Psychotherapist

sarahl

Values and Philosophy

I have always held a deep appreciation for acknowledging and validating the unique experiences of all people. Therapy is the process of knowing yourself, which is often powerful and transformative. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe and welcoming space in which people can experience the freedom to explore deeper levels of self, leading to greater insight, healing, and a renewed sense of purpose throughout all aspects of life.

Psychotherapy

As a psychotherapist, I will take the time to listen and get to know you while we develop a relationship of trust and mutual understanding. Our connection will serve as a way to explore your relationship to yourself and others outside the therapy space. I believe that psychotherapy is a tool to create the space for change and to make meaning of our experiences as we explore the connections between past and present. I also believe that no single approach works for everyone. I will invite you to collaborate with me, as we carve a path together that aligns with your goals and circumstances.

Training and Experience

My training and experience spans several eclectic areas of interest, including theater, improv, yoga, and administrative work. I have been fortunate to explore meaningful intersections among all of them. I have an extensive background in theater and improv. I have a BFA in Theater Arts and I have been a part of the improv community in Chicago since 2005 as a performer, coach, and teacher. As a group therapist in the Improv for Anxiety Program at Second City, I have explored the profoundly positive effects that improv can have on mental health, particularly in relation to social anxiety.

I am also a certified yoga teacher and I work to explore the connections between mind, body, and breath in a therapeutic context. We often store the impacts of stress and trauma in our bodies and, in our fast-paced and content saturated environments, we don’t always make the connections between our physical and mental states.

My work as an administrative coordinator at the Erikson Institute led me to pursue a career in the mental health field. I am a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Illinois with a Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. I also have additional, specialized training in the field of addictions and I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. I have experience working with a range of substance use disorders and process addictions. I also have a specialized interest in working with close friends and family members of those struggling with addiction.

Range of Focus

Adjustment to life transitions
Emerging adults and adults
Anxiety
Depression
Substance use
Friends and family members of those struggling with addiction
Fertility, pregnancy, and parenthood
Yoga and mindfulness
Affirmative practice with LGBTQ individuals and family members
Group therapy

Degrees and Certificates

Licensed Social Worker, State of Illinois (2015)
Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, State of Illinois (2015)
Master of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago (2015)
Certified 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher, Bloom Yoga Studio (2013)
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Theater Arts, University of Mississippi (2005)

Office Hours

Sundays – Evanston
Mondays – Downtown
Tuesdays – Lakeview
Thursdays – Lakeview
Fridays - Lakeview

 

Contact Information
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Lakeview
1300 W. Belmont Ave. Suite 400

Evanston
1740 Ridge Ave. Suite 218

Downtown
30 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 508

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773-880-1310 ext. 7890