Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute
OCCI


OCCI Members...

OCCI was founded by Dr. Ary Christofidis in 2004 and began as a resource for the Orthodox Christian Church in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

Ary Christofidis, Ph.D., LCP

Founder & Director  - Phone: (312) 593-3294

Locations: Park Ridge: 1440 Renaissance Drive, Suite 250, Park Ridge, IL 60068

Northbrook: 215 Revere Dr., Northbrook, IL 60062


Dr. Christofidis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  He sees people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, marital conflict, and family discord.  Dr. Christofidis also works with clients who have cancer, assisting them with the many challenges that accompany this disease.  In addition, Dr. Christofidis treats youth who are struggling with emotional and family issues.  His approach in working with clients includes elements of Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic and Family Systems therapies.  The foundation of his approach to therapy comes from his three years of study at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology and the teachings of the Orthodox Christian Church.

 

Dr. Christofidis received two graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh: a Masters in Clinical Social Work and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.  He has worked in two psychiatric hospitals, three university and community counseling centers, and a residential treatment facility.  Dr. Christofidis received intensive training in family therapy from The Family Therapy Center at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  His most recent clinical experiences include working six years as a contract psychologist at The Family Institute of Northwestern University and seven years as a part-time psychologist at the Cancer Wellness Center.

 

Dr. Christofidis is a nationally recognized speaker within the Pan-Orthodox community and has been a guest speaker on “Come Receive the Light” radio program on the Orthodox Christian Network..  He has led clergy and clergy wives retreats and Family Synaxis seminars.  He is a regular guest speaker at parish events in the Chicago area.  In 2013 he was a keynote speaker at the "Pastoral Challenges in Marriage" Conference at Holy Cross Seminary. In 2014 his Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago appointed Dr. Christofidis to be the permanent representative to the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care.

Randa Karadsheh Anderson, Ph.D., LCP

Phone: (847) 650-3952   Location:  5101 Washington St, Suite 1102, Gurnee, IL 60031.  Convenient  north/south access via Highway 94 or Route 41 and  east/west access via Grand Ave or Route 120.

Dr. Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who treats children, adolescents, and adults.   She works with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief & loss, divorce, and relationship conflicts.   Managing stress, anger, and adjustments to significant life changes are also a frequent focus of treatment.  Dr. Anderson often treats women struggling with parenting issues and life transitions.   With a background in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, she works collaboratively with clients to improve emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.   She offers a safe and supportive environment in which to explore underlying issues contributing to current problems.  


Dr. Anderson received her Doctorate in Psychology from The University of Chicago.  She completed her clinical psychology training at the University of Chicago Hospital and at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center.  Since 1998, she has been a staff psychologist at the Bradley Counseling Center in Lake County where she has provided outpatient psychotherapy, as well as taught child psychotherapy seminars and supervised graduate students. 


With an enthusiasm for religious education, Dr. Anderson served for 12 years as the church school director at her parish.  She currently assists with an adult education class at her church and has been a guest speaker on “Come Receive the Light” radio program on the Orthodox Christian Network.  Dr. Anderson  presents at retreats and seminars at local parishes on topics that integrate psychology with Orthodoxy.

Allena Barbato, JD, AMFT

Phone: (847) 986-9314  

Location: Grayslake: 11 S. Lake St., Grayslake, IL  60030


Allena is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.  She works with families, couples, and single parents, focusing on relationship-building, conflict resolution, and improving parent/child communication and interactions.  She is a certified Positive Discipline Instructor and works with families to teach the fundamentals of positive parenting. Allena has experience in crisis intervention, especially with adolescents in emotional distress.  She assists adolescents in finding their way through the maze of life, healing from abuse issues, and she guides them through the pain of suicidal ideation, unlocking the keys to positive living.  Allena creates an atmosphere of trust and personal responsibility in order to assist individuals in seeking to know their past and facing the challenges of the present to build a healthier, happier more desirable future. 

 

Allena received her Master of Arts in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.  As part of her training, she worked in a college counseling center, a childcare center and a family service agency, providing individual and group therapy, parenting skill development, and community outreach.  Prior to becoming a marriage and family therapist, Allena received her Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Southern Illinois University. She practiced family law and worked in detention centers with juvenile delinquents.  As an attorney, Allena was active in the community, conducting seminars on civil rights, serving as president of the local chapter of the Washington Women Lawyer’s Association, and substitute teaching in the School of Law at Western Washington University.  Allena made the transition from attorney to psychotherapist because she wanted to shift the way she worked with clients, preferring to help them problem solve their emotional and relational issues, rather than work from a purely legal perspective. 

 

In addition to working as a therapist, Allena volunteers in her local Orthodox parish as a church school teacher and youth program leader.  She has been a guest speaker on “Come Receive the Light” radio program on the Orthodox Christian Network.  In 2015, she presented at the Pastoral Challenges in Marriage Seminar, and in 2012, she presented to the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion.

 


Fr. Charles Joanides, Ph.D., LMFT

Spiritual Consultant to OCCI:  Location: Newburgh, New York

Phone: (845) 565-5641


Father Charles Joanides was ordained in 1980. He has served several parishes across the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. He also directed the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s (GOA) outreach ministry to intermarried couples and their families from 1997-2014. He is married and both he and his spouse, Presbytera Nancy, have been blessed with two children and four grandchildren.


He holds the following advanced degrees:  an M-Div. from Hellenic College/Holy Cross, an M.A. in Human Development and Family Relations with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University.


Father Charles is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and an approved AAMFT supervisor. He teaches marital and family therapy at Nyack College in The Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. Some of the courses he teaches are:  Foundational theories in Marriage and Family Therapy, Assessment and Treatment and Medical and Mental Issues and Marital and Family Therapy. He has a small private practice specializing in reclaiming marriages. He also treats individuals, couples and families, who struggle with medical, emotional and mental health disorders. Whenever possible, he seeks to integrate human science with his client’s religious and spiritual background.


Father Charles has authored numerous books and articles. His latest books are entitled:  Attending to Your Marriage: A Resource for Christian Couples, The Journey of Marriage in the Orthodox Church and Challenges in Pastoral Care:  Divorce and Remarriage . His writings have appeared in numerous professional journals, magazines and newspapers. He has been interviewed by a number of radio programs, including Ancient Faith Radio and Come Receive the Light. He has conducted numerous pre-marriage and marriage building retreats, and he has been a featured speaker at a number of local and national conferences. He is currently semi-retired, in addition to his teaching responsibilities and small private practice, he continues to function as a supply priest and a consultant for the GOA’s Department of Marriage and Family. 

Kristine Kallimani, LMHC

Phone: (219) 781-5250 - Locations:  Oryna Counseling Center, 1512 96th Ave, Suite E, Crown Point, IN 46307 & 

Counseling Center of Northwest Indiana, 257 Indiana Ave, Suite B2, Valparaiso, IN  46383

  

Kristine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works with individual adults.  She maintains a general practice of counseling and treats a wide array of life’s problems, including depression, adult ADHD, and adjustment issues such as loss of a loved one, job loss or becoming a new parent.  Kristine is experienced in treating trauma and abuse.  She also counsels women who are experiencing post-partum depression. 


Kristine completed a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Miami in 1997.  She has counseled at the Loyola University Sexual Dysfunction Clinic, at the Porter Starke Services, Inc. Mental Health Practice in Northwest Indiana, and at the Barry University Center for Advanced Learning.  In addition, Kristine has worked with cancer patients.


Prior to pursuing her degree in counseling, Kristine studied theology for one year under the guidance of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware.  This life changing experience prompted Kristine to choose a career in counseling within the context of the Orthodox faith.  Kristine is an active volunteer in her parish community and has done mission work at Project Mexico.

Presbytera Julie Honeycutt, NCC, LMHC, LPC

Phone: (615)-587-3549 OR   www.JulieHoneycutt.com
Location:
MICHIGAN  : 41 Washington Ave., Suite 306, Grand Haven, MI  49417

Presbytera Julie Honeycutt is a National Board Certified Counselor licensed in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. She received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. Her post-graduate studies were through the American Association for Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) as well as over 10 years with the Center for Self-Leadership being trained at the highest level offered in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy. As a certified IFS therapist with seminary training, Julie offers a unique perspective in using IFS with faith-based clients and organizations.   

Julie has a passion for making spiritual formation relevant to daily life issues such as family stressors, anxiety, shame, and major life transitions. She offers her clients a practical experience of self-discovery by helping them unburden fears that keep them stuck in unhealthy thinking patterns and decision making. As a former collegiate athlete and personal trainer, the inter-relatedness of spirit, mind, and body is foundational in her approach to helping. In addition to her private practice on the west coast of Michigan, Julie also has a part-time practice online.

Julie has presented at national conferences throughout the country and to general audiences speaking on the topics such as "Integrating Christian Spirituality/Theology with the Internal Family Systems Model,” “The Paradox of the Inner Critic: Self-forgiveness & Shame,” and "Balancing Spirit, Mind, and Body.”