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The Team

Who We Are

Deborah Kozlowski, MSW,

LCSW, Owner & Psychotherapist

Deborah is the proud owner of SafeSpace. SafeSpace, which is a group therapy practice, has been a dream of hers for many years, and is now her dream-come-true! Deborah graduated from Loyola University in Chicago in 1997 with her masters in social work and became licensed as an LCSW in 1999. She has worked as a psychotherapist in many different settings, from inpatient hospitals to outpatient environments, to residential homes for children and teens, to group and private practice. Deborah has a knack for connecting with teens, helping them communicate with their parents and working through the rollercoaster ride of adolescence. Deborah is certified as a mental health and nutrition clinical specialist and also supervises therapy staff at SafeSpace. In her free time, Deborah enjoys spending time with family,  coloring, Pilates and riding her bike. On a nice day, you may even get a glimpse of her riding her bicycle in to work!




Art Therapy

Family Systems


Graduate School: Loyola University

Year Graduated: 1997

License No. 149008780

State: Illinois

NASW Membership since 1995

20+ years of specialized continuing education


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Mindy Burkhamer, MSW, LCSW, CADC

LCSW, Clinical Therapist

Mindy graduated from North Central College with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to her time as a Clinical Therapist, she worked in banking and mortgage for almost twenty years before deciding to follow her heart and passion to help others and obtain her Master’s in Social Work from Aurora University. She specialized in School Social Work and Addictions.


Mindy has experience with a wide range of age groups working in the school system for the last two years and community mental health with the LGBTQ and HIV+ community prior to that.  Some of the treatment modalities that she offers is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness as well as Walk and Talk. With children, Play and Art Therapy based techniques can also be utilized. Mindy truly believes in focusing on healing as the core of therapy and providing an inclusive, safe setting for each individual to feel heard and progress through treatment. 


In her spare time, Mindy loves to spend time with her family, her four daughters, three grandchildren, parents and other extended family. Being outdoors in the woods or a quick trip to the beach are her favorites. 





Substance Use


Trauma and PTSD

Anger Management

Suicidal Thoughts

School Issues

Behavior Issues

Mood Disorders

Personality Disorders

Impulse Control Disorders


Body Image




School: Aurora University

Year Graduated: 2020

License No. 150104807

State: Illinois 


Additional Credentials:

  • Certificate: Illinois Certification Board- CADC / 36341 Certificate Date: 2020

  • License No. and State: 2485722 Illinois Board of Education- Professional Educator License- Social Work Endorsement

The Stars

Support Staff

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Kurt Keyzer Balbuena

Administrative Assistant

Mark Kozlowski

Tech Support


Danielle Kaduthodil 

Social Work Intern in Master's Program 

Danielle graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in May, 2023. She is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in Leadership Administration at Aurora University. Danielle will be performing administrative tasks at SafeSpace to learn about the outpatient practice of clinical social work.


Danielle’s father was a social worker for many years, and it was his work in the field that inspired her from an early age to follow the same path. While social work is not an easy field, with her father’s influence and further research, this was the field that genuinely drew her passion for helping others. Danielle has experience working with various age groups. Other than babysitting, nannying, working at a daycare, and even being a part-time sales associate, her most recent internship at a combined elementary and middle school was the defining factor that confirmed her love for interacting and working with kids. In her free time, Danielle likes to paint, go to the gym and spend time with family and friends.


Kaitlin Lemmer

Social Work Intern in Master's Program

Kaitlin graduated from Iowa State University with her Bachelor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Science degree in May of 2023. Kaitlin is currently working toward her Master of Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in School Social Work at Aurora University. Kaitlin is currently performing administrative tasks to learn about the outpatient  practice of clinical social work.

Kaitlin has a passion for  working with children and adolescents with different backgrounds. Kaitlin has been employed  at her local park district and also has been babysitting for several years. In addition, Kaitlin has  worked alongside Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA). There were other paths that Kaitlin was thinking about pursuing, but they did not feel as fitting as social work. Working with children for many years has inspired her to follow the path of the social work profession to help children mentally and academically.

When Kaitlin has free time from school and work, she enjoys reading, coloring, and spending time with friends and family.

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