Connor Williams

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Chief Program Officer, Staff Psychotherapist
Connor Williams

Contact

he/him/his

Works at Lakeview

773.880.1310 ext. 7293

English

Education & Training

  • LCSW, 149.018440, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 2016

Degrees

  • MA, Social Work, University of Chicago–School of Social Service Administration, 2014
  • BA, Psychology, University of Colorado, 2012

Certifications

  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellow, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, 2017
  • Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, 2016
  • Beginner Level I, II, III, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, 2015

Values & Philosophy

I was drawn to social work and therapeutic practice through both a commitment to social justice and a genuine curiosity for the stories and narratives of others. I grew up listening to my grandparents recount their early lives, often spending hours wondering about the lifetimes that came before me. As I grew older and experienced my own sense of difference as a queer-identified person, I began to recognize the ways in which our stories often become defined not only by community or family but also by the ways in which we feel “other than” or “distinct from” those around us. I became interested in the language we use to define ourselves and our identities, how we choose to embody (or reject) those identities, and in turn, how our identities shape us and our lived experiences.

In therapy, I offer an intentionally curious approach, often encouraging you to explore all parts of self: the emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, and playful aspects of your life. I enjoy working with individuals who want to better understand how their varied identities can exist more cohesively together, as well as those who experience parts of themselves as conflictual or disconnected. I value the opportunity to consider our own intersectionalities, and how those points of difference and connection can be a source of strength and resilience in our work together.

We often begin our healing process by becoming more aware of the patterns we may find ourselves stuck within relationally.  As such, my belief is to approach therapy focusing on the relationship we develop together as the basis of change in our work. When we can develop a clearer understanding of our natural strategies for forming, navigating, and maintaining relationships with others, we open up opportunities to experiment with deeper levels of intimacy and connection. Together, I hope to identify ways in which you can build stronger, more genuine relationships with others in your life both within and outside the therapy room.

Area of Focus & Specialization

  • Developmental, Relational, & Complex Trauma
  • Relationship Challenges & Concerns
  • Family of Origin Concerns
  • Identity Exploration, Development, & Intersectionality
  • Exploration of Masculinity & Masculinity-related Concerns
  • Perfectionism & Self-worth
  • Depression, Anxiety, & Stress
  • Helping Professionals (social workers, chaplains, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, lawyers, etc.) & Challenges Related to Burnout
  • HIV/AIDs & Chronic/Complex Health Issues

I work with…

  • Individuals (Adults, Adolescents 15+)
  • Relationships (polyamorous, non-monogamous, couples)

Modalities

  • LGBTQ Affirmative Practice
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy / Relationally-focused Psychotherapy
  • Body-based Approaches (somatic experiencing, internal family systems informed)
  • Long-term, Explorative Therapy (may include multiple sessions per week if desired by client)
  • Trauma-informed Practice

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