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Therapy is a way of approaching those life challenges that sometimes appear overwhelming or confusing. By putting words to those feelings, you can begin to unravel patterns of behavior,  relationship dynamics and decision making processes, thus allowing for meaningful change.


Therapy takes place in a supportive, non-judgmental space where we work to explore and reflect on the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing. My approach is based on your singular circumstances and the questions you may have about your life.


I am an experienced bilingual (Spanish-English) psychotherapist who works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use, life transitions (immigration, divorce), parenting challenges, grief and many other concerns. Therapy can take place in Spanish and/or English.

I am accepting new adult clients and welcome all inquiries. You can reach me at or at 708-374-7418.




Seeking therapy is a courageous investment in your wellness.  Our need for purpose and connection can be frustrated by experiences of invalidation, trauma, and loneliness, as well as systemic injustices like racism, gender-based oppression, and economic disparity. 

I’ve had the opportunity to engage with clients from a diverse array of cultural identities regarding a range of issues like work-stress and career-transitions, anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, family-of-origin dynamics, and other challenges related to the ups and downs of living. I have worked with clients ranging in age from late-teens to 60s, and have extensive experience working with folks navigating challenges of early adulthood.  Together, we can explore, process, and strategize new ways to experience and interact with the world.    

My work with clients is influenced by a range of person-centered, trauma-informed, and evidence-based approaches.  I’ll work collaboratively with you to find a combination of perspectives, metaphors, and strategies that feel relatable, workable, and appropriate for your needs and goals.

I am accepting new clients virtually and welcome all inquiries. You can reach me at or ‪(224) 999-0342‬.

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She/Her or They/Them

EMDR Certified


I acknowledge that one’s healing journey is not linear because it takes time, work, having plan B when plan A doesn’t work out the way we hoped it would go, having plan C for plan B, etc. Most importantly, the need to develop some kindness and compassion with yourself to work through feelings or experiences that feel complicated, messy, or misunderstood.


As your therapist, I will listen to you with “ting” – a Chinese symbol that embodies listening with not only eyes and ears but with the mind, heart, and soul. My hope is to create an affirming and safe space for you to explore and vocalize your needs (crying and cursing allowed) as we work together to get you to a better place mentally, emotionally, or spiritually in whatever way you want to define that better. This is your healing journey and you are the expert of your life – I will be there to help guide you to find what you need to accomplish any goal you’d like to set for yourself. Together we will explore your strengths and areas for potential growth, identify your values, while getting insight or process things you’ve been through, and learn new skills for healing or transforming into your better, authentic you.


As someone who has faced many adversities, life challenges, has had their own struggles with physical health, born with Cerebral Palsy among other things, and mental health – I completely get how hard it is to not only ask for help but the challenges and the courage it takes to be vulnerable enough to ask for help from others – even, from yourself. I have years of experience working with a wide array of people of different lived experiences, and communities such as youth and adults (TGNC, cis gender men and women) living with HIV, sex workers, folx who experienced homelessness, have substance use issues, or co-occurring health issues as well as migrant communities.  


Additionally, I like holding a safe and nonjudgmental, sex, body-positive space to talk about different areas of sexuality and sensuality. TGNC, consensual non-monogamy and polyamorous, kink, “pro-hoe” affirming.  I acknowledge that many individuals have experienced some form of trauma or harm; from family of origin to other communities they are a part of (including religion). Unlike traditional mental health providers, I use trauma-informed, harm reduction approach to culturally stigmatized issues such as substance use, self-harm, and other survival strategies. I hold affirming and safe space to talk about living with a disability, both invisible and visible disabilities, or chronic illness. Other areas of specialties include identity development, bicultural lived experiences, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, grief/loss, adjustment disorders, stress management, and life transitions. 


I am skilled in providing both individual and couples therapy as well as writing gender affirming surgery letters and emotional support animal letters. 


I was born in Chicago and am of Mexican and Guatemalan descent. Ofrezco terapia en español.


I am accepting new clients and welcome all inquiries, you can reach me at or at 773-669-5128.

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Pursuing therapy demonstrates a willingness to grow, heal, and change. Whatever brought you here, you don’t have to go through it alone. 


As a therapist my goal is to guide and support your journey in healing, working to help you unpack and let go of things that are getting in the way of being the best version of yourself. Together we’ll create a space that feels safe enough to look at the fears, doubts, insecurities, and worries that hold you back from creating a life that’s purposeful, joyful, connected, and fully you. 


Being an adult, in many ways, is like learning how to parent yourself. For those who have had childhoods filled with uncertainty, instability, abuse, and trauma, navigating adulthood can feel especially challenging. Without a model and space to learn the skills that were lacking, we can feel stuck. Therapy can provide a path to tools for learning how to express yourself, set relational boundaries, and navigate life challenges without either shutting down or going into overdrive. 


My approach is informed by inner child work, internal family systems, somatic therapy, CBT, solution focused, and family system models. I have experience working with complex trauma related disorders, anxiety, depression, family systems, and providing parenting support. I work primarily with adults, families, and couples on concerns related to self-esteem, childhood trauma, interpersonal issues, family dynamics, and identity exploration. 


All inquiries welcome. You can reach me at or at 630-708-8130.




I firmly believe that mental health and mental illness are more than merely brain-based, biological diseases. I believe that human suffering is often a result of invalidation, trauma, racism, loneliness, poverty, systemic oppression, and lack of meaning in life.


 The way and tools with which we find and create meaning in our lives—as well as our values—are the roadmap and compass we have to find healing. Curiosity and compassion are my guideposts as a therapist. 


My approach to therapy is relational and trauma-informed. Relationships in our lives from birth until the present form the building blocks of our self-concept and worldview. My primary focus is helping clients build trust and a safe relationship with which to explore deeper and more sensitive topics.  


My experience and whole person informs the work that I do. I have lived experience as queer person with relational trauma, body dysmorphia/fat-shame, and chronic illness that requires daily medication and access to healthcare. I am polyamory/non-monogamy affirming, kink-affirming, neurodivergent-affirming and have experience supporting LGBTQIA+ folks, college students, and young professionals. 


As a first-generation and non-traditional college student, I know the difficulty of navigating higher education without much support. I have extensive experience working in the service industry and I know firsthand the struggles of burnout, lack of access to mental health services, and poverty. 


A self-professed nerd, I enjoy learning as much as I can about nearly anything. I've been a gamer my entire life and love a good J-RPG! I also love to cook, read, ride my bike, stroll through parks, and spend time near bodies of water. I love beverages in all their forms and enjoy putting my barista experience to use at home.


I am currently accepting new clients and invite you to reach out to me directly via email: or by phone: (847) 868-0272. 




EMDR Certified

With the many transitions that life brings can come many challenges. It can be difficult to navigate these challenges alone and reaching out for support is a significant step in working towards healing. 


My goal is to help you navigate your healing journey using compassion, empathy, creativity, and humor. I have worked in a variety of settings including the department of corrections, psychiatric inpatient hospitals, and in an after school setting. Throughout my experience I have worked with many different clients including individuals experiencing challenges related to depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, grief, work stress, career transitions, spirituality, and family life.


I approach my work with the mindset that the client is the expert in their treatment. My approach is informed by Internal Family Systems, EMDR therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy,and Mindfulness Based Interventions. I aim to provide a welcoming, supportive, inclusive, and judgment free space for you to process any struggles and work towards your goals. I recognize that each person’s path to healing is unique and during our time together we will discover which approach is ideal for you.


Life can bring on so much heartache and struggles that can make us feel lost. Through self-exploration we can work towards transforming into a more healed self.


Clients interested in working together can reach out to me at or at 312-880-7671  for more information. All inquires are welcome.

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We heal and grow when we are in community with others. With all the stressors and uncertainties that life can bring, I have been grateful for the opportunity to support my clients in finding stable grounding and connection. I love working with adults and teens on a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, and navigating sexuality and identity. I have also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I am an LGBTQIA+ and nonmonogamy-affirming therapist.


My therapy style is warm and non-judgmental. I love bringing joy and laughter into session when the time is right. I will bring my full, authentic self to session and I welcome you to do the same. I don't believe in stigmatizing labels, and I provide therapy from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed focus. My approach is eclectic and highly individualized. I love to bring a "systems" lens to therapy to help contextualize your experiences within the groups, communities, and systems of your life - understanding that we are social beings that are impacted by our environments in all kinds of ways. 

I know that starting therapy can seem daunting. I'm here to make the process as smooth as possible, and to answer any and all questions along the way. I can say from my experience on the "other side of the chair," that it is so worth it to take that step. All inquiries are welcome. Please reach out to me at for more info.

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IFS Trained


I believe every person has the capacity to heal and to live a connected, vibrant life. When faced with anxiety, depression, and pain, we sometimes cope by developing habits and re-living patterns that hold us back from the life we want to live. Whether you are experiencing unfulfilling relationships, grief, panic, or numbness, I work with my clients to get to know the stories that shape their lives, which helps illuminate the path forward.


I use an Internal Family Systems (IFS) system approach in my work. I have completed the intensive Level 1 IFS training and regularly pursue continuing education and consultation in this approach. In addition to formalized training, I have also done years of my own work in this model and have first-hand experience of the radical level of healing and self-compassion IFS can provide. 


Having been trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, my approach is rooted in neuroscience. I also integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, creativity, and humor into my practice. In fact, I have a background in teaching and performing improvisational theater and I love bringing creativity into my practice. 


Therapy can be a powerful process to build a better relationship with ourselves, increase our internal peace, open us up to happiness, and help us create more meaningful relationships with others. It is a joy to support my clients on that journey.


I am accepting new clients and welcome all inquiries,  you can reach me at

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IFS Certified


What is getting in the way of you leading your best life? Clients come to therapy looking for healing and growth, to resolve fears and doubts, and to address old patterns and behaviors. The decision to finally work with a therapist is a decision to invest in your quality of life.


My practice is exclusively Internal Family Systems (IFS) oriented. In addition to being a Certified IFS therapist (Level 2), I have done years of my own work in this model and experienced the transformative power of this approach. I continue to hold myself to a high standard with using this model by continuing my own IFS therapy, and participating in regular clinical consultation with senior IFS trainers. 


In addition to training in IFS, I completed a Fellowship at The University of Chicago in Contextual Behavior Therapy with an emphasis on Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.


I have experience and training working with clients on a broad spectrum of concerns. My specialties include working with clients on navigating relationship challenges, workplace stress, career transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, marital concerns, parenting challenges, codependency, and issues with self-esteem. 


My overall goal in working with clients is to help people experience more empowerment, satisfaction, and overall happiness. There is so much required of each of us as we carry out our daily lives, and we carry the weight of our current stressors, old stories, and wounds from our past. When we effectively navigate these challenges, we have the opportunity to be more proactive, empowered, and mindful with how we move forward. 

Carolyn is not accepting new clients -- please check back here for updates on openings.

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