I am a process-oriented therapist who welcomes people of diverse identities. If you feel depressed or anxious, are having difficulties in relationships, or want to take the next step in your personal growth, I can help you develop awareness and compassion for yourself and others.
Anxiety, depression, trauma and loss are parts of life many people struggle with. Therapy can help you start to process and resolve conflicts, reduce worries and make sense of complex, long-standing or difficult issues.
In my work with individuals and relationships, I take a sex-positive approach to the struggles and problems you are facing. Whether you are single, partnered, married, polyamorous or in an open relationship, I believe you can improve your relationships, discover what is right for you, make changes to your life and develop a deeper understanding of yourself and others.
Each of us is unique. We access and express deep feelings and discover the wisdom to move through difficulties to joy and satisfaction in many ways. So, I use many approaches — including movement, sketching, dreams, humor, body symptoms, momentary perceptions, role play, meditation and dialog — to help you open and unfold your experiences, discover new insights and ways of being as well as find the hidden but important value of everyday struggles and problems.
Psychotherapy is one way to learn, to grow and to bring more awareness to your day-to-day life — which can be an adventure full of blessings, experimentation and learning when you find the right attitudes and skills to move forward.
Education and Training
- Process Work Institute, Portland, OR
- Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago
- Mundelein College, Chicago
- Imago Relationship Therapy Institute, Chicago
- Non-Violent Communication, Chicago
- Oasis Facilitator Training Center, Chicago
Cindy Trawinski, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, a Diplomate in Process-oriented Psychology (also known as Process Work) and a certified Imago Relationship Therapist. She is a founding partner of LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center and North Shore Psychotherapy Associates and has offices in Skokie, IL. Cindy is the former CEO of the Process Work Institute, in Portland, OR and a member of the International Association of Process-oriented Psychology (IAPOP), in Zurich, Switzerland. Cindy is a frequent speaker on topics including: Diversity and Multicultural Issues; Sex Positivity; Rank & Power; Therapist Bias; and Polyamory.
Recent Articles by Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D., Dipl. PW
- A Season for Becoming January 12, 2024 - “The moment in between what you once were and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.” This quote from Barbara de Angelis describes the gap between our ordinary way of experiencing and identifying ourselves, and a new or emerging sense of self – a being we are becoming but […] Read more “A Season for Becoming”
- Welcome Erin Houchin, MA January 12, 2024 - We are very happy to introduce Erin Houchin, MA. We talked to Erin about their decision to join the Green House and what it means for them. Erin says, "I hope to learn, grow, and evolve! I imagine the Green House fellowship will deepen and broaden my understanding of counseling as a new professional and expand my knowledge and skills working with a wide range of populations near to my heart." Read more “Welcome Erin Houchin, MA”
- Welcome Amanda Lopez Martine, MS, ALMFT January 12, 2024 - We are very happy to introduce Amanda Lopez Martine, MS, ALMFT. We talked to Amanda about her decision to join the Green House and what it means for her. Speaking about what she hopes to gain through the program Amanda says, "I am hoping to gain a better understanding of myself as a therapist, and deepen my skills. I feel that this will show up in the impact my clients feel from our joint work, and in the level of confidence that I will bring to sessions. I'm always looking to better myself as a therapist, and think this is an excellent opportunity to do just that." Read more “Welcome Amanda Lopez Martine, MS, ALMFT”
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