New Horizons

Have you faced victimization more than once in your life?

In addition to victim services, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office offers a therapy program for victims. New Horizons is designed to help victims who have experienced multiple incidents of victimization, even if the previous incident was never reported. Licensed clinicians are available to work with individuals interested in therapy. We provide a client centered, strengths-based approach to help you identify and reach goals. For more information, call 847-377-3184; for Spanish inquiries call 847-377-3115. You can also email our New Horizons clinicians directly at

Therapy is at no cost to the client. Services are available in person and virtually. This program has been made possible by funding through the Illinois Criminal Justice information Authority.

Meet Our Therapists

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Sandra Bankston, MSW LCSW

Sandra Bankston is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years of experience in social services. Her experience in the fields of child maltreatment and victim advocacy have provided the foundation for her work as therapist.  Sandra works with individuals who have experienced intimate partner violence, trauma, sexual abuse/assault, anxiety and depression.

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Monica Vervilos, LCPC CADC

Monica Vervilos is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has 15 years of experience providing mental health services to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, domestic violence, trauma, anger and parenting. Monica can facilitate sessions in English or Spanish.