Psychotherapist

KeeshaValues and Philosophy

Our purpose together is to clarify the life you want to live. I want to help you recognize you are not the problem; the problem is the problem. I will help you realize your strengths, identify limitations, and discover realistic solutions that will improve your daily functioning. Together we will explore your values, beliefs, desires, sense of purpose, and interests on an individual, relational, cultural, and occupational level. Lasting change begins with increased self-awareness.

Rather than looking at individuals in isolation, my lens requires that I view you in the context of your family, friends, co-workers, and other close relationships that support or challenge you. The theoretical models I utilize are rooted in the belief that problems are the shared responsibility of all members of a family or relationship system; therefore issues do not result from one person’s actions and behaviors. I am interested in your use of language and the story you tell of your life. I aim to collaborate with you and change problem-saturated stories into goal planning strategies that will lead you in the direction of your preferred future. Societal expectations often contradict the reality of people’s lives, and attempts to live up to social expectations usually contribute to the stress and complications individual’s experience. I aim collaborate with you to survey multiple perspectives regarding your life’s narrative in an effort to reconstruct your story based on your strengths and your truth. Healing and growth begin with increased self-awareness.

Training and Experience

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University and embarked on a career in social services. Throughout my career I have had the privilege of serving various client populations. I have managed a long-term care facility for children with varying levels of physical and cognitive abilities. In this role I served as a liaison between families, doctors, school administrators, and therapists to ensure successful continuity of care for my clients. I have worked with the Department of Children and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General, and the Child Protection Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. I have served children and families involved with the child welfare and criminal justice systems. I have also managed cases involving substance-exposed infants, intimate partner violence, and families seeking reunification.

As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) I am honored to support individuals, couples, and families through challenging life situations. I focus on revealing strengths and providing encouragement, motivation, and tools to assist with achieving your personal, relational, and career goals. I identify as an African-American woman, a parent, a partner, and a caregiver, and each identity I hold is rooted in my spirituality. I want to support you with holding multiple, intersecting identities in an affirming and validating way.

Range of Focus

Marriage Preparation
Marriage Enrichment
Relationship Challenges
Parenting Challenges
Separation/Divorce
Anxiety
Grief and Loss
Depression
LGBTQ Individuals
Assertive Communication
Anger Management
Systemic Therapies
Strength-Based Approach
Trauma-Informed Practice
Multicultural focus
Self-esteem

Degrees and Certifications

MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy- 2017

BS in Psychology, Western Illinois University- 1996

Professional Memberships

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists- Student Member
Delta Kappa- International Marriage & Family Therapy Honor Society Member

Office Hours

Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri- Hyde Park
Wed- Lakeview
Please call or email for available times.

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

1525 E. 53rd. Street., Suite 824
Chicago, IL 60615

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

Chicago

IL

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773.880.1310 ext. 7789