Affiliate Professional

StephanieSeals"You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."
-Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

Philosophy and Values

As we go about our lives, we are inevitably met with challenges along the way. How we respond to these challenges and what we learn from them have the potential to create significant meaning out of the human experience.

I believe that we all have inherent wisdom about ourselves and the world that surrounds us. Many times, we have simply become distracted by difficult experiences in the past, worries about the future, or uncertainty about the present that result in discomfort or conflict. Therapy allows a safe space to be curious about what troubles us, gently confront thoughts or behaviors that are no longer helpful, and uncover and tune into the messages that originate from our wise mind. We all have the ability to heal, but sometimes we need guidance from another person to help us do so.

Training and Experience

I received my bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and then spent 4 years working and exploring my various passions before deciding to pursue a graduate degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago. Although I took a longer and more winding road than most before arriving in this field, the common thread woven throughout my life has been an innate desire to listen to, feel empathy for, and help empower others.

I have over 5 years of experience providing direct services to highly vulnerable populations in community based settings. I have worked with individuals who are impacted by homelessness, LGBTQ identity, substance use/addictions, HIV/AIDS, chronic and severe mental illness, domestic violence, involvement with the criminal justice system, and various physically disabling conditions.

Through my work experience and personal introspection, I've observed that no matter what life's circumstances, humans not only share the experience of pain and suffering, we also share the capacity for resilience and growth in the face of adversity.


Many people tend to seek therapy when life's challenges result in a level of discomfort that is no longer tolerable. No matter what brings you to the chair or couch, I view therapy sessions as your time to share thoughts and feelings in a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere, as well as to learn about and practice nurturing yourself.

I take a psychodynamic approach to therapy, with adjustments made depending on an individual's specific needs. Based on your history, your way of viewing the world, or your goals, I may draw from different theories (e.g., feminist, family systems, attachment) or modalities (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy).

Range of Focus

Affirmative practice with LGBTQ individuals
Self-esteem and identity formation
Mindfulness and spirituality
Depression/mood disorders
12-step recovery and alternative philosophies
Harm reduction
Motivational interviewing
Personality disorders
Trauma informed practice and trauma recovery
Relationship and attachment issues
Substance use and related disorders (codependence, process addictions)
Intimate partner violence/domestic violence

Degrees and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Illinois
Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, 2010
Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Texas at Austin, 2004
40 hour Domestic Violence training


Monday evenings (Belmont)

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