Everybody deserves to feel like they have a place in this world and simply bee. Our philosophy is to approach each client with authenticity and humility because we know everyone is fighting to find their best self. Everyday we sit alongside our clients and we find ways to accept life as it is, all while aiming for change that feels good and true. Our therapists specialize in cognitive strategies to navigate the paradox of change and acceptance all at the same time.
Meet The Clinical Team
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Audrey Grunst, MSW CCM
Owner, Adolescent & Adult Therapist and Mental Performance Coach
Audrey Grunst is the owner and therapist at Simply Bee. Audrey earned her MSW at Loyola University Chicago in 2011 and is certified in Change Management from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Audrey combines over 10 years of clinical experience with her business background to help others improve mental health including anxiety, perfectionism and performance. She is the owner of SHEBE, online community for female athletes and was the former mental performance coach for Northwestern Women’s Volleyball Program.
She presents on a variety of issues including emotional intelligence and anxiety management. Audrey has presented at over 100 different schools, nonprofits, and conferences.
Audrey has extensive training in skill based therapy including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Family-based Therapy for Anorexia, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She uses these skills in her strategy formula to promote change.
Prior to Simply Bee, Audrey was a director at Eating Recovery Centers. While at ERC Insight, Audrey build several programs and managed a team of over 20 employees and two locations. She participated in a three-year study with University of Chicago, measuring the outcome of eating disorder treatment using FBT and DBT. Audrey was also a Division I volleyball player at Loyola University Chicago.
Athletes Mental Health Performance
Mood & Anxiety Disorder
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Kristen Smith, LCSW
Adolescent, Young Adult & Adult Therapist
Kristen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her Master’s in Social Work and Business Administration at Aurora University. Prior to Simply Bee, Kristen has experience providing therapy in community centers and residential facilities. She combines years of clinical experience with her business background to help others improve their comprehensive well-being. Kristen specializes in working with adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bipolar, grief, race and identify, life stressors, and domestic violence issues.
Kristen believes in building a positive therapeutic relationship with her clients by creating a safe atmosphere, allowing them to feel free from judgement. Her holistic approach addresses the emotional, physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspect of each individual. Kristen meets her clients where they are and helps them uncover their inner strengths to overcome life’s obstacles. As her clients grow to understand themselves on a deeper level, they are able to maximize their well-being.
Kristen is interactive with clients and employs elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy crisis intervention strategies, and mindfulness to help clients develop strategies they can integrate into their daily lives to support change and growth.
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Grief and Loss
Race and Identity
Anna Netzel, LCSW, Type 73
Adolescent & Adult Therapist, Maternal Mental Health Specialist
Anna earned her Master’s in Social Work from Dominican University in River Forest. She specializes in treating children and adolescents with anxiety and depression. Anna has worked in the public school system and in therapeutic day school settings since 2014. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, mood disorders and behavioral issues. Anna also holds a certificate to work with perinatal mood disorders and has a passion to help mothers facing new challenges and changes in their lives
Anna works to build a trusting and compassionate therapeutic relationship and believes in building on client’s unique strengths and abilities to help individuals find well-being throughout their lives. Use of humor, honesty and empathy help clients to feel empowered to bring about positive change.
Anna incorporates a multitude of clinical approaches in her practice which are tailored to each individual client. She uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Social Thinking® and Mindfulness.
Perinatal Depression, Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Attachment Concerns & Birthing Trauma
Family Planning & Return to Work Planning
Generalized Anxiety & Mood Disorders
Behavior Problems & Plans
Elizabeth Markman, MA, LCPC
Child & Adolescent Therapist
Elizabeth is a licensed professional counselor and art therapist who obtained her Master of Arts (MA) from Adler University, specializing in Art Therapy. She uses a wide variety of expressive art forms in her practice as well as talk therapy.
Elizabeth works with a diverse range of clients in both group and individual sessions and offers a safe, non-judgmental environment that supports her clients as they move towards healing & personal growths. Elizabeth has a passion for incorporating the arts into psychotherapy that is rooted in her own experiences as an artist and utilizes an intermodal approach to creative arts therapies that can be defined as pointing to an integrated application of the arts. Elizabeth believes that part of the therapeutic process is to rouse the creative life-force energy. Thus, creativity and therapy overlap. What is creative is frequently therapeutic. What is therapeutic is frequently a creative process.
Elizabeth’s background includes a demonstrated history of working in the residential and supportive housing non-profit industry. She is skilled in crisis intervention, clinical supervision, treatment planning, psychological assessment, conflict resolution, and interventions. Populations she has worked with include children struggling in social and/or classroom situations, sexually aggressive youth, youth questioning their gender and/or sexuality, adults living with life changing diagnoses, formerly homeless and marginalized populations, and the severely persistently mentally ill. Elizabeth is a Doctoral candidate at Adler University working towards her PhD in Art Therapy.
Persistent and invasive violence
Eric Stevenson, MA, LPC
Sports Performance Therapist
Eric is a licensed professional counselor who earned is Master’s degree in Counseling with a Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology from Adler University in Chicago. Eric is also a certified mental performance coach with the Association for Applied Sports Psychology (AASP).
Eric specializes in working with athletes and performers of all ages and levels helping them overcome a lack of confidence, fear, anxiety, perfectionism and more. He also works with a multitude of individuals transitioning out of sport or recovering from both short and long term injuries. Eric utilizes clinical approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Mindfulness. By using these proven techniques Eric has found success helping individuals reach their goals and live happier and healthier lives.
Eric has also presented to and worked with many high school and collegiate sports teams introducing them to mental performance strategies and techniques they can utilize to improve as performers. Eric is former collegiate baseball player at Elmhurst College and current competitive golfer.
Athletes Mental Health
Performance Anxiety Disorders
Recovery from Injury
Jacqueline Ritz, MA, LCPC
Adolescent, Young Adult & Adult Therapist
Jacqueline Ritz earned her Master's degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University, in Chicago. She believes the most essential element of therapy is developing a trusting, therapeutic alliance in order to facilitate change. Jacqueline specializes in integrated treatments for addressing co-occuring disorders. Jacqueline utilizes relational DBT/mindfulness-based techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure prevention therapy and she offers genuine compassion, honesty, humor, along with a trauma informed care approach to treatment.
Prior to Simply Bee, Jacqueline worked as an outpatient mental health therapist at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, serving those struggling with mental health issues as well as psychiatric disorders in the community. She also worked at Family Guidance Centers, assisting those with substance use and psychiatric disorders after completing her internship with Rosecrance Treatment Center, working as a substance abuse counselor.
Experienced in providing psychoeducation, group facilitation and evidence-based approaches, she provides an authentic desire to facilitate change that focuses on living in the present and staying positive minded She incorporates an existential philosophy for living a meaningful life and improving the quality of life for her clients. She believes having a sense of purpose is essential for stable mental health and welcomes the opportunity to help people discover who they truly are.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Substance Use Disorder
Dr. Kenzie Kitcharoen, MD
Young Adult & Adult Psychiatrist
Dr. Kenzie Kitcharoen is a board certified psychiatrist. She earned her medical doctorate and completed her residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kitcharoen worked in a variety of settings, including methadone clinics, nursing homes and community centers. She was the medical director of a community center, Asian Human Service, from 2012 to 2015. At the same time, Dr. Kitcharoen established an outpatient psychiatric practice and continues to pursue this path while in collaboration with Simply Bee.
Dr. Kitcharoen is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care in a safe and confidential environment. Clinical assessments are performed with a thorough and systematic approach using excellent clinical skills, extensive evaluation over time and up-to-date knowledge of current medical practice. The goal is to establish a clear, complete and accurate diagnosis that will help ensure the right treatment. Her areas of expertise not only include those listed below, but she has a special interest in working with women on affective issues involving the menstrual cycle, pre-conception counseling while with affective issues, psychiatric medications during pregnancy and peri/postpartum depression and/or anxiety.
Dr. Kitcharoen's philosophy is to focus on the individual psychiatric needs and to offer the most effective means of treatment in a caring manner. Great emphasis is placed on working closely with patients and other healthcare providers in developing a dynamic and individual treatment plan. She makes it a priority to provide adequate education to patients so that they are well informed of their conditions and treatment options. Questions from patients are encouraged, and their concerns are taken seriously and are sensitively addressed.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Women's Mental Health Issues
Jennifer McAdams, MA, LCPC, CEDS-S
Adolescent, Young Adult & Adult Therapist