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Mihika Kulkarni

Mihika Kulkarni, MA, MHC

I BELIEVE THAT THERAPY SHOULD BE A COLLABORATIVE, DYNAMIC, AND AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE FOR EVERY CLIENT.

Lincoln Park Therapy Group | Chicago

WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST

Life can be challenging, and therapy can provide a safe space to explore life’s challenges. I believe everyone can benefit from additional support to work through things like depression, low self-esteem, or trauma, all of which are part of the human experience. Therapy is about more than just problems and solutions — it’s also about claiming space for yourself and learning how to feel empowered in your life. I create a safe, trusting, and non-judgmental relationship with clients where they can share about the “not so pretty” parts of life, and believe that we all need a little extra help sometimes to make it through the chaos we call life. 

 

 

I BECAME A THERAPIST TO HELP CLIENTS FIND A SAFE SPACE OF THEIR OWN TO LEARN AND GROW ON THEIR JOURNEY TOWARD SELF-DISCOVERY.

THERAPY CAN BE AN EXPERIENCE TO EXAMINER THE PARTS OF YOURSELF THAT MIGHT NOT BE SERVING YOUR GROWTH AND BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS THAT ARE HOLDING YOU BACK FROM HAPPINESS AND A SENSE OF FULFILLMENT IN YOUR LIFE. AS A THERAPIST, I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE CAN DISCOVER THEIR TRUE SELVES IN THERAPY AND CHOOSE TO BE WHOEVER THEY WANT TO BE.

I believe that though people are inherently good and everyone wants to be happy, life can be overwhelming and distressing sometimes. That’s where therapy can be especially helpful — together we can work out solutions, achieve breakthroughs and make important discoveries about who you are and what you want to create positive, long-lasting changes in your life.

 

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

collaboration | empathy | self-awareness

When we work together, I will help create a safe space and provide unconditional positive regard to help you find the freedom to fully explore yourself and your experiences. Throughout the process, I will encourage to maintain your independence while helping you build the tools to strengthen your resiliency and increase your self-esteem.
 
 

WHO I WORK WITH

I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and major life changes. I specialize in teens and emerging adults to help them cope with anxiety and depression, increase their self-worth, learn how to set boundaries, and develop healthier relationships. 

My area of expertise is helping young adults work through complex trauma and low self-esteem to discover happiness.

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WHAT IF I CAN'T DO ANYTHING TO CHANGE MY LIFE?

I know healing from trauma or dealing with depression might feel daunting, but therapy is a really good first step to take. I have extensive experience helping clients cope with trauma. I use a multicultural trauma-informed approach in my work, which means that you get to decide how fast or slow we go in sessions. It also means that won’t just look at you and your experiences, we will also explore how the environment around you impacted your life. 
 
Kirsten Hall, LPC | Lincoln Park Therapy Group

A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS 

  • I completed my Masters in Counseling Psychology (Counseling Practice)  from Roosevelt University.
  • I am working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor 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 use a multicultural trauma-informed approach with clients.
“Even now, as broken as you may feel, you are still so strong. There’s something to be said for how you hold yourself together and keep moving, even though you feel like shattering. Don’t stop. This is your healing. It doesn’t have to be pretty or graceful. You just have to keep going.” – Maxwell Diawuoh
 

Loves performing Indian classical dance

Loves reading and creative writing

Loves to travel anywhere and everywhere

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.