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
- Thriving in a Heteronormative World: Queer Empowering Skills and Actions August 29, 2023 - Living in a heteronormative world presents unique challenges for queer individuals. The assumption that heterosexuality is the norm can lead to marginalization, discrimination, and limited opportunities. The challenges faced by queer individuals in a heteronormative world are substantial and unavoidable. How do you navigate and thrive in various aspects of life? What’s your path to […] Read more “Thriving in a Heteronormative World: Queer Empowering Skills and Actions”
- Welcome Laura Andreas Santos, Ph.D. August 18, 2023 - How did you first learn about LifeWorks? I first learned about LifeWorks through word of mouth. I applied for a fellowship in another group practice, Free Life, led by Dr. Ian Bonner. Fortunately (!), their position was covered, and he referred me to LifeWorks, given my interest and experience working with diverse populations. What drew […] Read more “Welcome Laura Andreas Santos, Ph.D.”
- Welcome to Becca McCormic August 4, 2023 - We are pleased to introduce Becca McCormic, MA, who recently joined LifeWorks as a therapist intern. How did you first learn about LifeWorks? When I was researching pre-doctoral internship sites, Lifeworks was the only one that mentioned specialties close to what I hope to achieve in the future: sex therapy, queer & trans populations, and […] Read more “Welcome to Becca McCormic”
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