DFM Wellness Alliance
DFM Wellness Alliance is owned and managed by Domonique F. McCord, A.M., LCSW. Founded in 2010 with over 10 years experience in providing clinical services in nonprofit settings, Domonique embarked of journey to holistically build individual and community capacity.
Domonique F. McCord
For the last fifteen years Domonique F. McCord has created space for mental health and healing through her continued work in therapy and wellness. Driven by her passion to help others realize their own potential, Domonique believes that partnerships can build bridges and offer healing for mind, body and spirit. And as a licensed clinical social worker, she understands the interconnectedness of individuals communities and society at large.
Nearly 10 years ago Domonique utilized her experiences in providing clinical services for nonprofit settings to found DFM Wellness Alliance, an organization dedicated to holistically building individual and community capacity. The DFM Wellness Alliance mission involves using therapy to help clients find balance within stressful, ever-changing lives and develop skills for professional and personal growth. Through the DFM Wellness Alliance Domonique offers an array of mental health services to individuals, couples, families and people all ages. Along with three other clinicians, Domonique cultivates multidisciplinary practices and creates treatment for issues such as: marital conflicts, parent-children conflicts, mood and behavioral disorders, ADD, autism and PTSD. Furthermore, Domonique counsels clients using individually tailored, and solution-focused techniques to identify their own strengths and offer more personal therapeutic services. With each of her clients Domonique commits herself to developing holistic, practical skills and solving life’s problems through a systemic perspective. This approach involves partnering with each client and understanding the role reactions and interactions may play in their lives. Here Domonique and DFM Wellness Alliance define holistic wellness as meeting each client where they’re at and attuning each approach to their needs. Sometimes client partnerships are discussions on anxiety induced by financial stress, and finding possible referrals for budgeting classes or employment counselors. In other moments, it means coordinating with a child’s teacher or therapist to develop necessary interventions and address specific challenges. Regardless of the scenario, Domonique is devoted to helping her clients navigate life in all its nuances.
Before founding DFM Wellness Alliance, Domonique held many positions. She worked as a Coordinated School Health Specialist for Chicago Public Schools and served as both Director of Community Programs and as an Affiliate Therapist for the Family Institute at Northwestern University. In the past she was a Master Practitioner for the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Currently Domonique is an adjunct instructor for Northeastern Illinois University, a field consultant at the University of Chicago, and a supervisor of the Metropolitan Family Services’ violence prevention initiative Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P). Domonique also has a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Chicago, and is currently completing certification to become a Trauma and Depression Specialist.
Daviel Thomas believes that change happens when people are given the guidance that they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives.
She provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive. Daviel has more than 17 years experience working with children, young adults, individuals and families using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs and treatment goals of each person. She has extensive experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions. Daviel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
She holds a Bachelor and Master of Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work – University of Illinois at Chicago.
Jennifer L. Allen
Jennifer L. Allen believes in collaborating with her clients in order to provide a strengths-based, person-centered approach to therapy. She brings over 17 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families across the developmental spectrum from a wide-range of clinical settings. She is culturally competent and sensitive to the particular needs of each individual and strives to assist clients through life’s challenges by helping them gain tools and skills for reaching their goals for treatment and success in their everyday lives. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. .
Sheina believes in meeting people where they are and partnering with them to reach their goals. She has faith in people having a healthy and balanced mind, body and soul. She considers one’s thoughts and behaviors to be interconnected and that leaves opportunity for growth in any person. Sheina has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Illinois University (NIU) and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with an array of mental health challenges. As a recent graduate, she brings a fresh perspective to the field of counseling.
Marsha Ash is DFM 2019 student intern who counsels children, adolescence, and adult. She has experience in higher education, substance abuse counseling, and service families in need. Marsha has earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 2015 from Chicago State University. She is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University Chicago. Marsha works as a Family Care Coordinator in Early Intervention where she service children who present delays in speech, developmental, sensory, and physical areas. Marsha is driven to help others achieve wellness, teaching positive coping skills, and showing empathy. Marsha theoretical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Techniques and knowledgeable in Psychodynamic theory. Marsha is a member of the Illinois Counseling Association (ICA) and the Association of Child and Adolescents Counseling in Illinois (ACACI).