Our goal at Rockford Psychiatric Medical Services is to combine compassionate mental health treatment with the most advanced medical treatment options available in order to effectively treat emotional suffering.
William J. Giakas, M.D.
Dr. Giakas completed his psychiatry residency at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, and the Subspecialites of Forensic Psychiatry (Psychiatry and the Law) and Geriatric Psychiatry. He is also board-certified by the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Giakas is a frequent lecturer, a speaker for the pharmaceutical industry, and is an expert consultant for a variety of legal issues.
Angie Brechlin, APN
Angie is a licensened psychiatric advanced practice nurse with over 20 years of experience in mental health. She joined Rockford Psychiatric Medical Services, S.C. in 2013 and provides mental health evaluation and treatment for all ages.
Colette Carter, APN
Colette is a board certified adult-gerontology nurse practitioner who provides mental health evaluation and treatment for adolescent and adult populations. She graduated Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Public Health, Saint Anthony College of Nursing with a BSN, and University of Cincinatti with a Master's Degree in Nursing. She joined Rockford Psychiatric Medical Services, S.C. in 2014. She has a diverse background in health care, spent 8 years on active duty in the US Air Force at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, and has worked with patients in outpatient and acute care settings.
Jason Soriano, Psy.D.
Jason Soriano is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been with Rockford Psychiatric Medical Services, S.C. since 2014. Jason earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he volunteered with adolescents in an alternative middle school in the Madison area. After graduating from UW-Madison, Jason worked as a substance abuse technician at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus in Rockford, IL. While employed at Rosecrance, Jason worked with adolescents and their families on treating substance abuse and other co-occurring mental health challenges.
After two years of employment at Rosecrance, Jason entered into the PsyD program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago where he spent the next five years earning his Masters degree in Counseling and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. During his graduate training, Jason trained with a variety of populations in the public sector. His previous training experiences include children and adolescents, LGBTQ populations, and couples and adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse diagnoses.
Jason works primarily with adults and adolescents and specializes in working with families who are adjusting to significant life changes such as depression, anxiety, substance use, adjustment problems, and grief. He operates from a psychodynamic perspective and provides individual and group therapy. He also specializes in psychological testing and is readily available for presentations. Jason has both daytime and evening hours.
Brenda Beard, LCSW
Brenda is a licensed clinical social worker with 23 years of experience in a variety of treatment settings. She joined the practice in 2013 and has expertise in individual, family and group therapy, and treats clients of all ages. Brenda approaches the treatment of depression, anxiety, personality disorders, childhood sexual abuse, atttachement issues and other problems from a range of perspectives including psychoanalytic psychotherapy, spirituality, and mindfullness meditiation, and she is grounded in the foundations of the biological manifestations of mental illness and therapy approaches.
Brenda's warmth, unconditional acceptance and humor quickly sets people at ease. Your therapeutic relationship becomes the building block to safely explore and resolve the pain and symptoms that trouble you.
"Our work together is about finding out what negative self esteem messages, behaviors, or memories stand in the way of feeling more empowered and balanced. By learning new ways to experience emotions, thoughts, and challenging excperiences, your inner capacity to accept life and grow personally will emerge. I look forward to the opportunity to help you live a more joyful, peaceful, and mindful life."
Rachel Rothermel, LMFT
Rachel Rothermel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Missouri in Child and Family Development. She continued her studies at Northern Illinois University in Applied Child and Family Studies with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. After graduating with her Master’s Degree, Rachel began working with children and families at Lutheran Social Services.
She helped children and families overcome trauma experiences, parenting challenges, and develop a safe and stable home environment. Rachel works with children ages 3-18, adults and families with PTSD, ADHD, ODD, anxiety, depression, and adjustment problems. She also has training working with couples, divorce, and co-parenting issues. She utilizes a strength based and family systems perspective when working with youth, families, and individuals. She also utilizes play therapy and expressive techniques. Rachel believes that forming a healthy therapeutic relationship is key to making successful life changes.