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Welcome Arielle Zimmerman, MSW

We are pleased to introduce you to Arielle Zimmerman, MSW, who recently joined LifeWorks Psychotherapy as a therapist. How did you first learn about LifeWorks?I’d been hearing positive things about LifeWorks from my LGBTQ+ peers, and saw on their website that the practice was hiring. What drew you to LifeWorks?I was first drawn to LifeWorks […] Read more “Welcome Arielle Zimmerman, MSW”

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Welcome Mars Vallon, MSW

We are pleased to introduce you to Mars Vallon, MSW, who recently joined LifeWorks Psychotherapy as a therapist. How did you first learn about LifeWorks? I initially became aware of LifeWorks because the practice was listed with the Pros Network, an online directory of sex-work informed providers sponsored by SWOP. I made a mental bookmark […] Read more “Welcome Mars Vallon, MSW”

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Welcome Mariel Gardiner, MA, LPC

We are very happy to introduce Mariel Gardiner, MA, LPC. Mariel joined the Green House in January of this year. We talked to Mariel about her decision to join the Green House and what it means for her. How did you learn about the Green House? I learned about the Green House program through my […] Read more “Welcome Mariel Gardiner, MA, LPC”

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Who’s Who? LCSW, LCPC, LMFT, Psy.D., and more!

Appreciation and thanks go to Christy LK Darcangelo, LCSW, Zac Palmer, LMFT , and Elizabeth Duke, Psy.D. who made substantive contributions respectively to the sections of this article on social workers, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists. When you are looking for a psychotherapist, the wide array of titles and credentials can be confusing. There’s […] Read more “Who’s Who? LCSW, LCPC, LMFT, Psy.D., and more!”

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The Right Therapist for You

Choosing the right therapist can be daunting. Therapy is an endeavor where the relationship itself is perhaps the most important element. So, choosing the right therapist is not an easy task and there are things you can do increase the chances you find someone with whom you can work well, grow and meet your goals. Read more “The Right Therapist for You”

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Welcome Jacqueline Restrepo, MA

We are very happy to introduce Jacqueline Restrepo, MA. Jacqueline joined the Green House in January of this year. We talked to Jacqueline about her decision to join the Green House and what it means for her. How did you learn about the Green House? I received an email from The Chicago School of Professional […] Read more “Welcome Jacqueline Restrepo, MA”

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Welcome Michele Reitsma, MSW

We are very happy to introduce Michele Reitsma, MSW. Michele joined the Green House in January of this year. We talked to Michele about their decision to join the Green House and what it means for them. How did you learn about the Green House? If I remember correctly,  I originally heard about this program […] Read more “Welcome Michele Reitsma, MSW”

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Welcome Courtney Remacle, LSW

We are very happy to introduce Courtney Remacle, MSW. who joined the Green House in January of this year. We talked to Courtney about their decision to join the Green House and what it means for them. How did you learn about the Green House? A former Green House therapist recommended the program to me! What drew […] Read more “Welcome Courtney Remacle, LSW”

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How Pets Help Us Through the Holidays (And Other Tough Times)

The holidays can be a challenging time for so many of us. We may find ourselves feeling isolated, stressed out, anxious — perhaps a combination of all three. The holidays can amplify feelings of loss. They can serve as reminders of the past, or of goals we perhaps haven’t yet reached, or milestones we have […] Read more “How Pets Help Us Through the Holidays (And Other Tough Times)”

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A Conversation About Queer Mindfulness

A peaceful Japanese garden with fall colors

Every Tuesday, our very own Antonia Jurkovic, Psy.D., hosts the Queer Mindfulness Drop-In Practice Group. We spoke with her recently about what this group is and how it can be a useful space for the queer community. What is the Queer Mindfulness Drop-In Practice Group?Queer mindfulness is weekly, virtual, drop-in support group where queer folks […] Read more “A Conversation About Queer Mindfulness”

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Meet Carolina Arboleda, M.A.

It’s our privilege to introduce you to LifeWorks’ pre-doctoral intern for 2021-22, Carolina Arboleda, M.A. How did you first learn about LifeWorks?I learned about LifeWorks through the pre-doctoral internship process. What drew you to LifeWorks? I was drawn to LifeWorks due to the emphasis on depth psychotherapy and the diverse populations served at this site, including […] Read more “Meet Carolina Arboleda, M.A.”

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Meet Toni Gary, LPC

We are pleased to introduce you to Toni Gary, LPC, who recently joined LifeWorks Psychotherapy as a therapist. Here, read her mini welcome interview: How did you first learn about LifeWorks?I actually learned about LifeWorks through the Green House. I was looking for ways to expand my professional development and a colleague of mine sent […] Read more “Meet Toni Gary, LPC”

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Alarm Systems: What We Can Learn from Dogs

The following is a list of things my new dog has alerted me to since she came to live with me on Friday: The reflection of the TV in the windows A pot that she nudged off the window  A child who changed his clothes Me wearing glasses A fox prowling around my quail coop […] Read more “Alarm Systems: What We Can Learn from Dogs”

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Resting into this time of self-care

It has been about 6 months since the shelter in place order in Illinois was announced. Most therapists I know went remote in March. Therapy offices around the city sit unused and many therapists are working from home. The spring challenged all of us to adjust to new precautions and COVID-driven changes to our lives. […] Read more “Resting into this time of self-care”

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A Brave and Startling Truth

The poem, “A Brave and Startling Truth,” by Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014), flew to space on the Orion spacecraft and Angelou dedicated it to “the hope for peace, which lies, sometimes hidden, in every heart.” Published in a commemorative booklet in 1995 and later included in “Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry”. Read more “A Brave and Startling Truth”

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Diving In? Reflections on Fear

It seems we are all either facing fear or acting in the face of our fears these days. A once simple trip to the grocercy store is now a strategic undertaking that requires serious reflection on how much personal protection I will need. A recent conversation with colleagues reminded me of this post, from a […] Read more “Diving In? Reflections on Fear”

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And just like that, everything’s changed.

Last Tuesday, I emailed attendees who were signed up for my workshop at the end of the month, letting them know we intended to hold it. Twelve hours later, we cancelled it. We’re in a strange new reality. For most of us, it’s like nothing we’ve experienced in our lifetime. For others, this is not […] Read more “And just like that, everything’s changed.”

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Subject COVID-19: A Message from Natalie

We thank our colleague, Natalie A. Hock, LCSW, for her thoughtful synthesis of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations for her clients. We thought it was worth sharing more broadly and with her permission are doing so, here. Hi [CLIENT NAME]: I know that the level of worry and fear is high right now […] Read more “Subject COVID-19: A Message from Natalie”

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