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Pursuing therapy is a courageous step in your healing journey, and you deserve to be heard and empowered throughout the process. I am here to provide you a safe space in which you can be your true self without the fear of being judged. My style of therapy includes being warm, authentic, and nonjudgmental with my clients, allowing them the time and space to express, reflect, and problem-solve. 


Because therapy can seem daunting, I pride myself in having a laid-back and gentle demeanor, letting the client know that they are cared for and appreciated. I value having a multicultural and anti-oppressive lens, allowing clients from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds to feel that their voices and experiences are worthy of being heard. As a child of immigrant parents, I know how hard it can be to open up about one’s feelings, I will be patient and supportive throughout the whole therapeutic process, as well as maintain respect and sensitivity toward one’s cultural background. 


When the time is right, I am always open for laughter and light-heartedness in a session, as well as focusing on positivity and self-empowerment. 


My work with clients is person-centered and trauma-informed. I have experience working with people of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, and high school students.


Outside of being a therapist, I enjoy sports, cats, and tea!


I’m here to help you every step of the way, so please never hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns! All inquiries are welcome. Please reach out to me at or 708-580-6245 




Immediate availability for in-person or telehealth.

Life may seem like we are expected to act, feel, and think certain ways- but what if our only obligation is to be authentically ourselves? Our fears, tears, and memories are representations of the human experience. Sometimes our past can hold us back from the stepping stones towards inner peace. Situations and events can be unfair to us and our loved ones; we do not always deserve what comes our way.

Feeling vulnerable, isolated, guilty, or disappointed does not mean you have to figure everything out on your own. I commend you for having the courage to share your story with me and investing in yourself. Let’s gain a deeper understanding of our past and take control of our future. 

As a first generation Latina, I prioritize identity and culture by providing bilingual services (English, Spanish) and culturally sensitive care. Your values, philosophy, and affiliations will be respected at your discretion. I take into account how relationships and conversations throughout our lives formulate into who we are today.  

I believe each person is unique and there is no one solution/approach that works for everyone. I respect integrative work/theory, empathetic and warm values within our relationship, and use evidence-based practices as a guide to collaborate with clients. For example, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches are ways to understand how life patterns and people have influenced our daily habits and how we react to situations. We will work together on managing thoughts and emotions, developing coping strategies and having healthier relationships with others. 

Additionally, I use narrative talk therapy with a focus on systems because our environment heavily influences how we self reflect and view our life up until now. My experience with immigrant individuals/families, victims of violence/oppression, teen adversity, grief/loss and other trauma/stress clients have allowed me to formulate the impact people and institutions have on our behaviors and emotional/mental health. 

My approach is based in compassion, mindfulness and finding solutions when they come up. It’s difficult to heal when you’re struggling with external problems like finances, career/school, family conflict or life transitions. Therefore, I will support you in navigating these issues. We will develop habits and activities that can make a complex situation seem clearer. 

“There are wounds that– instead of opening our skin– open our eyes.” – Pablo Neruda 

I am accepting new clients both in person and virtually. My services can be provided in English and Spanish. All inquiries are welcome.


Feel free to reach out to me at or (312) 489-8791.

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Immediate availability for telehealth.

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 773-257-3546.

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She/Her or They/Them



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.




Choosing to pursue therapy is a piece of the grander puzzle of choosing yourself, to be seen, heard, and met, authentically and without judgment. To grow and heal. One of the most brave and heroic acts of self-love is to challenge yourself to be uncomfortable in vulnerability with another person. I’m so honored and humbled to have the opportunity to create and hold this space and guide each person through doing the work and watch as they bloom. 


As a therapist my goal is to empower you, operating on the belief that you come in with all the wisdom and remedy for your own healing, simply with a need for some help to better tune into your own frequency. I believe in showing up authentically, as the person I truly am, to bring an element of universality and humanness to a space where, often, you come longing for raw and real connection. With a therapeutic relationship we can begin to unpack what it is you came to unburden yourself from with ease and without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being easy to talk to, laugh with, cry with, or simply be still with. There’s no wrong way to be in my room. 


My therapeutic approach is individualized and client-focused, supported by neuroscience, and informed by internal family systems, somatic methods, inner child work, strengths-based narratives, CBT, and blended harm reduction 12-step facilitation. I specialize in trauma, dual-diagnosis, substance use and other addictive behavior disorders, and mental health disorders. I’m Hazelden Betty Ford trained and blend the core principles of the 12-steps with a trauma-responsive harm-reduction model, facilitating an environment free of judgment and welcome of change, whatever that looks like for you. I have a passion for working with complex trauma, dysfunctional family dyanmics, emotional dysregulation and anger management, equally, the development of effective communication, emotional regulation, and reparenting methods. 

I’m so grateful for a depth of experience and familiarity with humans from all walks of life, having worked with demographics varying from those diagnosed with severe and persistent mental health conditions, geriatrics and older adult individuals, adolescents, individuals having experienced incarceration, established professionals and healthcare providers, and offenders and victims of violent/predatory crimes. I work with individual adults, family systems, couples, groups, and emerging adolescents. If you’re ready to begin your healing journey and be heard today, reach out to me directly at or 314-292-9486. I’m taking clients virtually immediately and in person beginning in September !

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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. 

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EMDR & IFS Trained

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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Folks enter into therapy to examine the internal and external barriers that keep them from cultivating the kind of life they want to lead. Working with a therapist can help you not only recognize the way these barriers impact your life, but help you break through them by utilizing many of the skills and strengths you already possess. Together, we’ll also work to build bridges leading to new skills and strengths, guiding you to the kind of life you truly want to live.


My therapeutic approach is relational, client-centered, and strengths-based. I incorporate elements of dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, psychoeducation, mindfulness skills training and expressive therapy activities. I have also completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and use the Gottman Method in my work. My main focus is on creating a safe, supportive and trusting environment where clients can share their story and know that it will be received with respect and positive regard. 


As a queer therapist, my lived experience informs my practice. I believe in bringing my authentic self into the therapeutic process, as well as connecting with clients’ own lived experience to further strengthen therapeutic rapport. When appropriate, I welcome humor, joy and light-heartedness in sessions. I am sex-positive, non-monogamy/polyamory- and kink-affirming. I have worked with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings, including public education, hospital-based intensive outpatient programs, and private practice. I have supported LGBTQIA+, as well as neurodivergent and neurotypical children, teenagers and adults on concerns related to anxiety, depression, interpersonal/relationship issues, identity exploration, self-esteem, life transitions and parent support.

Taking the first step on the therapeutic journey can often be the most difficult. Know that this step will be met by someone with their own lived experience on that very journey. I am currently accepting new teenage and adult clients. Please feel free to reach me at to set up a consultation.

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Stepping into therapy and choosing a therapist takes courage and I applaud you for taking the first steps! I believe you deserve healing and wellness as well as a partner to walk alongside you in your journey. Meaningful healing requires connection and community with others, and you do not have to do this alone. As your therapist, I’ll help you increase your awareness and understanding about what change is desired and necessary for you to get to a healthier place and create a path (or paths) to get you there. Through my own lived experiences and therapeutic work, I have learned what it means to have a safe space to be myself, be accepted, and what it feels like to be seen and heard; I promise to hold a similar space for you.


I work with individual clients, ranging in age from adolescence to adulthood, who come from many backgrounds and communities and struggle with anxiety, depression, life transitions, adolescence, simple and complex trauma, grief, and various identity issues. I love to help clients learn new ways to handle the stressors that life throws them as well as shift the unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving that may have developed over time. I welcome my clients through a multicultural lens and use a therapeutic approach that incorporates EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and Strengths-Based Therapy.


If you are ready to begin your healing journey and want a therapist who is curious, honest, direct, affirming, creative, and infuses fun into therapy – reach out to me! I see clients in-person and virtually and inquiries can be sent via email to or phone at (224) 999-1369.

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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.

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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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