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Brigid Dagenfield, LCPC

“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” – Abraham Maslow

Insurances I Accept:

  • BCBS PPO
  • BCBS HMO Northshore
  • Humana
  • Optum/United Healthcare

Ages I work with:

  • 18+

Languages I speak:

  • English

Who Am I?

Hi! I am Brigid Dagenfield (she/her/hers). I am a cisgender white female therapist. I help empower individuals who are struggling with disruption in their life to identify and overcome challenges and to achieve their therapeutic goals.

I love working with:

  • Adults and young adults to manage a wide range of challenges often related to substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, relationship issues, work stress, and life transitions.

Some of my favorite approaches include:

EMDR, CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, techniques rooted in body-centered psychotherapy

HOW I HELP

I believe in a holistic, integrative approach to therapy that works with your life. At times we’ll utilize skills and techniques drawn from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, other times we’ll use Motivational Interviewing or work from a strengths-based approach, or we may use EMDR to reprocess a traumatic experience. But always, working with me will feel like a team effort in finding the right tools that work best for you. I am trauma-informed in my approach to therapy, interweaving the values of choice, empowerment, collaboration, safety, and trustworthiness into each and every one of our sessions.

What it’s like in a session with me

Therapy works best when we collaborate. For this reason, in our initial sessions we’ll discuss your reasons for seeking support, and together, we’ll create a plan or framework from which to work. This is essential to meeting you where you’re at, building rapport and creating an environment that is safe and nurturing. I understand that therapy can sometimes feel intimidating. I believe as we work together, you’ll feel a deeper understanding of your own emotions and experiences. You’ll become stronger at mindfully observing your thoughts and feelings. And if you choose to, we’ll work towards accomplishing the changes you seek to make. Often, understanding the “why” of how we approach your care is part of the therapeutic process. At times I’ll serve as a facilitator or guide, and in other instances, I understand the importance of holding space for you to process where you are.

More about me

Outside of work, I value quality time with my spouse and daughter, opportunities to curl up with a good
book, sharing a delicious meal with family or friends or attending a live concert or the latest art
exhibition at one of Chicago’s amazing museums. Staying active is also a primary form of self-care for me,
so you’ll often find me out on a walk with my dog or riding horses in my free time.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule your first appointment. For follow up appointments (existing clients), please contact your therapist at 773-774-4444.

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