My areas of focus are black women’s issues, sexuality, dating/relationships (traditional/non-traditional), family, anxiety, life transitions, identity, religion/spirituality, and racial/cultural concerns. I believe in fostering a client-centered, collaborative, genuine, and empathic relationship with clients. The hope is that my clients reach a space of peace and are liberated to do "their work". I have practiced as a social worker for eight years. I have worked in multiple settings (residential, inpatient, and K-12 schools) with multiple populations using several service delivery models.
How can I help? That's how therapy begins. Whether you decided to seek therapy because you're sad, anxious, angry, struggling in your job or relationship, or because you are pursuing self-growth, choosing a therapist can be overwhelming. If you're looking for a therapist who is warm, direct, and focused on helping you be more honest with yourself and with others, then I might be a good fit for you. Ultimately, my goal is to help you live a better life.
Feeling at home with your therapist is crucial when it comes to therapy. My therapeutic approach is focused on respecting my clients’ beliefs while understanding their strengths, resources, and any barriers they may face. I am passionate about helping my clients reach their goals and providing them with the tools they need to meet their definition of success.
Kat is an art therapist and licensed professional counselor who enjoys working with teens and adults. Kat graduated from Adler University with a master's in art therapy and counseling. Kat began her career working in palliative care with oncology and stroke patients and has extensive experience working in community mental health supporting clients managing comorbid severe mental and physical illnesses. Kat has a passion for helping clients adjust through difficult life transitions and with managing their anxiety, mood disorders, substance use disorders, anger management difficulties, and interpersonal relationship issues.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist skilled at creating a safe therapeutic space where hope fuels change, forges resilience and inspires growth for families, couples and individuals. I have been honored to work in multiple cross-cultural contexts and am dedicated to incorporating culturally sensitive and contextually informed practices in therapy. I am passionate about empowering clients to find congruence, balance, self-compassion, and transformation in their lives. I offer a warm and supportive atmosphere that is strength-based and goal-oriented.
Along the journey through life challenges are inevitable and there aren't always easy or clear answers about why things happen and what to do about them. We want our lives and life itself to have value, meaning and purpose; and finding or creating these things for ourselves can be confusing, frustrating and even scary. However, finding our deeper reason(s) in life can also be rewarding, exciting and empowering experience that provides the hope, courage, strength and tenacity needed to face challenges in life. Having the courage to begin this process and asking for support along the way doesn't mean you're weak, it makes you strong!
When you live with trauma or emotional pain—or just plain feel lost—it can be difficult to manage your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Together, we can sort out what is and is not working for you so you can feel in control and step into your authentic self. You can find a sense of balance and peace as we navigate the patterns you have fallen into and develop opportunities for healing and a new way of being in the world. As a therapist fluent in American Sign Language, I work extensively with the Deaf community. I am passionate about working with Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in a way that respects their culture.
Finding a therapist is often difficult and can feel overwhelming. Therefore, we strive to match you with a clinician who is the right fit for you in terms of style, expertise, and availability. Our team of caring and experienced clinicians provide individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy. We specialize in areas such as trauma, relationship distress, anxiety, depression, coping with change/transitions, life-stress, and grief/mourning.
Maybe you have tried traditional talk therapy, yoga, or self-help apps but you haven't found that sense relief from stress, anxiety, depression or grief. Grounded in the use of mindfulness and the creative arts therapies - art, movement, music, and drama - we believe the steps towards clarity, growth, and empowerment are about much more than talking. We are constantly thinking, feeling, sensing, expressing, interpreting, and responding to daily experiences. Your sessions will holistically explore all of these parts of your experience while gaining new skills to cope with stress, trauma, relationships, loss, or a new life change.
"We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them." - Christian Nevell Bovee. My unique approach begins with the focus of increasing my client's knowledge of the mind and brain. Given that our brains are built to change in response to experience, there is a new optimism regarding the brain's ability to remain flexible and to benefit from enriching environments throughout life. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential, and have full freedom, self-expression and a life you love.
In my work, I focus on equipping children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with the insight, knowledge, tools, and skills to live healthy and balanced lives. Often, my clients already have the personal strengths and relationship skills that they will need to live a healthier life, and my work involves simply helping them uncover and utilize these strengths. I aim to empower clients to advocate for themselves within the contexts in which they live. I strive to provide therapy that is culturally and contextually informed and that integrates psychological research and theory to provide the best and most appropriate care.
When did your relationship start to feel like so much work? Your life already feels so busy, it's hard to find the time to work on your relationship. You wish you could get the support you need from your partner and worry about what your future together will look like if things don't improve.
You are the most important person you will ever meet. Why not be on good terms with yourself? I view therapy as a relationship between two people devoted to facing the deepest truths of our lives so we can be healed. I believe that coming to know ourselves and understanding why we suffer leads to genuine change, a return to health, and gives birth to a more authentic life. In therapy, we discover that we heal through relating, because the wounds that occurred in relationships must be healed in a relationship. For what was unbearable when alone, becomes bearable when shared.
Life is unpredictable. Anxiety and depression is something we all experience. Everyone handles things in their own unique way. Dealing with things alone can be overwhelming. Sometimes we try running away from it all. How do we know when it's too much for us to handle? When it impacts our relationships and self esteem. That's when you need a helping hand to help you regain your balance. We can work together to identify what the right treatment is for you.
You have felt unseen and unheard. But you know deep down that you are worthy. I know that you are. The challenges in life you once were able to navigate with ease are now more daunting than ever. You have turned to avoidance, substances, shopping, you name it! But none of these are helping. What you need now is someone to empathize with you. Someone who gets it, to see you and support you while you examine those unpleasant feelings and sensations.
My goal is to meet you where you are on your journey to wellness, and take you where you want to be. I create opportunities to express your narrative in a safe space, in a manner that is conducive to your well-being. I provide an inclusive judgment-free space regardless of background or identification. I help individuals gain insight into their own decisions, patterns of outcomes. I enjoy working with individuals who are experiencing a life transition or difficulty adjusting to change. Current clients describe my approach as warm, validating, and intentional.
Intuitive, resourceful clinical therapist. Highly regarded for a creative, empowering and strengths-based approach to counseling, building instant rapport and trust with clients from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Tonya uses trauma-informed, innovative and adaptable treatment strategies, based on research and current best practices. As a clinician, she’s adept at helping clients assess and change environmental triggers and thoughts contributing to a problem. Most importantly, Tonya works collaboratively with clients to establish clear goals and to develop a personalized treatment plan.
You feel overwhelmed, overworked, and the stress makes it hard to focus or even breath sometimes. Being an entrepreneur, small business owner, fellow creative, self-starter, or go-getter, you value being a risk-taker and know what you want for yourself and your family, but you just get overwhelmed with navigating the moving pieces and getting into habits of taking care of others before yourself. You are questioning "am I going to make it?" or "can I do this?" and part of you is having a dance party saying "hell yeah!" and another part is pointing a judging finger or exhausted from comparison fatigue. Lets make a change!
I enjoy working primarily with individuals who have a history of interpersonal violence. I especially feel honored to journey with those navigating their relationships as they work through their trauma history. I recognize how one's racial, cultural, and faith background impact recovery and welcome integrating these components in therapy. I also take time to explore how childhood experiences shape the individual and current relationships. My hope is that, through our time together, you will gain greater insight into yourself, which will contribute to your flourishing and the flourishing of your relationships.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Irving Park, Chicago are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Irving Park, Chicago then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Irving Park, Chicago, or Child Psychologists in Irving Park, Chicago.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Irving Park, Chicago psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Irving Park, Chicago specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.