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) 

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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)

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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. Emily Parke, Psy.D (Evanston)

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Tel: (224) 714-2412

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

EP

Dr. Parke is a post-doctoral therapist who provides psychological treatment to individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. After a year working at a domestic violence organization, her interest in contributing to the health and well-being of others led her to graduate school to earn her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler University.

Dr. Parke finds that early family experiences inform one’s beliefs about themselves, others, and the world around them. These experiences contribute to one’s overall health and well-being. Therefore, Dr. Parke works from a psychodynamic and relational approach, taking careful consideration of one’s family upbringing and cultural context. Dr. Parke believes that each person has a unique narrative that should be approached with compassion and understanding. Her approach to treatment is warm, collaborative, and culturally sensitive. Dr. Parke finds that healing best occurs within an authentic relationship built on trust.

Dr. Parke specializes in trauma and utilizes a trauma-informed lens when working with clients. She has experience working with women’s trauma within a multicultural framework. From her time working at a variety of organizations that specialize in trauma at individual, family, and community levels, Dr. Parke finds that work related to experiences of trauma looks different for each individual and creating a safe, reliable, and non-judgmental space allows for each person to heal uniquely. In addition to providing treatment to individuals, couples, and families, she conducts psychological testing and group therapy.

 
Dr. Parke is an active member of the following Professional Organizations: 
  • Illinois  Group Psychotherapy Society
  • American Psychological Association


Dr. Latrice Peoples, Psy.D (Downtown and Evanston)

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

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

PeoplesDr. Peoples is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois who specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Social and Urban Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University. Dr. Peoples is passionate about her commitment to social justice and working with under served populations. Dr. Peoples was drawn to become a mental health professional after recognizing a lack of mental health services available to individuals who experienced severe trauma which negatively impacted their lives. She has received extensive training and experience in community mental health, schools, primary care, and forensics settings that has allotted her the opportunity to recognize the larger systemic issues that impact mental health and prompted her continued advocacy.

Dr. Peoples emphasizes a collaborative and strengths based approach to facilitate a therapeutic alliance that provides a supportive environment for clients to process their experiences, identify their values, foster self-compassion, and a sense of empowerment. She is passionate about assisting individuals with improving their lives in a manner that is meaningful for them. She has experience in working with depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, personality disorders, LGBTQIA+ related issues, identity related issues, couples and marital issues, racial identity, in addition to issues related to adjustment, career planning, familial concerns, and academic issues. Dr. Peoples has received training in family systems and relational work in addition to evidence-based treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She also specializes in providing psychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults which include cognitive functioning, learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, trauma, mood, behavioral disorders, and personality disorders. Additionally, Dr. Peoples provides supervision and consultation.

Dr. Peoples was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Clinical Supervisor Award from the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT).

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

  • Illinois Psychology Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences


Dr. Imman Musa, Psy.D (Evanston)

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Tel: (224) 714-2412 x 102

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Musa

Dr. Musa is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois who provides psychological assessment and treatment to individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Musa earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University, where her studies and research focused on the mental health impact of discrimination and stigma on American Muslims and other marginalized communities. Dr. Musa published a chapter on her work in the book Islamophobia and Psychiatry: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment.

Dr. Musa has experience working with clients with a broad range of presenting issues, including relationship distress, anxiety and depression, OCD, PTSD, mood disorders, addictions, ADHD, acculturation stress, and grief/loss. Dr. Musa has previously worked with clients in a number of settings, including partial hospitalization programs, primary care medical centers, college counseling centers, and community mental health clinics. When working with clients, Dr. Musa utilizes a multicultural framework that considers her clients’ unique social identities, values, and belief systems. Dr. Musa builds collaborative relationships with her clients and works to empower clients with the skills and awareness they need to reach their goals, heal from past traumas, and live meaningful lives rooted in their values.

In addition to her work at CORE, Dr. Musa is a co-founder and national board member of the Muslim Women’s Professional Network (MWPN), a non-profit organization dedicated to the mentorship and professional development of Muslim women. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the College of Lake County where she teaches psychology courses to undergraduate students.

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

  • Illinois Psychology Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Arab, Middle eastern, and North African Psychological Association



Dr. Jacqueline Salazar, Psy.D, CADC (Downtown and Evanston)

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

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

JackieDr. Salazar is a post-doctoral therapist who provides psychological treatment to individuals, families, and children and adolescents. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Volunteering on the UIC crisis hotline led her to obtain her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and specialize in addiction treatment. She worked with sex trafficking and child sexual abuse survivors who struggled with addiction and this experience cultivated a passion for clinical practice across the lifespan. From there, she obtained her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Child Psychology from Adler University.  


Dr. Salazar specializes in child/adolescent therapy, play therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, trauma with a focus on child sexual abuse, anxiety, and addiction. She has worked in numerous settings including jails, community mental health centers, schools, and addiction facilities. In addition, she has conducted therapy, diagnostic assessments, and psychological testing with individuals aged 2 to 65 with a broad range of presenting concerns such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, PTSD/trauma, addictions, attachment and relationship difficulties, grief/loss, and racial/cultural stress. Dr. Salazar practices from a multicultural and relational approach. This approach seeks to understand how early life and cultural experiences inform ones understanding about themselves, others, and the world and contribute to their overall well-being. Dr. Salazar views the therapeutic relationship and process as collaborative and enjoys helping clients and families increase their resiliency and self-awareness in order to make direct changes in their lives.  

Dr. Salazar has specialized training and certifications which include Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way, and Diagnostic Assessment for Children 0-5. She is also completing certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) which is an evidenced-based trauma treatment for children and adolescents.

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

  • American Psychological Association


Mialauni Griggs, M.S, ALMFT (Downtown Chicago)

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Tel: (312) 470 4302

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Mialauni Griggs is an Associate Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Illinois.She specializes in working with couples, families, and individuals. Mialauni earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest.

Mialauni has worked with a diverse clientele of children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of presenting problems. She emphasizes the importance of cultural and contextual experiences of clients in her work. She provides the emotional space necessary to discuss problems and facilitates a collaborative and trusting relationship with her clients. Mialauni’s clinical areas of interest are infidelity, communication issues, trauma, and low self-esteem.

The modalities of narrative therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, and structural family therapy inform Mialauni’s systemic work with clients. Her goal is to help families effectively resolve conflict and develop new ways to connect with each other. She also hopes to empower her clients to create new and healthy possibilities through challenging old and negative patterns of thinking.

Mialauni is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Delta Kappa - The International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society


Hannah Dailey, M.S, ALMFT (Evanston)

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Tel: (224) 714-2412 x 103

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

hannah

Hannah Dailey is an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in work with individuals, couples, and families using a systemic and multicultural framework. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences with a minor in Psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and a Master’s of Family Therapy from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hannah uses a culturally informed, structural approach to therapy. Her work is rooted in the belief that people are inherently capable and have value. She takes into consideration each client’s unique identity and environment in creating their life story. Hannah uses a collaborative approach to helping her clients reach their goals and develop a life that best serves them within their unique context.

Hannnah has interest and experience in providing treatment for depression, anxiety, grief and loss, couple and family communication issues, life stage transition difficulties, and trauma related to race, sexuality and gender. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults of varying backgrounds. Her clinical work and research experience has been in an integrated primary healthcare setting, with an emphasis on a collaborative approach to overall health and wellness.

Hannah is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

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


Brandon Liu, M.S, ALMFT (Downtown Chicago)

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Tel: (312) 470-4302 x 4004

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His

brandon

Brandon Liu is an Associate Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the State of Illinois who works with individuals, couples, and families from a holistic framework. Brandon received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with completion of pre-medical studies from Wheaton College in Illinois and his Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Medical Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in Washington.

Brandon incorporates a systemic lens in therapy that accounts for biological, psychological, social, and spiritual components or personhood. His focus in therapy includes cultural sensitivity and a contextual perspective. Brandon has experience working with clients and their families whose lives have been touched by acute or chronic physical illness, parent-child relationship issues, grief and loss, life transitions, work-life balance issues, acculturation issues, ethnic/racial identity issues, couple communication issues, and premarital couples. His clinical and research interest areas include Asian-American mental health, couples and families of people with neuro-degenerative diseases, and the intersection between ethnicity/race and sexuality. Brandon is also a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator and is available for premarital counseling.

Brandon works to help clients expand their self-awareness and resilience. He believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is the major impetus for change, that change is a dynamic and ongoing process, and that a collaborative client-therapist relationship is most useful for reaching client goals.

Brandon is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

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


Azalea Di Nardi M.A.
(Downtown Chicago)

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Tel: (312) 470-4302 x 4004

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Azalea

Azalea Di Nardi is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psy.D. program at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University. Her externship at CORE marks her final year of training before beginning her pre-doctoral internship in 2021. Azalea specializes in Clinical Health Psychology and Eating Disorders. Azalea received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2014 from the University of South Florida. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Tampa in 2017.

Azalea has clinical experience working with community mental health and hospital settings. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds. Her clinical interests include health-related disorders, immigration and acculturation difficulties, relationship and family challenges, trauma, and identity concerns. Azalea is fluent in English and Farsi. She is also certified in Gottman Level 1 for couples therapy. She approaches therapy from an integrated treatment framework, specifically from a systems-based and culturally informed approach.

Azalea believes that therapy is a collaborative approach where the client is an expert in their life. Therapy provides an opportunity to build on an individual’s strengths and develop new tools. Azalea creates a safe environment where her clients feel heard, understood, and valued.

Azalea is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • Illinois Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals


Preston Rice, M.A (Downtown Chicago)

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Tel: (312) 470-4302 x 4004

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His

Preston Rice, M.A (Downtown Chicago)

Preston Rice is a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psy.D. program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. His externship at CORE marks his final year of training before beginning a pre-doctoral internship in 2021. Preston received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Auburn University. He earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2019. 

Preston has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in college settings and outpatient mental health clinics. His clinical interests include working with underserved communities, mood disorders, substance use, relationship and family challenges, trauma and systemic challenges related to diversity and inclusion. He works from a culturally sensitive, strengths-based approach, and values the empowerment and inner strength of individuals. Preston uses empirically based systemic approaches and works collaboratively with his clients to identify and achieve their therapeutic goals.

Preston applies a cooperative style to working with clients of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and religions. He values the unique qualities all clients and families bring to the therapeutic relationship. Preston enjoys creating a safe environment that helps his clients feel heard, understood, and appreciated. He embraces the importance of working at a comfortable pace with his clients.

Preston is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • Association of Black Psychologists


Omar Diaz, M.A (Evanston)

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Tel: (214) 714-2412 

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His

OmarDiaz

Omar Diaz is a fourth year graduate student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he is working on his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. His externship at CORE marks his final year of training before his pre-doctoral internship in 2021.  Omar is from Hammond, Indiana and completed his B.S in Interdisciplinary Sciences- Physics at Purdue University West Lafayette and M.S. in Human Services Counseling at Purdue University Calumet.

Omar has experience working with medically undeserved communities as his previous training positions functioned in community mental health centers. Omar works from a Systems Integrated perspective, understanding that there are many facets influencing a person’s development and mental health. Omar has a strong interest in working with individuals experiencing issues related to anxiety, depression, interpersonal skills, identity development, and life transitions. Omar believes the importance of building a collaborative client-therapist relationship is key in helping clients identify and build on their strengths in reaching their goals.

Omar is an active member of the following Professional Organizations:

  • American Psychological Association


Lindsay McDonnell, MSW - CORE Admin

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lindsay

Lindsay is CORE’s Administrative Assistant. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She specialized in children, families, and school social work, before accepting her natural skills as an administrator.

Lindsay previously managed a small office for 3 years. She comes to us with experience in insurance benefits and claims, customer service, and office procedures. She utilizes her critical thinking, organizational skills, and professionalism to fulfill her role as Administrative Assistant. 

In addition to Lindsay’s work at CORE, she encourages healthy lifestyles through group fitness instruction.Lindsay is a certified MOSSA instructor for Group Groove and Group Centergy. She teaches at Galter LifeCenter.














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