GET TO KNOW YOUR THERAPIST

Gina Massa

Gina Massa, MSW

I PROVIDE A SAFE AND NON-JUDGMENTAL SPACE FOR EVERYONE I WORK WITH.


SPECIALTIES

DEPRESSION & ANXIETY
QUARTER-LIFE CRISIS
TEENS & EMERGING ADULTS
BREAKS-UPS & RELATIONSHIP RECOVERY
GRIEF & LOSS
LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY
TRAUMA/PTSD

Lincoln Park Therapy Group | Chicago

WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST

I became a therapist because I know what it’s like to struggle and have experienced first-hand the benefits of therapy. I understand that life can be challenging and don’t think that anyone should ever go through difficult times alone. I provide a genuine, caring, and comfortable space for people as I know how helpful that can truly be.
 
 

I BECAME A THERAPIST TO HELP OTHERS FIND THEIR LIGHT AMONG WHAT MAY FEEL LIKE DARK TIMES.

I BELIEVE THERAPY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN CLIENT AND THERAPIST, AND IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE PROCESS TO BE GENUINE AND AUTHENTIC. I RECOGNIZE  THAT YOU ARE THE EXPERT OF YOUR OWN LIFE AND MY ROLE IS TO OFFER ADDITIONAL SUPPORT ALONG THE WAY.

Providing  my clients with unconditional positive regard is important in our work together. Meaning that, no matter what, I offer every client I work with my acceptance and support. Regardless of what they are currently going through or have been through, I always strive to provide a sense of safety for clients to explore their challenges and barriers to happiness. I also value the therapeutic relationships with each client and witnessing their growth throughout our work together. Celebrating a client’s accomplishments, no matter how big or small, is one of the best and most important parts of my job.

When I work with clients, I incorporate THREE THINGS to create positive change:

acceptance | strengths | validation

When working with clients I focus on using a strengths-based approach to help each person recognize their potential to take on the world around them. I emphasize using empathy and compassion to help clients explore their past, and work with clients to shift negative beliefs. I focus heavily on creating the therapeutic relationship, as I find trust to be a key factor in allowing each client to truly open up and share their authentic self.

 

 
 
 

WHO I WORK WITH

I work with adults, teens, and emerging adults, and specialize in anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief & loss, and self-esteem/self-worth.

My area of expertise is helping people who are facing major life transitions such as a Quarter Life Crisis, adjusting to or graduating from college, or other significant life changes.

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WHAT IF I'M AFRAID OR ASHAMED OF OPENING UP?

That is okay. The thought of opening up, especially about something that feels painful, shameful, or triggering, can feel very scary. We will work to build a trusting therapeutic relationship that will foster a place where you can feel safe to open up and discuss things at your own pace. Therapy is also a place that is safe to be vulnerable and process those difficult feelings and emotions without feeling guilty, ashamed, or judged. Providing confidentiality and a safe place for clients is my number one priority.
 
 
Kirsten Hall, LPC | Lincoln Park Therapy Group

A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS 

  • I completed my Masters in Social Work from Aurora University, and graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a minor in Criminal Justice.
  • I am working to become a Licensed Social Worker with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
  • I have completed a 27.5 hour Living Brave course by Dr. Brené Brown focusing on Vulnerability, Courage, Shame, and Empathy.
  • I utilize Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused, Motivational, and Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) approaches in practice.
“What if I fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson

Loves cats

Likes to bake

Enjoys working out

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.