Meet Our Team
Our team of therapists and care coordinators are all in this for the same reason: to help clients overcome mental health struggles, stay in school, and thrive.
High-Quality Therapists for Teens
Providing Early Intervention and Solutions for Mental Health
You’ll experience the Dayrise Wellness difference from the first time you contact us to find the best therapy for your young adult or teenager. Our dedication to finding the best data and support services you and your child need is unmatched.
Our team of therapists for teens and college-aged adults and our care coordinators are all in this for the same reason: to help your child overcome mental health struggles, stay in school, and thrive. Every individual you work with at Dayrise Wellness has been hand-picked to provide only the best in therapy for young adults, teen depression treatment, and parental support.
Jami Aitken, LCSW
Director of Behavioral Health
With a Masters in Social Work and formal training in CBT, Jami Aitken is the perfect person to lead our team. She specializes in teen depression treatment, anxiety, trauma and family therapy. Jami’s goal is to connect emerging adults with their parents through open communication and strategies.
Megan Buetifkofer, LCPC
Being a former collegiate athlete and an experienced counselor, Megan is the perfect person to help athletes and adolescents struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders. With a specialization in sport and health psychology, her goal is to help clients gain insight and awareness to live a meaningful life.
Rayven Cornelio, LSW
Rayven is a bilingual therapist (English and Spanish) with experience working with individuals and families of all ages. With a master’s in social work, her goal is to empower clients and create a safe, non-judgmental space for them to take control of their lives again.
Kailyn Donovan, MSW, LSW
With a client-centered approach and expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and behavioral disorders, Kailyn is a compassionate therapist dedicated to fostering personal growth and resilience. Her wide range of experience makes her a great addition to the team.
Jenni Ford, LCPC, ATR-BC, LMHC
Bringing 15+ years of experience and specialties in LGBTQ+, Art Therapy, Trauma and more, Jenni is dedicated to helping people find their strengths and build skills to manage their mood. Her passion to continue education opportunities that expand her skill set will ensure that clients have the best possible care.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and experience working with youths and adults, Bridget is an experienced Care Coordinator who helps guide families to the best fit therapist and connects them with the resources they need. Her goal is to provide a trusted resource to those who are taking brave steps towards healthier lives.
Amanda Scott, LCP, NCC
With an education in both teaching and clinical mental health counseling, Amanda has the expertise to help clients of all ages build the necessary skills and processes needed to make meaningful changes. She specializes in anxiety, ADHD, OCD, depression and life goals.
Robbie is a Care Coordinator dedicated to helping clients find the right fit for therapy. With a degree in Social Psychology and now working towards a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, he takes pride in guiding people to make meaningful changes and setting goals.
Meet Our Director of Behavioral Health: Jami Aitken, LCSW
When we opened Dayrise in the Chicago area, we searched for just the right person to head our team. We needed a qualified mental health professional who shared our values: Integrity, Compassion, Empathy and Dedication
And we found that in Jami Aitken, LCSW. She has worked in the mental health field since graduating from the Western Illinois University of Social Work in 2000. She has worked in various teen and adolescent therapy settings, including outpatient, inpatient, and residential.
- Teen depression treatment with a certification in CBT
- Family therapy
As the director of our clinical team, Jami’s goal is to connect teenagers and emerging adults with their parents through open communication and strategies.
She also graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams School of Social Work focused on mental health and has received formal training in CBT.
Meet Our Clinical Therapist: Megan Buetikofer, LCPC
Megan has experience working with adolescents and adults with co-occurring mental health disorders as well as athletes who are struggling in their sport and/or with the transition out of their sport. Being a former collegiate athlete and growing up in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, she understands the pressure and stressors that not only athletes experience, but young adults and adolescents experience as well. Megan has worked with collegiate, high school, middle school and athletes in club sports; in addition to those who have “retired” from the sport they were in and are struggling with finding who they are outside of the sport they have engaged in for so long.
- Trauma informed care
- Sports Psychology
Megan’s goal is to help clients gain insight and awareness to be able to find and use skills to help them live a meaningful life they have envisioned for themselves.
Megan graduated from Adler University (previously known as The Adler School of Professional Psychology) with a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a specialization in sport and health psychology. She completed her undergraduate at Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is licensed in the state of Illinois as a Clinical Professional Counselor.
Meet Our Therapist: Rayven Cornelio, LSW
Rayven is a bilingual therapist (English and Spanish) with experience working with individuals and groups of all ages. Her mental health work experience includes working in private practice with individuals and families, inpatient hospitalization, outpatient PHP/IOP, and group therapy.
Rayven’s Goal is to help clients feel empowered, create a safe non-judgmental space, and take control of their lives again.
Rayven graduated from Jane Addams School of Social Work also known as University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in social work. She completed her undergraduate at Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is licensed in the state of Illinois as a Social Worker.
Meet Our Therapist: Amanda Scott, LCP, NCC
Amanda is a licensed professional counselor with experience in individual counseling with children, adolescents, and adults. She has extra training with anxiety, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. A passionate therapist, her background in education as a teacher drives her to help people learn the skills and processes needed to make meaningful changes in their lives. Amanda believes that there is no failure – only feedback. Through therapy she helps people build necessary coping skills and work towards desired goals of the future. In her personal life she draws on her journey into motherhood as the biggest motivator of her therapeutic self.
- Life Goals
Amanda graduated from Concordia University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has 5+ years experience in the field. She has additional trainings with CBT, DBT, and ACT treatment approaches and has completed certification training for anxiety and ADHD. When she isn’t helping her clients reach their goals, you can find Amanda reading a book, curled up next to her dogs or listening to an audible book!
Meet Our Therapist: Jenni Ford, LCPC, ATR-BC, LMHC
Graduating from Adler University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy and 15+ years of experience in the field of counseling after graudtion, Jenni is a great fit for our Dayrise team.
Jenni is an experienced therapist with a passion for helping people find their strengths, feel less alone, and build skills to manage their mood. She has experience working across the lifespan from little kids to Alzheimer’s patients. Much of her work with teens has been in CBT/DBT immersive programs, incarcerated teens in juvenile justice programs, and residential treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders and substance use disorders. Jenni spent 3 years in Florida working with kids suffering from life-threatening illness and providing grief support to children and teens after a loss.
- Art Therapy
Jenni specializes in working with LGBTQ+ teens, teens struggling with perfectionism, and anxiety management. Jenni incorporates EMDR, Art Therapy, DBT, CBT into her work to help address trauma, mood regulation and growing skills that clients can use outside of the session. Jenni loves continuing education opportunities to expand her skillset. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, marvel movies, playing board games, and dancing. Jenni truly believes there is strength within us all that can be used to live full healthy lives!
Meet Our Therapist: Kailyn Donovan, MSW, LSW
Kailyn, MSW, LSW, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016, followed by a Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia in 2020.
Kailyn’s three years of experience in the field have shaped her into a skilled and compassionate therapist. Her background includes working in Child Welfare, Foster Care, and a clinic setting, where she has specialized in supporting children diagnosed with Autism. Kailyn’s areas of expertise also encompass ADHD, behavioral disorders, and child welfare. With a client-centered approach, she utilizes techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, developmental models, and the Individual and Relationship (DIR) and Intentional Relationship models (IRM). Kailyn strives to create a safe and collaborative environment where clients can explore coping skills, social skills, and previous experiences, fostering personal growth and resilience.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Behavioral Disorders
- Child Welfare
With an impressive educational background and a wide range of clinical experience, a love for her dog, Kane and true crime podcasts, Kailyn is a great addition to the Dayrise Wellness team. She believes that even therapists need therapy and is dedicated to helping her clients grow and thrive.
Meet Our Care Coordinator: Bridget Brewer
Bridget has experience working with both teens and adults with a wide range of life and mental health experiences. Previously working hands on with women and young girls in a residential treatment facility, Bridget is well versed in the needs of crisis management, various evidence based therapeutic approaches, and the ability to provide encouragement to those doing the work involved in trying to function day-to-day when it feels like one’s mind is working against them.
As our Care Coordinator, Bridget works as first point of contact- aiming to place new clients with their best fit therapist, as well as connecting families with resources they need beyond the walls of our clinic. Bridget’s goal is to be a trusted resource for clients and families looking to take the courageous steps towards healthier and more meaningful life and along the way hoping to simplify the process of getting treatment to support local teens, emerging adults, and families.
Bridget grew up in the area and graduated from Concordia University of Chicago with her Bachelor’s degree in psychology.
If you are interested in joining the Dayrise Wellness, check out our Careers Page.
Meet Our Care Coordinator: Robbie Malbon
Meet our Care Coordinator Robbie! He graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2021 with a BS in Social Psychology, and is currently working on his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Roosevelt University for 2025.
Robbie has been working right out of school for two years now and started his experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), working with children with autism ages 3-10 years old. Now working towards a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, he takes pride in guiding people to find the right fit for therapy. It is important to him to make sure that all clients receive treatment with care and empathy. His work typically focuses on processing what is going on and giving context to behavior patterns from past experiences, as well as incorporating coping skills outside of session and setting goals inside of session time. In his free time he enjoys collecting vinyl records, watching baseball (Go Cubs!), traveling, music and exploring new hobbies! He’s excited to be part of the Dayrise Wellness team because of its warm community atmosphere and commitment to ensuring everyone feels supported!
What You Can Expect From Our Team of Teen Mental Health Profesionals
It is exhausting to navigate the challenging waters of young adult or teen depression and anxiety while advocating for your child in school and doing your best to support them through mental health challenges.
That’s why you can count on our clinicians and every single care coordinator on our team. We are ready to equip both you and your child with the tools, resources, support, and the best therapy for teens and young adults.
We know they can thrive. And with our help, they will.
You can trust our therapists for teens and young adults to be:
- Dedicated to helping teens and young adults
- Skilled in leading therapeutic models
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