Hello, I'm Candace, a licensed clinical professional counselor. I help clients work towards happiness and peace through online counseling.
Counselor in Chicago, IL
I utilize a feminist therapeutic approach, meaning that I understand symptoms and experiences from a societal and cultural perspective. Rather than seeing symptoms a result of an inherent fault within an individual, I see it as a response to the environment. Oppression, discrimination, and other societal pressures impact how a person experiences their environment, and therefore this is important in viewing how to treat the symptoms they experience.
As a queer identifying therapist, I am passionate about and committed to serving the LGBTQ community with respect and dignity. I take pride in providing a safe, welcoming, affirmative space for the LGBTQ to be free to be themselves.
Gender identity and expression is much more diverse than male and female. In a society that confuses biological sex and gender, and a society that sees gender as binary, individuals who fall outside of societal expectations are pressured to fit in. I provide a safe, welcoming space for clients to have the freedom to explore their true selves without pressure or judgement. I also provide assessments and recommendation letters needed for gender affirming medical treatment.
Although Complex PTSD is not yet in the DSM, the shared symptoms and experiences are very real for my clients. Abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that happened throughout childhood has significant impacts well into adulthood. Some of these symptoms include emotional flashback, long term anxiety and depression, toxic shame, and relationship struggles, among others. I help clients work beyond symptoms and start their healing process.