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Illinois Association for Couples and Family Counseling (IACFC)
Promoting Healthy Relationships for Everyone!


Hector Zavala, LCPC

Mariann Smith, LCPC, LMFT, CADC

I am Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). I received my Master’s Degree from Alder School of Professional Psychology with a specialization in marriage and family therapy. I began my career working in the field of substance abuse and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient/outpatient substance abuse treatment, community mental health, school settings and private practice counseling adolescents, adults, couples, families, and leading groups.


I specialize in working with individuals, families and couples with a multitude of issues including substance abuse, dual diagnosis, premarital issues, newlywed adjustments and child-rearing problems. I integrate a family systems approach addressing the needs of the family as they navigate family life cycle transitions and/or the substance abuse recovery process. When working with adolescents with addictions, I strive to involve the whole family in counseling in order to maximize the potential for improvement. Outside of my professional practice, I am adjunct instructor at Oakton Community College, teaching coursework in Psychology and Human Services.

Sheerine Bazargani, LCPC, CADC

Ruth Johnson, LPC, AMFT
Ruth graduated in December 2014 with a M.A. in Family Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.  She interned at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare from 2013-2014 and is an LCP and AMFT.  She is currently a member of ICA & IAMFT.  Ruth began working part time for RIMYA Services in August, 2016.


Stephani Cave, MA, NCC, LCPC

Stephani Cave, MA, NCC, LCPC is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with Professional Memberships in the American Society for Reproduction Medicine (ASRM) Mental Health Professionals Group (MHPG), Incoming Chair for the MHPG Connections Committee; RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association; American Counseling Association (ACA), Illinois Counseling Association (ICA) Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association Division (IMHCA) and current Treasurer for the Illinois Association for Couples and Family Counseling (IACFC) Division. She is a Facilitator and Seminar Director of the Prepare-Enrich program for couples. Stephani earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Valdosta State University and a Master of Arts in Human Development Counseling from University of Illinois at Springfield. She is in private practice and is affiliated with ConnectEdPAIRS, providing relationship counseling and education to couples. Stephani also counsels individuals and families for a variety of mental health issues at both her Springfield and Jacksonville locations.

A. Maren Whipple, MS Ed, CCMHC, LCPC
Maren is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.  She received her Masters degree from Southern Illinois University and is currently working for Centerstone of Illinois.  She enjoys working with couples and families to help them discover new possibilities for their relationships.
Catherine Wells, LCPC

Catherine (Cathy) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice in Springfield.  Graduating from Sangamon State University with an M.A. in psychology, she began her counseling career as a community counselor at the Family Service Center in Springfield.  While there she worked with children, adolescents and adults with trauma issues stemming from community and family violence and from childhood neglect.  Now in her seventh year in private practice, Cathy sees individuals with a variety of mental health concerns, with a special interest in adults on the autism spectrum.  In addition to her role as Past-president of the Illinois Association for Couple and Family Counselors, Cathy is Co-chair with Charles Hughes, LCPC of the Illinois Counseling Association Non-violence Task Group (ICAN). 

In her spare time Cathy gardens, hikes and makes art.