Adrianne Harkless, LCPC, NCC
Who am I as a therapist? I believe you are the foundation of your own healing. I see my role as a therapist as providing a supportive, nurturing, and empowering space for clients as they navigate their unique path(s). I am a LGBTQIA+ affirming board certified licensed counselor and perceive connection as integral to change. Building collaborative and authentic relationships while working to create a safe space allows healing change to become possible. It is my belief that through each connection and interaction we are changed, and that change is inevitable.
Who do I work with? I appreciate that it can take courage to choose to engage in therapy. I work with adults in both individual and group settings on concerns related to trauma, identity, relationships, self-esteem, grief, life transitions, and sex & intimacy.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
-Douglas Adams (author)
My areas of interest: Complex trauma healing is a passion for me, as are self-exploration, LGBTQIA+ issues, life transitions and support for non-traditional lifestyles and work. Additionally, I am interested in energy work, alternative and integrative philosophies.
How I practice: I bring my genuine, compassionate, curious and empathic self to my work with clients. Utilizing integrative approaches to psychotherapy rooted in a feminist, relational model, I aim to empower clients’ exploration and self-awareness. I encourage clients to bring their important aspects of self to the work and allow us to view the concerns from a holistic perspective. I believe in the importance of autonomy and encourage client autonomy throughout my therapeutic practice. I work with clients to foster self-compassion in our complex culture and am committed to multicultural humility. I am willing and able to examine my identity and privilege both in the therapy room and in relationship with clients.
Additionally, I am honored to walk alongside clients on their healing journey from complex trauma and/ abuse. I have experience in utilizing mind/body approaches, grounding, mindfulness, narrative therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy with clients.
My background: I received my MA in Counseling with a Specialization in Forensic Psychology from Adler University and began my clinical experience through my internship at Cook County Jail. My experience working with female-identified detainees began a career focused on supporting individuals with complex trauma. For the last three years my work at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago has been in sexual violence trauma processing and collaborating with individuals throughout their healing journeys.
I have over ten years’ experience in non-profit organizations across many roles and bring my activist nature to my therapeutic work. I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist with experience advocating for LGBTQIA+ individuals, survivors of human trafficking and sex workers.
If you would like to learn more about what therapy may look like for you or your family, please schedule a consultation appointment.