For Clients: Individual and Couples Therapy
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the services we provide, but an example of many topics that can be discussed in therapy.
Addiction and substance abuse
If you, or someone in your life is questioning whether or not substances have caused problems in your life we can examine this issue together.
Some people struggle with never feeling good enough. Many also feel the need to be perfect all the time. If you relate to these feelings, you may be experiencing shame, and you may not even recognize how pervasive it is in your life and how it’s affecting you. Fortunately, there are therapeutic techniques to help you live more wholeheartedly.
We don't always recognize how significantly our experiences can affect us. Trauma isn't just big, memorable, frightening events; but can also be incidents that on their own seem insignificant, but when compiled create deep suffering. We utilize a trauma-informed lens when working with all clients and will support the processing of trauma in a way that suits each individual.
What we do and don't believe can have a great impact on how we think about and move through the world. We create a space for clients to ask questions about their spiritual beliefs and discover, for themselves, what spirituality means.
Mood disorders - depression, bipolar disorder
Depression is more than just occasionally feeling blue. If frequently feeling sad gets in the way of living the life you want, depression may be affecting you. Similarly, bipolar includes depression, but also periods of time where you feel extremely energetic, enthusiastic, and often act impulsively. We can provide a wealth of tools and techniques to treat such mood disorders.
Anxiety disorders - generalized anxiety, panic disorder
Do people tell you that you worry too much? A small amount of worrying is normal, but being consumed by worrying is not normal and can be treated. Panic attacks are more acute bouts of worrying, often with physiological symptoms that may feel overwhelming -- some people describe the sensation as feeling like they are having a heart attack. Sometimes panic attacks are caused by certain stimuli, and sometimes they come out of the blue. Therapy can help mitigate these experiences.
Relationships are tough enough, but for individuals who identify as polyamorous, kinky, non-monogamous, etc; relationships present their own unique set of challenges. Not all relationships look the same, and we offer a safe, non-judgmental, sex-positive place to talk about these relationships.
Sexual Identity and Gender (LGBTQI)
Gender and sexuality are deep, complex and a vital part of what makes us who we are. Common issues range from questioning one's sexual identity and/or gender, to challenges in maintaining your identity within your family, work environment or peer group. We offer an open, inclusive place to explore and process what you’re feeling and experiencing.
Self-injury and cutting
Many professionals describe self-injury and cutting as its own form of addiction. Clients often report they hurt themselves because they'd rather feel pain than nothing at all. Therapy can address the underlying issues behind the numbness and get to the heart of the matter.
Personality disorders - borderline, narcissism, obsessive-compulsive
Personality disorders often present themselves in relationships with the people closest to us. If you've found yourself struggling to maintain healthy relationships, but can't quite put your finger on what's been happening, the therapy relationship can be a great place to learn and heal.
Self-worth, self-compassion, self-esteem
So much of our pain and suffering is caused by what we say to ourselves. There are many ways to build tools through therapy to better support yourself and improve your sense of self-worth, self-compassion and self-esteem.
We have provided group therapy services at Harborview Recovery Center, New Hope Recovery Center, and the Positive Sobriety Institute and we would be happy to provide groups for other treatment facilities in Chicago.
Options for groups include:
- The Daring WayTM Curriculum: The Daring WayTM is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was developed to help men, women, and adolescents learn how to show up, be seen and live braver lives. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing a courage practice that transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings and is suitable for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders.
- Musical intervention groups (various topics such as substance abuse, mood disorders, anxiety, etc.): Music is a common joy that many people share. I've found success in utilizing music as a way to broach a variety of therapy topics, create group cohesion, and increase group participation.
Clinical supervision for LPC or LSW
We have had a variety of supervisory experience and are available to supervise new clinicians who wish to gain hours towards their clinical licensure.
The Daring WayTM , shame/shame-resilience, musical interventions, self-compassion, addiction - we've had experience presenting internationally and would be interested in sharing information with other professionals.