meet the small but dedicated team at nscc
tracey richter, lcpc
Tracey is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and she received her graduate education from DePaul University where she earned a Master’s of Education in Community Counseling. Tracey's clinical focus is working with adults to manage difficult emotions by helping them find a sense of empowerment and ability to take appropriate responsibility. In particular, she has developed a framework for working with men who have trouble being vulnerable with themselves and in relationships. Tracey has experience working with couples to help them sort through difficult interpersonal dynamics and to engage more meaningfully in their relationship with their self and with one another. She also excels at working with clients presenting with anxiety, avoidance, and who lack in overall awareness of emotions. Engaging her patients with healthy, effective coping skills helps them to increase their quality of life. Partnering with clients, her goal is to empower individuals to lead whole, fulfilling lives while focusing on emotion management, healthy balance and communicating more effectively within relationships.
Currently, she practices at a leading behavioral health hospital as a therapist and has an extensive background in individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis intervention. Tracey loved growing up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her husband, practicing yoga, and exploring the outdoors with her Boston terrier, April.
Tracey currently sees clients at NSCC on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Abbey aslanian, psyd
Dr. Aslanian is a licensed clinical psychologist who graduated with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015. Dr. Aslanian also received a Master’s in Clinical Psychology while at TCSPP, and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Florida Atlantic University. As part of her doctoral training, she completed a year-long pre-doctoral internship at Alexian Brothers’ Behavioral Health Hospital (ABBHH) in the Adult/Center for Addiction Medicine rotation, which allowed her to specialize her skills working with complex adult patients with a wide range of symptoms and presenting issues including but not limited to mood disorders and severe depression, substance use, suicidal ideation, anxiety, behavioral issues, relationship problems, and more. As part of a two-year post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Aslanian went on to coordinate the Psychological Testing Service at ABBHH while continuing to provide group and individual therapy in the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program. Today, she maintains a position as a core staff member in the Adult Partial team and provides supervision to Master’s and Doctoral-level students as they develop their own clinical skills.
Dr. Aslanian’s other clinical experience has come from working in an adult psychiatric hospital, a residential facility, and a high school. Her past research experience and areas of interest are related to mindfulness training, program development, and animal-assisted therapy. Today, she specializes in working with clients who are experiencing problems related to emotion regulation. Clients who struggle with emotion regulation often describe it as feeling like their emotions are in control rather than themselves, which can result in trying to cope with strong emotions by using unhealthy behaviors like substance use, self-harm, and other impulsive or destructive patterns. Such symptoms and behaviors often spill over into many, if not all, parts of a person’s life including difficulty at work, in relationships and in living a mindful and balanced life. Dr. Aslanian also has a special interest in working with young adults and the various ‘phase of life’ issues that often come up during young adulthood, including transitioning to or from college, difficulty finding motivation, finding independence vs co-dependence, and relationship issues. Abbey provides a combination of coping skills education and process-oriented ‘talk therapy’ to assist clients in working through these issues.
Currently, Abbey sees clients at NSCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.