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Ms. Ramirez is a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
 with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University Chicago. Prior to working at Malcom X College, Jenniffel worked as Behavioral Health Coordinator at Alivio Medical Center. There she directed the Behavioral Health Program in six medical health centers and three school-based sites. She received the 40-hour Domestic Violence training as she provided administrative and clinical supervision to the Domestic Violence Program clinicians. She has supervised clinical staff and master level internship and practicum students.  
                   
                              
Jenniffel applies cognitive behavioral and solution-focused approaches in therapy; she believes in creating a therapeutic alliance with individuals to actively work towards achieving goals, healing, and empowerment. At Malcolm X College she provides supportive counseling and focuses on creating an environment where students can feel safe and heard as they explore life’s challenges.  Her approach to training and supervision is developmental, acknowledging the supervisee’s current stage and providing feedback and support appropriate to that developmental stage.                     

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Porcia Seals, LCSW, Clinical Counselor (She/Her)    

Ms. Seals is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Dominican University’s School of Social Work. Prior to working at Malcom X College, Porcia worked as a Medical Social Worker at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. There she provided patient and family education that promoted wellness and increased knowledge of the healthcare system. Additionally, she provided psychosocial interventions to decrease hospital readmissions which included crisis intervention, coping with post-hospital care needs and linkage to community resources. Her previous experiences includes working in such settings as addiction recovery and rehabilitation center, employee assistance program, insurance providers and Catholic Charities of Chicago. She has contributed to hospital wide initiatives, multidisciplinary treatment teams and supervised a master level internship and practicum student.                    

a’s orientation is existential, as she believes that there is a meaning to all life experiences. She believes in the importance of building healthy relationships founded on mutual respect and empowerment. She values the privilege to walk alongside individuals as they work towards their journey to healing. Her approach to training and supervision aims to use self-awareness and feedback to foster an environment for personal and professional development.                       

Emily A. Hallendy, PsyD, Staff Psychologist (She/Her)                   

Dr. Hallendy is a Clinical Psychologist with a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. Prior to working at Malcolm X College, she worked in the Homeless Veteran’s Rehabilitation Program at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC). During her time at Lovell FHCC, Dr. Hallendy provided psychological services for active-duty military members and veterans within outpatient, residential, and inpatient levels of care. As part of the services she provided at Lovell FHCC, she emphasized in areas of trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, serious mental illness, and homelessness. Her previous experiences also includes working in such settings as dual-diagnosis substance abuse facility, acute psychiatric hospital, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. She has assisted in psychology program development, served on psychology trainee committees, contributed to multidisciplinary treatment teams, and supervised doctoral level practicum students.                     

                          

Dr. Hallendy approaches treatment through acceptance and commitment therapy under relational frame theory. She also utilizes interventions from additional third-wave approaches such as DBT, and traditional and manualized cognitive-behavioral protocols such as cognitive processing therapy, CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I), and prolonged exposure. She believes in helping individuals identify their values towards creating a personally meaningful life. She helps individuals address struggles in life through increasing cognitive flexibility and acceptance of distressing thoughts and emotions. For training and supervision, her approach is developmental wherein she meets the supervisee at their current stage of training while providing feedback and support in creating growth in competency, self-reflection, and autonomy. ​​                    


                       

Latoya Cole, LCPC Clinical Counselor, Title IX Confidential Advisor (She/Her)                 

Ms. Cole is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University-Chicago. Prior to working at Malcolm X College, Latoya worked as a therapist for Metropolitan Family Services (MFS). There she provided individual and group counseling services to residents in the South Chicago neighborhood. Latoya also provided clinical supervision to Master’s level students during practicum and internship training. Her previous experiences also include working for The Chicago Public Schools with children with special needs. In addition, to obtaining a 40-hour certificate with Domestic Violence training, Latoya has extensive trauma and empowerment training.                      

Latoya’s clinical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. She utilizes this technique to advocate for her clients to find their voice, and to speak their truth even in unfavorable environments. She believes that anyone can reverse adverse conditions into positive ones with the right support. Her approach to training and supervision, is to provide an open-door policy where supervisee’s gain a mentor who can ultimately transform them into successful, licensed clinicians.       


     

Maria Lopez-Boada, LCSW Clinical Counselor (She/Her)  

MariaLopezB.jpgMaria Lopez-Boada is a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (now the Crowne Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice). Prior to working at Malcolm X College, Maria has worked as a mental health counselor within Chicago Public Schools and in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) - which are health systems designed to serve uninsured and underinsured patients. In these settings, she has worked with people of all backgrounds facing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and exposure to chronic stress.         

Maria’s approach is rooted in being trauma informed, strengths based, and aligned with client's value systems. Maria centers therapy in helping clients work through barriers so that they may live a life of values-based choices and commitment to living and honoring those values. She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). She believes in adjusting therapy to meet an individual’s unique needs.              

              

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