriate therapeutic interventions.” Claudia frequently attends conferences and trainings to stay up-to-date on the latest therapeutic treatment modalities and enjoys mentoring younger clinicians. 


Claudia enjoys working with adolescents, young adults/young couples, and adults. Her level of expertise shines in working with young adults in transitional phases such as college and career/life transitions as well as work/life balance. "Life will be full of stressors and transitions and our job is to come prepared to navigate." 


Claudia has spoken at the Illinois Association of Behavioral Health Conference, was interviewed on several podcasts including “Feeding Curiosity,” and has been featured in The Waiting Room Magazine as a “Top Counselor.” Claudia is a member of the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare and the American Psychological Association. Claudia is also featured as an expert writer for Psychology Today. 


Claudia's Specialties Include:

  • Anxiety/Phobia/Panic

  • Depression/Seasonal Affective

  • Adjustment Disorders 

  • Life Transitions

  • Stress Management 

  • Coping Skills

  • Substance Use Disorders

  • Adolescents/Young Adults

  • Neurofeedback 

  • Health/Wellness/Chronic Illness

Laura Esposito, MA, LCPC

Licensure Illinois 

Laura is a licensed clinical professional counselor and has experience working with ages 4-65 across various settings. Prior to working at CST Counseling & Consultation, Laura worked with at risk youth in a non-for-profit crisis setting for nearly 2 years. She has helped children, adolescents, and their families receive appropriate treatment to ensure a supportive transition out of crisis.


Laura has experience with a wide variety of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behaviors, behavioral issues, self-esteem issues, LGBTQIA, relational distress, and life transitions. Laura appreciates taking a client-centered approach to therapy. She values a collaborative and genuine relationship and wants to help you learn about yourself.


Her goal is to create a safe space for clients to express themselves and guide individuals to learning about mindfulness, radical acceptance, their window of tolerance, their self-worth, and more. 

Megan Schomaker, MA, LCPC

Licensure Illinois 

Megan Schomaker is a licensed clinical professional counselor and has worked in hospital, residential, and outpatient levels of care for nearly a decade. After graduating with honors in 2015, she immediately began her career specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. While continually working with the eating disorder population, Megan expanded her clinical repertoire as she interned with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, going on to receive her master’s degree in 2019. From there, Megan has developed a passion and proficiency for treating not only eating disorders, but also trauma, OCD, LGBTQ+ issues, borderline personality disorders, and family/interpersonal dynamics.


Megan has studied as an attachment theorist but takes an eclectic approach when working with clients. She believes that her expertise, in conjunction with a client’s own self-knowledge can come together and create the right treatment modality for each individual. Specific interventions Megan utilizes include exposure and response prevention (ERP), emotion focused family therapy (EFFT), behavioral modification, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and radically open DBT (RO-DBT.)


Megan believes, on a personal and professional level, that everyone deserves to live their fullest life; a life that is not only physically, but mentally and emotionally healthy and well-rounded. She is so happy you're here and cannot wait to work with you as a team to get you where you want to be!

Laura Esposito LCPC

Laura's Specialties Include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Self-injurious behaviors

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Relational Distress


  • Self-esteem issues

  • Life transitions

  • Mindfulness

Megan Schomaker LCPC

Megan's Specialties Include:

  • Eating Disorders

  • PTSD/Trauma

  • Borderline Personality Disorder 

  • OCD

  • LGBTQ + issues

  • Anxiety

  • Depression 

  • Family Therapy 

Avis Calhoun, MA, LPC

Licensure Illinois 

Hello! My name is Avis Calhoun (she/her) and I am pleased to be working as a therapist for CST Counseling and Consultation! I am a registered Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) in the State of Illinois. I received my Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Psychology and Sociology from Ashford University and my Master's Degree (MA) in Counseling with specialization in Forensic Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (Adler University).


I have over 10 years of experience in CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Gender Affirming Care, Play Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Crisis Intervention therapeutic methods, and other therapeutic approaches. My professional background is working with clients struggling with PTSD, Substance Use Disorders, childhood trauma, and mood disorders. I have over 8 years of experience working as a licensed therapist with the Cook County Sheriff Department and incarcerated individuals in a forensic setting at the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) and Cook County Health in Chicago, IL. I also have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in community health, residential treatment centers, online intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), and a hospital setting with outpatient/inpatient treatment.


I have a strong background working with adolescents and adults in the LGBTQIA+ community, neurodivergent individuals, working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, ,and other marginalized groups in facilitating group therapy and individual sessions. As a therapist, my belief is that rapport and honesty is important to establishing a trusting and autonomous therapist-client relationship. I am enthusiastic about destigmatizing mental health, boosting cultural awareness within mental health, and incorporating telehealth technology in mental health to reach those that typically do not have access to therapy.

Olive Rose, Therapy Dog

Hi! My name is Olive Rose and I am a mini goldendoodle. You can often find me making an appearance on my mom's (Claudia) therapy sessions. I love to make people feel better by my calm and loving demeanor. I am a certified ESA (emotional support animal) and enjoy cuddling and sending love and wet kisses to everyone I can. I hope to see you soon! 

Olive's Specialties Include:

  • Cuddles

  • Kisses

  • Sending unconditional love 

  • Being the goodest of the good girls

Avis Calhoun LPC

Avis's Specialties Include:

  • Substance Use

  • PTSD/Trauma

  • Mood Disorders

  • LGBTQ + issues

  • Adolescents

  • Family Therapy 

  • Crisis Intervention

Olive Rose Therapy Dog
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