Hello and welcome! My name is Marty, and I have been a practicing clinical counselor since 2015 with full Illinois clinical licensure since 2019. My experience includes working with adolescents and adults in varied life stages through individual sessions and groups for a partial hospitalization program, community clinics, and non-profit agencies.
My clinical philosophy involves genuine and accurate understanding of the client’s needs, and a collaborative effort with them to develop a treatment that is most effective in symptom relief while moving towards desired or recognized change. I understand that each of us is unique in so many ways–from our cultural backgrounds to experiences with trauma–that it affects how people are able to flourish within the therapeutic process. Therefore, I don’t necessarily believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, and I use of a variety of evidenced-based treatments that best meet the needs of each individual client I see.
Whether it is a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to shine insight on how our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings are intertwined, or an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach that expands our psychological flexibility, I have found techniques associated with these modalities to be effective in facilitating the change that is desired. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an approach that I love to incorporate in my practice, for developing a strength in mindfulness builds for us a foundation that grounds ourselves away from the distractions of our past or things that are not in our control. We may then refocus on what is important in the moment as we move through the change processes.
If you are even beginning to consider entering therapy, then congratulations are in order, as you have already begun working towards making positive changes! I understand that sharing your story and your struggles leads to vulnerability, but I hope that you will come to see that therapy can bring a sense of liberation. Effort will be involved, but growth of our inner selves will only make us stronger–and that is highly valuable.
It easy to feel labeled from a diagnosis or to feel consumed from the accompanying symptoms. My treatment approach has seen success with those suffering from mood disorders, grief and loss, generalized anxiety, and those with trauma history. Despite our ability to connect with the world, it is not uncommon to experience the feeling of being isolated from it. However, there is always hope, and I look forward to learning more about you and uncovering ways on how we can begin to support you here at Chicago Counseling Center.
Specialties: Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Group therapy.
Contact: (773)932-9597 ext. 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org