I am passionate about providing quality mental health care and a highly personalized experience. I enjoy building long-term, professional relationships with my clients, and to serve as an available resource throughout life's many expected and unexpected transitions. I hope that our therapy can not only reduce your immediate feelings of distress, but also proactively strengthen a foundation for the future. As do your presenting concerns, my work as your doctor goes beyond the time we spend together in the office.
"I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with offices in Wilmette. I specialize in marriage and family therapy. I also work with teens, young adults, and individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression or struggling to cope with life issues. I am a hope focused therapist who believes that one can be made whole with the right kind of intervention."
Tricia uses a holistic approach to healing and has extensive training in many different modalities including Reiki, IET (Integrative Energy Therapy), Yoga/Meditation, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and mindfulness training. In using the Contextual Change Model, she incorporates these various modalities depending on the needs of the client. She approaches the therapeutic relationship in a collaborative way, focusing on the client’s strengths, helping the client to deepen agency and self-awareness, emphasizing compassion and empathy throughout treatment. Tricia is currently teaching yoga/meditation at her home in Wilmette.
As a therapist for over twenty-five years, I've learned that people are often unaware of how their current issues are connected to experiences and feelings encountered earlier in their lives. I work with patients to help them identify and explore repeating patterns in their lives and how these patterns can be evaluated and changed to improve personal and professional outcomes. My patients have found that therapy is a valuable experience and together we make the process productive and fulfilling.
I primarily work with parents, adolescents,and children. I utilize a combination of expressive therapies ( Sandplay,art, and play based treatment) and insight oriented ( talk Therapy). I listen carefully; together we discover what works best for your specific concerns. I specialize in trauma, anxiety separation,relational concerns,grief, loss depression and adjustment-identity dificulties. On This journey toward healing it helps to have someone you trust accompany you.
Though each person’s experience is unique, a common thread is that not knowing where emotions come from adds to suffering. My hope is to provide a nonjudgmental place to better understand your emotions so that you can gain a sense of agency in creating a meaningful life. A meaningful life may involve feeling comfortable sitting alone with your thoughts, the past becoming less haunting, more effective communication in relationships, believing you are good enough as you are, or something else. Whatever you are working towards, I am here to support you.
"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try..." If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, or having difficulties in your interpersonal relationships I offer more than 25 years of clinical experience and a creative therapeutic approach. Working with adults and children of all ages, my goal is to treat each individual based on the whole person, rather than simply a diagnosis or label. I employ a holistic and less threatening approach to working through challenges. You will have the opportunity to focus on areas of strength to foster growth, gain personal empowerment, and create life shifts.
Val has woven traditional talk therapy and creative techniques to provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space for individuals, youth and families to work through difficult life experiences. She has extensive experience working with youth and families managing the challenges associated with emotional and behavioral problems, domestic violence, sexual assault, mental health concerns, and various traumatic life events. She believes in an empowerment and strength-based approach while fostering an environment that encourages self-acceptance, self-awareness and growth.
If you’re reading this it’s a fair guess you’re considering therapy and trying to find the right person to work with. Perhaps you’ve been in therapy before, or wanted to but held back, or maybe you've done pretty well on your own until recently. Regardless, I’m glad you’re here. You've already taken the first step to helping yourself, and that is no small thing. The next step is to find the right fit. I'm experienced in working with all manner of issues, but I tend to work best with adults who are insightful and motivated to not just fix specific problems, but to really figure out and pursue the life they've always wanted.
My approach to therapy is centered on the belief that everyone has inherent strengths and wisdom. Working together in our sessions, we will explore a path to meaningful insights into your life. In the process, you will learn new skills that will allow you to bring about thoughtful, positive changes.
As a social worker for 8 years, I have worked in a number of settings and spaces- from mental health agencies to domestic violence shelters. From St. Louis to Colorado, and here in Chicago, I have walked both physically and mentally with my clients, through neighborhoods and beside mountains views, sharing physical space or a wireless connection. Together we have moved through painful losses and beautiful life transitions. It has been an honor to walk alongside my clients. I am humbled by their resiliency in the face of micro and macro limitations: from abusive family systems to white supremacy, transphobia, and a global pandemic.
Each of us possesses an inherent capacity for growth and the power to create a fulfilling life for ourselves. As a therapist I seek to partner this capacity and strength of yours with my abilities to instill hope and use evidence-based interventions. I place value in the therapeutic relationship and by bringing warmth and empathy into each session, I believe that together we can work towards reaching your goals. Whether your goal is to learn coping mechanisms, improve your quality of life, work through difficult life events and/or trauma, or expand self-awareness, I will strive to be a catalyst in helping you create lasting changes.
I act as a facilitator of change for individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, various traumas, panic, grief/loss, stress, postpartum blues and depression, low self-esteem, and who are going through life transitions and have parenting challenges. I believe that human birthright is to experience joy in life. Individual journey in healing and growth are the ways to achieve that.
My name is Michelle Barraco Hatchett. I am a masters level psychotherapist, certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) and licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC). In my 13 years of experience, I have worked with children, adolescents and adults challenged with a variety of mental health and life concerns including but not limited to depression, mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, addiction, trauma, grief and relationship conflicts.
I enjoy working with families and individuals on relationship, parenting and family issues by developing an open and collaborative relationship with clients. It is my belief that we all can feel frustrated at times and seeking help in therapy is a positive choice toward managing our stress better and ultimately improving our health. I use a combination of approaches including family systems theory, mindfulness practice, positive psychology and, when appropriate, humor to help coach clients to begin to observe the patterns of behavior that are challenging them and make thoughtful choices about what they would like to change.
You are overwhelmed. You struggle to relax, calm down, or feel satisfied with your life. You get pulled into your emotions and it's getting worse. You feel stuck and trapped, and then you feel guilty for feeling that way. It's not something that you talk about. In fact, most people would be shocked to know this about you. Imagine what it might be like to feel calm and to respond from a confident place instead of reacting all the time; to be more effective; to know what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed so that you don’t get swept away. You know that you want to get there, but you need the right help to find the way.
I provide psychological therapy which focuses on the way that people think and behave. My practice specializes in working with children/adolescents and college/post-college adults who have problems adapting to their current life circumstances. Each person brings into treatment all their experiences, both joyous and problematic, which provides a base for the development of individualized goals and objectives.
I have been a therapist for over 20 years, helping individuals, couples, and families. My experience has included working in a medical/hospital setting, at a family therapy clinical/training center, and in private practice. My approach is centered on respect for the challenges and stresses that people encounter and the strengths they can call upon in coping with these uncertainties. I use my knowledge and training in family systems theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy to help clients better understand and resolve their problems.
Choosing to talk to a professional is a big decision. You may have been thinking about it for months or even years. Let me put your mind at ease about what you'll find if you choose to contact me and come for a session. You'll find someone warm and welcoming who will sit down and have a conversation with you. I will ask about what's been going on and you can tell me what's been troubling you. I will help you to think about possible explanations and solutions in a way you probably haven't thought of before.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Wilmette 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 Wilmette 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 Wilmette, or Child Psychologists in Wilmette.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Wilmette 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 Wilmette 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.