​​​​​​​​​Biank​a Hardin

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I (she/her) am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and owner of Centered Therapy Chicago, PLLC. I started CTC in 2014 with the mission to help children, adolescents, and adults improve their mental health and quality of life. I have been a trauma therapist for almost 25 years and am actively involved in my continuous learning and growth in this area from a personal and professional lens. I am very interested in cultural, systemic, and intergenerational factors that impact our health and well-being.

I love being a therapist. I specialize in working with trauma survivors and those in the healing professions.  It is rewarding for me to support my clients who are also in the mental health field.  Being a therapist is hard, and we can all benefit from getting additional support for the important work we are doing. It’s not uncommon for mental health professionals to struggle with vicarious trauma or burnout, especially with how difficult things are in our world.

I also really love supervision, consultation, teaching, and training, and I offer consultation to therapists who are interested in receiving case consultation, supervision, or additional support in their professional development. l fell in love with teaching and mentoring in graduate school and started adjunct teaching right after I graduated.

My teaching career includes the Chicago School of Professional Psychology as a Full-time and Part-Time Professor as well as the former Associate Department Chair.   I started supervising clinicians in training in the early 2000s when I was the Assistant Director and Director at the Village of Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services, and I have also supervised Doctoral Level Interns at Pillars. I have built CTC with an emphasis on learning, growth and development, and I am involved in training at CTC both in our training program and at the CTC Training Center. I present and consult on issues related to trauma, child abuse prevention, self-care, mindfulness, and trauma stewardship.

Education and Credentials

  • Miami University, BA
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCS), MA and PsyD
  • The Chicago School Adjunct Professor
  • NARM Training Institute, NARM Master Therapist
  • NARM Training Assistant (Level 1, 2, and 3)
  • NARM Experiential Consult Provider
  • NARM Leadership Team
  • Somatic Experiencing International, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)
  • SE Training Assistant (Beginning and Intermediate, SE Session Provider Beginning)

What specific modalities do you practice and are you certified?

I am a relational, traumainformed, body-oriented therapist which means that I utilize both the therapeutic relationship and the wisdom of the body in the healing process. I have advanced training in relational and body-oriented psychotherapy.

I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. “Somatic Experiencing (SE) was developed by Peter Levine and is a is a body-oriented therapeutic model for healing trauma and other stress disorders. SE is based on a multidisciplinary intersection of physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics. SE releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.” Check out the SE website for more information.

I am also a NARM Master Therapist.

“The NeuroAffective Relational Model(NARM) is an advanced clinical training for mental health professionals who work with complex trauma.   NARM is a cutting-edge model for addressing attachment, relational and developmental trauma, by working with the attachment patterns that cause life-long psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties. These early, unconscious patterns of disconnection deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior, and relationships. Learning how to work simultaneously with these diverse elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex trauma.  NARM emerged out of earlier psychotherapeutic orientations including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing®, and bridges traditional psychotherapy with body-mind approaches within a context of relational practice. NARM is a mindfulness-based clinical treatment, as its method is grounded in a phenomenological approach to addressing identity and consciousness of self – who we truly are beneath these patterned ways of relating to ourselves and the world.”

Learn more about NARM.

What do you like to do when you are not working? What do you do for fun?

I enjoy novelty, traveling, and learning about culture and history.  I love trying out new things and checking out new places.  I moved a lot growing up because my father was in the military, so I think it’s fun to be meet people from all over the world and learn about their lived experiences and their culture.  This love of learning is linked to my love of historical fiction and biopics.  I am hooked by peoples’ stories and am in awe of their strength and resilience.

Since the pandemic, I have incorporated more time moving and being in nature as a part of my self-care and fun. I started kayaking and just love it. I also love walking and biking and enjoy mindful walking in nature in every season and appreciate watching the seasonal changes in nature. Another new hobby I have recently developed is gardening.  Tending to my garden and flowers and nurturing growth is so restorative and relaxing.

What are you excited about? What is your passion? What do you want to learn more about?

I have a lot of energy and get excited about so many things. I love learning and connecting with others in a meaningful way. I have experienced personal and professional transformation and healing through my experiences in the Somatic Experiencing and NARM learning and training communities.  I am passionate about personal and collective healing and believe that this happens in the context of relationships with others.  We have experienced so much pain in our history, and it feels good to be part of something bigger than myself that is healing for the world.

I have been interested in intergenerational trauma long before I knew the term. During my graduate career, I started studying multiculturalism, the impact and history of racism, and racial identity models. I felt drawn to understanding our country’s history and wondered how that impacted my personal and professional development.  I was born in Germany  and am part-German. After graduate school, I started thinking about both my German and American heritage and wondered how what preceded me has impacted me and my identity. This curiosity led to the development of a course that I co-teach called “Intergenerational Legacies of Trauma in Post-World War 2 Germany” as well as my internalized messaging and my socialization as a cis-het white woman in the U.S. What I have come to understand is that   I continuously have more to unpack when it comes to my socialization.  I am excited to learn more about and continue to understand these intergenerational issues and learn more about how I/we can use the lessons of the past to heal and make important changes in the world.

One last thing I am excited about is supporting therapists in their work.  I am passionate about therapist self-care, clinical and consultative supervision, and supporting therapists as they build their practices. I enjoy teaching and mentoring and look forward to doing more of this in the future.

What do you like about being a therapist?

I enjoy supporting clients in understanding what they want for themselves and what gets in the way of their deepest yearnings for themselves.  I enjoy seeing clients make connections, facilitate changes in their lives, and step into their aliveness. I see the work as being impactful not just for the individual I work with but also for the ripple effects that lead to relational and collective change in the present and future.

Media Appearances


I work with

  • Adults
  • Creatives
  • Emerging Adults
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Immigrants and First-Generation Americans
  • Therapists
  • Therapists who are Trauma Survivors
  • Trauma Survivors

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Feminist
  • Multicultural
  • NARM (Neuro-Affective Relational Model)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Family Systems

Areas of Interest

  • Burnout
  • Cultural and Identity Issues
  • Developmental and/or Complex Trauma
  • Healing from sexual abuse/assault
  • Helping the helpers (first responders, medical staff, healers, etc)
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Therapist development and self-care
  • Self-Care
  • Vicarious Trauma
  • The Impact of Systemic/Macro Issues on Mental Health

What do you do for self-care?

  • Walk in nature
  • Exercise
  • Group gym classes
  • Connect with friends and family
  • Walk my dog early in the morning when most are sleeping and its quiet
  • Slow down
  • Practice mindfulness

Favorite podcasts, books or blogs

  • Transforming Trauma Podcast
  • Tarah Brach Podcast
  • Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship by Lawrence Heller and Aline Lapierre
  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman
  • The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris
  • Trauma Stewardship by Laura Vandernoot Lipsky
  • Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The Personal Librarian By Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma by Leila Levinson
  • The Book of Longings and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid

Individuals / Authors / Theorists who have influenced my work

  • John Bolby
  • Tarah Brach
  • Brenee Brown
  • Beverly Greene
  • Janet Helms
  • Judith Herman
  • Larry Heller
  • Peter Levine
  • Mary Pipher
  • Bessel VanderKolk


Past Events

 Dr. Hardin’s work with trauma survivors sometimes goes beyond one-on-one therapy sessions. Through CTC, she has partnered with IMPACT Chicago to host an experiential workshop for people who work with trauma survivors to learn how taking a self-defense course can be an addendum to treatment and support. As a trauma therapist, Dr. Hardin understands that learning self-defense, along with empowerment skills through verbal and physical boundary setting, can all help clients process past trauma. 

Make an Appointment

Please note: Due to my robust schedule, I often do not have openings for new clients. I have been intentional in hiring clinicians at CTC who share my clinical values and utilize similar treatment approaches. I also work closely with all the clinicians in the practice providing consultation, supervision, and training. If my/our approach appeals to you, I encourage you learn more about getting started as a client at CTC.  We will do our best to find a clinician who is a good fit for you. At present, I do have availability for SE and NARM students who would like to schedule NARM Experiential Consults or SE Beginning Personal Sessions for their training requirements. I also provide Professional Consultation and Supervision services to therapists.