Jennifer A Baker, NCC, LCPC, CADC, Counseling in Chicago, Illinois, 60643

Jennifer A Baker, NCC, LCPC, CADC

Jennifer A Baker, NCC, LCPC, CADC
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Jennifer A Baker, NCC, LCPC, CADC

Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCPC
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 36045
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
Office 1
10725 S Western Ave.
2nd floor
Chicago, Illinois 60643
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Office 2
Crete, Illinois 60417

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The decision to begin a therapeutic journey can be daunting yet richly rewarding. I strive to create a safe, collaborative, and supportive space to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your experiences and personal dynamics to promote a more balanced and fulfilling life. I offer the opportunity to work from a mind, body, and soul connection, and enjoy offering meditation, mindfulness, and somatic work as a supplement to traditional talk therapy. I am committed to a therapeutic process that fosters a strong and stable sense of self, creativity, and resiliency, while valuing diversity and each individuals unique journey and goals.

I am a culturally sensitive, LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist, with a deep commitment to multicultural competence, and a compassionate understanding of the sociocultural and systemic factors that influence individual development and well being. There is great value in the experience of being understood and feeling free to be our authentic selves.

"The language by which we have been taught to dismiss ourselves and our feelings as suspect is the same language we use to dismiss and suspect each other." -Audre Lorde

Email or Call Jennifer A Baker, NCC, LCPC, CADC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 36045

More Info About My Practice

As a licensed Professional counselor and Psychotherapist I have worked in a variety of settings to include community mental health, hospital settings, residential treatment, forensic programs and private practice. I have considerable experience working with clients facing challenges related, but not limited, to relationship and interpersonal concerns, histories of trauma, mood instability, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, psychosis, adjustment difficulties, and recovery from addiction.

In my life and practice collective gathering is a deeply rewarding and rich experience. Please inquire for more information on therapy groups forming now.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

My experience has led me to work with many people who come in with a previous negative therapy experience. I believe goodness of fit with your therapist is of utmost importance. I encourage clients to share and explore past therapy experiences with me to get a good understanding of what was helpful and what was not. This is an important step in building a therapeutic relationship. My approach to therapy is exploratory and non pathologizing.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

We are in a society that pushes us to avoid pain and what we label as negative feelings. We are often told to "just get over it", "stay strong" or simply that our feelings do not matter. We are often taught that we should be happy at all times and if we aren't something is wrong with us. Many are quick to give us a fix, or solution, when we are really needing to be heard, to regain our voice. There are also various cultural dynamics that may bring reluctance to seeking support outside of the family. Allowing ourselves outlets to express ourselves, and a full range of emotion, is part of the human experience. It takes great strength and courage to share our experiences, and to work towards increased insight, growth and development. Connection is key to our well being. Therapy provides a space for this and is a part of self care and compassion.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I have particular experience and interest in working with persons identifying within the LGBTQ+ umbrella, survivors of racial trauma, and those desiring a safe space to explore and share an experience of being "other".

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Irritability
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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