Even without a crisis, one can still be troubled:
“I know what to do to make my life better. But it’s so hard for me to move on things. . . I always felt that I loved everyone that I live with. But now I am not sure. . . My father’s declining condition makes him impossible to live with. But if he moves to a nursing home, I won’t be able to live with myself. . . I am trying to stay in my job until I get Social Security. But I don’t know if I can bear eight more years of misery.”
Thoughts like the above are common. Sometimes, we can confine them to a few moments. Beyond that, they can drain
us. Unfortunately, there are risks in confiding these thoughts to those we care about. The risks of disclosing them to a therapist are less. A therapist is unlikely to pressure you to choose one path over another. Afterall, they will not profit from your decision. Are your thoughts or feelings justified? Or should they be reconsidered? The process of “thinking out loud” can help one to decide whether they would like to eliminate their distress, or be less consumed by it. Once decided, the next step is for you and the therapist to develop a treatment plan that you can buy into.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with a background in community behavioral health. During my 30 years in Chicago (most on the Southside), I have worked with hundreds of clients. Many of them struggled with life transitions, depression, anxiety, family issues and other concerns. While there are frequent themes, I remember that anyone who considers therapy is a distinct individual. Therefore, every treatment plan is tailored to your strengths and priorities. I believe in the power of the individual to use their strengths to move through their challenges. I see my role as someone to support you on that journey.
This therapist offers in-office sessions only.
Populations I work with:
Adolescents age 16+
Additional Specialty Areas:
Stressors with DCFS
Issues of Caregivers
As a veteran, I am acquainted with concerns of present/former military personnel.
Insurances I accept:
Out-of-Network insurance benefits
Private Pay - sliding fee schedule