Shaye Sakos, Therapist in training

Who am I as a therapist? I strive to create an empathetic, supportive, and non-judgmental space for clients. My approach is characterized by warmth, encouragement, and genuine curiosity. I believe in the strength of personal narratives and the resilience of my clients. It is my goal to help clients relate to themselves and the world in a more hopeful manner. I believe in ongoing learning and growth, and thus, I am open and willing to being corrected, and I encourage collaboration with clients.

Who do I work with? I am interested in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. My ideal client would be a young adult (or younger) who is interested in exploring their personal narrative to find more alignment between their feelings and actions. I strive to be a support for children and families who are navigating complex life stressors. I also enjoy working with adults who are navigating life transitions or who are struggling to obtain an accurate diagnosis. I’m interested in working with clients to look at the root of their distress and find a narrative that resonates with their experience.

My areas of interest: My areas of interest include navigating identity development and transitions, and working to cope with anxiety, trauma, depression, and grief. I believe grief is a part of the human life which applies to experiences beyond the death of a loved one. I enjoy working with bereavement, anticipatory grief, relational grief, and grief related to loss and change. I am also interested in helping clients to feel more connected with their social world.

How I practice? I view therapy as a collaboration between the client and the therapist. I believe that clients are the experts on their own lives. I as a therapist am there to help guide clients to the answers and resources they already hold but are struggling to access. It is important to me that I create a trusting therapeutic space where clients can feel validated and supported. In therapy, I utilize encouragement, empathy, and creativity. I also explore the client’s family of origin, relational patterns, personal narratives and meaning making. I approach each session from a relational lens and incorporate aspects of psychodynamic, Adlerian, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

My background:
I am a therapist-in-training, pursuing my doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in working with children and adolescents. I have previously received clinical training at an inpatient behavioral hospital for children ages 5-17 living with severe mental illness. I also have experience teaching social emotional learning (SEL) to underserved third graders in Chicago.

In the past, I volunteered at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) which informed my interest in clinical psychology. I graduated with a BS from Wittenberg University, where I majored in psychology and earned minors in sociology and statistics. My education represents the combination of my analytical thinking style and my passion for social justice and mental health.