Therapists

Claudia Pitts, PhD
Executive Director
Known for her intuitive and wise approach to empowerment, Dr. Pitts is an experienced, eclectic cognitive-behavioral therapist who treats individuals and couples focusing on the treatment of anxiety and depression. Professional, kind, and knowledgeable, Dr. Pitts works with families and individuals dealing with transitions, chronic illness, divorce and grief, and loss. In professional practice since she received her degree in 1992, she currently serves as an associate professor at National Louis University, where she directs the Master’s in Psychology program.

Melanie Terbovic, PhD
Clinical Director
Dr. Terbovic is a seasoned clinician who works with adults, children, and families with special expertise in the challenges of both older adults—including grief and adjustment to physical changes—and those of children (age 4 and up). Skilled in ADHD evaluation and treatment and the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, she is also experienced in using tools such as meditation and mindfulness. Dr. Terbovic has practiced mindfulness and meditation for 35 years, and has studied with renowned teachers including Thich Nhat Hanh.

James David, PhD
Dr. David is a clinical psychologist with a background in psychotherapy and stress and coping research. Known for his empathetic, patient and forward-focused approach to helping adults cope with past trauma, stressful life events, medical conditions, anxiety and depression, and recovery from problematic substance use, he is respected for his research on relationships and personality. Dr. David earned a doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1997 and held fellowship and research scientist positions at the University of California - Irvine, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior. He also spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area where he completed specialized post-doctoral clinical training.

Jazzmin Villanueva, PsyD
Dr. Villanueva uses a primarily psychodynamic style with cognitive behavioral tools to address adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders, with special attention to binge eating disorder. Patients who need help with anxiety, depression and coping with changing life circumstances also find Dr. Villanueva to be kind, compassionate and helpful.

Donna M. Mahoney, PhD
Described by her patients as empathetic, warm, and kind, Dr. Donna Mahoney has been practicing psychotherapy for 27 years, primarily focused on anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma. She utilizes an integrative approach that combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with psychodynamic strategies. Her stance puts patients at ease while providing effective tools, like exposure techniques, to overcome anxiety and fears. Dr. Mahoney works with children, adolescents and adults, in family and couples contexts. She is in the process of receiving training to become a certified Gottman Couples Therapist. Having taught clinical Psychology and counseling for 14 years, Dr. Mahoney's interventions are research-based, flexible, and growth-promoting.

Maria R. Vassileva, PsyD
Dr. Maria Vassileva is a licensed Clinical Psychologist experienced in working with a wide range of clients and concerns.  Dr. Vassileva provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She utilizes insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral approaches to treatment in order to most effectively address issues such as: depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral and mood disruptions and regulation, school anxiety, child anxiety brought about by parents’ divorce, day-to-day life stress, phase of life transitions, family dynamics, and self-understanding. Prior to joining CPA Dr. Vassileva was the coordinator and supervisor of the only inpatient trauma program in the country accredited by Joint Commission. Dr. Vassileva also specializes in psychodiagnostic testing. The evaluations she conducts are requested for various reasons, including: to clarify a diagnosis and the needed treatment recommendations; to establish the need for, or to help update, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan for students; to monitor the progression of a previously established diagnosis; or to obtain psychological clearance in preparation for bariatric or other medical procedures.