Staff Therapist

Keesha Beasley opened shrpndValues and Philosophy

My approach to therapy is guided by the belief that people are the experts of their own lives, fully competent and able to set goals that will positively impact their day-to-day experiences. My goal as a therapist is to foster a relationship of trust because only in a trusting environment will you feel safe and free to explore feelings and process emotions. I create an emotionally safe space by demonstrating a genuine desire to further your healing and growth. I listen responsively as we engage in a search and discovery process together where I help you recognize your strengths, clarify the type of life you want to live, and discover your own solutions.

I utilize a systemic approach to the therapeutic process and select interventions based on each person’s unique concerns. This means that rather than looking at people independently or in isolation, my interests are expanded and 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, so issues do not result from one person’s actions and behaviors. I focus on interactional patterns of behaviors and find that even in individual sessions it is often important to discuss key individuals that are not physically present. 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. I focus on behavioral interaction patterns that appear to keep you “stuck” while we work to uncover the meanings of certain behaviors.

I appreciate the Narrative Therapy motto that states, “The problem is the problem; the person is not the problem.” Societal expectations often contradict with the lives people live, and attempts to live up to societal expectations usually creates stress and complications. I work to understand your value and belief systems and survey multiple perspectives regarding your life narrative.

One’s family, community, culture, socioeconomic status, race, gender, the level of education and other factors influence each individual’s concept of reality. I am curious to understand your lived experiences. In a collaborative manner we will explore values, choices, your sense of freedom, purpose, meaning, and personal responsibility. It is through increased self-awareness healing and growth occurs.

Training and Experience

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University and began a career in social services in various capacities. 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 transitioned to managing MarkLund Sayer’s Home (formerly in Bartlett, IL), which is a residential group home for children with severe and profound disabilities. Each of these career opportunities allowed me the opportunity to form professional relationships with clients and their families that were in need of various forms of social and emotional support. Involvement with these individuals and families sparked my therapeutic desire and inspired my career direction to change. I am currently studying Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy at Capella University with an expected graduation date of August 2017. As a Marriage and Family Therapist I am excited to support individuals, couples and families during difficult life situations by revealing their strengths, providing encouragement, motivation, and tools to assist them in achieving their personal goals.

Range of Focus
  • Systemic Therapies
  • Strength-based approach
  • Trauma-Informed practice
  • Multi-cultural focus
  • Individual Adult Therapy
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Loss of motivation, sadness
  • Self-esteem and confidence
Degrees and Certifications

MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy- anticipated graduation June 2017
BS in Psychology, Western Illinois University- 1996

Professional Memberships

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists- Student Member
Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society Member

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Please call or email for available times.

 

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. 7789