Compassion, experience and skill

Counseling First, an outgrowth of Veteran Youth Corp, was founded in 2014 to offer innovative, efficient and holistic services to clients in need.
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Cynthia Barry - Certified Addictions Counselor & Executive Director

For more than twenty years, Cynthia Barry (BA, CRADC) has counseled thousands of people suffering from alcoholism and other substance use issues. In clinical settings from prisons to the street, always and above all she is passionate about her work and compassionate in her approach to recovery.
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Dr. Caroline Nawara, MD - Medical Director
Dr. Nawara has practiced medicine as a specialist in Internal Medicine more than two decades. In her varied roles within the profession as a clinical instructor of medicine at Northwestern, a medical director and as a private physician to many, she is diligent in her concerned, compassionate care for each patient she sees. 

Board of Directors

Our corporate Board provides strategic guidance to the agency.
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Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board consists of experts in addiction counseling and treatment, who help to ensure Counseling First remains at the forefront.
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