Higgins & Carter LLC was founded by Ryan Higgins and John Carter in 2010 with the goal of creating a multi-disciplinary staff of psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists. Our staff is comprised from varied experience, education and expertise. Please review the bios below to learn more about the clinicians at the practice.

CO-OWNERS

Ryan J. Higgins
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Ryan provides a supportive and collaborative approach to psychotherapy. Ryan has been providing mental health services in hospitals, community mental health centers, and private practice to a variety of populations since 2006. His specific areas of interest include the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, adolescent transitional issues as well as the treatment of PTSD and complex trauma. Ryan has acted as a consultant to non-profit mental health programs in Chicago as well as provided supervision to graduate level students and post-graduate clinicians.

Ryan completed his graduate work at Benedictine University earning a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. He has also completed additional training at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago earning certificates in Art Therapy and Advanced Psychodynamic Clinical Practice.

John C. Carter
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

John completed his master’s at the University of Chicago in Clinical Social Work, with a concentration in Cognitive-Integrative Therapy. John has worked with breast cancer research and is certified by the National Institute of Health. The International Sociology Honors Society recognizes him for his scholarship in the field. John has practiced psychotherapy for a number of years working with individuals in hospitals, community settings and private practice.  John’s areas of specialty include complex trauma, anxiety/panic, depression, relationship negotiation, social/family roles, physical and sexual abuse, emotional regulation, frustration tolerance, compulsive behaviors and child/adolescent development. John works with couples, families, children and adults.

STAFF THERAPISTS

Courtney Emery
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Courtney earned a MA in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in 2008.  She is warm, collaborative and strengths based in her therapeutic approach, carefully attending to the context of her clients’ lives.  She has extensive experience working with adults coping with severe and persistent mental illness, depression and anxiety, and she has received specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.  She is interested in the needs of women and LGBTQ people throughout the adult life course.

Courtney has held multiple leadership positions at area community mental health centers, and she brings to the practice considerable experience providing clinical supervision to graduate students and new professionals.  She recently co-authored two papers on alternatives to Emergency Departments for crisis intervention.

Jennifer Hull
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Jennifer is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling.  She has experience in working with a variety of anxiety and depressive disorders.  Jennifer has experience working with individuals, couples and families of all age groups.She comes from an Existential/Humanistic background and believes very strongly in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship.  Jennifer works from a warm, empathic, collaborative approach.

Jennifer also has experience working with adults on adapting to various life transitions including careers, aging, marriage, divorce/separation, health, etc.  In addition, Jennifer is a sex positive therapist with training in alternatives sexualities. Jennifer has worked in community mental health, private practice and program management.

Sara Todd
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sara takes a stance of curiosity, patience and compassion in her work with her clients. She places emphasis on the therapeutic relationship as a ground for growth and understanding. She adapts a wide range of psychodynamic theories to provide the best fit for each person’s unique and evolving needs. Sara sees an important connection between an individual’s early relationships and the ways one presently understands themselves and the world. She considers herself LGBTQ-affirming, sex-positive and poly-friendly. Clinical interests include: depression, psychosis (Schizophrenia Spectrum, extreme states, unusual experiences), Bipolar and mania, anxiety, grief and loss, substance abuse, spirituality/religious concerns and trauma. She provides psychotherapy for individuals age 13 and older.

Sara has a history of involvement in various advocacy and social justice movements for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, workers’ rights and issues involving anti-racism and white privilege. She has had a regular mindfulness meditation practice for over ten years and enjoys working with individuals seeking spiritual growth or seeking guidance while on a spiritual or religious path. She has participated in fellowship programs with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She holds a Post-Graduate Training Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Dr. Sarah Sarhaddi
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sarah Sarhaddi holds a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. Dr. Sarhaddi has experience working within various therapeutic settings, namely private practice, community mental health centers, hospitals, and medical clinics, conducting individual and group therapy, along with administering psychological testing. Dr. Sarhaddi specializes in helping individuals with adjustment issues, grief and loss, depressive and anxiety disorders, identity development, trauma and resilience as well as with issues related to attachment. Dr. Sarhaddi is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Nina Coletta, Chicago Therapist

Nina Coletta
Social Worker

Nina earned master’s degrees in both Social Work and Child Development, and utilizes a psychodynamic, client- centered approach to therapy. Nina views psychotherapy as a collaborative process between client and clinician, putting an emphasis on the relationship in the here and now. Nina views therapy as a safe place to explore the clients’ experiences and emotions in a way that helps the client to gain self-understanding. Nina Has experience helping clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD and family dynamics issues.