GET TO KNOW YOUR THERAPIST

Vanessa Moran

Vanessa Moran, MA, MHC

THERAPY CAN HELP YOU DEAL WITH THE STRUGGLES THAT MAKE LIFE HARD SO YOU CAN FIND HAPPINESS AND FULFILLMENT.

Kirsten Hall | Lincoln Park Therapy Group

WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST

I believe in a collaborative approach to therapy and partner with my clients to identify important areas for growth and change. We work together to explore the impact of their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions on their daily life and general happiness, and determine what they can shift to lead to positive change in their life.
 

I BECAME A THERAPIST BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MENTAL WELL-BEING AND HAPPINESS.

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE THERAPEUTIC EXPERIENCE IS THE AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIP THAT DEVELOPS BETWEEN CLIENT AND THERAPIST, WHICH CREATES A SENSE OF TRUST AND SAFETY IN THE THERAPY OFFICE AND ALLOWS FOR MEANINGFUL GROWTH AND TRANSFORMATION.

When we work together, I help you gain greater self-awareness to identify where changes could be made to improve your happiness and quality of life as well as processing past events that might hold you back from living as your fully authentic self. It’s important in our work together that we have a trusting therapeutic relationship and an environment of acceptance so you can feel safe and comfortable opening up in therapy. 

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

trust | growth | strength

I meet my clients where they are at, which means we focus our attention on what works for you and foster a safe space for you to explore your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in order to cultivate lasting change.

I also integrate Brene Brown’s powerful research of vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy in my work with clients, utilizing techniques and strategies to help individuals integrate it into their personal and professional lives.

WHO I WORK WITH

I work with couples and individuals, and specialize in relationships and relationship loss, life transitions, Quarter-Life Crisis, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.
 
My area of expertise is working with couples experiencing relationship challenges and individuals who are going through big life changes, self-esteem challenges, or grief related to a relationship loss.
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WHAT IF I WANT TO TRY THERAPY BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WANT TO WORK ON?

The therapy experience is not a linear process – it doesn’t necessarily have a specific starting and stopping point. If you are going through a hard time or want to make changes in your life and aren’t sure where to start, that’s okay. There are many benefits to therapy and together we can work to find those answers at a pace that feels right to you.
 
Kirsten Hall, LPC | Lincoln Park Therapy Group

A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS 

  • I completed my graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the sister school to Carbondale (SIUC), where I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology and minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • 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 have extensive training in crisis management, counseling, advocacy, and domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something.” – The Pursuit of Happyness
 

Loves dogs

Speaks two languages

Loves to travel

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.