Psychotherapist

tanya bluerPhilosophy and Values

I believe each person has inherent value and worth. Through lived experiences, one can cease living from a space of inherent worth, authenticity, and connection with others. I believe therapy can be a place to be heard, witnessed, practice new ways of experiencing the world, and to find authenticity and connection. Therapy can lead to a reconnection to positive self-worth and value.

Commitment to therapy takes a great deal of honesty, courage, and vulnerability. My role as a therapist is to hold a safe space for healing and growth, help uncover one’s gifts, strengths, passions, and to help find new ways of working with aspects of life that are not working. I believe this can be done through feeling understood, developing a sense of safety and trust in the therapeutic relationship, being empowered, and examining the ways one has learned to cope. I aspire to collaborate on what support looks like for each individual, and feel privileged to do this work.

Training and Experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I am completing the Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training, and I am very comfortable helping clients build connection with their bodies, as well as resolving trauma symptoms “stuck” in the body. I have worked with adolescents and adults experiencing eating disorders/disordered eating, substance use, self-harm, depression/anxiety concerns, relational and communication issues, and trauma/abuse. I have worked with people of all identities, including different religious/spiritual backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, socio-economic statuses, and cultural backgrounds. I have worked extensively with those impacted by violence and trauma.

Psychotherapy

I am compassionate, straightforward, and strengths based. I take a collaborative and relational approach to therapy. I meet clients where they are at and strive to learn what will work best for each person. I view clients with a holistic perspective and work with all parts of each person’s life. This can be done using a mind, body, spirit approach. I work using coping skills building, mindfulness, utilizing the therapeutic relationship, and I bring in a body-focused lens as needed or desired by clients. I am comfortable thinking creatively and working with each individual in a way that feels best for them.

Range of Focus
  • Individuals, Couples, and Families
  • Trauma recoverySomatic Experiencing principles
  • Eating disorders/Disordered eating
  • Body image/connection, and Embodiment
  • Spirituality
  • Affirmative LGBTQ Practice
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Identity Formation and Intersectionality
  • Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Self-worth and Self-Esteem
  • Stress-Management
  • Substance use and other Addiction-Oriented Concerns (Codependency, Boundaries)
Degrees and Certificates

Bachelor of Social Work- Aurora University
Master of Social Work- Aurora University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Office Hours

Evanston: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (Daytime)
Lakeview: Tuesdays, Wednesdays Thursdays (Daytime and Evening)

Please call for available appointment times.

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

Evanston:
1740 Ridge Ave, Suite 218
Evanston, IL 60202

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773-880-1310 ext. 7766