Hilleary Cummings

Who I am as a therapist? I create collaborative, trusting, and personable relationships with my clients because I believe healing, self-discovery, and growth happen within safe and trusting relationships. I support and champion my clients to create the life they want by drawing on their inner strength, power, and wisdom.

Who do I work with? My ideal client is someone who is interested in increasing self-awareness, identifying road blocks to their success, improving their life satisfaction, and achieving personal growth. I am interested in parenting issues and specifically the topic of motherhood. I welcome the opportunity to work with mothers who want to discuss issues related to the challenges and rewards of motherhood and/or who are interested in viewing motherhood as a catalyst for their own personal growth and development. I also enjoy working with adults and emerging/young adults who would like to explore issues related to life transitions, anxiety, depression, purposeful living, family of origin issues, self-exploration, and relationships.

How I practice? My practice is built on the belief that my clients already possess an innate, but often untapped, wisdom that is creative, alive, spontaneous, and powerful. Their wisdom is sometimes forgotten or negatively influenced by systems of beliefs that we have learned from society and our families. Utilizing a relational approach to psychotherapy, I guide clients to explore and learn about their system of beliefs. I teach my clients how to tap into their wisdom to bring about lasting change that is based on their own personal wants, needs, and choices.

My areas of interest. I work with clients who have a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, work/life balance, grief and loss, self-esteem, attachment and relationship issues, stress, and life transitions. In addition to fostering self-awareness and lasting change, I am interested in guiding my clients to achieve the unthinkable and teaching them the tools to lead a great (not just good) life. I have specialized training in the field of transformational coaching and leadership and am interested in applying these techniques and theories with my clients.

My background. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. In 2002, I completed my Master’s degree in Counseling and Development from George Mason University. Over the past 15 years, I have established a vibrant career in the mental health field creating school-based mental health programs, training student interns, leading a crisis response department, and overseeing an intake department for Turning Point Behavioral Health Care, in Skokie IL. My desire to enhance and broaden my skills as a psychotherapist lead me to completing my Master’s degree in Transformational Leadership and Coaching from the Wright Graduate University in 2016. I have a strong interested in leadership, administrative, and organizational issues and also serve as the Manager of Internal Operations at CTC.