Shelly Gessler (she, her)

Psychotherapist; EMDR, MindfulnessSelf-Compassion, Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Shelly Gessler (she, her)

Psychotherapist; EMDR, MindfulnessSelf-Compassion, Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Telehealth Available
Professions: Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LPC - 178016123
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Fees: 125 per session or BCBS; do not accept Medicare
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8695 S. Archer Ave
Suite 21
Willow Springs, Illinois 60480

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My Approach to Helping

Hello. My name is Shelly. I’m a trauma-informed therapist in the southwest suburbs of Chicago who works with families, adults, and couples with a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and relational attachment issues. I offer telehealth and in-person sessions, focused on building a therapeutic relationship where you feel heard, respected, and motivated. My approach is non-pathologizing and strength-based. I offer nonjudgmental space where you may explore who you are and feel empowered to change your life.

In session, I will offer a variety of therapeutic methods to help you move through current challenges toward healing and growth, including trauma-relief (EMDR, trauma-sensitive Yoga) in order to overcome symptoms associated with past events and injuries, mindfulness self-compassion, cognitive-based, and depth psychotherapy (dream analysis, active imagination).

I believe in your potential to heal and discover new meaning and possibilities. I accept and value people of all sexual orientations, identity, race, and religion. Feel free to reach out.

More Info About My Practice

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Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With


Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Jealousy
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Women's Issues
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dreamwork
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Gottman Method
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Yoga Therapy

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