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Alissa Catiis


Staff Therapist


773.880.1310 ext. 7256


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Values & Philosophy

Daily life for some can be isolating and debilitating; taking the first step to ask for help requires courage. I deeply understand that coming to a psychotherapist to talk about life’s struggles can feel intimidating and even unwelcoming for some. As a strengths-based therapist and yoga teacher, I am interested in hearing stories from people who do not feel like they fit in, whether it is because they are trauma survivors, people with mental illness, people of color, queer folks, or people who have been historically marginalized. I understand that identifying as a trauma survivor can lead to additional marginalization in society. With humility, compassion, and humor, I want to develop a place together where all people are welcomed and all stories are heard.

I draw on feminist relational, family systems, and psychodynamic approaches in my work with children, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy integrating art, literature, movement, and writing in my clinical work as a means of building relationships and exploring how life transitions and challenges lead us all toward rich, complex life journeys. I believe that each person’s path towards healing and wellness is unique, and I am prepared to offer a variety of interventions. I am a certified EMDR therapist, and I am also trained in the following: trauma-sensitive yoga, contemplative clinical practice (mindfulness and meditation), mind-body interventions, art therapy and relationship therapy. I speak English, Spanish, and Tagalog.

Education & Training


LCSW, 149.014229
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 2010


University of Chicago, 2008

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005


Registered Yoga Teacher - 500 hours
Yoga Alliance, 2022

Certified Pet Loss Grief Specialist
Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement, 2022

Certified Pet Loss Bereavement Specialist
Pet Loss Partners, 2022

EMDR Certified Therapist
EMDR International Association, 2021

Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1-3
The Gottman Institute, 2019

Certified Prepare/Enrich Relationship & Marriage Facilitator
Prepare Enrich, 2014

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator
Center for Trauma and Embodiment, 2014

Registered Yoga Teacher - 200 Hours
Yoga Alliance, 2013

Certificate in Contemplative Clinical Practice
Smith College, 2013

Certificate in Art Therapy
Northwestern University, 2012

Areas of Focus & Specialization

  • Working with trauma survivors, people of color, and the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Adolescent and young adult health
  • Connections between mind, body, spirit, and soul
  • Incorporating art, literature, and the body into treatment
  • Cultural and family issues as well as queer families/relationships
  • Caregivers and overachievers
  • Therapists and other mental health professionals
  • Grief and loss

I Work With

  • Individuals
  • Relationships (couples, various relationship constellations)
  • Families (chosen & family of origin)
  • Children (ages 10 and up) & Adolescents


  • EMDR & Trauma Therapy
  • BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ Centered
  • Feminist Relational Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Approaches
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy