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Sheryl Palinski, MA, NCC, EMDR II, LCPC

Therapist/Owner - takes most insurances 

Ms. Palinski is the owner of Turning Point Counseling in Bourbonnais and has been a therapist serving the Kankakee County area for over 20 years. The office is located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. With over 18 years of experience as a therapist working with a broad spectrum of clients, she has spent the last 16 years specializing in Reactive Attachment Disorder and trauma. She was a CWSII in field of intake families, foster care and adoptions for over 25 years.   In addition to being a specialist as a  Reactive Attachment Therapist, and a guest speaker for many organizations, and presented in November 2011 at the Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference in Skokie and presenter at the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association in 2014.
Ms. Palinski does national trainings several times a year to educate professionals on  Reactive Attachment Disorder, Trauma, Childhood Disorders and Parenting, step-parenting and alternative parenting, and burned out parenting.   Ms. Palinski has taught at Kankakee Community College since 2002 in area of psychology, sociology, social work, lifespan development and abnormal psychology.  She is a trainer for the State of Illinois foster PRIDE program and other programs offered by the state including Adopt Conversion classes, Educational Advocacy, Trauma and Attachment. Ms. Palinski has developed training manuals on Attachment and Reactive Attachment Children and on Childhood Disorders. 

Ms. Palinski graduated from Western Illinois University with a B.S. in Psychology and graduated with from Governors State University with  by M.A. in Counseling.  Various approaches to therapy  is used depending of the needs of the client. EMDR II is often used with severe traumatized children and adults to help them heal faster.  Groups are also offered at different times throughout the year.

License, Certifications and Awards
LCPC - #180006618
LPC - #178001311
MFLC - Military and Family Life Consultant
Certifications by Department of Children and Family Services:  PRIDE, Adopt Only and Adopt Conversion, Attachment, Educational Advocacy

Professional Organizations:
Illinois Counseling Association (ICA)
American Couseling Association (ACA)
Illinois Mental Health Association (IMHA)
National Board of Certificated Counselors  (NBCC)


Barry Lee, Psy D., LCSW, CADC


Barry Lee is a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, and a certified alcohol and other drug counselor. He entered the field in May 1985 and has worked in a day treatment program for the seriously mentally ill; community mental health centers; inpatient psychiatric unit; and an employee assistance program. Currently, Barry is a full-time faculty member and provides psychological testing.

Nicole Stanek, M.A., LPC


Currently taking cash clients only (have a sliding fee schedule)

Mrs. Nicole Stanek graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Criminal Justice. While at Loyola, she minored in Women's Studies. Mrs. Nicole Stanek also graduated from Governors State University with a M.A. in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family. Mrs. Nicole Stanek has worked in various settings with individuals of all ages, couples and families. She has worked as a Domestic Violence Professional, Legal Advocate, and as a On Call Counselor for a residential facility that specializes in helping individuals and families cope with sexual assault.

Mrs. Nicole Stanek utilizes various approaches to meet the needs of each individual client. She has also been trained to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups by utilizing a systemic approach. This approach seeks to identify and address behavior patterns in people and their relationships with their significant other, family, and community.

Professional Organizations:
Certifcation #276863

Inez G. Mackey, MA


Inez Mackey obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Communication from Governors State University and her Masters in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She has 12 years experience working in mental health from the ages of 18-75. She also has an eight year history working with the youth, assisting the on their journey in life and providing guidance that would allow them to flourish.

Inez practiced rapport-building, communication skills, conflict resolution within self or the family structure, individual and group counseling to allow the development of self worth and the desire to be the best families to build the tools necessary to conquer life's challenges.

If you are a youth, adult or family that are struggling with life issues that are weighing you down and you seek direction, have family issues that need mediation or need the tools to be the best you, Inez is willing to take the journey with you.


Kelsey Billington B.A.


Kelsey Billington obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Clinical Psychology from Governors State University. She is currently working on her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Governors State University. Currently, she is working as the administrative assistant at Turning Point Counseling Center, LLC. Once she obtains her Masters, she plans on continuing to work at Turning Point Counseling Center, LLC as a counselor.


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