My Approach to Helping
I am a therapist because I truly believe in the capacity of an individual to create powerful and lasting change. My work as a therapist has exposed me to the innate resilience of humankind, confirming my belief that with the right support, there is always hope. The relationship between the client(s) and their therapist is the foundation of their work together. Establishing trust and emotional safety, meaning that you feel you can honestly reveal your story or parts of yourself without fear of judgment, is critical to the healing process.
For these reasons, I would advise you to seek a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. As a therapist, I work from trauma-informed, sex positive (kink and poly affirming) and feminist frameworks. My services are always LGBTQIA inclusive. In addition, I have a M.A. in Art Therapy and possess the necessary qualifications to effectively integrate creative expressions, such as visual art or poetry, into the therapeutic process. Unfailingly non-judgmental, I strive to create a safe space where you can explore and express yourself without reservation, even when it's hard or uncomfortable to do so. As an eclectic clinician, I have been trained to utilize a variety of counseling techniques simultaneously. This allows me to use the most effective intervention(s) for each client; to elicit their individual strengths, overcome challenges, and build resilience.
More Info About My Practice
As the owner of Resilience Counseling LLC, I see clients privately at my home office located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. I love living in a clean, welcoming space, and share my home with 3 friendly rescue cats. Per your preference, they can easily be placed in another room during your visit; I share this however as a disclaimer to those with allergies.
In addition, I offer outreach counseling services, where I will travel to your home or office to meet with you. Evening and weekend appointment times are available (for both office and outreach appointments).
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I've worked with many clients who have unfortunately have had negative experiences with prior therapists. The theme I often see in these cases is that the therapist did not really listen to them or address their needs. Or, the therapist had an agenda different from what the client was coming to therapy to address. If this is the case, or you've had another kind of negative experience, I'm so sorry. I want to hear about what went wrong so I can avoid making the same mistake. I see therapy as a collaboration, and welcome feedback from my clients. What I can tell you is that I listen to all my clients and we work on what you think is important in therapy. I am an expert in mental health, but you are the expert of your own life.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Going to therapy, and doing my own work, has made me an exponentially better therapist! I know what it's like to show up to therapy, meet with someone I've never met with before, and share vulnerable parts of myself; it's not easy. I understand the experience of being in pain; but I also know what it's like to heal, and I know that healing is possible even in seemingly impossible situations. I know this not because I have experienced healing (I know that everyone is not me), but because my clients show me over and over again their resilience in the face of adversity. I named my practice Resilience Counseling because of this.
I firmly believe in only asking my clients to do things that I'm willing to do myself. Sometimes, I envision my role as a therapist as a sort of guide. How can I guide you on your journey, without embarking on my own? My own experience as a client in therapy is partially what motivated me to apply to graduate school and pursue this profession over 8 years ago. My passion for this work is what keeps me here.