About Us

CORE is committed to the psychological wellness and growth of our clients, helping people clarify their goals and expand their way of thinking.  The goal is to help the client to feel empowered to handle previously overwhelming problems or difficulties by providing them the space to grow in a nurturing environment.  CORE offers the most effective, up-to-date, well researched, and professionally executed interventions, and assessments.  CORE is committed to helping individuals, couples and families address their varied psychological needs.  Through the use of evaluation, consultation, education, and therapy, CORE offers a dynamic and culturally sensitive approach in an affirmative environment.


OUR "CORE" VALUES

All of us are multifaceted, as we have different aspects to our personality.  At CORE, we celebrate all aspects of our diversity as well as our similarities.  Our practice is based on Self Leadership, Systemic, and Contextual Theories.  The foundation of these theories is based in the idea that people have an innate capacity, wisdom, and intuitive knowledge that may be blocked by fears, while also acknowledging the specific circumstances and elements in a person or family's life that have led to these outcomes.  By working to release these fears, we are tapping into the clients’ internal resources.  Therefore, a client can feel empowered and bring about deep inner changes rather than superficial symptom-focused change.


The CORE Team


Dr. Ammara Khalid, Psy.D ( Downtown Chicago and Evanston)

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Tel: (312) 470-4302 x 4000 (Chicago)
Tel: (224) 714-2412 x 101 (Evanston)


Dr. Khalid is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois who specializes in individual, couples and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults of diverse backgrounds.  She completed her Bachelor's Degree from New York University, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. In her clinical work, Dr. Khalid specializes in individual, couples, family and group therapy. She offers counseling, guest speaking, and consultation services. Dr. Khalid co-founded CORE in 2012 with Dr Rios.

Dr. Khalid's area of expertise is working with children and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, eating, relationships and divorce, alcohol/drug addictions, trauma, ADD/ADHD, issues related to sexuality and gender, and immigration and acculturation issues. She has extensive experience conducting psychological evaluations, as well as case conceptualization and treatment. Dr. Khalid practices cross-cultural psychology from a systemic orientation, and draws heavily from IFS (Internal Family Systems) in case conceptualization. Dr. Khalid has traveled extensively internationally and is well versed in both English and Urdu/Hindi. She enjoys working with clients from all walks of life and takes a collaborative approach in helping clients discover answers to their problems.


In addition to her work at CORE, Dr. Khalid is an Adjunct Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, and at Argosy University, where she teaches a wide variety of subject matter including adult development and aging, therapy techniques with family systems, and topics related to diversity to both graduate and undergraduate students.


Dr. Khalid is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • Illinois Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs



Dr. Amanda M. Rios, Psy.D, LMFT ( Downtown Chicago and Evanston)

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Tel: (312) 470-4302 x 4001 (Chicago)
Tel: (224) 714-2412 x 101 (Evanston)

Dr. Rios is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Illinois who specializes in individual, couples and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults of diverse backgrounds.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She received her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois where she concentrated her studies on a family systems approach to treatment.  She offers therapy, guest speaking, consultation, and clinical supervision services. Dr. Rios is trained as a Divorce Mediator and offers mediation services separate from her clinical work. Dr Rios co-founded CORE in 2012 with Dr. Khalid.

Her experiences in working with clients have included settings such as university counseling centers, elementary and high schools, community mental health agencies, and psychiatric hospitals.  Dr. Rios enjoys working with a broad spectrum of clients and enjoys learning and understanding the unique elements that all of her clients bring with them in therapy.  She has experiences and interests in working with clients with a range of presenting problems including those who have experienced depression, anxiety, trauma, school problems, and relationship difficulties.  Dr. Rios values her relationships with her clients and sees the therapy relationship as one of mutual respect and trust.

In addition to her work at CORE, Dr. Rios is an Adjunct Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and at Argosy University, where she teaches a wide variety of subject matter including therapy and assessment techniques, child and adolescent development, and topics related to diversity to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Rios is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Illinois Psychological Association
  • American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Association for Conflict Resolution



Dr. Payal Patel, Psy.D ( Downtown Chicago and Evanston)

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Tel: (224) 714-2412 x 105

Dr. Patel is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois providing psychological treatment for children, adolescents, adults, and families. She received her Bachelor's degree from Loyola University Chicago and completed her Doctorate in Psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Dr. Patel has experience administering psychological and psycho-educational assessments, as well as conducting therapy with individuals, families, and groups in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has experience with treating clients across the lifespan that present with a wide variety of mental health concerns. Her professional interests include mood disorders, parenting challenges, women's health issues, emerging adulthood, and difficulties related to life changes.

Dr. Patel's treatment approach is integrative in nature, which includes interpersonal and systemic interventions. She takes an integrated, culturally informed, and collaborative approach to therapy. Dr. Patel believes that various contextual and environmental factors can contribute to clients' presentations and strives to help clients achieve a more congruent life.

Dr. Patel is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • Illinois Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association


Alexandra Kutsor, M.S, ALMFT ( Downtown Chicago)

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Tel: (312) 470 4302 x 4003

Alexandra Kutsor is an Associate Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the State of Illinois who specializes in working with couples, families, and individuals from a systemic perspective. Alexandra received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a clinical/counseling emphasis from Azusa Pacific University in California and her Master's Degree in Child Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University in Indiana.

Alexandra values working from a culturally sensitive, contextual perspective and enjoys working collaboratively with clients to foster self-awareness and to help clients reach their therapeutic goals. Alexandra has experience working with clients who struggle with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, parent-child relationship issues, blended family issues, grief and loss, life transitions, trauma, and couple communication and trust issues. Alexandra's clinical and research interest areas include sexual trauma, working with sexual assault survivors, and women's issues. Alexandra is also a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator and is available for premarital counseling.

Working with an integrative approach, Alexandra works to help clients find and build on their strengths. Alexandra views change as an ongoing process, and, therefore, works with her clients to help them build the tools they need to help with difficult times.

Alexandra is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists


Dr. Garrett Sidor, Psy.D ( Evanston)

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Tel: (224) 714-2412 x 102

Dr. Sidor is a post-doctoral therapist who works dynamically with individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. Dr. Sidor is an Illinois native and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with his Bachelors of Science in Psychology. After working for three years in the field of psychology, his desire to have a greater impact on others brought him back to school to earn his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.


Dr. Sidor believes whole-heartedly in the influence of family context, relationships, and one's individual story on their well-being. Therefore, Dr. Sidor works from a systemic and relational approach. He focuses on building strong and authentic relationships with his clients while also considering numerous elements that may be contributing to their concerns. Dr. Sidor has a variety of experiences in providing treatment to individuals suffering from anxiety, trauma, depression, relationship issues, and problems related to life transitions.

Dr. Sidor specializes in working with families and couples. He takes a collaborative approach in therapy and believes that healing occurs within an authentic and genuine relationship. Dr. Sidor also believes in working at his client's own pace, and creating a safe, non-judgmental, accepting space that allows for exploration of problems without the fear of labels. In addition to providing individual, family and couple's therapy, Dr. Sidor also conducts psychological testing and group therapy. He is also available for workshops, consultations, and presentations.

Dr. Sidor is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Illinois Psychological Association


Natalie Stanish M.S, ALMFT ( Evanston)

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Tel: (224) 714-2412 x 104

Natalie Stanish is an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with couples, families, parents and individuals using a systemic, attachment, and emotionally-focused approach. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Summa Cum Laude honors from Eastern Illinois University, and her Master’s of Science degree in Child Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University.

Natalie has experience working with couple/marital discord, communication and trust issues, infidelity, family conflict, parent-child relationship issues, co-parenting, trauma, grief and loss, emotion regulation difficulties, anxiety, depression and substance use. Her approach to addressing problems is holistic and non-blaming, and she draws heavily from emotionally focused approaches and Internal Family Systems (IFS). Natalie believes relationships form a key part of health and well-being and places great importance on helping people work through/resolve their emotional injuries to achieve happiness and harmony internally (within one's self) and externally (in relationships). She has a genuine passion for helping others find strength and empowerment and believes that every person deserves the opportunity to see themselves as the strong and capable individual that they really are.

In addition to her clinical work, Natalie is a Limited Term Lecturer for Purdue University Northwest’s Marriage and Family Therapy program, where she teaches classes on marriage and family therapy theory and behavioral disorders.

Natalie is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists


Eric Aprill, M.A. ( Downtown Chicago)

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Tel: (312) 470-4302 x 4004

Eric Aprill is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psy.D. program at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology.  His externship at CORE marks his final year of training before beginning his pre-doctoral internship in 2019.  Eric received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from DePaul University and his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Eric has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a community mental health, residential, and private practice setting. His clinical interests include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, identity issues, substance abuse, and process addictions. Eric is also interested in working with the LGBTQ community and those currently living with HIV/AIDS. Eric enjoys helping his clients to address all of the aspects of their cultural identities and how they impact their experiences of the world and their relationships. To accomplish this, Eric attempts to create an environment that is open and that helps clients feel safe and understood.

Eric practices from an integrative approach, utilizing techniques from psychodynamic, humanistic, and systemic frameworks. Eric finds practicing from an integrative approach allows him to meet each client’s unique needs and move at a pace they are comfortable with.

Eric is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • American Psychological Association

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:

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Thursday:

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Friday:

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Saturday:

10:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday:

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