Meet the Therapists

Cori R. Dixon-Fyle, LCSW

Cori is a psychotherapist and the founder of Thriving Path, LLC. Cori brings deep respect, personal warmth, strong clinical experience, insight and humor to her practice. She creates a safe, non-judgmental and calming space to pave the way for you reaching your fullest potential.

Cori has over 10 years of experience providing guidance and therapeutic services to individuals (infancy to elderly), couples, and families with a wide array of conditions. Her specialized work includes perinatal mental health, infertility and pregnancy loss, adjustment to parenting, pre/post baby counseling, emerging adults, anxiety, grief, perfectionism and relationship struggles. Prior to private practice, Cori gained experience in community mental health, early intervention, hospital-based social work and independent counseling practices.

Cori works and listens emphatically – blending keen mindfulness with psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches – to create a safe and open experience for each client. Cori also often works from an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) background. She utilizes a strengths-based approach to assist individuals in gaining insight and creating positive, meaningful growth.

Cori earned a Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a Masters of Social Work from Loyola University-Chicago.

When she is not working, Cori loves to spend time with her family, friends and her 100-pound dog, Bauer.



Dr. Nicole Tefera, PsyD

Dr. Tefera is an independent contractor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist with Thriving Path. Dr. Tefera enjoys working with couples, families, and individuals across the lifespan (from infancy to elderly). Her specialized work includes infant mental health, emerging adults, developmental trauma, complex trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment to chronic illnesses, medical traumatic stress, stress induced illness, grief and loss, and relationship concerns. In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Tefera is a national Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) trainer, which is an evidenced based treatment intervention for young children (birth-5) who have experienced trauma. Dr. Tefera frequently provides mental health training, consultation, and reflective supervision. Dr.Tefera is also an Affiliate Member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

Dr. Tefera utilizes a tailored treatment approach for every individual. She is well versed and trained in a wide variety of therapies such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma-focused Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Play therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic and relational therapies. Dr. Tefera earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2004. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family and being a baseball mom to her two sons.


Sarah Yi, LCPC

Sarah Yi is an independent contractor and licensed psychotherapist with Thriving Path. Sarah Yi received her Master of Arts in Counseling at Northwestern University and trained at the Family Institute of Northwestern. During her clinical training, Sarah worked with individuals across the lifespan, including children as young as 3 years old with behavioral concerns to elderly adults with life-stage difficulties. Sarah also gained experience with group dynamics and consultation by working as a staff member at Northwestern’s Tavistock Group Relations Conference since 2015, allowing her opportunities to collaborate with professionals around the Chicagoland area on group-level dynamics surrounding social, political, and cultural issues in modern America. Sarah has spent extensive time working both personally and clinically within the Asian American community to increase awareness of mental health resources, reduce the stigma of counseling services, and help youth and young adults develop their racial and ethnic identities within a culturally diverse society.

Sarah currently provides child and family therapy services that focus on enhancing daily functioning for both the child and their family using collaborative approaches with other service providers (e.g., teachers, school social workers, pediatricians, psychiatrists, etc.). She uses an eclectic strength-based approach to treatment, pulling from psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and family systems theories to promote healthier behaviors, increased self-awareness, and more effective mind-body connections for children and adolescents. Sarah also uses person-centered and culturally diverse approaches towards working with Asians and Asian Americans around acculturation, ethnic identity, racial identity, and cultural boundaries. Sarah works to empower and motivate all clients of all cultural backgrounds towards their own unique growth and progress.


Elvira Pellitteri, LCSW

Elvira Pellitteri is an independent contractor and licensed psychotherapist with Thriving Path. Elvira became a therapist after a career as a language teacher in public and private schools, pursuing her interest in sharing her life experience to help others. She enjoys working with adults and adolescents, assisting them to share their stories while providing a supportive and safe space. Elvira works from a strengths-based perspective, combining psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches, providing non-judgmental and compassionate listening while treating every individual with kindness and respect.

In her ten years as a bilingual psychotherapist, Elvira has worked with people from diverse backgrounds throughout the Chicagoland area, including the Latino population and immigrants from Central America. Elvira’s clinical expertise includes treating depression and anxiety, post-partum depression, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, loss, and intimate partner violence. She has conducted support groups to empower clients to reach their goals, couples counseling, and psycho-education on effective parenting.

Elvira has a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in New York, a Master’s degree in Classical Languages from Yale University, and after leaving her teaching career, earned a Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and has lived and traveled in Europe and Mexico.

In her free time, Elvira enjoys socializing with her children and grandchildren, walking her dog Benson, and working in her garden.


Lauren Wolf, LCSW

Lauren is an independent contractor and licensed psychotherapist with Thriving Path. Lauren listens non judgmentally and treats each client as an individual while working with a strengths-based perspective. She comes from a person first standpoint and believes everyone has the potential to reach their personal goals, when given the space and opportunity to process through challenges they are experiencing. Lauren is very dedicated to her work with each individual and strives to meet each client where they are at when they walk into the office.

In addition to working in private practice, Lauren works full time at an agency supporting individuals experiencing homelessness. Lauren works closely with each participant on their goals and increasing their self-sufficiency.

Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in psychology and her masters in social work from Loyola University- Chicago. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.


Sarah Schroeder, LCSW

Sarah Schroeder is an independent contractor and licensed psychotherapist with Thriving Path. Sarah is a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist and specializes in working with young children and families providing individual, family, couples and group therapy. She has experience working with clients in a variety of settings and capacities including those with severe mental illness, trauma, anxiety, depression, parenting and developmental delays.

Sarah utilizes a developmental framework and family systems approach and modalities including play-based therapy, emotionally focused therapy, parent coaching, CBT, and psychodynamic treatment to help clients reach their desired goals. She strives to create a safe holding environment where clients can feel understood and encouraged to take the next step. When she’s not working she enjoys time with her family, watching movies, and painting.


Sarah M. Jones, LCSW

Sarah Jones is an independent contractor and licensed psychotherapist with Thriving Path. Sarah became a therapist because she enjoys helping and supporting others. She brings insight, humor, and warmth to create a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic space for clients to process and address their challenges. Sarah enjoys helping clients to process and overcome issues related to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life transitions, and relationship issues. She works from Client Centered, Strengths-Based, Bowen Family Systems, Behavioral, and Narrative approaches.

Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Saint Mary’s College and her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Children and Family Services from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also rostered in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, which is an evidence based approach to working with children under age 5 and children with developmental disabilities who have experienced trauma. Prior to private practice, Sarah worked in school and community mental health settings.

When she is not working, Sarah loves to spend time with her family, friends and her cat, Larry.



Bauer is a 4-year-old Bernedoodle that attends most therapy sessions with Cori. Through his extensive training at Sit Means Sit Chicago and The Go Team Therapy, Crisis and Airport Dogs, Inc., Bauer is licensed and insured in CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Therapy Dog, Airport Stress Buster, and Crisis Therapy Dog certifications.

Bauer wears a Remote collar, which is used as a cue that Cori is communicating and capturing his attention, which is then followed by praise and reward. This is similar to tapping someone on their shoulder and acknowledging them for their attention. The remote collar does not hurt, surprise or intimate Bauer.

To learn about how Bauer can help during sessions, see more about Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) under Specialties.

Bauer’s off-duty activities include: following his humans everywhere, home security surveillance, neighborhood mayor, playing ball and perfecting the art of falling up the stairs.

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