Palos Heights Staff


My name is Nagla Mostafa, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist here at Leyden Dupage Counseling. I specialize in providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families with a strength based approach. I also work for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and specialize in working with acute cases of mental health disorders and their families.

I went to University of Southern California for my undergraduate Business Degree then to Benedictine University in Illinois. I earned my Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University.

During my work at 360 Youth Services, NIU Family Therapy Clinic, Sound Hearts Therapy Inc. and Aunt Martha’s Youth Services for the past few years, I was able to gain tremendous experience in using evidence based therapy to empower people and to bring change in their lives. I am interested in working with couples, teenagers’s and young adults’ behavioral issues and families who struggle or are in crisis. I have proven competency in my clinical work because I believe in the importance of quality psychotherapy for all family members to manage crisis, improve communication and enhance quality of life. I also speak Arabic.


Dawn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois. She has a Master’s of Arts, Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Master’s of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. She utilizes both evidenced based approaches along with a keen awareness of how intuition, spirituality and faith lead to emotional health and wellbeing.

With over twenty years in social work, she is experienced with concerns for depression, anxiety, PTSD, emotion dysregulation and anger management. As a couples’ therapist, she is trained in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. This method guides couples to strengthen the friendship foundation, decrease conflict and increase shared meaning.

Dawn offers individual, couples, child & adolescent (ages 11 to 18) and family therapy.

Brittany Stevenson

Brittany is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, certified in domestic violence, mediation, and partner abuse intervention. She tailored her master’s degree to couples therapy and also has a knack for working with teens. Brittany is internally connected with the great outdoors and can be found hiking on a regular basis. She runs a recreational therapy business, HykeLyfe, outside of Leyden where she takes clients hiking while counseling.

We all tend to feel down at times and the negative thoughts that come with these instances send us into a downward spiral. This can contribute to depressed mood, feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, or a lack of motivation. Let Brittany help you reshape the way you think, bring positivity and light back into the way you feel, and create productive goal-achieving behavior. Brittany has been practicing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the last 7 years. She has experience in treating anxiety, depressed mood, personality disorders, relationship issues, partner abuse recovery, parenting problems, teen development, adjustment disorders, grief counseling and anger management problems.

Clients say Brittany is non-judgemental and relaxed. She can help discover and integrate positive patterns of thinking to counter automatic negative thought processes in order to build insight and the confidence needed to lead a productive, happy life.

Brittany works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.

Dr. Jonah Wasberg

Whitney GipsonDr. Waseberg is a Psychotherapist, and adjunct professor of Counseling Psychology. His clinical experience is not just based on his work experience with clients in the private practice and Rehab facility for mental illness and substance abuse, but also based on his academic’s. While his foundation is based on Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic approach, he also incorporates interventions from other approaches such as Existential therapy (meaning-making), and Cognitive-Behavioral, Person-Centered, and Dialectical Behavior. His focus is on a person’s own strengths to reveal his/her inner resilience and coping skills, using strategies based in acceptance and mindfulness that can lead to meaningful change. He works with individuals, couples, families, adults, and adolescents, of all cultures, races, sexual orientations, nationalities, and non-religious or religious/spiritual persons.

His PhD’s research focused on general trauma and its after effect which includes a variety of mental/behavioral issues. His clinical interests include adjustment, depression, anxiety, attachment, family dynamics, trauma, monogamous and non-monogamous dating/relationship issues, abandonment, identity conflicts, PTSD, grief, domestic violence, religion concerns, social justice issues, and immigrants concerns.

Dr. Waseberg majored in Psychology, received his Ph.D. from Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL. Post-Graduate Psychoanalytic Fellowship from Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis, IL. Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) from the McCormick Theological Seminary, IL. Currently teaching as an adjunct professor of Counseling Psychology at Trinity Christian College, IL.