Fallyn Lara, LPC

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

Academic Background

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

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

Location
Chicago: Virtual Sessions

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."

"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."

Articles by Fallyn

New to Therapy? What to Expect!

New to Therapy? What to Expect!

I am assuming those reading this either recently entered therapy, are thinking about it, or are researching for a friend or family member. Either way, I commend you for your boldness to potentially experience something new. With newness there is unfamiliarity, and...

Intentional Rest

Intentional Rest

Written by therapist Fallyn LaraNow, I am a high achiever myself and I will say the word “rest” can be such a difficult word for me to wrap my head around. It can be easy to find my identity in what I do and what I can accomplish, but was it meant to be that way? I...