Psychotherapist

AndreinaValues and Philosophy

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” Bessel A. van der Kolk.

I believe in the importance of human connections as a form of healing. Connecting with others can provide a sense of belonging, love, support, and safety. As a therapist, I value the connection and therapeutic relationship formed with clients and consider it a necessary aspect for change and growth to occur. I believe in providing a space where clients can feel empowered to discover and use their strengths to replace old patterns or change aspects of their lives that may be causing problems.

Therapy

We all face different challenges in our lives, most of which may not be visible to others. Reaching out for help and deciding to do things differently can be scary. However, I believe that therapy offers an opportunity to walk side by side with someone and work together in a process of healing and transformation, that ultimately leads to change and growth. I believe in the power of the relationship in the therapeutic room, as well as the importance of the relationships with relatives, friends, and support systems which I consider are a fundamental part of a person’s well-being.
In my clinical practice, I like to provide a warm and trusting space where people can feel understood, acknowledged, and respected. As a therapist, I am respectful of my clients’ own pace and direction. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process where the client and the therapist work together to achieve certain goals, while also encouraging challenging reflections. It is an opportunity to try to do things differently and explore strengths, opportunities, and new ways of viewing ourselves and others.

Training and Experience

I received my Bachelors in Psychology from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas Venezuela and my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In Venezuela, during my undergraduate program, I did an extensive coursework in substance abuse and had the opportunity to intern in inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as volunteering in a community center with children and teenagers. After I graduated I worked in a domestic violence clinic where I began my work with trauma survivors and their families. It also provided me with the opportunity of leading a group and combining counseling with psycho-education, specifically regarding domestic violence. Additionally, I also had the opportunity of working at a community center where I used creative interventions such as art, journaling, and drawings for self-expression in a group with pregnant adolescents.

I moved to Chicago for my Master’s program and had the experience of volunteering with refugee women at Madonna Mission. I also trained at Erie Neighborhood House. Here I developed skills working with clients who presented trauma as a result of family separation, immigration, acculturative stress, discrimination, abuse, domestic violence, and loss or grief.

My clinical experience focuses on working with people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, as well as providing English and Spanish counseling services to children, teenagers, adults, and families. I bring particular training and expertise around trauma, immigration, depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem problems, and life transitions. Additionally, I am a strong supporter of the complex links between mind and body and how they can affect and heal each other.

Range of Focus

Spanish Speaking
Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Families
Undeserved and marginalized communities
Trauma Recovery
Domestic Violence
Immigration and Acculturative Stress
Affirmative Practice with Gender and Sexual Diversity
Depression and Anxiety
Stress and Somatic Disorders
Body/Mind Connection
Life Transitions
Loss or Grief
Self-esteem and Self-confidence building

Languages

English and Spanish

Degrees and Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor Certification (pending)

M.A., Counseling Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2017
International formation of psychological specialization for teachers, AVEPANE University Institute, Caracas, Venezuela, 2010.

B.A., Psychology, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, 2009
Certificate in Socio-emotional Group Intervention Skills for Children and Adolescents, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, 2007.

 

Contact Information
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1300 W. Belmont Ave. Suite 400

Chicago

IL

60657

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773.880.1310 ext. 7628