Who We Are

Know yourself. Be yourself. Accept yourself. We live it. Every day.

At Blueprint, we believe in our practice, the values that inspire it and the methods that inform it. So much so, we’re here to share it with the world.

Using a scientific-based approach to human emotion and the nervous system, we help individuals, teams, leaders, and the greater community develop the psychological skills  to bring more awareness to their personal strengths, improve their emotional language and reveal their true selves.


Why is this so important?
It helps you respond to life’s challenges in healthy ways.
It improves how you approach your mental, physical, and emotional needs.
It aligns your emotions, thoughts, words, and actions.


Ultimately, you’ll access your best, truest self.

We see you, we hear you and we can help.

Gina Johnson MSW, LCSW

Owner, consultant, therapist, speaker, LEGO enthusiast

In 2006, I came out as gay in a small Midwestern town.
Choosing to be true to myself came at a high price – the support of my family and most all of my friends. Within one year, I packed my bags, closed my mental health practice and attempted to start a new life in a new town.

At that time, I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I felt lost, hopeless,  powerless and confused. I was in a lot of pain, but I didn’t want to face it or myself.  Instead, I projected my pain onto others and made quite a mess of my life, for a few years.

I finally realized I needed help and support facing myself, the reality of my life and life in general. I started weekly therapy and committed to the process of developing a relationship with myself  – healing, knowing, accepting and being my true self – rather than the self the world wanted me to be.

Through all of this, I’ve learned many things and one of the most important being – we’re programmed by our culture, education, families, friends and media to “perform” life according to strict parameters that prevent us from “being” our true selves.

I am committed to a lifelong path to learn, grow, create and connect. I’m living my life’s purpose and I want other people to experience this too.

I love working with people and teams, seeing them light up with “aha” moments of self-knowledge, learning new psychological skills, discovering their strengths and realizing, “Hey, I am not broken!”

I earned my Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Throughout my career I have earned many professional accolades, but I’m most proud of the inner work I’ve done and continue to do to better know, accept and be my true self.

When I’m not at blueprint, I’m still engaging in the practices I teach. I also enjoy meditating, stand-up paddle boarding, my animals, taking improv classes, finding new music, and building legos (because play is so important!).


Lindsay Haitz MA, LPC, ACC

Counselor, coach, event planner, creative

This work is a lifelong journey of healing and growth.  My approach to therapy/coaching is to be future-focused on your growth/goals and address the healing that needs to occur along the path forward.  The things that you need to “let go” of (and that are no longer serving you) will inevitably pop-up as we focus on where you want to go and who you want to be. 

For many years, I felt like someone forgot to give me a copy of the “rules” for life.  My goal became to help and understand myself and then support others who felt this way. 

I had a difficult childhood, marked by pain and trauma. When people ask me “where I am from” I am not sure how to answer it because we moved all across the US (i.e. GA, IA, MI, OH, TN, FL, CO, MA).  

I wanted to find a way to be stable, happy and thrive but I had no idea how.  

Life is hard. It’s messy. There are parts of my journey that I am embarrassed about. Some are big. Some small. We all have pieces of ourselves and our life that when we put it down on paper, in black and white, don’t look “good”. 

There are choices I have made that I would go back and do differently now, if I could.  But I can’t.  You might feel this way too. 

So what do we do? How do we reconcile the best that we could do (with the knowledge we had at the time) and what we would do differently now.  

I believe pain is our greatest gift because it shows us the areas that we are out of alignment.  We need to acknowledge the psychic pain we have because it is telling us something. Something that we deep down want to know. 

We could all benefit from a therapist/coach in our lives. I have one!  I am always striving to find creative ways to continue my inner work while making things practical and fun! 

In short, my vision is to help you better know yourself, accept yourself and then be yourself in your life.  I would love to support you on this journey. 


Rachel Jackson Green MSW, LSW

Counselor, yoga & meditation teacher

Hi! My name is Rachel. My goal is to journey with you as you grow in increasing your own self-awareness and self-direction to make desired changes, clarity, and self-reliance, personal joy and fulfillment.   I view therapy as an active and collaborative process where we will work together to support you in getting from where you are now to where you want to be.  

For the past few years, I worked as an Accommodation Specialist/Counselor at Disability Resources & Educational Services at UIUC to ensure that all students with visible and/or non-visible disabilities had equal access in the classrooms, student spaces and career opportunities.  I am very comfortable working with individuals with with all types of disabilities (i.e. adhd, ptsd, anxiety, depression) and/or intersecting identities (i.e. gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, race and ethnicity, spirituality, family history, and substance use). 

I believe that you are THE expert on yourself and I hope to serve as a support and resource for you to process and navigate life’s ups and downs.  We’ll work together to overcome the seen and unseen obstacles in your life and find a more balanced way of living.

In 2008, I graduated from UIUC School of Social Work with my Master’s in Social Work and am also a Illinois Certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor.  I utilize a trauma-informed, social justice oriented, person-centered approach. I am committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to process your experiences and work together towards healing and growth. 

I am so happy to be at blueprint and would love to chat with you about your goals/needs for therapy.  A little bit about me personally, I have a teenage son and adult daughter, and a very lovable fur baby named Moose!  I am a yoga and meditation teacher as well and am passionate about integrating the body into the therapeutic process.

Jasmine Conyers, MS, LPC

Counselor, avid reader, nature-lover

Being a therapist is one of the most fulfilling roles in my life. I take pride in creating an environment where everyone feels comfortable enough to shed their protective outer layers at their own pace. 

To accept another person is to accept oneself, and my goal is to accept you for who you are, who you’ve been, and who you will become. Healing and growth are lifelong processes, and allowing me to be part of your journey is an invitation to assist you on your path to healing.

Through my own personal journey, I’ve gained valuable insights into my past, present, and my future self. I’ve challenged and redefined the labels that society and I have placed upon me. I’ve discovered that labels like “perfectionist”,”first born”, “a lady”,”college graduate”, and “sensitive”, don’t define me entirely. 

Similarly, as a mom, I’ve encountered unrealistic expectations, just as many of us do in various roles like student, friend, sibling, or partner. I’ve learned that I can choose to embrace or discard these labels as they no longer serve me. 

I once believed I’d be stuck on the South side of Chicago, living from shelter to shelter, but that label no longer defines me, just as yours don’t have to define you. Let me assist you in breaking free from the chains of labels that no longer align with your true self.

Therapy can be uncomfortable, but this discomfort often stems from uncertainty and concerns about how we’re perceived by others or our own expectations. Let’s embrace this discomfort together and make it a catalyst for transformation. 

My commitment is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where we can be comfortable with the uncomfortable, helping you uncover your authentic self.  If you’re ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and breaking free from limiting labels, I’m here to support you every step of the way. Allow me the privilege of assisting you in finding the path to becoming your most authentic and fulfilled self.

Danae Gonzalez, MS, LPC

Authentic Counselor, Growth Seeker, and I Value The Following: People, Animals, and Nature

As a counselor, I have good days and bad days. I understand how it feels to go through turmoil, to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and experience the rainbow after a storm. 

Experiencing my personal traumas and personal victories has strengthened me to be an authentic and an empathetic counselor.

I have learned that caring for myself is vital to my overall well-being. By caring for myself this ensures everyone in my life, including myself, receives the best version of me. I will not expect you to do anything I am not willing to do, and this includes being vulnerable. I am the first to admit, “I am not perfect”, “I am not all good nor all bad”, and “I am just me”. I choose to give myself grace and self-love through my imperfections, and this is a continual process.

I cultivate a nonjudgmental and calming therapeutic environment where you can process what you need to process. 

I provide Spanish Counseling, Christian Counseling, and I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have worked in residential and outpatient settings for Mental Health and Substance Use. I currently work with individuals who are 5 years old and up.

For those of you who are ready: I am here to support, value, and walk with you on your healing journey and explore the root causes that are hindering growth in your life. I can teach you to love yourself, accept yourself, to live as your authentic self; and begin healing. 

I want you to feel in control of your healing journey, and I would be happy to navigate your journey with you. I am looking forward to getting to know your past self, current self, and future self.

 

KaWanna Brooks, MSW, LCSW

Holistic Healing Mindfulness Practitioner, Trauma-Informed, Culturally Responsive, Athletic Performance Coach

Therapy for myself, has been the opportunity to grow, unlearn, and relearn myself in a different light.

Life has been a rollercoaster ride filled with things I have experienced, witnessed, heard, and grieved. It took 29 years for me to finally realize that I couldn’t wait any longer to get the help and support I deserved.One unique experience I often like to share with clients is my experience as a student-athlete in Track and Field. It became a healthy coping skill, as I experienced life outside of the South Side of Chicago, I developed mental toughness……

The lessons I have learned from being an athlete and a track coach has been a lifelong benefit that has aided in my ability to adjust, lead, and understand ups and downs of life.The goal and purpose of the work I do is to help clients gain clarity and peace while working through their unique situation.As a therapist, I understand the significance of feeling safe, heard, and validated.

I strive to provide an environment that is not only safe but culturally affirming, non judgemental, supportive, and accountable. I utilize laughter and humor as a big part of my approach in session.Pain, sadness, grief, stress, etc are carried throughout our day to day – and honestly, it’s exhausting.

My primary goal is to meet you where you are and join you on your journey in healing to harvest joy, improve your mood, develop relationships, and embrace self-love.

Ian Hulette, MSW, LSW

Avid Learner, Therapeutic Partner, Curious Human

I strive to offer an alternative to traditional psychotherapeutic concepts.  The world has changed, needs and expectations have changed, so why shouldn’t psychotherapy?  There is quite a block to progress when you go into a session today with high hopes, only to be met with antiquated structures and outdated dynamics from 50 years ago.  The fundamentals are good, but psychotherapy is ever-evolving.  Let’s try something different!

I firmly believe that Shame is the primary driver of negative behaviors, negative thinking, and modern struggle in Western culture.  We experience shame differently here because our society is all about the individual.  We all feel shame but are often unaware how it lurks in our mind, prompting and prodding.  I know shame! As a survivor of severe childhood trauma, significant rural poverty, multiple combat tours in the Army, homelessness, addiction, and even incarceration for substance use, I understand how shame can shape and destroy a life.  But, there is hope in resilience.  It takes work.  It takes un-learning what we have been taught.  It takes courage.  Together, we can work to explore and build the skills needed to move effectively and healthily through shame.

My approach combines foundational talk therapy and shame resilience with psychological skill-building based around the neuroscience of how the brain/mind works.  We have been taught the mind and body are separate. I believe the mind is as much the body as any organ. Since we remember the past, we believe we can predict the future.  But all of that ruminating and anticipating removes us from the very life we are living in the here and now, the Present.  All of that mind/body separation and thinking combines to form anxiety, depression, demoralization, envy, and shame.  My favorite therapeutic tool is questioning: Why? Where did we learn that? Who does that serve?  How helpful is that?  Zen Buddhism instructs that we are better off unlearning something every day.  Let’s work to reintegrate your mind and body in the Present!

I hope we can journey together through all of the memories, relationships, excitements, disappointments, sadness, anxieties, and elations of your life in an effort to unpack the blocks and tear down the defense that hides the beautiful experience that is you.  You are worthwhile.  You are valuable.  You are human.  Let’s bring you to life!

I am a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s in Social Work from UIUC.  I am also a Certified Financial Social Worker.  I am a Veteran, father of 3, and husband.  I was raised in the Midwest value system.

 

Madison Chamberlain MSW, LSW

Counselor, social worker, loves reading, cat mom

As a therapist, I’ve discovered that true empowerment comes from realizing that we hold the reins of our own lives.

My passion lies in guiding clients to recognize their strength and autonomy, helping them embrace their authentic selves without judgment or skepticism.

A key aspect to this journey is the practice of self-acceptance and forgiveness. Just as we extend compassion to others, it’s crucial to extend that same kindness and understanding to ourselves.

Having struggled with my own battles with anxiety, depression, body image struggles, and an eating disorder, I understand firsthand the importance of self-compassion and forgiveness in overcoming mental health struggles.

In my practice, I focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), an approach that emphasizes changing thought patterns to positively influence behavior. Together, we’ll explore and challenge the beliefs that may be holding you back, empowering you to cultivate healthier habits and perspectives.

I believe therapy is a collaborative journey where discomfort can lead to transformation. By creating a safe and non-judgmental space, I aim to support you in embracing the uncomfortable, facilitating deep self-discovery and growth. If you’re ready to reclaim control of your life, cultivate self-compassion, and embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery, I’m here to walk alongside you every step of the way.

I recognize the importance of meeting clients where they are at in their journey.

Each individual comes with their own unique experiences, challenges, and strengths, and I honor and respect that diversity. I approach each session with a sense of curiosity and openness, recognizing that I have much to learn from each individual who walks through my door.

Whether you’re just starting to explore therapy or you’ve been on this path for some time, I will meet you with empathy, understanding, and without judgment.

My commitment is to provide a safe and supportive space where you feel heard, valued, and empowered to take charge of your own growth and healing.

Julie Schubach, MSW, LSW

Counselor, Expressive Arts Facilitator, Tap Dancer, Nature-lover, Lifelong Grower

In our fast-paced world it’s easy to lose track of who we are, what we need, and where we’re
headed. It can be difficult to cultivate community or to break out of unfulfilling routines, and life transitions can throw us off center.

I value creating a safe, supportive space for you to slow down, express yourself authentically, and connect with your true self so that you can live your fullest, most vibrant life.

I am passionate about offering invitations for people to reclaim their birthright of creativity and utilize creative modalities as a path to self-discovery and healing.

I want others to know what it feels like to follow creative impulses, to trust the process and allow life to unfold organically, to
play and get curious about what emerges, to utilize different modalities of expression, to cultivate nourishing rituals, and to move more authentically and openly through life.

I enjoy supporting individuals in adopting a lens of curiosity and self-compassion, in building resilience in later life and in navigating life transitions. I delight in self-expansion and take my inspiration from the natural world.

I seek to help others connect to natural cycles and their own inner rhythms. It can be uncomfortable to look at yourself honestly and dive into your inner world.

As your therapist, I will sit beside you as you navigate the discomfort and will dance with you as you experience the joy of growth and connection. If you want to not only talk it out but also to paint, collage, write, drum, vocalize, and move it out, come see me.

I would be honored to be a part of your journey of healing and growth.

Jason Casteel, MSW, LSW

Counselor, Social Worker, Book and Music Lover, Dad!

Hi there! My name is Jason and my hope as a counselor is to guide clients on their journey through as they discover autonomy, empowerment, and self-determination. I want to meet each client where they are in the present moment and explore individual needs as we build necessary skills for the future.

Every person we meet is unique, and I believe understanding the “whole” of the individual is a key to exploring and cultivating authenticity. Building a foundation of self-compassion and kindness to oneself is a wonderful place to begin.

Having struggled with trauma as a teen which led to more than a two-decade battle with alcohol use disorder, I found psychological tools to learn new coping strategies for everyday life.

Many of these skills and strategies can be taught in sessions and are part of DBT Skills modules. Other valuable skills I utilize are EFT/Tapping as well as Polyvagal exercises to assist in the regulation of one’s nervous system.

I was born and raised in East Central Illinois and have lived in several small towns around the Champaign-Urbana area almost my entire life.

I have a BS in Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. My past focuses have been working with teens and young adults, families, adults facing life changes, and couples as well.

Some fun facts about me: I love books, mainly psychology books or sobriety biographies. I love music, anything with a guitar from The Beatles to Foo Fighters to Pink Floyd, I like watching my kids perform, and I love meditation!

I am committed to each client individually and recognizing that everyone comes to counseling for a different reason and at a different stage. I feel honored to be a part of everyone’s journey.

Matt Campbell

Billing Specialist

Hello! I’m one of the newest members of the blueprint team, having joined in September 2023.

I provide administrative support for our counselors–and also our clients!–by handling the practice’s billing and insurance duties.

My work is fully remote, but you might occasionally see me around the office and at events and retreats.

I’m also new to Chicago, having moved there shortly after starting work with blueprint.

In addition to discovering all that the city has to offer, my interests include reading, playing tennis, listening to vinyl records, and writing and recording my own music.