Hi, I’m Rae.
I can help you reduce your stress, implement new coping skills, and help you work through the difficulties and uncertainty you are facing so you can feel calmer, confident, and connected to yourself again.
I believe that when someone is struggling to believe in themselves and to feel confident about what they are doing and where they are going in life, they deserve to receive support, encouragement, and to have someone who will really listen. They deserve to have someone who they can talk to and share their fears, worries, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs with no matter what.
Doing exactly this is something I love doing for the people with whom I work. I get the opportunity to help them through the times in their life that may be filled with uncertain feelings, unwanted circumstances, and unsure goals and/or beliefs.
WAYS YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM COUNSELING & THERAPY
I believe when you give yourself the opportunity to work through your difficulties, challenges, and the pain you are experiencing alongside a therapist who can help you, you are giving yourself a great gift. We all need help at different times in our lives from someone other than ourselves. Perhaps now is your time.
I have the utmost respect for you as you are taking the time to contemplate counseling and thinking about creating a space in your life that will support you working towards healthy and helpful change. You can begin to examine what is not working for you, the things that are causing you distress, and the issues that are hindering instead of helping you while aligning with your values and meeting your goals.
Participating in the therapy process, gaining the benefits from counseling, and taking the time for self-exploration and, overall, healing is something you deserve to give to yourself. When we work through these steps, it allows us to deepen the relationship we value with ourselves and with those who are closest to us.
Finding the right therapist, someone you can genuinely connect to and feel understood and respected by, is incredibly important to the therapy process. Regardless of why you may be seeking therapy, if we began working together, first and foremost I would strive to get to know you and learn all about your unique strengths.
WONDERING IF YOU NEED THERAPY?
Like most things; that depends. The therapy process can benefit anyone. Setting aside the time to work towards your goals and needs with a licensed professional can be a fantastic investment in your healing and wellbeing. Change is not an easy process. Sometimes we need an outside person who has an objective perspective to help us identify new ways of trying and doing things so our life can be a little easier.
We all need people who can support us, keep us accountable, and encourage us to keep on doing the tough things that are needed to help us get to where we want to be. We each need someone who we can share our pain with and who will be there to support us with full encouragement and without judgement. If you are someone who is in emotional pain, feeling alone, and/or overwhelmed, please consider seeking the help, care, support, and therapy I can provide to you.
HOW I WORK AS A THERAPIST AND WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IF WE BEGIN WORKING TOGETHER
Perhaps you’ve been in therapy in the past and are thinking about returning to therapy with a new therapist to work on something old or something new that has come up for you. Or, maybe this is the first time you’ve considered counseling and therapy. What you can expect in working with me is individualized care centering around your goals and needs. I utilize evidenced-based therapies that are shown to help people meet their goals and support the things they want to change.
I can offer an objective view, and I will be a person who won’t ever advise, direct or judge you. If you are open to it, I can share with you some observations, feedback, and from time to time some of my quirky humor! Overall, people tend to experience me as a relaxed and calm person which is really helpful when I am working with someone who is feeling anxious and overwhelmed. My calming presence influences them and can help them become calm and more centered.
Some therapy needs or processes can be accomplished with short-term therapy, while some goals require long-term work together. Part of the process will be checking in with each other on how our time together is going, how you are feeling about the support and help I’m providing, the things you are learning, changing, and believing, any potential changes we need to make, and when ending your counseling experience is appropriate.
MY PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY AS A THERAPIST
I have had the incredible experience of working in non-profit mental health for the past decade, in which I continue to be involved in outside of Health and Healing Therapy LLC. I have worked in several capacities in my non-profit roles, with the last five years including counseling and therapy services. In addition, I have extensive experience identifying and coordinating multiple resources for individuals and their families. These additional resources and services have alleviated people’s stress, loneliness, and overall suffering.
The majority of the therapy services I have provided have focused on: therapy for depression, therapy for anxiety, stress management counseling, relationship counseling, support and counseling for people who are dealing with bipolar disorder, therapy for people who have a personality disorder, and/or other chronic and persistent mental illnesses.
I strive to engage in continuous training and education to bring the most effective care to our sessions.
In addition to being a therapist, I have also gained the training and knowledge needed to be recognized as a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200). I have been impressed with the positive impact yoga has had for survivors of trauma, specifically, but also for many different issues we treat in therapy.
If you are a person who may be open to it, I would utilize my knowledge of yoga into our sessions as we help you begin to understand how stress, anxiety, trauma, and emotions are experienced in our bodies and how awareness and sometimes movement can have a positive impact on calming your fears, stress, and worry and helping you become more relaxed, present, and mindful.
COUNSELING AND THERAPY APPROACHES
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MB-CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Trauma Focused
- Positive Psychology/Strength Based Interventions
- Person Centered
- Motivational Interviewing
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
- B.A. Psychology, Anthropology Northeastern Illinois University
- M.A. Clinical Psychology, Counseling Roosevelt University
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) 180.012194
- Registered Yoga Teacher RYT 200
Taking the step to consider therapy is a sign of strength and investment in yourself.
I have the utmost respect for you as you contemplate learning about yourself and exploring the areas of your life that aren’t working for you so you can feel better.
If you believe I may be someone who you can connect to and who could help you create the life you want, reach out and contact me.