Rayell Grayson, LCPC, CADC (she/her) is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified addictions counselor. She holds a Master’s of Arts degree in clinical counseling psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Rayell specializes in: substance abuse/addiction, complex PTSD, trauma/racial trauma, cultural/racial identity development, life adjustments/transitions, stress management, mood disorders, anxiety, relational complications, domestic and sexual violence, low self-esteem/self-worth struggles, women’s issues, and health/wellness concerns. Rayell is currently holding space and centering her work around those who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigeous, and People of Color).

Rayell has spent eight years working with adolescents and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds and who struggle with various life complications. Rayell is deeply passionate about holding space for others and believes that every person deserves to be their authentic self, live in their truth, and enjoy healthier interactions and connections within their relationships. She offers a genuine sense of compassion for any challenges faced and works collaboratively with her clients in a warm, caring and calm environment where they can feel safe, supported, and open to share their experiences in a compassionate space. Rayell views therapy as an opportunity to cultivate a collaborative relationship with her clients, while centering connection, exploration, validation, and growth. She empowers clients to identify their strengths and increase self-acceptance by inviting curiosity into the therapy space.

Rayell utilizes an approach that is eclectic, strength based, empathetic, playful and relational. Rayell genuinely believes that talking to someone about your worries and concerns is something that we all can benefit from when faced with life’s changes, challenges and obstacles. Currently, she is training to become a NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model) therapist, which is a trauma model that supports those who have experienced complex/developmental trauma.

In her spare time, Rayell loves traveling the globe and immersing herself in new cultures. When she’s not traveling, she can be found enjoying fun events in Chicago – especially outdoor festivals and concerts. Rayell also enjoys playing intramural softball, rooftop yoga, volunteering, cooking new recipes, training/jogging on the lake path for the next race, watching football (college & NFL), and being outdoors with her 13 year old dog, Theodore. Rayell can also be found spending time with family and friends or binge watching shows on Netflix.

Rayell can be reached by email at rayell@headhearttherapy.com