I believe your individuality is unique, important, and something to be valued. I am a sex-positive therapist and work with clients who identify as LGBTQIA+ as well as those who are members of immigrant communities. I am deeply interested in cultural and/or gender role expectations you may have grown up with and the way those internalized values intersect with other aspects of your identity.
My approach to psychotherapy is rooted in motivational interviewing, an approach that can help you uncover your strengths and sense of self-agency. Many human struggles come from the incongruity between who/how/what we should be and our authentic selves. These incongruities can negatively impact your self-perception, relationships, sexuality, and spirituality.
I can help you discover where your “shoulds” originated, your authentic self and how to feel empowered to choose what truly resonates with you. Understanding conflicting inner states provides the clarity needed to uncover your authentic self, and the path to help you address the difficulties getting in the way of attaining the peace of mind you deserve.
As a sex-positive, affirming psychotherapist, my first goal is to establish a safe space which can act as a solid foundation for the work ahead. I honor and highly value the vulnerability and courage it takes to seek a psychotherapist and I will work diligently to help create an environment where you feel welcome, heard, accepted, and validated. My experience in working with the immigrant and LGBTQIA+ communities as well as domestic violence and hospice, provide me with a richly multifaceted and informed approach to therapy.
If you are struggling to connect more deeply to your inner experience and live a more congruent and satisfying life, I can help.
Education and Training
Lily Gonzalez, LPC, earned her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at DePaul University’s College of Education, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at DePaul University. She began her career in clinical mental health as an intern at Erie Family Health Centers working with clients ranging from age six to 70+ where clients were referred with anxiety and depression. Lily worked with her clients to identify the anxiety and depression as symptoms of deeper, underlying conflicts that needed addressing before true relief could be obtained. Lily volunteers on Sarah’s Inn domestic violence hotline and previously volunteered as one of the few Spanish speaking hospice volunteers working with the Latinx community in Chicago.