M. Cecilia Bocanegra

Accepting Clients

I'm a 1st generation oldest sibling, a mom, & recovered overachiever/perfectionist/people-pleaser. I also swear in session sometimes.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual

About My Clients

They are women who've excelled at doing what's expected of them. They've done great at school/work, family counts on them for a lot of (too many?) things, friends turn to them for support. They've jumped through all the right hoops and are seen as selfless, uber-reliable people who have their shit together. This felt great for a while, even if they felt like impostors, but it doesn't anymore. Now, they feel confused, lost, angry, guilty, sad, anxious and like they're not good enough.

My Background and Approach

You deserve to put down that persona that others expect. You deserve to show up as your true and authentic self. What if there's a way to find middle ground between being selfless and selfish? Imagine knowing and being grounded in YOURself, making decisions that honor YOURself, while still being loved and appreciated by those you love. Just picture showing up in your relationships as you are and not fearing disappointing others. My goal is to help you get there...to know and like yourself better just as you are, become empowered, and make more constructive (for you) choices. My approach has us looking at the past to better understand what led you to where you are now and using that information to identify ways to change where you go next. You really can help yourself stop feeling like crap. You really can be in the driver's seat. *I'm trained in EMDR and in Brainspotting & will weave it into my work with clients as needed, but I don't provide either treatment as stand-alone.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that: learning to adult isn't a linear or finite process, there is no such thing as a "bad" emotion to feel, "success" doesn't mean what we're taught to think it does, and you already have all the answers you need (you just don't know it yet). Reading that may provide you with a sense of relief or it might make you despair or panic. If it makes you despair or panic and you want a therapist who will tell you what to do or just give you tips & tricks/provide a quick 5-step action plan to solve your problems/help you shut off some or all of your emotions, I'm not the right gal for you. I'm a firm believer in sitting with and learning from our feelings so that we can work with and *through* them rather than around them. It's not easy but I believe it's necessary for making lasting positive change.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Humana
  • United Healthcare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO

At A Glance

  • Experience: 18 years of practice
  • Languages: English, EspaƱol
  • Rate: $175 - 200/session


773-398-5903 Email M. Cecilia
1609 Sherman Ave.
Ste. 207
Evanston, IL 60201

Reach out to M. Cecilia