I am the owner and psychotherapist at Essential Therapy Chicago. I offer empathic, non-judgmental therapy for emotional healing and growth.
Psychotherapist in Chicago, IL
Mindfulness-based therapy helps clients develop a greater connection and attunement to the present moment in a manner that is free from judgement. Through this approach clients are encouraged to learn a set of mindfulness-based skills that be applied outside of therapy to better manage stress, emotional pain, and uncomfortable or intrusive thoughts. It promotes confidence in one's ability to respond effectively to distressful thoughts or emotions rather than feeling controlled by them.
Psychodynamic therapy aims to foster client growth through a process of self-exploration, self-acceptance, and understanding the ways in which past experiences impact present behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Along with treating depression, trauma, and other mental health issues, it can help clients who have lost their sense of meaning in their lives and those who have difficulty maintaining fulfilling relationships. The benefits of psychodynamic therapy continue long after therapy has ended.
IFS is an evidenced-based approach to therapy that is grounded in the belief that we all have multiple parts within ourselves that can create internal conflict, pain, and confusion. These parts may be strong, confident, and secure or afraid, angry, sad, and insecure. IFS therapy focuses on healing the wounded parts of ourselves that cause us pain in order to restore a sense of internal peace and emotional balance.
Many young adults and adults suffer from low self-esteem or low self-worth. This can impact not only your relationship with yourself, but also your ability to succeed in school or your career, maintain meaningful and healthy relationships with others, and find joy and satisfaction in your daily life. Therapy can help you uncover deep seated beliefs, memories, or experiences which may underlie low self-esteem in order to develop a more positive view of yourself and your abilities.
The experience of a traumatic event, relationship, and/or childhood can lead to lasting emotional distress, loss of identity, nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance of triggers or relationships, and more. Therapy can provide a space to support better coping and healing after the experience threatening or scary events and relationships, such as witnessing accidents, experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse, grief or loss, and/or growing up in a dysfunctional environment.
Attachment is another word to describe the nature of the bonds we develop in our key relationships. Difficulties creating secure attachments with others can lead to chronic feelings of loneliness and/or a series of tumultuous, short-lived relationships. For some, relationships may trigger severe anxiety and insecurity. Others may have difficulty allowing themselves to open and vulnerable with others. My approach to therapy can help clients learn to form meaningful, intimate bonds with others.