Meet Our Counselors

Counseling Staff at Downers Grove, IL

Carrie Torgerson, Ph.D., LCSW - I have more than 30 years of experience in mental health. I've worked in psychiatric hospitals as well as in outpatient settings. As a clinical social worker, I've provided individual, marital, family, and group therapy to emerging adults and adults. I have been with Midwestern University since 2001, initially as the counselor and now as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Counseling Services.

Paul Quanbeck, LCSW - Prior to Midwestern, I worked for 12 years as a full-time therapist in Hinsdale, Illinois. I also worked in specialized foster care, including pediatric AIDS foster care program, in Cook County while I attended graduate school for my degree in counseling.  I have been counseling students at MWU for more than 10 years.

Brittany Yacko,  LPC, CCTP, CIR - Prior to joining the counseling team at Midwestern, I worked in private practice as a PTSD and trauma specialist and in higher education as a Counselor-in-Residence, an Advisor and Career Coach, and an academic tutor.

Emily Shewski, LCSW - Prior to joining the counseling center team, I worked as a medical social worker, providing therapy in both hospitals and outpatient settings.

Marko Sipka, LPC - I have worked in the mental health field for nearly 10 years. I have worked with individuals, couples, and groups in college counseling and inpatient and outpatient settings. I have counseled people with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, family and interpersonal relationships, stress management, trauma, and grief/loss. I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional. 


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