About Us

Dr. Paul Smiley

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Paul Smiley is a board-certified clinical psychologist. He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, and concerns related to health and wellness. Dr. Smiley received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then attended Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, where he received his doctorate in 2007. Dr. Smiley has been licensed in Illinois since 2008. He was awarded the rare distinction of board certification in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2012.

Dr. Smiley completed an APA-accredited internship at Bay Pines Veterans’ Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2007. He continued his work with veterans as a staff psychologist at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, Dr. Smiley returned to his roots in Chicago, where he worked at the James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center (FHCC; formerly the North Chicago VA).

Dr. Smiley is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and is on staff at Lake Forest Hospital. Dr. Smiley is a member of the American Board of Clinical Psychology, a fellow within the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. He actively serves on national oral examination committees evaluating candidates applying for board certification in clinical psychology.

Abby Goldberg

Professional Counselor

Abby Goldberg is a licensed professional counselor. Her treatment background includes working with children, adolescents, and adults suffering from mental health issues ranging from anxiety and depression to personality disorders and trauma. Abby earned her bachelor of science from the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree from Northwestern University.

Abby started her work in crisis intervention with Crisis Text Line, which lead her to earning her LPC. She creates a personalized approach to support clients using a variety of modalities, such as CBT, DBT, ACT, play, and art therapy. During semi-structured sessions, Abby will help you connect your experiences with who you are today, in order to learn how to enjoy life as your best self.

Dr. Riddhi Joshi


Dr. Riddhi Joshi is a postdoctoral therapist. Her treatment background includes working with mood disorders, trauma, relationship issues, personality disorders, suicidal ideation, and grief and loss. Dr. Joshi earned her bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Joshi completed an APA-accredited internship at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple, Texas in 2019. She has experience working in an inpatient forensic hospital, outpatient community mental health, and juvenile detention center. Dr. Joshi’s therapeutic approach is integrative and strength-based in nature. She views clients through a multicultural lens and provides treatment that is primarily behavioral based. Dr. Joshi uses cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, systemic therapy, play therapy, and mindfulness practices. Dr. Joshi believes that healing occurs through a strong therapeutic alliance and compassion.

Dr. Ed Neumann

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Ed Neumann is a licensed clinical psychologist. His areas of specialty are depression, loss and mourning, identity development, trauma, crisis, and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Neumann works from a client-centered framework, meaning he feels his primary role is to create a safe and genuine relationship that allows his clients to feel validated and able to move through the obstacles in their lives more effectively. He also focuses on helping clients to find meaning in their lives and struggles. As a part of this approach, Dr. Neumann is sensitive to each person’s unique blend of multiple social identities, including race, ethnic background, gender, sexual identity, ability, socioeconomic status, and religious background.  Ed’s pronouns are he/him/his.

Dr. Neumann received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University, then spent several years working in a psychiatric hospital with children, adolescents, and young adults. He attained his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2012 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and has been licensed in the state of Illinois since 2014.  

Dr. Neumann has worked with people across the life span, but has extensive experience with adolescents and young adults, having worked in various college counseling centers since 2009. He completed an APA-accredited internship at Butler University in 2012 and a postdoctoral fellowship at Northeastern Illinois University in 2014. He is currently on staff at the Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center as the assistant director and staff psychologist.  

Carrie Podolsky

Social Worker

Carrie Podolsky is a licensed clinical social worker. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana University and her master’s in social work from Loyola University Chicago. 

She has worked in the field for more than thirteen years, providing treatment to adults with complex medical, mental health, and relationship issues. She has worked at an outpatient substance abuse program providing individual and group therapy, in a transitional shelter with women who suffer from co-occurring disorders, and as the director of an employment program at a local nonprofit organization.  

Carrie specializes in women’s mental and emotional health, specifically focused on issues related to depression, anxiety, relationships, career changes, parenting, infertility, postpartum depression.

Carrie takes a strength-based approach in therapy. She believes that it is a collaborative and supportive process where the therapist and client work together to help improve outcomes that draw on the client’s strengths.

Tome Travers

Marriage & Family Therapist

Tome Travers is a marriage and family therapist. Her treatment background includes working with depression and anxiety related to trauma and abuse in families, individuals, and groups. Tome earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2014, she received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from what is now known as Adler University.

Tome is also an experienced preschool teacher, working with children ages 4 and 5 in a play-based environment using the Reggio Emilia approach. This approach focuses on student-centered and experiential learning. By using the environment and relationships, learning happens seamlessly through the children’s interests and ideas. This teaching approach fits in well with Tome’s approach to therapy, and works well with children, adolescents, and young adults, allowing Tome to create strong and trusting relationships with her clients.

Garrett Shotwell

Social Worker

Garrett Shotwell is a licensed clinical social worker. His treatment background involves working with a wide range of populations from children to older adults. He specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. Garrett earned his bachelor’s degree in business management and his master’s in social work from Louisiana State University.  

As a yoga teacher trainee, Garrett utilizes mindfulness, breath work, and meditative practices to facilitate the attainment of one’s goals. 

 Garrett believes one of the greatest tools in therapy is the client–therapist relationship. He uses a wide range of person-centered approaches to foster a safe environment, allowing individuals to create space in their life and be their most authentic self. 

Dr. Jeffery Vergo

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jeffery Vergo is a licensed clinical psychologist. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety, trauma, depression, and substance use. Dr. Vergo earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis in 2016. Dr. Vergo completed an APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center (formerly the North Chicago VA). 

As a psychologist, Dr. Vergo seeks to confront and resolve the circumstances keeping his clients from living the lives they want. He is particularly passionate about fostering a warm and safe environment for those who may be on the fence about counseling. Dr. Vergo has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and is committed to inclusion and expanding services to those from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Vergo’s therapeutic approach is rooted in the belief that an authentic bond between clients and therapists is an essential component to progress. As such, Dr. Vergo uses an integrative style that is tailored to the specific circumstances and needs of his clients.

Telephone: 847-420-5088
Fax: 847-235-2138
840 S. Waukegan Road
Suite 203
Lake Forest, IL 60045

COVID-19 Update


We are still open and accepting new patients. Sessions are being held through telehealth (phone or videoconferencing). We hope to be a trusted partner with you during this uncertain time.

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