GET TO KNOW YOUR THERAPIST

Dawn Harris

Dawn Harris, M.A.

I CREATE A
HEALING SPACE WHERE CLIENTS
ARE HEARD AND UNDERSTOOD.

WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST

We live in a world full of challenges that sometimes can be overwhelming and confusing. It is my passion to help others find strength and courage they didn’t know they had, and to witness the personal transformation that comes from sharing your story in a safe and non-judgmental space. I create a space where individuals can come to breathe, experience unconditional acceptance, and positive reflection.

I BECAME A THERAPIST TO HELP CLIENTS GAIN INSIGHT ON DIFFICULT SITUATIONS THEY ENCOUNTER, IN ORDER TO BUILD THE SELF-CONFIDENCE NEEDED TO FACE ANY LIFE CHALLENGES.

I approach the therapeutic relationship with genuineness, in order for the client to become comfortable to share their story.

As a therapist, I strive to provide interventions that are non-judgmental and culturally competent. I use evidence based treatments, including cognitive behavior therapy to address how the client’s thought process influences their actions and behaviors.

When I work with clients, I focus on:

understanding | self-awareness | coping skills

I encourage clients to gain a deeper understanding of their internal thoughts in order to develop healthy coping skills needed to pursue your life goals. Therapy is a space that allows individuals to acknowledge how actions and behaviors contributed to who they are today. Therapy can be challenging, but the techniques and coping skills that can come from it are invaluable. I believe the therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist is essential for the growing process. I provide a supportive environment for clients to explore and become educated on the tools needed to overcome life stressors.

WHO I WORK WITH

I work with emerging adults and adults who are experiencing significant life transitions, trauma or PTSD, depression and anxiety, or struggling to deal with shame and low self-esteem.

My area of expertise is working with individuals who are overcoming painful emotions such as guilt, shame, or inadequacy that have been holding them back from living their best lives.

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HOW WILL I KNOW THERAPY IS RIGHT FOR ME?

My role as your therapist is to focus on the presenting problems that the clients have in order to identify patterns that may result in unhealthy behaviors. Though change can be uncomfortable and scary, it is necessary for you to reach your full potential.My priority is to make individuals feel comfortable and heard in a space that is their own, and to collaboratively develop skills along the way.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS 

  • I received my Masters in Clinical Professional Psychology (Counseling Practice) from Roosevelt University and my Bachelors from Eastern Illinois University in Sociology.
  • I am a Mental Health Professional working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional RegulationIllinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
  • I completed a 27.5 hour Living Brave course from Brené Brown focusing on Vulnerability, Courage, Shame, and Empathy based on Daring Greatly and Rising Strong programs.

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” ― CG Jung

Loves to travel

Enjoys reading

Practices meditation

DO YOU WISH YOU WERE BETTER EQUIPPED TO HANDLE CHALLENGING SITUATIONS? DO YOU WANT TO INCREASE YOUR ABILITY TO NAVIGATE LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS?

I would be honored to partner with you and help you discover the tools that can help make life more manageable. Together, we will find ways for you to meet your goals and increase your happiness and life satisfaction.