Balance and Personal Growth
Balance is the cornerstone to emotional stability and mental wellbeing. Therefore, I incorporate aspects of identifying where balance could improve in each client's life.
If you are struggling to find purpose and meaning in life or are in the process of some aspect of personal growth, it is helpful to have a counseling professional to talk to throughout that journey. It takes some trial and error and an abundance of self-compassion to allow more balance into our schedules and to go through moments of personal growth. I say this because these are all times of significant change, and change is rarely easy.
Work/life balance, parenting/self-care balance, relationship/career balance, health/career balance...all of these are just a few areas of where people tend to experience a lack of balance in their lives. If you believe you could use support during a time of personal growth or transition I am here to help.
Surviving a traumatic event, or multiple traumatic events is something that no person should have to work through on their own. With trauma it may feel like isolating and avoiding thoughts about what happened is the best way out, but this tactic may cause symptoms to worsen.
Therefore, counselors like myself are here to help guide individuals through the muddy waters of life after trauma has occurred. The approach I use varies on a case by case basis but I typically rely on Acceptance-Based Commitment therapy, CBT and prolonged exposure to assist clients in their recovery.
If you or a loved one is struggling with processing life after a car accident, work incident, combat trauma, sexual assault, emotional or physical abuse, a house fire, or witnessing the near death or death of another individual it will be important to have a space to process that. I am happy to provide that space and time to help you work through all that you need. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
Based on a blog post I wrote at chicagocounselingcenter.com, I utilize behavior activation to treat and manage Depression. I have assisted young adults and older in getting back to their routine and to the things they value/ enjoy in life when they believed it wasn't possible to "feel better."
Depression, whether chronic, seasonal or situational, feels like it may never end and can really interrupt life as we know it. With behavior activation and consistent counseling it is possible to start engaging in life again and rebuilding other emotions beyond sadness and hopelessness. I utilize CBT and DBT to supplement treatment as every person experiences this illness in a unique way. Therefore, you can expect a client-centered approach when working with me and one that addresses your specific treatment goals.
Anxiety is something that we all have. If we didn't have at least a baseline of anxiety we wouldn't know how to protect ourselves when a situation seemingly goes wrong. However, for some people their baseline of Anxiety is higher than others. This can be in only one or two areas of life, such as work or school. Anxiety can also be present in all areas of life where people feel controlled and manipulated by it. I have worked with ages 12 and older to assist individuals with OCD, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Phobias, and hoarding.
Regardless of the severity of Anxiety, I approach the concern with Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. At times I also use overlapping concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and assist individuals with cognitive defusion from the thoughts that disrupt their daily life.
Anxiety is can be managed! You may just need a bit of support to get started and then that opens the door for many possibilities to open up in your life.