Jamie Tolmatsky, PsyD.
Pronouns – she/hers
Who am I as a therapist?
I strive to be the same sort of therapist as I am human – curious, committed, warm, supportive, funny, and understanding. I believe each of us can benefit from the unique dynamic of a therapeutic relationship which provides a space to grapple with life’s difficulties. I create a collaborative, egalitarian, and authentic relationship with my clients, which I believe fosters an atmosphere for discovery, growth and healing. I am a therapist you can count on to cheer you on, challenge you, and journey alongside you.
Who do I work with?
My ideal client is any adult motivated to explore their relationship with themselves and others. I enjoy working with individuals who have patterns of perfectionism, are navigating a new phase of life, and those in the midst of identity development. I have several years of experience working in university counseling centers and enjoy working with young people, especially those who identify as LGBTQIA. I also have experience working with those managing physical health conditions and their caregivers, including Dementia, HIV, and eating disorders. As a first-generation American, I also welcome opportunity to work with individuals navigating immigration and acculturation difficulties.
My areas of interest.
I value the opportunity to address a variety of issues with my clients, including multicultural and relational concerns, life transitions and stressors, identity development, family of origin concerns, and perfectionism. I am especially interested in providing couples counseling, LGBTQIA+ counseling, and specialized treatment focused on eating disorders.
How I practice?
I am consistently humbled by the resilience of the clients with whom I work. My approach to psychotherapy is a holistic one, rooted in a feminist/multicultural approach which prizes clients lived experience, intersecting identities, and worldview as the framework from which therapy begins. I strive to create an empowering space in the therapy room that allows for clients to build upon their personal strengths as well as courageously uncover past wounds and current stressors. A portion of my work emphasize early relational dynamics and messages around emotions, with ample room to focus on the present and future concerns. I am a flexible therapist who often incorporates mindfulness and experiential exercises into session. I appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with clients throughout the course of treatment to revise and hone in on our approach based on client concerns and preferences.
I am a Therapist from the Chicagoland area and provide individual and couples therapy. I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in 2019. Before graduate school, I provided in-home respite care to caregivers of older adults which went on to inform my interest in caregiver mental health. My training in graduate school focused on health psychology, college mental health, LGBTQIA+ counseling, group therapy, and eating disorder treatment. I completed supervised clinical work at Rush University Medical Center’s Health and Aging Department, Mercy Hospital HIV Care Program, City Colleges of Chicago’s Wellness Center at Truman College, University of Chicago’s Student Counseling Services, and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s University Health Services, before making the transition to private practice at CTC in 2019.