Meet Our Team

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Ciara Ward, MSW, LCSW, CAMS-II

My name is Ciara Ward and I am the founder of Caring Conversations Center. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio with over 8 years of clinical experience. My services are offered to adults, specializing in difficulties related to: stress, coping with life’s changes, anxiety, trauma, identity, body image, self-esteem, career challenges, and LGBTQ+. I received my undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College majoring in Social Work, with an emphasis on Social Justice and Gerontology. Upon completion I continued my education at Dominican University, where I received my master's degree in Social Work. My counseling approach starts with compassion, providing a warm and intimate atmosphere. I use strength-based, insight-oriented, and collaborative techniques individualized to meet the unique needs of each client. The client is always welcomed to a supportive environment; feeling accepted and understood, while also challenged and inspired to take on new perspectives and daily practices. Sessions and treatment plans will be designed to meet your unique, specific needs. It takes courage to seek an unfamiliar alternative approach to life. If you are ready to take the first step, let’s take it together.

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Pamela Davenport, MSW

My name is Pamela Davenport. I received my  Bachelors degree with a Minor in Psychology from Chicago State University.  I received my Masters degree in Gerontology from Concordia University of  Chicago and my Masters of Social Work from Aurora University. I have a variety of experience working with older adults with cognitive behavioral issues, depression, low self esteem and anxiety. I am particularly passionate about serving older adults with behavioral health needs. I have gained experience working at Crisis Help and working case management completing biopsychosocial assessment. 

 

A Famous quote I love 

Success as a therapist is not found by doing something  for the client but rather in being something for client.

 

        By:  Ili Rivera Walter

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Diana Aguilar, MSW

My name is Diana Aguilar. I received my Bachelors degree with a Minor in Psychology and my Masters of Social Work from Aurora University. I have experience working with teens and young adults with depression, anxiety, and low self esteem. I have also worked with behavioral health needs as well as the Latino/Hispanic community. I have gained experience working at Open Door Health Clinic as a Behavioral Health Therapist.

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Therapy is a collaborative space to improve better outcomes by meeting individual where they are. I have diverse experience collaborating with individuals, families, children, and adolescents who experience behavioral and emotional concerns such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, difficulty with life transitions, grief/loss, and trauma.


My approach is client-centered allowing the client to work at their own pace, while using solution-based therapy, CBT and DBT which are successful treatment approaches. I also provide a safe space for individuals to be heard while reinforcing trust. I am here to provide all the support you need by listening to your needs and establishing goals. I have over 10 years of experience working in mental health with women, children, and adolescents. I have also worked as a QMHP, SASS/Crisis Therapist and in Case Management.

La Juan Baines Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, M. ED She/Her/Hers