Fallyn Lara

Therapeutic Orientation & Techniques

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Areas of Specialty

Life Transitions
Young Professionals
Church Hurt & Spirituality
Women in Leadership
Anxiety & Depression
Spirituality & Christian Integrations
Identity & Self Concept

Professional Background

Illinois LPC 178.016516

Supervising Clinician: Alexandra Hoerr, LCPC 180.010561

Master in Clinical Mental Health, Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL

Bachelor of Applied Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Locations: Virtual Illinois

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Life can bring about transitions that are both expected, and unexpected.

Examples of this can be a shift in your job, stepping in or out of a relationship, traumatic events or moving to a new environment. You may find yourself in a place of disarray, confusion, or uncertainty which may result in anxiety, depression, or both. Major growth spurts often feel incredibly challenging when they’re happening! Certain changes can be good, while others tragic. Yet even then, the right approach to handling that change can lead you to positive personal growth. My hope is that, together, we can work towards that type of growth for you.

A successful therapeutic relationship is one of collaboration. Personally, I believe that there are many ways to collaborate whether emotionally, spiritually, or around your physical health . It is important for you to feel empowered, and be an active part of the journey to healing rather than a mere bystander. Together we will identify what your goals are and what you would like to get out of our time together. We will find moments to celebrate the little “wins” along the way.  It is often through the small steps that get you to the finish line, and those small steps are worth acknowledging. 

As a Mexican-American I value the platform that I have in the Mental Health field. I grew up in a very supportive, close family and am extensively familiar with the impact, both positive and negative, that your family can play. I enjoy working to help you discover who the “you” is amongst family standards, expectations, and values. 

Along with that, I have experienced the impact of being a leader and the various expectations that can be placed on you. My passion is to allow a space for you to be completely candid and safe no matter if you are a CEO, Pastor, teacher, or any other type of leader. It is my hope that our time together can be a space where you can speak freely, grow, and heal.

Starting this process can be intimidating but taking the first step makes you that much closer to your final destination. Call to set up a session with me and we can take steps towards your growth, together!

"I appreciate how Fallyn helps me in my ambivalence. I walk away from our sessions with a clearer idea of what I want."

"I love how much Fallyn digs to find the roots! She doesn't just let things be passing comments, she asks questions and helps guide self-reflection on where thoughts, feelings, comments are stemming from. I also love how she has practical applications! She was so good at sending me resources, whether it be articles, worship songs, or anything in between. She also had the perfect amount of empathy! I could tell she really cared about getting to know me personally and always made me feel open and heard.”

"Fallyn actively listens to me and I always feel like I can truly be myself. I do not have to hide who I am."

"I have struggled with anxiety and negative thoughts. Fallyn’s suggestions have been very helpful for me and find myself using thought journals daily."

"Fallyn helped me recognize the mental glass ceilings I had created for myself. Through our sessions together she helped me tear that down. I’m so appreciative of our shared time together."

"Fallyn is a great listener. She's not patronizing nor is she dismissive. She has all the intangibles when it comes to therapy. Having a Mexican-American therapist was so important for me to feel comfortable to bring up the complexities of immigration and identity. Even knowing it on a superficial level was extremely beneficial in allowing myself to be open and honest without a fear of misunderstanding."

“I had never done any therapy and wanted to give it a shot during quarantine in a remote environment. I have really enjoyed the insightful and intelligent conversation that I have had with Fallyn who has shown me the value in therapy."

"Fallyn gave me a safe space to show up to each session and be able to be vulnerable/ my true self. She tied in spirituality into healing, coping, etc and helped me come out of a very hard period of my life. There were times when I felt isolated from the people that I cared about, and she was there to host extra sessions when I needed it to help me cope with my depression and anxiety. She gave me great resources to read outside of therapy and recommended specialists when needed. I've recommended her services/therapy to every person I know as this was life changing for me."

“It has been a welcome relief to have someone come along and allow me to express my private thoughts, the frustrations and disappointments, listening with care, validating the experiences yet gently asking questions and helping me realize the connections between my thoughts and the actions I’ve been taking. I’ve greatly appreciated the assignments or “thoughts to ponder” and how these have nudged me to make small adjustments, so I can steadily move into being the person I have watched been buried. At the risk of sounding like a mashup of “Elsa” and “High School Musicals”…it’s been great to let it go, break free, soar, and fly. Fallyn came along in a crisis moment, saw me, and suggested we take a proverbial walk together, beyond the crisis and into self-growth. The journey and growth are rewarding, but even more so when someone who knows what it’s taking, and is rooting for your each step.”

Articles by Fallyn

Wisemind: Three in one

Wisemind: Three in one

Written by therapist Fallyn LaraIn counseling we often say, feelings are neither good nor bad, they just are, although, our childhood experiences may have told us otherwise. Our parents may have said, “stop crying,”  “put a smile on your face,” or, “turn that frown...

If Spending Time Alone is Difficult

If Spending Time Alone is Difficult

As we approach the season of, “romance,” with valentine's day, and all the hearts and chocolates around you, it can be tempting to sit in a sea of wallowing because of what and/or who you “don’t have.” You may be working hard to distract yourself from being, “alone,”...

Values in our Lives

Values in our Lives

Written by therapist Fallyn LaraThe word “identity” can be a daunting one for us to define. This may have been defined by what our parents told us to be, societal standards, our job, our education status, or so many different things. What if a piece of our identity is...