There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky, and you ask ‘what if I fall?’ Oh but my darling, what if you fly?
Veronica (She/Her/Hers) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. She earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from DePaul University. Veronica utilizes relational work to support individuals and couples as they navigate life and personal growth.
Veronica creates a therapeutic environment that is supportive and cultivates a strong relationship with her clients. Veronica values authenticity with her clients to create an open, compassionate, and non-judgmental space to have honest conversations about the hardships we face in life.
In previous settings, Veronica has worked in a college mental health center as well as private practice. In these settings, Veronica worked with individuals and couples through challenging situations and adjustments in life transitions. Veronica enjoys being able to aid her clients through their personal growth as well as witness the many changes that occur throughout her clients’ lives.
Veronica uses an integrative style to meet the needs and goals of her clients creating a strong therapeutic relationship. Veronica likes to incorporate mindfulness work, coping skills, relational work, and trauma-informed care. She strives to create a warm, genuine, and supportive environment to explore the world of her clients and create the means for change.
Education and Credentials
- M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2017
- B.A. in Psychology from DePaul University.
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
- Completed Gottman Couples Therapy (Level 1) and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy coursework
- Completed the “Living Brave” coursework by Brene Brown
- Completed training in Perinatal and Postpartum Mental Health with Postpartum Support International
What specific modalities do you practice and are you certified?
For me, the most important thing is to meet a client where they are at, and to aid them in their journey to self- awareness and change. I use a variety of modalities to create space for curiosity. I use relational psychotherapy to create a strong rapport with my clients, and this aids with being open and authentic in the space. Other modalities that I bring into the space include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. I also utilize trauma-informed care to help those who are healing from traumatic experiences.
I have completed the “Living Brave” course that incorporates understanding of vulnerability, shame, and courage to create live whole-heartedly. I also have completed coursework to work with individuals and couples coming in with perinatal and postpartum.
What do you like to do when you are not working? What do you do for fun?
I very much enjoy exploring the city with my husband and my dog, Josie. I also have family close by, so I often like to visit them. I enjoy going for long walks, and often settling into the evening with a good book, I am a fan of historical fictions. I love to listen to music of all kinds, so I am often caught listening to music (still on an iPod). I am a bit of a nerd, so I enjoy watching movies with others, and I also enjoy playing video games (any Animal Crossing fans?).
What do you want to learn more about?
I’m very excited to continue my work and education around Postpartum support. Becoming a parent is both exciting and filled with challenges. Many feel that they are not able to talk about their struggles out of fear of judgement or criticism. My hope is to continue my work and growth in this area to aid couples and individuals as they cope with infertility, pregnancy, and becoming parents.
What do you like about being a therapist?
I so enjoy being a witness to the changes my clients are capable of. I have always loved hearing other people’s stories and seeing where they come from, and how they understand the world. It’s incredible to me when I get to see a client grow and help them to see they are capable of living the life they envision. I believe that people come into therapy with so much potential, even when they don’t see it in themselves. So when that moment comes, and I get to see clients reach the goals
they want, and get to that place of exceeding their potential, that is such a
wonderful moment for me.
I work with
- College Age (18-26)
- LGBTQ+ Community
- Perinatal Support
- New Parents
- Postpartum Support
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Emotion-Focused Therapy
- Feminist Therapy
- Gottman Couples Therapy
- LGBTQ + Affirmative Therapy
- Person-Centered Therapy
- Relational Therapy
- Trauma-Informed Care
Areas of Interest
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions
- Relationship Conflicts (dating & marriage)
- LGBTQ+ Affirming
- New Parents
- Postpartum Support
- Folks exploring their gender identity and sexuality
What do you do for self-care?
- Long walks with my dog
- Snuggles with my dog
- Listening to music
- Spending time with friends and family
Favorite podcasts, books or blogs
- “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
- “Daring Greatly,” “Rising Strong,” and “Braving the Wilderness” by Brene Brown
- “Hold Me Tight” by Dr. Sue Johnson
- “Mating in Captivity” by Esther Perel
- Unlocking Us podcast with Brene Brown
- Where Should We Begin? Podcast with Esther Perel
Individuals / Authors / Theorists who have influenced my work
- Brene Brown
- Esther Perel
- Joe Kort
- Bessel Van der Kolk
- Chanel Miller