About Us

Lantern Therapy Services is a team of knowledgeable and compassionate counselors and therapists who are ready to meet you where you are on your journey. With our original location in Crystal Lake and our newest location in Rockford, our team team is ready to treat a wide range of clinical areas for all age ranges.

The mission of Lantern Therapy Services is to meet clients wherever they are on their journey in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment. The goal is to act as the lantern on the client’s journey. Clients are treated with dignity and are empowered to find the inner strength to create meaning in their situations so that they can  make positive changes for themselves.

Meet Our Team

Crisy M. Gowan, LCPC/CRC

Crystal Lake

Crisy M. Gowan LCPC/CRC is the founder of Lantern Therapy Services, LTD. Crisy graduated with a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Northern Illinois University in 2007. Crisy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Crisy’s Clinical experience includes working in community mental health, SASS, residential, private practice, workman’s comp, and high school transitional programming. Crisy has been successfully working with adults and children for over 9 years. Crisy specializes in working with a variety of areas including: children, Aspergers, trauma, borderline personality disorder, issues related to disability, mental illness, and workforce struggles. Crisy’s integrative approach to counseling utilizes various treatment approaches including : Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Jackie Paulsen, MSW

Crystal Lake

Jackie approaches her work with clients through a lens of practice that is strengths-based. Always beginning where the client is, she believes that counseling should be a collaborative effort which is direct and solution-focused. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Aurora University and a Master of Social Work degree from George Williams College. While working with non-profit organizations, Jackie has assisted veterans and families who have been impacted by unemployment, homelessness, and PTSD. She also has experience working with adults and children who live with disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, as well as Emotional and Behavioral
Disorders). Jackie’s warm and humorous demeanor lends a
hand to the building of the therapeutic relationship which
encourages a safe and supportive place to work.

Candice Riles-Daniels, LCSW

Crystal Lake

Candice Riles-Daniels is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in social work from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. Her 7 years of experience include career counseling, residential treatment for adolescent and adults, correctional settings for mentally ill patients, substance abuse treatment and outpatient therapy.  As a therapist, Candice has worked with clients who have struggled with criminal behaviors, mood disorders, anxiety, psychotic disorders, substance abuse issues, LGBTQ issues and PTSD. Therapeutic treatment approaches include CBT, DBT, play therapy, and motivational interviewing. Candice is passionate about assisting clients find strength from their experiences, improve quality of life and reaching personal fulfillment.

Yessenia Mejia, LPC

Crystal Lake

Yessenia Mejia is a graduate of DePaul University with an MEd in Counseling. Yessenia has  a background in working at schools within special services and with schools to be able to provide additional support for her clients. She has worked in an inpatient setting working with children and adolescents ranging between the ages of 4-17 while focusing on crisis management. She is very passionate about assisting students succeed in college and has worked for Northwestern University and DePaul University.
Yessenia uses CBT in combination with mindfulness and relational psychotherapy when she works with clients. She has been able to empathize and practice a variety of approaches with individuals ranging in ability. She works from an identity conscious framework, which allows her to individualize interventions with multicultural sensitivity and honoring the client’s identities.

Amy Tures, LCSW

Crystal Lake

Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who believes in providing a caring and non-judgmental environment where individuals and families can openly process, reflect, and work collaboratively to achieve their goals. Amy values each individual and family system and utilizes a customized treatment approach including aspects of solution-focused therapy (SFBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and play therapy.

Amy’s clinical experience includes working with children and adults in community mental health, schools, and residential placements. Amy’s is an experienced school social worker with knowledge of developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and other academic challenges. She is also an advocate and resource for victims of relationship violence and has completed Domestic Violence Awareness and Intervention Training.

Kevin Thomas, LPC

Crystal Lake & Rockford 

Kevin Thomas MA/ MHP – his approach with clients involves being fully present with them in a manner that honors who they are no matter where they have been in their life. It is such a gift to be able to be present with someone as they continue to grow the true definition of themselves. As a counselor, Kevin has worked with clients who struggle with depression, marital and family issues, criminal behavior, and PTSD. Kevin enjoys working with all ages and looks forward to forming new therapeutic relationships.

Latavia Elmore, LCSW


Latavia Elmore is a licensed clinical social worker at the Rockford Lantern Therapy Services location, who is dedicated to assisting people in realizing their potential and achieving their goals. She is a big believer in people's ability to persevere and overcome life's challenges and sits with her clients as an interactive listener and a source of support. 

Latavia is licensed in the state of Illinois and holds bachelors' in sociology/anthropology and Russian from Swarthmore College and a master's in clinical social work from the University of Chicago. Latavia worked for a variety of non-profit organizations that served troubled children and teenagers, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, and people who were in crisis or who have struggled with anxiety, depression, trauma, and mental illness. Latavia uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness amongst other therapy modalities and techniques to help people on their journey towards wholeness.

Brooke Engberg, QMHP


Brooke Engberg is a clinician at the Rockford Lantern Therapy Services location. Brooke completed her undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University. After completing her degree she went on to spend eleven years as a deputy with the Winnebago County Sheriff. Brooke has been trained in crisis intervention, grief counseling, youth and adolescent interventions, and has spent time serving the LGBTQ Community. Upon completion of her Masters of Science Degree from Capella University Brooke resigned from the Sheriff's Department and began working with at risk youth as a behavior specialist. 

Brooke has a passion for the LGBTQ Community as well as their families, underserved communities, and children who experience special needs. Brooke has clinical experience with Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, psychotic disorders, legal struggles, criminal behavior, as well as developmental disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Therapeutically Brooke has experience with positive reinforcement, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Relational Psychotherapy. Being able to connect and guide someone through a difficult time in life not only gives Brooke a sense of pride, but also extreme gratitude for being given the opportunity.