Emotionally Focused Therapists in Naperville, IL

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Photo of Kerry Lavine, Pre-Licensed Professional in Naperville, IL
Kerry Lavine
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60563
Kerry frequently utilizes approaches from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy (NT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).
Kerry believes that each client possesses strength and qualities within them needed to work through life challenges; however, they often may lack the tools needed to access them. these when beginning therapy. Kerry takes a collaborative approach with clients to help identify their specific problems, needs, and goals and tailors’ therapeutic interventions to what works best for each individual. Kerry believes in building a strong therapeutic rapport with each client to foster a safe environment for them to express their emotions and feel empowered to work toward becoming their most authentic selves.
Kerry frequently utilizes approaches from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy (NT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).
Kerry believes that each client possesses strength and qualities within them needed to work through life challenges; however, they often may lack the tools needed to access them. these when beginning therapy. Kerry takes a collaborative approach with clients to help identify their specific problems, needs, and goals and tailors’ therapeutic interventions to what works best for each individual. Kerry believes in building a strong therapeutic rapport with each client to foster a safe environment for them to express their emotions and feel empowered to work toward becoming their most authentic selves.
(331) 258-8062 x240 View (331) 258-8062 x240
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Philip A Kirk
Counselor, MA, NCC, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60563
Are your feelings of sadness and anxiety preventing you from enjoying life? Are you struggling with relationship difficulties or life transitions? Do you feel stuck? Do you desire closeness and greater intimacy with your partner/spouse? Do you want to improve your communications? You are not alone. Seeking therapy is the 1st step toward achieving a more satisfying life and/or relief from suffering. The decision to seek therapy can be difficult but helpful when we are overwhelmed by life experiences and unhappy with relationships in our lives. Treatment is confidential. My office is located in a private, safe & comfortable setting.
Are your feelings of sadness and anxiety preventing you from enjoying life? Are you struggling with relationship difficulties or life transitions? Do you feel stuck? Do you desire closeness and greater intimacy with your partner/spouse? Do you want to improve your communications? You are not alone. Seeking therapy is the 1st step toward achieving a more satisfying life and/or relief from suffering. The decision to seek therapy can be difficult but helpful when we are overwhelmed by life experiences and unhappy with relationships in our lives. Treatment is confidential. My office is located in a private, safe & comfortable setting.
(815) 261-1617 View (815) 261-1617
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Dominik Kannenwischer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60564  (Online Only)
I work from a client centered, insight oriented and attachment based theory when working with individuals and when working with couples I use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT).
My ideal client would be an individual 16 years or older who comes to sessions with an open mind for change. The client might come in with past traumas, anxiety, relationship struggles, and other issues that might bother them in their daily lives. He/She/They might need help working on or correcting their own negative self talk and thinking patterns, low self-esteem, and self-care related issues. The client's goal might be finding their own voice, learning to set healthy boundaries, gaining self insight about how their past influences them and how to become free from their trauma responses today.
I work from a client centered, insight oriented and attachment based theory when working with individuals and when working with couples I use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT).
My ideal client would be an individual 16 years or older who comes to sessions with an open mind for change. The client might come in with past traumas, anxiety, relationship struggles, and other issues that might bother them in their daily lives. He/She/They might need help working on or correcting their own negative self talk and thinking patterns, low self-esteem, and self-care related issues. The client's goal might be finding their own voice, learning to set healthy boundaries, gaining self insight about how their past influences them and how to become free from their trauma responses today.
(779) 345-2335 View (779) 345-2335
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Nevida Khetarpal
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Naperville, IL 60563
Nevida is fond of utilizing elements from internal family systems (IFS), family systems therapy, emotional regulation techniques, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and mindfulness practices, along with cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Nevida uses empathy and humility to help people work towards acceptance and understanding. She values the unique perspective and journey that each person brings with them. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and family to help them create healthy connections within themselves and their relationships. In session, Nevida strives to assist individuals and families with establishing positive ways to cope with trauma, life stressors, and relationships. She focuses on helping people enhance their personal and relational growth by focusing on interpersonal connectedness.
Nevida is fond of utilizing elements from internal family systems (IFS), family systems therapy, emotional regulation techniques, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and mindfulness practices, along with cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Nevida uses empathy and humility to help people work towards acceptance and understanding. She values the unique perspective and journey that each person brings with them. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and family to help them create healthy connections within themselves and their relationships. In session, Nevida strives to assist individuals and families with establishing positive ways to cope with trauma, life stressors, and relationships. She focuses on helping people enhance their personal and relational growth by focusing on interpersonal connectedness.
(331) 210-5435 View (331) 210-5435
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Lisa Pisha
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, writer, and parent instructor working with individuals, families, and couples strengthening relationships through some of life's challenges and transitions. My areas of expertise include couples and marriage counseling including infidelity and sex and intimacy therapy, parenting, life transitions and challenges, postpartum, depression and anxiety, and personal growth and wellness. I have a special interest and extensive research working with couples and individuals experiencing the transition into parenthood, and/or dealing with postpartum and baby blues.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, writer, and parent instructor working with individuals, families, and couples strengthening relationships through some of life's challenges and transitions. My areas of expertise include couples and marriage counseling including infidelity and sex and intimacy therapy, parenting, life transitions and challenges, postpartum, depression and anxiety, and personal growth and wellness. I have a special interest and extensive research working with couples and individuals experiencing the transition into parenthood, and/or dealing with postpartum and baby blues.
(630) 796-4938 View (630) 796-4938
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Christine A Barker
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
9 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60563
I use mindfulness, CBT, CPT, and EFT in many of my sessions.
Hi there! I am Christine :) I am a passionate-practicing LCPC in North Naperville. I have over 10 years of experience. I enjoy working with adults who have problematic relationships, childhood issues, and who feel stuck in their present life. It might be trauma, depression, anxiety, but whatever it is we can help you get "unstuck" together. I believe everyone has potential to help themselves, but sometimes we need some guidance. Many of us weren't taught how to deal with our emotions and feelings, and as a result, our adult lives suffer in ways we aren't educated to fix. I am here to help guide YOU to your BEST SELF.
I use mindfulness, CBT, CPT, and EFT in many of my sessions.
Hi there! I am Christine :) I am a passionate-practicing LCPC in North Naperville. I have over 10 years of experience. I enjoy working with adults who have problematic relationships, childhood issues, and who feel stuck in their present life. It might be trauma, depression, anxiety, but whatever it is we can help you get "unstuck" together. I believe everyone has potential to help themselves, but sometimes we need some guidance. Many of us weren't taught how to deal with our emotions and feelings, and as a result, our adult lives suffer in ways we aren't educated to fix. I am here to help guide YOU to your BEST SELF.
(630) 581-2505 View (630) 581-2505
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Cora Mills
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540
She also specializes in couples work and is Gottman and EFT trained.
Briarwood Counseling seeks to help people who are struggling to figure out how to feel better in their lives. Cora works with individuals, couples and families struggling with depression, anxiety, life and relationship transitions into and out of parenthood, grief, loss, and rebuilding after abuse and trauma experiences. Sometimes people just feel "stuck" and want their lives to look different or want to move into a more positive space. Cora helps sift through the trouble and find solutions and move forward. Cora loves working with people who want to know themselves better.
She also specializes in couples work and is Gottman and EFT trained.
Briarwood Counseling seeks to help people who are struggling to figure out how to feel better in their lives. Cora works with individuals, couples and families struggling with depression, anxiety, life and relationship transitions into and out of parenthood, grief, loss, and rebuilding after abuse and trauma experiences. Sometimes people just feel "stuck" and want their lives to look different or want to move into a more positive space. Cora helps sift through the trouble and find solutions and move forward. Cora loves working with people who want to know themselves better.
(779) 204-5159 View (779) 204-5159
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Dr. Laura L Bokar
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, LCPC, LMFT, ACS
Verified
14 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60563
Dr. Laura Bokar is the CEO/President of Fox Valley Institute for Growth and Wellness and has been an individual, marital/couple and family therapist for almost three decades. Her approach is tailored to the client's need. She is an open, non-threatening therapist with a sense of humor. Dr. Laura is a LMFT, LCPC and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She is also certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Critical Incident Response, Prepare/Enrich Pre-Marital Assessment, Primary Care Behavioral Health, and DBT.
Dr. Laura Bokar is the CEO/President of Fox Valley Institute for Growth and Wellness and has been an individual, marital/couple and family therapist for almost three decades. Her approach is tailored to the client's need. She is an open, non-threatening therapist with a sense of humor. Dr. Laura is a LMFT, LCPC and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She is also certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Critical Incident Response, Prepare/Enrich Pre-Marital Assessment, Primary Care Behavioral Health, and DBT.
(331) 256-2073 View (331) 256-2073
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Rory Scher
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Therapy can be a great place to begin the courageous journey of rediscovering who you are and equipping yourself with the tools needed to make your life more enriched and fulfilling. I work with couples, families, and individuals of all ages. I have undergone training in EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy), and use ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) for treating OCD and anxiety related disorders.
Therapy can be a great place to begin the courageous journey of rediscovering who you are and equipping yourself with the tools needed to make your life more enriched and fulfilling. I work with couples, families, and individuals of all ages. I have undergone training in EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy), and use ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) for treating OCD and anxiety related disorders.
(331) 204-1696 View (331) 204-1696
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Kristin Kallas
Marriage & Family Therapist, ALMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60563
Systems-Based, Person-Centered, Strengths-Based, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy guiding clients to see the strongest version of their authentic selves; looking at clients through a family system lens, getting to the root of presenting issues.
Kristin is an experienced counselor, with a Master’s Degree in both Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in couples of all ages, who are experiencing challenges with sexual and emotional intimacy, as well high stress and/or anxiety with their partners or within their family system. Kristin works with individuals and families, and sees clients ages 10+. Areas of focus is individuals dealing with depression, interpersonal issues, illness/medical issues, life changes/adjustment disorder, pre-marital/engagement issues, relationship issues, self-esteem/self-worth and women’s issues.
Systems-Based, Person-Centered, Strengths-Based, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy guiding clients to see the strongest version of their authentic selves; looking at clients through a family system lens, getting to the root of presenting issues.
Kristin is an experienced counselor, with a Master’s Degree in both Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in couples of all ages, who are experiencing challenges with sexual and emotional intimacy, as well high stress and/or anxiety with their partners or within their family system. Kristin works with individuals and families, and sees clients ages 10+. Areas of focus is individuals dealing with depression, interpersonal issues, illness/medical issues, life changes/adjustment disorder, pre-marital/engagement issues, relationship issues, self-esteem/self-worth and women’s issues.
(331) 259-8418 View (331) 259-8418
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Connected Hearts Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Naperville, IL 60564
I use an integrative approach from my training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and also the methods from Gottman therapy.
The first step in your healing process is a willingness to connect with a therapist that is helpful and safe. I am a marriage and family therapist devoted to creating authentic and caring relationships with my clients to help them on their journey to learning more about themselves, identify wounds that need healing and thought patterns that are unhealthy. In the process of counseling, change occurs through self awareness, validation and empathy. I am committed to helping my clients become their best selves and achieve their highest potential. I work with couples, individuals, families and children.
I use an integrative approach from my training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and also the methods from Gottman therapy.
The first step in your healing process is a willingness to connect with a therapist that is helpful and safe. I am a marriage and family therapist devoted to creating authentic and caring relationships with my clients to help them on their journey to learning more about themselves, identify wounds that need healing and thought patterns that are unhealthy. In the process of counseling, change occurs through self awareness, validation and empathy. I am committed to helping my clients become their best selves and achieve their highest potential. I work with couples, individuals, families and children.
(331) 701-2676 View (331) 701-2676
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Monique Prohaska-Slattery
Counselor, LCPC, ATR, CYT, BSP
Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
In sessions I use ACT, CBT, Brainspotting, & Positive Psychology along with EFT, yoga, mindfulness, art therapy, & reiki when appropriate.
Accepting New Clients for In-Person & Telehealth: Are you looking to find peace, perseverance, and resilience through everyday struggles? Imagine what it would feel like to not worry all the time or do the “what-if” dance in your mind. Whether your struggles are about a life transition, a relationship issue, experiencing stress, physical & emotional changes such as peri-menopause and menopause, or anything else that feels like "something's not quite right," finding a safe outlet to express yourself, understand your anxiety, build your coping skills, and find solutions is where your transformation begins.
In sessions I use ACT, CBT, Brainspotting, & Positive Psychology along with EFT, yoga, mindfulness, art therapy, & reiki when appropriate.
Accepting New Clients for In-Person & Telehealth: Are you looking to find peace, perseverance, and resilience through everyday struggles? Imagine what it would feel like to not worry all the time or do the “what-if” dance in your mind. Whether your struggles are about a life transition, a relationship issue, experiencing stress, physical & emotional changes such as peri-menopause and menopause, or anything else that feels like "something's not quite right," finding a safe outlet to express yourself, understand your anxiety, build your coping skills, and find solutions is where your transformation begins.
(630) 473-9273 View (630) 473-9273
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Ashwini Krishnakumar
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60563
I am passionate about providing counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I enjoy working with diverse cultural backgrounds, all sexual orientations and gender, and advocating for clients. I use an integrative treatment pulling from Humanistic, Systems, Trauma-Informed, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while incorporating expressive therapy techniques for individual clients. For couples therapy, I use the Emotionally Focused Couples therapy techniques to help couples understand and dismantle unhealth conflict cycles.
I am passionate about providing counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I enjoy working with diverse cultural backgrounds, all sexual orientations and gender, and advocating for clients. I use an integrative treatment pulling from Humanistic, Systems, Trauma-Informed, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while incorporating expressive therapy techniques for individual clients. For couples therapy, I use the Emotionally Focused Couples therapy techniques to help couples understand and dismantle unhealth conflict cycles.
(872) 231-3382 View (872) 231-3382
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Francoise Mastroianni
Counselor, LCPC, Hypnoth, SEP, CCPS, CSAS
Naperville, IL 60565
Training as an Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT),and certified Hypnotherapist.
Certified Sexual Addiction Specialist, and Certified Clinical Partner Specialist.The model practiced is multidimensional, treating the addict, partner, coupleship. All three dimensions of the attachment injury are traumatized. The aftermath of discovery/disclosure induces symptoms that impact psysiological responses to the mind, body.The treatment protocol for sexual addiction induced trauma I practice is EMDR, as well as 2 day Intensives. Practicing SEP,we are able to get to wounds of how the body holds the trauma/ attachment injury, using an integrative trauma model.Emotionally Focused Therapy allows helping couples to get to their deepest needs/hurt/rejection/ and betrayal.
Training as an Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT),and certified Hypnotherapist.
Certified Sexual Addiction Specialist, and Certified Clinical Partner Specialist.The model practiced is multidimensional, treating the addict, partner, coupleship. All three dimensions of the attachment injury are traumatized. The aftermath of discovery/disclosure induces symptoms that impact psysiological responses to the mind, body.The treatment protocol for sexual addiction induced trauma I practice is EMDR, as well as 2 day Intensives. Practicing SEP,we are able to get to wounds of how the body holds the trauma/ attachment injury, using an integrative trauma model.Emotionally Focused Therapy allows helping couples to get to their deepest needs/hurt/rejection/ and betrayal.
(630) 282-4643 View (630) 282-4643
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Angie Young
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR, RYT200
Verified
Naperville, IL 60565
I believe healing is possible through an invitation to connect with your body, emotions, and thoughts. To build understanding about how your experiences, relationships, and culture have impacted your life. I seek to be a companion in the process of sharing your personal story as you sift through the well of your entire lived experience to discover your authentic voice. Together, we will use body based interventions, emotionally focused work, and brain-based approaches like EMDR to reclaim the chapters of your life where difficult experiences stole your sense of who you are, and nurture growth, healing, and overcome loneliness.
I believe healing is possible through an invitation to connect with your body, emotions, and thoughts. To build understanding about how your experiences, relationships, and culture have impacted your life. I seek to be a companion in the process of sharing your personal story as you sift through the well of your entire lived experience to discover your authentic voice. Together, we will use body based interventions, emotionally focused work, and brain-based approaches like EMDR to reclaim the chapters of your life where difficult experiences stole your sense of who you are, and nurture growth, healing, and overcome loneliness.
(630) 524-4362 View (630) 524-4362
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Dr. Leslie Davis
Counselor, PhD, LCPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60565
I am a National Certified Counselor and a member of The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).
Do you constantly find yourself in toxic relationships? Have your relationships caused you anxiety or depression? It’s time for a change. As a Relationship Therapist, my goal is to help you thrive in healthy relationships with your romantic partner, friend, or family member. My ideal clients are teens, young adults, college students, and couples who may struggle with developing and maintaining healthy connections. Using an emotion-focused approach I will empower you with tools to improve your relationships and your self-esteem. My promise is to never sugarcoat the truth, so grab a cup of coffee/tea and come sit with me.
I am a National Certified Counselor and a member of The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).
Do you constantly find yourself in toxic relationships? Have your relationships caused you anxiety or depression? It’s time for a change. As a Relationship Therapist, my goal is to help you thrive in healthy relationships with your romantic partner, friend, or family member. My ideal clients are teens, young adults, college students, and couples who may struggle with developing and maintaining healthy connections. Using an emotion-focused approach I will empower you with tools to improve your relationships and your self-esteem. My promise is to never sugarcoat the truth, so grab a cup of coffee/tea and come sit with me.
(708) 295-3412 View (708) 295-3412
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JoLeann Trine
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Joey Trine is a Board-Certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC-BC) a member of the Illinois Association of Adult Development and Aging (IAADA), and former program development chair for IAADA. She has more than 6 years of experience working with adults and seniors who are experiencing variations of grief, anxiety, self-esteem concerns, depression, impulse control, trauma, and issues in effective communication & boundaries.
Joey Trine is a Board-Certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC-BC) a member of the Illinois Association of Adult Development and Aging (IAADA), and former program development chair for IAADA. She has more than 6 years of experience working with adults and seniors who are experiencing variations of grief, anxiety, self-esteem concerns, depression, impulse control, trauma, and issues in effective communication & boundaries.
(630) 949-3565 View (630) 949-3565
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Mary Holmes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Naperville, IL 60563  (Online Only)
I use attachment-based, emotionally focused therapy to help clients process complex feelings and ultimately connect more deeply with others and with themselves.
Led by compassion and curiosity, I see people, not problems. My practice style is client-led, culturally humble, trauma-informed, sex-positive, kink aware, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and social justice-oriented. I believe we live our best lives when we are seen, heard, and met with empathy, free of judgment. I work with clients to support a safe base from which to explore vulnerabilities, assess struggles, and process emotions. My clients hold the key to their own self-discovery, wellness, and balance and I am honored to walk this path with them.
I use attachment-based, emotionally focused therapy to help clients process complex feelings and ultimately connect more deeply with others and with themselves.
Led by compassion and curiosity, I see people, not problems. My practice style is client-led, culturally humble, trauma-informed, sex-positive, kink aware, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and social justice-oriented. I believe we live our best lives when we are seen, heard, and met with empathy, free of judgment. I work with clients to support a safe base from which to explore vulnerabilities, assess struggles, and process emotions. My clients hold the key to their own self-discovery, wellness, and balance and I am honored to walk this path with them.
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Cristie Carn
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC
Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Waitlist for new clients
Therapy may seem intimidating, but sometimes what you are most afraid of doing can be the very thing that will set you free! I believe that therapy, coupled with a mindset of positivity, can be the life-changing event that propels you out of negative circumstances. Unexpected things are going to happen in life, people may disappoint us; all we can really control is how we choose to handle things. I utilize courage, humor, empathy, and emotionally focused techniques to create a safe, non-judgemental space for couples, adults, and adolescents to explore, heal, and achieve lasting change in their lives.
Therapy may seem intimidating, but sometimes what you are most afraid of doing can be the very thing that will set you free! I believe that therapy, coupled with a mindset of positivity, can be the life-changing event that propels you out of negative circumstances. Unexpected things are going to happen in life, people may disappoint us; all we can really control is how we choose to handle things. I utilize courage, humor, empathy, and emotionally focused techniques to create a safe, non-judgemental space for couples, adults, and adolescents to explore, heal, and achieve lasting change in their lives.
(630) 381-7125 View (630) 381-7125
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Matthew Caston
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Naperville, IL 60567
As an integrative provider, Matthew often turns to DBT, ACT, IFS, EFT, Psychodynamic, and other modalities to process dynamics relating to ineffective patterns of behavior.
Matthew Caston is an LCPC with several years of experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of personal and clinical issues (mood, anxiety, behavioral, life transition, men's/women's issues, relationships, trauma, etc.). He sees strong conviction in those who are forthcoming about what brings them to counseling. "For me, it shows a level of vulnerability that I've come to respect greatly. With such a large stigma surrounding mental health, I believe it's helpful to adapt to life's stressors; when we're vulnerable to them, learn how the environment may contribute, and what can we do to address the issues at hand."
As an integrative provider, Matthew often turns to DBT, ACT, IFS, EFT, Psychodynamic, and other modalities to process dynamics relating to ineffective patterns of behavior.
Matthew Caston is an LCPC with several years of experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of personal and clinical issues (mood, anxiety, behavioral, life transition, men's/women's issues, relationships, trauma, etc.). He sees strong conviction in those who are forthcoming about what brings them to counseling. "For me, it shows a level of vulnerability that I've come to respect greatly. With such a large stigma surrounding mental health, I believe it's helpful to adapt to life's stressors; when we're vulnerable to them, learn how the environment may contribute, and what can we do to address the issues at hand."
(630) 426-7980 View (630) 426-7980

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Emotionally Focused Therapists

Who is emotionally focused therapy for?

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is for couples who are emotionally distressed, stuck in an unsatisfying relationship pattern or feeling deeply alienated. They may even believe the relationship is beyond repair. Very often, the partners display intense anger, fear, grief, loss of trust, or a sense of betrayal in the relationship. In addition, EFT is helpful to couples and individuals who have difficulty expressing emotions and those who have trouble regulating emotions.

Why do people need emotionally focused therapy?

People need emotionally focused therapy because the need for others is built into the brain, but the pressures of daily life can erode feelings of love, and couples often do not have the skills to find their way back to the comfort of each other. Instead, they may be stuck in repetitive patterns of anger, fear, grief, loss of trust, or a sense of betrayal. Emotionally focused therapy regards such strong negative feelings as expressions of protest over the loss of connection and turns them into pathways of reconnection.

What happens in emotionally focused therapy?

Over the course of eight to 20 weekly sessions, couples de-escalate their negative emotional reactivity to one another so that they can listen to each other and be responsive to each other’s needs. Then the deep emotional and physical bond is restored, giving partners a sense of comfort and security, which they can use to solve whatever problems come their way. The therapist plays an active role, helping partners understand how anger and withdrawal are actually misguided cries for connection.

What problems does emotionally focused therapy treat?

EFT is designed to help couples stuck in dysfunctional relationship patterns regain closeness and rebuild their relationship. Typically, such couples experience considerable distress, with partners feeling alienated and distrustful of one another, not certain their relationship can survive. EFT is also helpful to individuals experiencing attachment-related fears of loss; it helps them learn to use their fears as a way of eliciting the closeness they desire.