Jasmine Menser-Lust, LCPC
Jasmine Menser-Lust is the Founder of Catalyst Counseling. She has had the benefit of working in multiple settings including a shelter, nursing facility, hospital, community mental health agency, school and outpatient practices providing crisis stabilization and ongoing therapeutic support. These experiences have allowed her to view the multitudes of pain that the human body can endure and essentially overcome. She believes that it is in these moments of intense pain and discomfort that we have the opportunity to discover what it is we truly need, but only if we have the courage and proper support to do so.
Behavior change is more successful and enduring when it comes from within the individual. As one approach does not fit all, Jasmine utilizes an eclectic approach by incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused and Strength-Based approaches. She believes change is best fostered by creating a non-judgmental, authentic and supportive therapeutic environment. It is within this environment that individuals feel safe to be supported and challenged to move through emotional barriers.
Jasmine provides counseling to adolescents (13 and up), adults, couples and families with issues concerning anxiety, depression, self-esteem, substance abuse, adjustment, trauma, relationships, grief, anger management, dependency, family conflict, abuse, self- harm and suicidal ideation.
Mehnaz Siddiqui, LCPC
Mehnaz earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2009, Mehnaz has worked with children, teens, and families in various settings including daycare, healthcare, schools, and community mental health.
She specializes in helping children and teens with anxiety, depression, trauma, learning and academic difficulties, attentional, behavioral, and relational struggles. Mehnaz recognizes that it is crucial to build a safe, warm, non-judgmental, and supportive environment for each client and to work collaboratively towards goal achievement. Mehnaz utilizes a blend of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy, and play therapy to help clients reach emotional balance, cognitive clarity, and find a sense of purpose. She aims to be a culturally competent clinician focused on fostering growth, personal change, and self-empowerment. Mehnaz loves nothing more than knowing that a client and family are able to find new solutions and acquire new skills to achieve positive outcomes through therapy.
Mehnaz is highly trained with working with young adults, couples, and parents in providing them the tools they need to appropriately cope, problem-solve, and achieve emotional awareness. She provides a warm, open, non-judgmental environment to work collaboratively on various issues including life-cycle transitions, family conflict, differences in parenting styles, communication problems, separation, and divorce. Mehnaz believes that by using strength-based approaches and by empowering individuals and couples, they will be able to achieve more satisfaction in their lives and relationships.
Mehnaz loves helping clients of all ages and embraces and acknowledges cultural diversity. When she is not working with clients, Mehnaz enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends.