Therapeutic Orientation & Techniques
Feminist & Social Justice Theory
Areas of Specialty
Premarital & Couples
Victims & Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Clinical Residency, June 2022-May 2023,
Supervising Clinician: Alexandra Hoerr, LCPC 180.010561
Student MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
BA in Business Administration, Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI
Locations: Virtual Illinois, In-Office Chicago
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Do you struggle to find your voice in relationships or create and maintain healthy boundaries?
Challenges like these can leave you feeling resentful, lonely, confused, and tired. Or maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the roles you play in your life and the life of others. Your default mode is to take care of everyone else, and somehow you’re left with little to no time and energy for yourself. Or maybe you’re pretty satisfied with the way things have been going in this season of life, and you’re looking to gain skills and insight to grow and mature in self-awareness and self-acceptance.
Working together starts with building a relationship based on trust, empathy, and non-judgment. The time and space we share is a safe place where we can explore your life experiences and their meanings. We collaborate to identify areas that you’d like to learn and grow. Together, we approach experiences and conversations with humility and curiosity, so we can gain insights into the areas of your life that are working for you and those that aren’t serving you well.
My road to becoming a counselor began with my own experience in counseling. Through the work I did over the years in my mental health journey, I was able to get to a place where I learned to trust and accept myself. It was life-giving and life-changing. I experienced safety, validation, empathy, and a neutral perspective that enabled me to change and mature emotionally and spiritually. These are the values I bring into my relationships with my clients.
Starting counseling, especially with a new person, can feel daunting. But taking the first step can lead you to transformative experiences. Call our office for a free phone consultation to see if I could be the right person to go on this growth journey with you.
“I’ve been doing work to understand my anxiety and looking into childhood experiences that could be contributing to my current life circumstances. It’s hard and sometimes scary work, but I feel very cared for and supported by Crystal. She listens well, validates me when I need it, and always speaks honestly in a compassionate way.” - LK
“I was going through a challenging season in a very difficult relationship. Crystal offered me a safe space to process my thoughts, to see things with clear eyes, and to understand that I am empowered to choose how I want to live my life vs being a victim to my circumstances.” - SJ
“Crystal is very collaborative in her approach. She is trustworthy and insightful in offering a fresh perspective on relationship issues.” - VN
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