Melissa Schleicher-Park

LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA

Melissa Schleicher-Park
773-649-4135

Melissa Schleicher-Park

LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA

Not Accepting New Clients
Professions: Creative Arts Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - 180-010156
Secondary Credential: Board-Certified DanceMovement Therapist - BC-DMT-1214
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

1818 Dempster Street
Evanston, Illinois 60202
410 South Michigan Avenue
Studio 720
Chicago, Illinois 60605

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My Approach to Helping

My approach to helping those in need is rooted in compassion and the strong belief that everyone possesses the ability to heal themselves when provided with supportive, kind and unbiased guidance. My education as a therapist and a dancemovement therapist is grounded in humanistic, client-centered psychology and rounded out with training in mindfulness and Buddhist psychology from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Massachusetts. My views on mental illness play a large role in how I have developed my therapeutic approach. I see psychological and emotional concerns as the product of environment, emotional and spiritual modeling and the genetic hand we are all dealt. This interplay of factors affects our world-view and the perception of ourselves throughout life. I feel it is my duty to those who seek my care, to discuss, perhaps amend, and experience these perceptions in the hope of allowing the authentic self to emerge in health and wellness. Besides traditional talk therapy interventions, I also employ body-based experiential techniques, mindfulness meditation and, if desired by the client, movement interventions to bring the inner world to light.

More Info About My Practice

I am also an iRest® Yoga Nidra Level Two Meditation teacher. iRest® is a trauma-informed meditation practice combining the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra with Western psychological perspectives.

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

Therapists, therapy and "professional help" is not new to the human experience. There have always been a group of individuals to whom others turned to in times of affliction and difficulty. I see the role of the modern therapist as a continuation of the need for people to seek help from other humans, to fulfill the need for connection and understanding in a time when interpersonal relationships are increasingly strained and isolation feels to be at an all-time high.

Each person born into this world has a capacity for emotional conflict. Many people reach this threshold and do not know where to turn to when friends and family are not enough or perhaps cannot help in the way needed. Therapists fulfill this need with the added bonus of objectivity and a fresh perspective.

Asking for help takes a tremendous amount of personal strength simply due to the culture in which we reside. Most of us are not taught how to ask for help or fear the judgment of others when in need. I view the act of asking for help as brave and a sign of self-compassion and kindness. If we are not kind to our struggles, who else will?

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

The duration and frequency of therapy truly depends on the problem bringing someone to my office. If there is serious and chronic mental illness, perhaps therapy will continue for years as a consistent outlet for concern as well as support to manage recurring symptoms. If the issue at hand can be resolved in a month or two then that will be discussed in session.

The standard frequency of therapy is once per week in the beginning and, given emotional concerns begin to recede, every two weeks and then tapered once again. If a client is going through crisis, I may suggest that more frequent sessions take place to ensure safety.

Each client is different and, true to the client-centered approach, therapy is tailored to each person's unique needs.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Chronic Mental Illness, Recovery from Addiction, Management of Depression and Anxiety, Management of Psychosis, Survivors of Trauma

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Criticism
  • Shame
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Authentic Movement
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Dance / Movement Therapy (DMT)
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Psychodynamic
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