Tim Tronc, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Therapist

Timothy Tronc, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Illinois State University and a Master's degree in Social Work at University of Illinois.

Tim has over 25 years of experience in the Social Work field, 22 of them in the Sycamore area. His therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy using brief solution-focused treatment. He provides a caring, sensitive approach to assessment and treatment of personal, relationship and family problems. Tim focuses on practical solutions to help you through the stress of life adjustments and the pain of more long standing problems. Tim has provided clinical social work services to clients at all levels of care from outpatient, partial, and inpatient mental health settings. Tim has experience in assessing and treating substance abuse.

Jeff Maney, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Jeff Maney, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.  He has also consulted with hospitals and businesses, trained students through clinical supervision, and taught a number of graduate courses. 

Dr. Maney’s areas of special interest include depression, behavioral medicine (e.g., services for those with pain or heart disease), and post-traumatic stress disorder.  In addition, he maintains a strong interest in psychological testing and evaluation for disability, workers compensation, personal injury, and screening for dementia. 

Dr. Maney is a participating provider for a number of insurance carriers, and is available by appointment.   

Fran Tierney, MA, LCPC
Clinical Therapist

Fran Tierney is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience in working with individuals, couples, families and groups.  She believes that clients benefit most in a therapeutic relationship which is based on positive regard, understanding, support, acceptance, encouragement and expectations.  She works diligently in partnership with her clients and their families to elicit change in their daily lives and relationships. She strives to meet each client where they are in their process of change, helping them to identify and work through their ambivalence to change while encouraging them to experience greater psychological flexibility.

Fran has significant experience and success in working with clients who struggle with Eating Disorders, Body Image Concerns, Self-Injury, Depression, Post-Partum Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Women's Issues, Self-Esteem Concerns, Professional Related Stress and Unexpected Life Changes.  She has specialized training in Pragmatic and Experiential Couples Counseling and has noteworthy experience in working with relationship issues including infidelity, infertility, and life transitions.

Due to Fran's tremendous professional experience in working with general mental health issues, combined with meaningful specialty experiences, she has witnessed significant success among her individual and couples clients, as well as their families.

‚ÄčIn addition to individual work, Fran also provides opportunity for Group Therapy experiences.  The groups that she facilitates are the Eating Disorder and Body Image Group as well as the Anxiety Management Group.  A few times a year, she also facilitates a Couples Therapy Group program, which focuses on communication and understanding the sequence and needed patterns of relationship success.

Fran uses a combination of approaches and psychological theories in addressing her clients' concerns including:  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Pragmatic and Experiential Couples Therapy, and the Gottman Method Couples Therapy.


Teresa Barnes, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Therapist

Teresa’s primary treatment approaches are in Christian counseling and overall wellness addressing personal and relational issues associated with stress, trauma, and weight management.  Her goal is to provide holistic options to help treat the mind, body, and spirit. 

Teresa is a licensed clinical social worker who has practiced in the field of mental health for over 15 years.  Her background is in child welfare, school social work, hospital social work, and clinical therapy. 

She has worked extensively with adolescent depression, aggression, and trauma since 1994.  Since joining Associates in Counseling in 2006, Teresa has also provided clinical treatment to children, adolescents, families and individual adults. Combining the use of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral methods, Teresa seeks to provide a therapeutic environment that will support overall wellness from a faith-based perspective.   This diverse milieu has given Teresa many opportunities to collaborate and consult with clergy, medical staff, and educators.

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Michael D. Gara, Psy.D.,
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Gara is a Licensed Clincal Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, trauma, co-morbid substance abuse, ADHD, and developmental disorders.

He has extensive experience working with families, children and adolescents presenting with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Dr. Gara received his Psy. D from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and then practiced in a community mental health center in both inpatient and outpatient programs for children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Gara has substantial training in intellectual and personality assessment using a variety of different measures of psychological functioning. He also has considerable experience working with clients who experienced trauma and is actively involved in training other professionals to work with their own clients who have experienced trauma.

Dr. Gara's primary treatment style uses cognitive therapy techniques as well as other solution focused and developmentally sensitive approaches.

With Dr. Gara, you can be assured of compassionate, confidential care. When needed, Dr. Gara coordinates his care with area physicians and schools to provide a more comprehensive approach.

Starline Crouch
Speech-Language Pathologist

Starline Crouch is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Illinois. She obtained a master of arts degree from Northern Illinois University. She has 25+ years experience including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Phonological Impairments, Cognitive Disorders, Augmentative/Alternative Communication as well as Social Communication Development.

For the school aged population, Star has taught regular education classes in written expression in addition to all aspects of public speaking.

Toney Xidis, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, a Master’s degree in Community Mental Health from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Illinois.

Toney has over 35 years of therapeutic and consulting experience in the social service, mental health and educational fields.  His clinical experience includes 13 years in the Sycamore School District, five years at Ben Gordon Community Mental Health Center, five years in the Kane County Court Services System and over eighteen years in private practice and working with Employee Service Programs. Toney is a long time resident of DeKalb County and he is well known in the counseling community. His clinical experience encompasses working with adults, adolescents, children and families. 

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