About Us

Eric Nolan, M.D.


Dr. Nolan was born and raised in rural Kane County, and recently returned to the area after completion of his medical training. He attended Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, earning a B.A. in Chemistry and Spanish. He also attended the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where during his third year of medical school he discovered that psychiatry was where his passion lay. In addition, it was during these years that he learned the vitally important role of humanism in medicine—which continues to inform his practice with both his patients and their families.

He completed three years of training in General Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, where he was able to take advantage of extensive psychotherapeutic training and experience in both psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy. In addition, he began to hone his skills in utilizing pharmacotherapy to treat a variety of mental health conditions. He followed this with the completion of his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. During his time in St. Louis, he was fortunate enough to work with a variety of extremely talented mentors and in a variety of specialized clinics, including an Infant/Preschool Clinic, Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic, and a Community Mental Health Center.

Dr. Nolan is currently Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as General Psychiatry. Dr. Nolan is looking forward to working with you, and to helping you build the bridge to behavioral wellness.


Kristen W. Kauke



Kristen Kauke began her career as a Clinical Social Worker in 1999, after earning her Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She has provided individual, family, couples, and group counseling in both private and school settings. Kristen works with ages five through adult, and she empowers her clients to thrive beyond their anxiety, attention deficit, autism spectrum disorders, depression and other mood disorders. Kristen has run successful social skills groups for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, as well as groups for teens to learn emotional regulation. She has enjoyed facilitating marital and mother-daughter workshops, in addition to classes for parents on the emotional and relational aspects of a “good” divorce.


Within the school system, Kristen has collaborated with educators, parents, and the community to provide excellent service delivery to students ranging from elementary through high school. She understands factors related to a student’s social/emotional/behavioral wellbeing, and how these impact his or her overall school functioning. Clients frequently note that Kristen’s warmth and responsiveness within--and beyond--the session are valued assets to their therapeutic experience. As a social worker, she sees the importance of advocating for her clients’ total wellbeing and connecting them with essential supports.


Beyond the office, Kristen has presented nationally and written on the topics of coping with anxiety and resolving conflict within relationships, as well as penned three books. She enjoys her volunteer involvement with various groups that serve youth and families in the community. Kristen is also a registered yoga teacher, regularly instructing classes and workshops. She lives with her husband and two sons in St. Charles. 

Shannon Underwood



Shannon Underwood began her career in the helping field in July of 2000 after earning her Bachelor of Psychology degree from Illinois State University. In 2004, While working primarily with adults with chronic mental health issues, she completed her Masters degree In Counseling from Northern Illinois University. Shannon began as an adjunct psychology instructor while developing her area of emphasis on child and family counseling, then earning her state clinical license to practice in 2006. Since, she has held multiple clinical management positions and has worked with and provided clinical supervision on all ages and most of life’s complex challenges.  For the last several years, Shannon has provided individual, family, couples, and group counseling in office based, schools, home and natural support settings. She has found great success in working with behavioral and conduct issues, adjustment disorders, high functioning autism, blended family and divorce issues, ADHD, self esteem issues, relational aggression/bullying, anxiety disorders, depression, Bipolar and other mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse and a myriad of family system, marital, life transition, and other relational issues. Shannon has facilitated highly successful youth and adult groups ranging from self esteem, self expression, relational aggression, substance abuse and a myriad of family/parent groups.

Shannon encourages a highly collaborative and active approach to treatment and values engaging the entire system as a strength, when appropriate.  She believes one of the most important factors contributing to success in counseling, is the relationship one has with their provider. Being genuine and using a strong integrative approach has been the foundation for rapid engagement and progressive movement in treatment.

Beyond the office, Shannon taps into her creative side and uses the expressive arts to maintain her own balance and frequently participates in Artisan fairs and markets.  She currently resides in a small community outside of St. Charles with her 6 year old son, whom is the love of her life. As is the basis of her therapeutic approach, she has a very strong support network and very much values the time spent with those the closest to her. She is looking forward to becoming actively engaged in now the St. Charles Community as well. 

Amanda J Southwell



Amanda received her Master's degree in social work from Aurora University in 2011 at which time she accepted a position as a case therapist at the Behavioral Health department at Cadence Health. While working in that capacity she returned to school to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  An integral part of this work was collaborating and coordinating with her colleagues both at the hospital and in the community so as to ensure that all of her patients received comprehensive support.  Through all of these activities many of her patients and their families have commented that her warmth and genuine empathy have helped them through difficult times.


She is also proud to say that she helped develop the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and chemical dependency curriculums for the adolescent programs at Cadence Health. Amanda has had experience in the Residential setting and Homeless shelter in addition to her work at the hospital.  Throughout her experience, Amanda continues to enjoy helping those experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, chemical dependency, co-dependence and boundary-setting, identity, and relationship issues.



In addition to working at Creekwood, Amanda and her husband own a martial arts studio that focuses on character development, social and emotional learning, and physical training.  An important part of the studio's curriculum is its anti- bullying and anti-sexual predator curriculum that all students have the option to receive.  When not working in either of these endeavors, you may find Amanda volunteering in the community, volunteering in her church, or enjoying travel and the great outdoors with her family.  She looks forward to working with the Creekwood community!


Ada Andrist



Ada Andrist is a practicing therapist serving the needs of adolescents and families. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois. Ms. Andrist holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with a Certificate in Child and Family Therapy. She is an Intensively Trained DBT therapist, having attended multiple training courses throughout United States. She is the founder and leader of a DBT Consultation Team. Ms. Andrist has been teaching DBT skills to adolescents since 2007. She spearheaded the development of a DBT inpatient program at a local pediatric psychiatric hospital, and currently oversees the entire program.   Ms. Andrist has worked extensively with adolescents who self-injure and have active and past suicidal thoughts and attempts, as well has behavioral issues and histories of trauma. She has worked in outpatient practices with adolescents and their families, dealing with issues of conflict and change. She has participated in research of a DBT inpatient program with members of (Chicago) Loyola University’s Psychology Department. Ms. Andrist speaks to groups on topics such as Self-Injury, and DBT with Adolescents. Along with her husband, she has raised two children. She currently enjoys being a grandmother. Ms. Andrist looks forward to helping you reach your goals and creating the kind of life you have envisioned.

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