Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

Joanna300 openedValues and Philosophy

I believe each of us have developed skills throughout our lives that have helped us to cope in difficult situations and have allowed us to continue functioning in the world, even when faced with adversity. At times, the skills we have long depended on are not always enough to allow us to function as well as we could be. When we are in crisis or unable to cope with external stressors, when we experience symptoms of depression or anxiety, or when we feel hopeless or misunderstood - these are the times when we most benefit from receiving support and validation from someone else. I see my role in the therapeutic relationship as someone who is there to help by not only listening, but by hearing, witnessing, validating, and understanding.

The therapeutic relationship involves exploration, collaboration and trust. What we explore and collaborate on will vary based on each person's individual needs and treatment goals; however, trust is the one constant in every clinical relationship and it is established through consistency, dependability and the creation of a healthy clinical relationship. This will be the foundation of the work we do together. Trust will be the catalyst for you to begin to gain a better understanding of the challenges you have faced. It will also allow you to explore more effective ways of coping, gain resiliency, learn to make healthier choices, increase self-awareness and most importantly, to be empowered to live a happy, healthy life.

Psychotherapy

I use an integrative approach to therapy, meaning I incorporate different approaches and interventions based on each person’s individual needs. I typically use a strengths-based approach, which means I look for the inherent resiliency in each person and use this to address treatment needs. I also use a trauma-informed lens to assess each person's experiences and explore how these have shaped his/her/their understanding of the self and the world. I believe in the use of mindfulness techniques and the creative process to promote grounding and allow each person the opportunity to explore individual strengths, gain insight and instill a sense of empowerment. My role throughout this process will be to provide a safe, non-judgmental space that will allow you to reflect on your experiences and receive feedback, validation and support to help you to live an authentic life.

I provide individual, couples, and family therapy services to children, adolescents and adults, and specialize in the treatment of trauma. I frequently rely on my training in two main areas: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and art therapy. EMDR is an intervention that addresses the physical and psychological impact of trauma and the emotional distress it causes and helps to relieve symptoms associated with adverse life experiences. Art therapy uses art materials, the creative process and finished artwork to help clients explore aspects of self, gain insight, reconcile emotional distress, communicate using symbolism, and improve self-awareness. In addition, I also utilize aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) informed interventions. DBT focuses on teaching skills around mindfulness (the practice of being fully aware and present in one moment), emotion regulation (how to change and manage emotions), distress tolerance (how to tolerate emotional pain) and interpersonal effectiveness (how to effectively communicate and get what you need in a relationship). These skills help to decrease harmful thoughts and behaviors and replace with healthier alternatives. Please click on the links below for more information on each of these approaches.

EMDR: https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/

DBT: http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm

Art Therapy: http://arttherapy.org/upload/whatisarttherapy.pdf

Although there is a structure and basis for my approach to therapy, there are different ways to incorporate this approach into treatment. Therefore, our early work together will be spent identifying your individual needs and goals, as well as exploring various treatment methods. Because therapy is a partnership, we will collaborate throughout this process to find what feels most comfortable for you.

Range of Focus

Trauma Recovery
Art therapy
EMDR
Mind/body connection
Affirmative Practice with LGBTQ Individuals and families
Children, Adolescents and Adults
Separation
Grief and Loss
Depression
Anxiety
Self-Esteem
Relationship issues

Degrees and Certifications

MS in Art Therapy from Florida State University 2006
Registered Art Therapist, 2010
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, 2011
Completed training in EMDR, June 2015

Office Hours

Tuesday 11:00am-9:00pm (Belmont)
Wednesday 12pm-9pm (Belmont)
Thursday 1:00pm-9:00pm (Belmont)
Friday 1:00pm-9:00pm (Belmont)
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm (Downtown)

Contact Information
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1300 W. Belmont, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60657

30 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 508
Chicago, IL 60602

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773-880-1310 ext. 7271