Mandy Bullock

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Mandy Bullock (she/her) is a therapist-in-training pursuing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Mandy emphasizes the therapeutic relationship as paramount and understands that building trust is an essential part of the therapeutic process. She creates a judgement-free, validating, and inviting space for clients to come and be who they are. Mandy holds the philosophy that our relationships are where we find joy, love, pain, growth, and life. She believes that healing and transformation often come about from connection, whether that be connection to others, to the world, or to oneself.  Mandy works with adults of all ages and is interested in areas of interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-discovery. Mandy is in her fourth year of her doctoral program and her current research explores the ideologies of supremacism in the US.

Education and Credentials

University of Mississippi
BS in Psychology and Biology.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Doctorate of Clinical Psychology program, 4th year

What specific modalities do you practice and are you certified?

I practice from a trauma- and cultural-informed relational psychodynamic lens that emphasizes the importance and impact of our relationships on our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. In session, we may explore how we exist within the contexts of our relationships with others, the world, and ourselves. I practice from a spiritually informed lens as well and find all matters of spirituality and/or religion have a place in my therapeutic space.

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

When I am not working, I spend a lot of time with the people I love. I live with two of my best friends, I am a proud daughter, sister, and aunt to two beautiful kids, and I take pride in the personal connections that I get so much love and joy out of. Most of the time, we’re just hanging out and watching new movies or shows, sitting around a bonfire in our backyard, or spending hours debating what we are going to have for dinner. We like to go thrifting, eat out and try new places, and just explore everything this city has to offer. I also love to sleep.

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

I have come to realize that my passion is stories. Whether it’s watching a new movie, reading a new poem, or meeting new people from all walks of life, I love hearing people’s stories. We didn’t get to where we are without picking up a few good tales along the way.

What do you like about being a therapist?

The connection I build with my clients is my absolute favorite thing about being a therapist and working in a healing profession. I love just being with people, watching them grow on their various journeys throughout their lives, and helping people feel empowered to live their lives as their true, authentic selves by providing a space for them to hopefully do that with me. I bring a lot of energy to the therapeutic space, and take the time to really get to know my clients as the relationship we build together is the backbone of my therapeutic style. Being with my clients as they navigate the transformations of life is an honor I do not take lightly.

What’s your “go to” creative or restorative outlet?  

My “go to” restorative outlet is definitely through creative “arts and crafts”. Whether this is writing free form poems about my everyday experiences, restoring items I thrifted, or constantly rearranging my home, I find ways to keep my mind and body involved in my rest time.

Is there anything else you want folks to know about you?

I am largely a client-led clinician, which means I want to create a space for my clients to speak about whatever they feel they want or need to. I want to be there to support my clients through the not-so-good stuff, but I also am here to celebrate their successes and joys as well.

I work with

  • Emerging Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Parents
  • Couples

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Person Centered

Areas of Interest

  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual Assault
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma

What do you do for self-care?

  • Watch a lot of movies and tv shows
  • Golf,
  • Explore the Chicago restaurant scene
  • Spiritual practices

Favorite podcasts, books or blogs

  • I am very into true crime or supernatural podcasts
  • My favorite books are the Lord of the Rings trilogy

Individuals / Authors / Theorists who have influenced my work

  • My family
  • JRR Tolkien
  • Stephen Mitchell, Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis
  • Dr. Katheleen Belew and her work on white nationalism in the US

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