Hilleary Cummings

Who I am as a therapist? I create collaborative and personable relationships with my clients to unpack internal dynamics that are getting in the way and lead to disconnection with one’s self. 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 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. Too often, we must disconnect from aspects of ourselves to maintain relationships with our family members and the larger society. Utilizing a relational and attachment based approach to psychotherapy, I guide clients to explore the ways they have needed to disconnect from themselves. This process might sound simple, but it’s not easy. I teach my clients how to grapple with the complexity of reconnecting to one’s self and how to hear the inner wisdom 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 complex/developmental trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, work/life balance, grief and loss, self-esteem, attachment and relationship issues, stress, and life transitions.

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 the intake process at a community mental health agency. In 2016, I completed a Master’s degree in Transformational Leadership and Coaching. While I do not practice as a life coach, I draw on the deep understanding of developmental psychology, humanistic psychology, and neuroscience provided by this education. I have Intermediate level training in Somatic Experiencing psychotherapy. Most recently, I completed my certification in the NeuroAffectional Relational Model (NARM) of psychotherapy to facilitate my understanding and treatment of complex/developmental trauma.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Hilleary, please contact Centered Therapy Chicago at:    (773) 569-1468 or ctc@centeredtherapychicago.com