Because healing and health can look and feel different for each person, I incorporate a variety of methods and approaches into my work. I consider myself a strengths-based, existential therapist, who enjoys using play, movement, art, music, mindfulness, and nature as part of the therapeutic process.
I see therapy as an exciting and profound opportunity to discover all that we all already have inside of ourselves. There are moments when we each feel lost, or buried under the pain of our experiences, but I know that with time we can cultivate a stronger connection to ourselves and make friends with unknown parts of ourselves.
I am passionate about and intrigued by travel, diversity, culture, and dance, and this has lead to a professional focus on those struggling with issues related to multicultural challenges, immigration, acculturation, marginalization, oppression, trauma, and loss. I have experience with English and Spanish speaking children, adolescents, adults and families who are struggling with behavior challenges, trouble with school performance or attendance. I believe in the beauty and tenacity of every human being, and have had the privilege to accompany many on their journey of healing from the impacts of trauma, abuse, and violence.
I welcome and celebrate working with any and all people, no matter what your race, nationality, gender, religion, sexual orientation, relationship status, class, or disability. I look forward to meeting you and discovering how I may be of service.
Kanchana is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a registered dance/movement therapist. She has experience working in community mental health, with many clients from various countries in Latin America. Kanchana has worked in two Chicago public elementary schools, and has served as a mental health consultant for Head Start classrooms. Prior to her work in community mental health, she was an expressive arts therapist, working across eight inpatient units and within partial hospitalization programs. Kanchana started her therapy career working with refugees and asylum seekers recovering from war trauma. Kanchana completed her MA at Columbia College Chicago in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, and simultaneously earned a graduate certificate in Laban Movement Analysis.
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