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Welcome!

Chicago Counseling Collective (CCC) is a group psychotherapy practice founded by Dr. Heather Frank in 2019.  At CCC, our staff values connection as we aim to connect our clients, colleagues and the greater community by providing inclusive and accessible individual, couples and group psychotherapy.  CCC continues to grow in many ways through building our team of dedicated therapists and postdoctoral fellows whom align with CCC's values and mission.  I invite you to learn more about CCC and our experienced and compassionate staff.  If you would like to be connected with one of our staff therapists please do not hesitate to reach out.

Dr. Heather Frank

Founder/Clinical Psychologist

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Heather Frank, Psy.D., CGP

Founder/Clinical Psychologist

Certified Group Psychotherapist

pronouns: she, her, hers

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois.  I earned both my Masters of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.  I completed my predoctoral internship at Pace University Counseling Center in New York and my postdoctoral hours at the University of Illinois Chicago Counseling Center.

I practice from an insight-oriented, collaborative, and individualized approach to meet the unique needs of each person I work with. I strive to provide a supportive and accepting space for my patients to feel heard and understood while also feeling challenged to experiment with new ways of thinking, feeling and relating.  My hope is that therapy can be useful in providing tools to relieve immediate stress while also helping uncover the underlying meanings of unwanted or distressing symptoms, feelings and relational patterns in order to create lasting change.

 

I have extensive experience working with undergraduate and graduate students as well as early and mid career professionals.  I also specialize in women's mental health and work with women across the lifespan.  Additionally, I have specialized training in group therapy and am currently completing training in modern psychoanalytic group psychotherapy at the Center for Group Studies in New York.  

Specialty Areas:

Graduate and undergraduate student mental health

Early Career Professionals (psychology, law, medicine and business)

Career related concerns and professional growth

Women’s mental health; prenatal and postpartum concerns; fertility concerns

Identity exploration

Sexual, physical and emotional Trauma 

Family-of-origin concerns 

Coping with being a caregiver to parents who are aging and/or have significant medical needs

Relational concerns 

Life transitions (divorce, becoming a parent, changing career path)

Grief and Loss

Couples therapy 

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    Lauren Scheuermann, M.A., LPC

    Staff Therapist

    pronouns: she, her, hers

    As a therapist I bring an empathetic, authentic, and collaborative approach to therapy. I strive to create a safe and empowering space where you’ll feel supported to challenge and untangle thoughts, experiences, and behaviors that are no longer helpful. Using evidence-based practices, we’ll work together to develop tools and skills that will help you grow, heal, and self-regulate. I practice through a trauma-informed, integrated framework and strongly believe in a holistic approach, including the mind-body connection, to treatment. I gravitate toward therapeutic modalities that utilize mindfulness (DBT), explore past experiences (Psychodynamic), create awareness around thoughts and behaviors (CBT), and celebrate your strengths. 

     

    I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Chicago Counseling Collective, I worked in a residential setting with a diverse adult population. I gained experience working with mood disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, emotional distress, identity development, substance use, trauma/complex trauma, eating disorders, self-injurious behaviors and suicide ideation, as well as relationship struggles. Before receiving my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, I worked for several years in marketing and advertising.

     

    Specialty Areas:

     

    Anxiety 

    Depression 

    Mood Disorders

    Communication Difficulties 

    Trauma-Related Concerns and Experiences 

    Low Self-Esteem/Self-Worth

    Stress Management/Lifestyle Balance/Professional Issues  

    Relationship and Peer Struggles  

    Coping Skills 

    Eating Disorders and Body Image Concerns

    Family Conflict 

    Life Transitions and Change 

    Self-Injurious Behaviors 

    Identity Development 

    Women’s Issues 

    Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors 

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      Stephanie Dykema, Ph.D.

      Director of Clinical Training
      Clinical Psychologist

      pronouns: she, her, hers

      Welcome! I provide individual, couples, and group therapy at CCC. I use a relational-cultural approach to therapy where we will explore relationship patterns and societal messages that can result in shame, self-blame, and disconnection. My work with clients often explores the traumatic impact of systemic oppression and the importance of gender, race, and sexual orientation (among many other identities) on our lives, mental health, and relationships. I also use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you understand any barriers preventing you from pursuing the life and relationships you seek and to help you connect with your emotions, body, and values. When appropriate, I incorporate Somatic Experiencing (a body-oriented trauma therapy) to process emotions and trauma, foster a mind-body connection, and to facilitate your body's ability to act on your needs.

       

      I have extensive experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, young adults, and early career/emerging professionals. I obtained my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron and my Master of Arts from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. I completed my APA-Accredited internship at Texas Woman’s University Counseling and Psychological Services, where I received specialized training in women’s mental health, multicultural counseling, and group therapy. I completed my Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on international students and the LGBTQIA+ community at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Counseling Services. Currently, I am pursuing training in Somatic Experiencing through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. I have been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois since 2018.

       

      As Director of Clinical training, I am passionate about the training and development of postdoctoral fellows, social justice advocacy, and feminist supervision.

       

      Specialty Areas:

      College students and young adults

      Career concerns and professional growth

      Women’s mental health

      Size/body/weight/fat acceptance

      Cultural/racial identity exploration

      Trauma and complex PTSD

      Family-of-origin dysfunction

      Medical trauma

      Mind-body connection/disconnection

      Couples therapy and diverse relationship orientations

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        Hannah Payne, M.A., LPC

        Staff Therapist

        pronouns: she, her, hers

        Hello and welcome! I provide individual, couples, and group therapy with a multicultural, client-centered, and psychodynamic approach. I am passionate about helping my clients find strength after experiencing adversity, learn more about themselves and accept who they are, and meet their goals for personal growth.  I believe that our childhood experiences and relationships greatly shape who we are and the way we think. If we understand our past experiences, we can gain clarity about our present selves and become who we want to be and create the change we want to see in our future. While exploring ourselves, I also find it important to highlight how culture and our society impacts us and what we need in therapy. I believe that the many layers of an individual's identity - race, gender identity, sexuality, ability, age, citizenship, etc. - must be acknowledged, respected, and appreciated in therapy.  As a therapist I create a safe space for my clients' identity to be fully explored and deeply understood. In sessions, I focus on empowerment, self-discovery, and adjusting to change. I enjoy working with clients who are willing to be vulnerable and motivated to transform. I hope to help my clients change their inner dialogues to create a more positive and meaningful understanding of self and the world around them.

        I have my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Religion. While at Loyola, I completed a 1000 hour internship at Haymarket Center providing individual and group therapy for adults with substance abuse; I then went on to work at Haymarket Center full time before transitioning to private practice therapy. I also have completed an internship with Synergy Services where I was an advocate and case manager for homeless youth. I also am a certified Rape Crisis Counselor and volunteer medical advocate with Resilience. I have received additional training on trauma informed care, LGBTQIA+ clients, human trafficking, sex work, group therapy, domestic violence, systemic racism, HIV & Hepitits C, and childhood sexual abuse.

        Specialty Areas:

        Substance Abuse
        Domestic Violence
        Sexual Assault/Abuse
        Relationships & Couples
        Multicultural Identity & Mental Health
        Strained Family Relationships
        Trauma
        Sex Addiction
        Anxiety
        Depression
        Chronic Mental Illness
        Self-Esteem & Self Compassion
        Codependency
        People Pleasing
        Life Transitions
        Sexual Dysfunction/Satisfaction Concerns
        Stress Management & Coping Skills

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          Kurt Stevens, Psy.D.

          Clinical Psychologist

          pronouns: he, him, his

          I provide individual counseling and group therapy at Chicago Counseling Collective. I have extensive experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, young adults, and early career/emerging professionals. I also have a strong personal interest and clinical competency working with middle-aged adults. 

           

          My therapeutic style is warm, relational, psychodynamic (processing past personal and relational experiences and exploring their potential connection to current personal and interpersonal functioning), and collaborative. As a clinician, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is paramount to establishing a safe, trusting, open, and interconnected space, which sets the tone for personal and interpersonal awareness, acceptance, healing, growth, and change to occur. I continually strive to provide an empathic, supportive, genuine, and collaborative space with my clients in which they can feel understood, supported, valued, and challenged to express their true selves in my presence, eventually (should they choose to do so) even those aspects of themselves that they generally hide from the majority of others in their life. I also believe that the focus of attention and discussion in a particular therapy session as well as the overall pacing of therapy varies by person with some clients preferring and benefiting from a more active therapeutic approach early in treatment, while other clients needing and/or preferring more time before they feel secure enough to delve deeper into their presenting concerns. As a result, I use my extensive clinical experience and strong intuition along with a collaborative approach to discern, discuss, and ultimately decide how to most effectively serve my clients in our therapeutic work together. If you feel like we could be a good therapeutic match, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

           

          I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois. I earned both my Masters of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have spent the past twelve years working and training in several different university counseling center settings. Specifically, I have spent the past eight years at the University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center as a staff clinician and more recently as the Center’s Assistant Director for Group Therapy for the past five years. In addition, I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services and my predoctoral internship at American University Counseling Center in Washington, D.C. I also previously trained for two consecutive years as an advanced practicum extern at DePaul University Counseling Services in Chicago.

           

          Specialty Areas:

           

          College Students (undergraduate and graduate) and Young Adults

          Middle-aged Adults

          Relationship/Interpersonal Issues

          Family of Origin Concerns

          Depression

          Grief and Loss

          Anxiety

          Identity Development

          Phase of Life Transitions and Concerns

          Career and Professional Concerns

          Low Self-Esteem/Self-Worth

          Women’s Issues

          Men’s Issues

          Group Therapy

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            Chrishane N. Cunningham, MA, LCPC, NCC

            Staff Therapist

            pronouns: she, her, hers

            Chrishane Cunningham, MA, LCPC, NCC  is delighted to join us at Chicago Counseling Collective. After receiving her B.A. from Boston University in Psychology, Chrishane attended The Family Institute at Northwestern University for her M.A. in Counseling, specializing in working with children and adolescents. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University in New York City. Along with children and adolescents, Chrishane treats across the lifespan working with individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in working with people of colour, with particular attention to youth and Black mental health wellness.  

             

            Chrishane’s therapeutic approach is holistic and eclectic, including a mix of modalities attuning to her clients and their needs. Her therapeutic work is centered upon cultural humility and empathy, and she believes a strong therapeutic alliance is integral to successful treatment. Overall, Chrishane’s therapeutic work is highly collaborative and she works diligently to help her clients achieve wellness. She sees herself as a very encouraging and validating therapist and her goal is always to help her clients gain insight and make the changes they wish to see. 

            Specialty Areas:

            ADHD

            Adolescent Mental Health

            Anxiety

            BIPOC Mental Health

            Black Individual Mental Health

            College, Graduate Student, and Young Adult Mental Health

            Communication Difficulties

            Cultural/Racial Identity Development

            Depression

            Family Therapy and Family-of-Origin Issues

            Life Transitions

            Relationship and Couples Counseling

            Self Esteem/Compassion

            Therapists in Therapy

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              Jeremy Cohen, Ph.D.

              Clinical Psychologist

              pronouns: he, him, his

              I like working with people to help figure out what keeps them stuck in certain patterns in their lives, and flexibly and collaboratively explore opportunities for change. I strive to establish a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, tailoring the space to each unique individual by taking the time to understand the multiple layers of someone’s identities, experiences, and environments. My approach to therapy draws from multicultural, relational/interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness perspectives, and I ground the therapy in a humanistic and affirmative core. I aim to help people find greater understanding and compassion for themselves while also fostering new ways to cope and navigate challenges. I provide individual and group therapy at CCC, and am humbled by the opportunity to join people in their lives in meaningful and authentic ways.

               

              I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia. I completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Counseling & Psychological Services and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware’s Center for Counseling & Student Development where I received specialty supervision in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals. I was a staff psychologist at the University of Delaware for 5 years and served as the Advanced Practicum Coordinator. Most recently, I was a staff psychologist at Northwestern University Counseling & Psychological Services and served as the Associate Director for Chicago CAPS where I coordinated outreach efforts and the postdoctoral fellowship. 

               

               

              Specialty Areas:

               

              Graduate and professional students, early career professionals

              Undergraduate students and college mental health

              LGBTQIA identity

              Identity exploration

              Men’s Issues

              Anxiety

              Family of origin concerns

              Interpersonal and relationship concerns

              Life transitions 

              Low self-esteem/self-worth

              Stress management, coping skills

              Perfectionism

              Benedetta Rossi

                Benedetta Rossi, LCPC

                Staff Therapist

                pronouns: she, her, hers

                I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I provide individual therapy using an integrative, evidence-based, and warm therapeutic approach. I value creating a strong therapeutic relationship to support your growth and validate your emotional experience. I strive to empower you to create change, let go of behaviors that no longer serve you, and achieve your personal goals. I use a client-centered and relational approach to support you with adjusting to new life’s stressors, coping with interpersonal conflict, managing academic and professional concerns, and practicing self-compassion. I also integrate various theoretical approaches that are tailored to your specific needs, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to explore your values, reframe negative thoughts, and practice healthy coping skills. I believe that therapy is a journey of self-discovery, where you will learn valuable skills that will serve you and empower you throughout your life. 

                 

                As a former international student from Italy, I have firsthand experience navigating the immigration system and adjusting to a different culture. My personal background has shaped my approach to providing care, taking into consideration clients’ unique experiences, beliefs, and marginalized identities. My professional background includes working in community mental health and hospitals, treating individuals with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, I have trained as a group counselor, leading weekly therapy groups at an intensive outpatient program (IOP). I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton. 

                 

                Specialty areas

                 

                Graduate and Undergraduate students, International students

                Early and Mid Career Professionals

                Life Transitions 

                Relationship Issues 

                Adjustment Disorder

                Identity Exploration

                Stress Management 

                Anxiety Disorders

                Mood Disorders

                Grief

                Trauma

                Immigration Issues

                Haley Braun

                  Haley Braun, PsyD

                  Staff Therapist

                  pronouns: she, her, hers

                  Hello and welcome! I believe that relationships can be a source of immense joy, growth, and healing and can also be at the root of deep pain and trauma. This is why I work hard to create an environment that feels warm, affirming, and authentic. I use a relational- cultural and interpersonal approach in therapy meaning that one of my top priorities is getting to know you as a whole person; this includes the many layers of your identity and experiences, and your joys, sorrows, and sense of humor. Together, we can explore, process, and better understand your patterns in relationships and work toward doing something different in those relationships such as setting boundaries, practicing vulnerability, and communicating wants and needs. I am intentional about attending to the roles that systems of oppression, power, and privilege play both in and out of the therapy room. I am collaborative and flexible and want to make therapy a space that meets your needs and goals.


                  I love working with young adults, undergraduate and graduate students, non-traditional students, and early career professionals. These phases of life comes with many unique challenges, transitions, and opportunities for growth. It has been one of the joys of my career thus far to work with folks from all over the world and together navigate identity, culture, adjustment, and all that comes with being an international student. I am also passionate about supporting survivors of sexual trauma. I recognize the impact and toll these experiences can have, and strive to make therapy a space that feels safe, connected, empowering, and that honors the strength and resilience of survivors.

                   

                  I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University and my APA-accredited doctoral internship at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I earned my Master’s Degree (M.A.) and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at the APA-accredited Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I provide individual and group therapy here at Chicago Counseling Collective. 

                   


                  Specialty Areas:
                  College student mental health (undergraduate and graduate, international students) 
                  Young adults and adults
                  Relationship/interpersonal concerns
                  Sexual and relationship trauma
                  Intersectional identity exploration 
                  Women’s mental health
                  Self-esteem
                  Grief and loss
                  Life transitions
                  Anxiety
                  Depression
                  Stress management

                  Dr. Victor

                    Constance Victor, Psy.D.

                    Postdoctoral Fellow

                    pronouns: she, her, hers

                    Hello and welcome! It takes a lot of courage to begin therapy and I hope to encourage and foster this courage in our work together. I view therapy as a collaborative process. I integrate and draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches such as Adlerian, dialectical behavior therapy, existential, humanistic, narrative, person-focused, internal family systems, and positive psychology. Overall, I take a holistic and multicultural perspective, which means that all parts of your life are welcome and encouraged in our work together. I believe your identities and history are essential to who you are and how you navigate the world. You are the expert of yourself, and I collaborate with you so that you feel less alone and more understood. I offer genuine encouragement and help you recognize your progress. 

                     

                    I am passionate about working with individuals who have experienced physical, emotional, relational, and sexual traumas as well as working with individuals who are struggling with symptoms of depression and anxiety. In my therapeutic work with clients, I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment in which non-judgmental self-exploration can be fostered and encouraged to promote growth and change. We may explore how your early life experiences and family dynamics have influenced the messages you received, how your worldview was formed, and how you move towards your goals. We may also explore other facets of your mental health, such as community involvement, belonging, values, connection, and identity. 

                     

                    I received my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Adler University’s APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program. Prior to coming to my work at the Chicago Counseling Collective as a postdoctoral fellow, I completed my APA-Accredited predoctoral internship at Northern Illinois University’s Counseling and Consultation Services. I have also previously worked in community mental health, hospital, and additional college/university counseling settings in which I provided individual and group therapy.

                     

                    Together we'll figure out the purpose of your symptoms, and how to better reach your goals. Progress may not be linear, but we'll get you to where you want to go, and we'll get there together.

                     

                     

                    Specialty Areas:

                     

                    Adlerian Therapy 

                    Anxiety

                    Boundary Setting/Asserting One’s Needs

                    Communication Difficulties 

                    College/Graduate School Issues

                    Depression

                    Identity Exploration – Racial, Cultural, Sexual, Gender, Religious 

                    Internal Family Systems/Parts Work

                    Life Transitions/Phase of Life Issues

                    Self-Esteem/Self Compassion

                    Stress Management

                    Trauma -emotional, relational, physical and sexual 

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                      Irina Rivera, Ph.D.

                      Postdoctoral Fellow

                      pronouns: she, her

                      Welcome! I work from a relational paradigm because I believe therapy is a co-created, collaborative process. I bring to therapy my previous experiences working in creative environments, to help clients foster new perspectives and solutions that fit your unique issues, identities, and personality. Also, I have found that warmth and empathy from me helps clients relax and feel safe enough to explore parts of the themselves that may be hidden or unconsciously buried. I have worked with a diverse range of clients, many of whom have experienced abuse, loss, and/or marginalization. Areas of ongoing interest and research are in the experience of awe and spirituality. This is just a brief description of my work, so please feel free to ask questions so that you can decide if we are a good fit.

                       

                      I earned my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Psychology & Marital and Family Therapy in Los Angeles, CA. My undergraduate degree is in Communication, Film Emphasis, from Loyola Marymount University. I completed my APA-accredited internship at University of Illinois, Chicago counseling center. Prior to coming to CCC, I worked at a private practice, community mental health center, and university counseling centers. I provide therapy for individuals, couples, and groups. I also have experience leading workshops on topics such as Compassion for Our Inner Critic, Unconscious Bias, and Perfectionism. 

                       

                      Specialty Areas:

                       

                      Anxiety

                      Adjustment to College/University

                      Creativity Issues

                      Cultural Identity Development

                      Depression

                      Existential Issues

                      Grief and Loss

                      Parenting 

                      Perfectionism

                      Religion/Spirituality

                      Stress

                      Trauma

                      Dr. Irizarry

                        Nabila Irizarry, Ph.D.

                        Postdoctoral Fellow

                        pronouns: she, her, hers

                        languages spoken: English, Spanish

                        Offering only Telehealth (virtual) appointments at this time

                        Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I follow a culturally-responsive approach to therapy, acknowledging intersectionality and promoting fairness, equity, and justice. I incorporate constructivist, dialectical, and psychodynamic perspectives, which means we will work together to understand both personal and societal factors that contribute to your everyday well-being. My goal is to guide you towards healthier mental habits that can alleviate your suffering and enable a life-long journey of fulfillment. Through self-exploration of personal narratives (Constructivism), analysis of interpersonal experiences (Dialectical), and understanding of the intersections between our past and present (Psychodynamic), we become more in charge of our future and aware of how we occupy and share spaces with others in the world. I believe that therapy is a co-creation of a shared vulnerable space, and recognize that my position as a therapist requires intellectual humility, transparency, and empathy.  

                         

                        I obtained my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the APA-Accredited program at the University of Puerto Rico and completed my masters degree in Psychological Research at the University of Guadalajara. I specialized in psychodynamic psychotherapy, studying Lacanian Psychoanalysis in Quebec at the GIFRIC Institute. I have worked with a wide range of clients including adolescents, young adults, couples, families, and people who are incarcerated. I have helped clients understand how to communicate and regulate their emotions through the acquisition of interpersonal skills, the acknowledgement of unhealthy attachment patterns, and the implementation of self-regulating practices. I am committed to anti-bias/anti-racist practices (ABAR) and encourage my clients to address systemic issues as part of their therapeutic process, so they can feel more comfortable, empowered and self-assured in the space. As a former Montessori educator, I am aware of the importance of recognizing the needs of each developmental stage, and I strive to meet everyone where they are. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you!

                         

                        Specialty Areas:

                        Racialized trauma 

                        Women’s mental health

                        Women of color

                        Latinx population

                        Life transitions

                        Couples therapy 

                        Attachment therapy

                        Neurodiversity

                        Identity exploration

                        Boundary-setting skills

                        Relational concerns

                        Mood disorders

                        Grief and Loss

                        Autism spectrum 

                        Body dysphoria/dysmorphia

                        Dr. Narvaez

                          Rayna Narvaez, M.A., Ph.D.

                          Postdoctoral Fellow

                          pronouns: she, her, hers

                           

                          Offering only Telehealth (virtual) appointments at this time

                          “Rigidity in the face of complexity is toxic” – Susan David

                           

                          This quote characterizes the core of my therapeutic stance. I believe we move through the world with unique identities and backgrounds, and I strive to honor the complexity that we each bring to the human experience. I primarily use a relational and interpersonal approach to therapy, which means I believe relationships have an important influence on our development as individuals. I also practice from a feminist lens, recognizing the impact of systemic issues, power, privilege, and oppression on your daily life. Together we will explore your current relationships, family dynamics, and cultural identities (e.g., race, gender, religion, etc.) in order to create more flexible and balanced relational patterns.

                           

                          I readily integrate solution-focused approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I specialize in supporting clients in synthesizing thoughts, feelings, and experiences to be more understandable and less overwhelming. We will also prioritize identifying strategies and actions to make meaningful and productive change in your life. It is important to me that you feel safe to explore and share in our therapeutic space. I hope to facilitate that safety through a warm, empathic presence, collaboration and understanding your unique needs, and moments of humor and connection. 

                           

                          I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and completed an APA-Accredited internship at University of Minnesota Student Counseling Services. I have enjoyed clinical experiences in a range of settings, including college counseling, community mental health, the VA healthcare system, and a neuropsychology clinic. I have experience leading interpersonal process groups, multiracial identity affinity spaces, grief and loss support groups, emotional wellness workshops, and women of color support spaces. 

                           

                          Specialty areas:

                           

                          Anxiety

                          Attachment concerns 

                          Boundaries (identifying and upholding)

                          Communication difficulties

                          Couples counseling

                          Existential issues (e.g. grief and loss, loneliness, and search for meaning)

                          Holistic wellness

                          Life transitions 

                          Multiracial identity development

                          Perfectionism

                          Relationship concerns 

                          Religious and spiritual exploration/concerns

                          Self-acceptance and authenticity

                          Self-compassion

                          Women’s wellness

                          Brianna Podgorski

                            Brianna (Bri) Podgorski

                            Clinical Care Manager

                            pronouns: she, her, hers

                            Hi all, and welcome! 

                             

                            I am the Clinical Care Manager here. I am a trained Social Worker with my Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and have completed almost all requirements for my Master's in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago (LUC). In my education at LUC, I specialized in Clinical Mental Health and focused my studying and internship on clinical therapy. I have worked clinically with a wide range of folks within the community at community mental health organizations, the VA medical system, and medical case management with HIV+ folks who primarily identify as LGBTQ+. This background informs how I approach situations and assist folk in meeting them where they are. I find that incorporating a holistic approach is essential in making sure all your needs are addressed and met, as there is so much intersectionality in our worlds.

                             

                            I enjoy and am interested in working with women's mental health, mood disorders, transitions, grief and loss, boundary setting, religion/spirituality, family of origin work, and identity exploration. I hope to greet all with warmth, kindness, and empathy. I look forward to getting to know you better, helping you find a therapist that will be the best match for your needs, and assisting you in navigating insurance questions.

                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
                             
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