Welcome to my profile. If you're seeking a therapist, you're taking an important step toward creating a shift into resilience, growth, and well-being. I have over 15 years of experience supporting clients using a collaborative, DBT (skills-based) approach. I partner with clients to create a safe space where they can connect more deeply with themselves, their emotions, their needs, and their potentials in order to become their most fully-realized selves.
You Don’t Have to Go Through Life’s Struggles Alone Often in life, our journey towards growth and happiness becomes obstructed by our past experiences. Additionally, current experiences, stressors, and traumas, can impact our mental health and well-being. Our unmanaged fear, trauma, anxiety, and depression can leave us feeling like we are not worthy of happiness or positive relationships. These underlying thoughts impact our actions and emotions and can impact our quality of life and mental health. However, you do not have to face these challenges alone.
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with seven years of experience in the mental health field. I received my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University, and since this time have received specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,) an exciting form of therapy which can target trauma, addictions, anxiety disorders, and can improve performance in work and recreational tasks.
As a therapist, I can assist you to better understand the connections between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. With this new insight, you can identify problematic ones and challenge, replace, or reframe them. The path to change starts with identifying your underlying needs and finding more effective ways to fulfill them. I work with adolescents, teens and adults from diverse backgrounds. I am specialized in treating anxiety, depression, life transitions, low self-esteem and grief.
Sometimes life can be challenging... therapy may help you to process experiences, memories, relationships, thoughts or feelings that cause discomfort or pain. Perhaps you lost your balance or have a longer term issue you need to manage. We recognize the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for positive change; and our approach is client-centered and interpersonal, yet solution focused and evidenced based. We are very empathic therapists and our safe, confidential, and non-judgmental therapies will make it easier for you to explore your world.
I became drawn to the work of therapy after many years of working in social justice movements, and seeing how relationships hold the power and potential to change the world. I particularly enjoy working with people who use drugs, queer and trans folks, and people doing social movement work from a harm reduction and trauma-informed perspective. As a therapist, I believe you have the tools and skills necessary to heal yourself, and our work in therapy is to uncover them together. I'm interested in the intersections of healing and liberation, and am excited to explore with you how your own healing contributes to a liberated future.
I offer you a "place to think," a calm place to explore your concerns, gain new ideas and a larger perspective, and develop a plan for making the changes you want. The goal is for you to leave my office less anxious than when you arrived, to be thinking more clearly, focusing more on what you can do than on what others are doing. As you look at your relationships--family, friends, work--as systems, and understand the patterns and the part you play in them, you begin to seen new options for change.
I provide a gentle, encouraging environment to help clients work on relationship challenges & infidelity, eating disorders & obesity, as well as career & life transitions. I guide individuals through the dating process into healthy relationships. I have specialized clinical experience in helping people recover from addictions of all kinds (food, alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, codependency).
Everyone experiences change in life, and sometimes those transitions are hard to manage alone. Uncomfortable feelings are a signal that it's time for something to change. I can assist you in exploring your options and making choices to put you back on track. My goal is to help you gain confidence and feel more in control. Feelings are normal, but can seem overwhelming without an outlet. Together we can discover ways to improve your comfort with yourself and those you care about, whether you are dealing with a loss or one of the other bumps along life's road.
Megan Wills is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with adults, adolescents, and children. She practices from a relational, trauma-informed, person-centered and intersectional feminist lens. Megan believes that the foundation of good therapy is a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship. She works to create a space where clients can experience safety, support, and unconditional positive regard, and develop the insights they need to clarify their values and identify and reach their goals.
I have 20 years of experience as both a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor/teacher. I work with people with a wide range of emotional issues including: depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, trauma, and early attachment difficulties. I believe psychotherapy is powerful tool and works best with people who are committed to deepening their understanding of themselves and their relationships. I will work collaboratively with you and listen closely as we examine both old and emerging ways of being and managing life's challenges.
Life is all about relationships--beginning with the one you have with yourself. My goal is to provide a safe place for you to explore your underlying feelings leading to a better understanding and acceptance of who you are and who you can be. I will provide you a supportive relationship as you re-gain control of your life. Changes within often change relationships with others and that can be challenging, even frightening, yet rewarding. We will work together to strengthen emotional bonds with loved ones, cope with grief and loss, deal with trauma, and maintain a sense of inner balance.
Do you sometimes feel enveloped by sadness? Ever overcome with worry? Looking for a safe space to share your challenges and work toward resolution? I am passionate about working with adults who are challenged by mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma or stress-related disorders. Left untreated mental health challenges can manifest in ways that are harmful to us as individuals and our broader society. My goal is to provide a safe and positive space for clients to reflect, grow insight, reimagine and overcome challenges so they can build a life that reflects their vision for themselves.
Julia has a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has always had a passion for mental health care and prides herself on creating a therapeutic relationship with patients to help navigate mental health symptoms. Julia specializes in managing symptoms related to anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and panic disorder. She aims to use the least amount of medication possible to help with symptom management and will work with you as a team to develop a treatment plan.
My specialty is providing therapeutic services to children and adults. I utilize a client centered approach to join with my clients in the therapeutic process and offer gentle, non-judgmental support through the journey of therapy. I meet you where you are.
We all have words in our heart that are difficult to speak. Therapy is a great opportunity to bring voice to those words and make sense of their meaning so we can have a greater understanding of who we are and our place in this world. I view therapy as a unique opportunity to know and understand yourself in more profound and meaningful ways so as to allow true clarity, purpose, and healing in everyday life. We will move at a pace that feels comfortable to you, and, ultimately, we will work together to bridge your inner emotional life to past and current experiences to then provide a renewed and hopeful understanding of yourself.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are struggling with depression, anxiety, complex trauma, and difficult life transitions utilizing creative flexible interventions that best meet the client’s needs. I have also helped clients process larger systemic traumas related to race, gender, sexual orientation, and medical & occupational experiences.
Providing a confidential, supportive environment where a client is heard and understood is extremely important, and I take this responsibility very seriously. Developing a relationship of trust is crucial to the process of change for clients of any age.
For over 40 years I have been successfully helping couples, families, and individuals change their lives for the better. My action-oriented approach begins changing unhealthy patterns of interaction immediately. It is my passion to help my clients find new strategies for dealing more positively with life's challenges in order to live happier and more fulfilling lives.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Oak Park 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 Oak Park 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 Oak Park, or Child Psychologists in Oak Park.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Oak Park 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 Oak Park 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.