Christine Malm, MS, LCPC

Therapist and Group Leader


Christine Malm is an experienced and adept counselor and group director. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been running the Strong Girls program at Pathways for several years. Christine has a strong background in multiple therapeutic models including cognitive-behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, individual, and family counseling approaches. Christine received her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from North Central College. Christine is an experienced and skilled family and individual therapist who works with children, adolescents, and adults. She has a specialty in providing counseling support to parents of children with disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. Christine has a strong background in treating a variety of clients coping with a range of issues from severe mental health disorders to lesser problems related to life adjustments. She has also worked with children and families of divorce and related circumstances. She has facilitated numerous groups for young teens and for parents of teens. Christine is well qualified in providing therapy to children, adults, and families and offers a warm yet goal-oriented approach to helping her clients.

The Strong Girls group counseling program at Pathways has been an ongoing source of supplemental support for high school aged girls who benefit from the addition of group counseling as part of their mental health treatment. The group offers a safe, supportive, and psycho-educational atmosphere where girls can benefit from the feedback and assistance of therapists and same-aged peers in overcoming obstacles and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


Group Approach:

  • Supportive and processing elements to help girls explore and gain insight into their emotions and behaviors.
  • DBT-informed educational components to assist with mindfulness skills, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and coping skills.
  • Feedback and sharing in an environment that is constructive and supportive.
  • Processing of behaviors and emotions and the promotion of self reflection and healthy decision making.


Goals:

  • Increasing a teenage girl’s ability to make safe and healthy choices.
  • Increasing self-esteem, selfconfidence, and the ability to accept oneself, be assertive, and overcome a variety of difficult situations.
  • Developing skills to combat peer pressure.
  • Gaining a mastery of effective coping strategies to address negative feelings and to promote healthy body image.
  • Improving emotional regulation and reducing and controlling depressive symptoms and anxiety.
  • Addressing problems associated with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, peer issues, and other problems. 

​Dr. Jennifer Sansone, PsyD, LCP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Dr. Sansone is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology who earned her Doctoral and Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University, along with a professional certificate in Child and Family Studies. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, with a minor in the Psychology of Crime and Justice. Her research has focused on female survivors of childhood abuse. Dr. Sansone has completed supervised training and worked with children, adolescents, and families providing individual, group, and family therapy as well as comprehensive psychological assessment. Dr. Smigiel has worked with a diverse range of ages and diagnoses, including individuals exposed to trauma, individuals with attachment difficulties, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and developmental disorders. She has experience with in-home therapy, outpatient therapy, as well as worked in both acute and residential inpatient units. In addition, she has facilitated psychotherapy, psychoeducational, and parenting groups. Dr. Sansone's clinical experience and diverse training background is complemented by a friendly, humorous, and goal-oriented approach when working with clients.  

Contact Dr. Jennifer Sansone: DrJen@pathways-psychology.com​

Shannon Larkin, LCSW, CADC, ATE
Child, Family, and Adult Therapist​​

Shannon Larkin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who is also a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC). She has received specialized training and holds an Adolescent Treatment Endorsement with her CADC. Ms. Larkin is a seasoned clinician working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She completed her Bachelor's Degree at Illinois State University and received her Master's Degree with a focus on mental and substance abuse issues from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Shannon was a lead clinician at Rosecrance Treatment Center where she provided individual, family, and group therapy. She has received specialized training in Structural Family Therapy and couples counseling. Ms. Larkin has gained additional experience and expertise in addressing abuse related issues, PTSD, co-morbid substance abuse and mental illness, anxiety, and depression, self-harm, and Bipolar Disorder. Shannon is adept at providing cognitive-behavioral counseling to children through adult ages. Her warm and empathic nature makes her an easy clinician for clients to engage in a corroborative working relationship. Parents have found her ability to engage their children and adolescents a significant strength in addition to at the same time be responsive to parent concerns. Families and couples have found her able to provide effective guidance and direction leading to growth and change. She has been working in the clinical field for over 13 years. Along the way, I have trained co-workers, as well as helped guide volunteers, interns, and students. Upon doing so, I discovered educating others is one of my greatest passions. I have had several great supervisors and motivating bosses during my training. I learned so much from their willingness to share their knowledge and experiences with me. This is what motivates me to give back to others in the social work field. I am currently offering clinical supervision for candidates seeking their LCSW and/or CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) in the state of Illinois. Supervision would be provided either in a one-on-one setting or a small group, depending on availability. I am looking forward to providing the guidance needed to be successful in this profession. I have a flexible schedule and can be accommodating with location as well. Please contact me with any questions or to set up a time to meet. 

Contact Shannon Larkin: Shannon@pathways-psychology.com​​

Strong Girls Group

for Middle School & High School Ages

​​​​Phone: (630) 293-9860            

Winfield Office

28W671 Garys Mill Road
Winfield, IL 60190


Providing counseling, therapy, psychological testing and neuropsychological testing for children, adolescent, and adults in Wheaton, Naperville, Aurora, Oswego, Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, Bartlett, West Chicago, Plainfield, Downers Grove, and Carol Stream areas.

Aurora/Naperville Office
4255 Westbrook Drive, Suite 206
Aurora, Illinois 60504

Fax: (630) 293-9861

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