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Brigid Dagenfield, LCPC

Hello! My name is Brigid.

I support adolescents and adults dealing with lots of different challenges. Some of my specialties include trauma and grief, compassion fatigue, and postpartum anxiety and depression. I’m also our Director of Education, overseeing UW Academy and Wellbeing at Work. I believe in our capacity to grow and change, and in the healing power of human connection.

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​

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 TO WORK 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

If you’re walking by me with your dog, you better believe I’m going to ask to pet it! I love animals, and value my time spent with my own dog as well as riding horses in my free time. Staying active is a primary form of self-care for me and if I’m not on the move, I’m at home curled up with a 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.

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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