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South Elgin outpatient team

Jenifer Layton

Jenifer Layton

Primary Therapist

My name is Jenifer Layton, I am a Licensed Master’s Social Worker in both the states of Kansas and Illinois.  I attended the University of Kansas where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I have been practicing Social Work for over 20 years in a variety of settings, across multiple populations.   I have many years working with individuals diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, PTSD, and Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders. I have provided Crisis Intervention and Assessment, Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mediation, and Parenting Evaluations. In the area of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, I have worked in Intensive Outpatient Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Treatment, After Care Programs, and Continuing Care for individuals and families affected by addiction.

I utilize an eclectic variety of modalities including, CBT, DBT, Trauma-Informed Treatment, and Motivational Interviewing, with a client-centered approach.  I am dedicated to creating a safe space for providing treatment at a level of care that meets the needs of each patient at a pace optimal for achieving long-term sobriety and increased quality of life. I am a fierce advocate for quality care, individualized treatment and wrap-around services. I volunteer with a network of professionals in multiple states to advocate for individuals and families involved in the justice system to create meaningful programming, mental health services, and substance abuse treatment during and after incarceration.

Jillian Yunger

Jillian Yunger

Primary Therapist

My name is Jillian Yunger and I obtained my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (MS) from Benedictine University in 2014; I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC).

With the increasing popularity of telehealth, I hope to reach out to those who need guidance and support through a private, comfortable, and easily accessible, virtual setting. Your emotional, spiritual, and social well-being are all taken into consideration using a holistic approach. I have found my calling and passion within the field of addiction; utilizing personal experience and evidence-based practices to meet each person’s unique needs on the journey to recovery. I meet you where you are. No shame, No judgment. In doing so, I help clients develop greater awareness of their strengths, build resiliency, and learn new strategies for overcoming personal struggles.

I have experience working in residential/inpatient settings, outpatient programs (PHP, IOP), detox, and have experience with MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment), SOR (State Opioid Response), facilitating DUI/Risk Education classes, knowledge in support groups, and have extensive experience working within the criminal justice system.  I am expanding my knowledge of Reiki and hope to incorporate more of this into my therapeutic care.

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Primary Therapist

Lauren Smith, MSW, CADC has been working in the addiction field since 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Addiction Services. Lauren is very compassionate, dedicated, and willing to meet patients where they are at in their recovery journey, while still challenging them to progress by learning new skills. Lauren uses humor and creativity to engage her patients while assuring their safety and recovery is always the number one priority. Lauren enjoys spending time with her dogs and is a huge advocate for DBT skills, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and helping patients find what works for them to stay sober. Even if it is unorthodox!

Jeffrey Lange

Jeffrey Lange

Primary Therapist

My name is Jeffrey Lange, MA, CADC, CODP1 and I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in 2005 at Judson University, a Master’s degree in psychology in 2015, and I’m currently getting 2nd Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I obtained CADC License in 1999 and I have been a practicing Addictions Counselor for 22 years. I practice CBT and DBT therapies. I have worked and run PHP, IOP programs and also have experience in working with behavioral health inpatient and outpatient and have a specialty working with Dual Diagnosed Clients. I am a jokester have a million jokes- and all of them are bad! I’ve been a Guitarist/Musician for years specializing in rock and metal guitar; currently working on my new album release “Romantic Songs for the Hearing Impaired”.

Denise Meginniss

Denise Meginniss

Clinical Assessor

Denise Meginniss, LCPC; I have been in the Substance-abuse field for almost 30 years In many different positions. Currently, I am a clinical assessor for Recovery Centers of America.  I find this position so fascinating because I can assess clients for the correct level of care and get them the help that they need. The whole team works together to do the very best for the client and get them into the treatment that they need to succeed.

Mandy Olvera

Mandy Olvera

Administrative Assistant

I am the Administrative Assistant in the South Elgin location. I bring my hard work, dedication, organizational and understanding and knowledge of company policy and procedures.  With an associate’s in Early childhood education, I bring over 20 years of excellent customer service skills, strategic planning skills and communication. With an additional degree in criminal justice, I also provide experience with law enforcement and corrections. My goal is to guide and assist in the rehabilitation of those who are seeking to better themselves with the guidance and support of others.

Antionette Fisher

Antionette Fisher

Primary Therapist

My name is Antionette Fisher and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been a therapist since 2020. I believe life is complex and so are we. We are faced with grief, trauma, and expectations of ourselves and others on top of being born into situations we have little to no control over, like an addiction. The suffering ends here! I use a variety of therapeutic modalities tailored to you to assist you through your journey. All you have to do is take the next step and we can work through the rest together!

Kim Sutherland

Kim Sutherland

Director of Outpatient Services

Kim Sutherland, MA, LCPC, CADC, brings over 2 decades of behavioral health experience to Recovery Centers of America. As a licensed clinical professional counselor, Kim’s experience is dedicated to working in a leadership and advocacy role within a therapeutic setting supporting the emotional growth and treatment needs of those with mental health and substance abuse struggles, as well as staff development for the professional growth of the organization. Kim is detail-oriented and wholeheartedly believes in helping others. With her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology, and Associate in Arts in Psychology, Kim brings experience, passion, and knowledge to RCA at South Elgin as the Outpatient Director at South Elgin.

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