Alyssa Hennings LMHC
CEO of Behavioral Health
Alyssa’s career with Life Connections began in April of 2014. She began as a Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) counselor and is now our CEO of Behavioral Health! Alyssa is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and provides individual counseling, couples counseling, and family therapy. She also completes assessment for BHIS.
In 2013, Alyssa graduated from Loras College with her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in biology. In 2016, she received her Master of Arts degree in psychology. While in college, Alyssa worked in a group home with children who had behavioral and developmental diagnoses, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders. Alyssa transitioned from that role into behavioral support at an alternative agency working with children diagnosed with Conduct Disorder and had truancy concerns. Alyssa joined Horizons, a Family Service Alliance Team, in 2013 as a BHIS provider, which later merged with Life Connections.
Alyssa specializes in play therapy and is working toward becoming a registered play therapist. She is also experienced in treating trauma, depression, and anxiety. Alyssa utilizes person-centered therapy techniques, meeting clients where they are and building upon their strengths. She is trained to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She also utilizes aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which focuses on values-based living and accepting uncomfortable emotions. Alyssa draws on aspects of each modality in order to create a customized treatment plan in collaboration with the client, focused upon their unique experiences and goals.
Brittany Skorek, LMSW
Brittany began her career with Life Connections in September of 2020. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and is currently working to become a Licensed Independent Social Worker. Brittany attended Northeastern Illinois University where she graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She then attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she graduated in 2017 with her Master of Social Work degree.
Brittany’s professional life includes a commitment to serving the needs of children and families as a school social worker. She previously worked as a medical social worker responsible for assisting patients and families in understanding conditions, treatments, and providing bereavement counseling. She is inspired by the abundance of opportunities to enrich the lives of her clients. Brittany has experience in utilizing a number of different interventions including social emotional learning initiatives, crisis intervention, mindfulness, response to intervention, restorative justice, and learning skills. She enjoys implementing strength-based approaches because this allows her client to see themselves at their best.