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Christine Sheppard, LCPC

Hi! I’m Christine.

I’m a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages.  I’ve worked in a community clinic setting in the past, including family settings and couples therapy. Communication skills are critical for all relationships, and I’m a huge fan of teaching and rehearsing non-violent communication. 

 

 

HOW I HELP

 

I’m a feminist therapist with a person-centered focus, so you know I’ll be a respectful listener with a sense of social context. CBT and DBT are my go-to sources for coping skills. I’m committed to being able to explain any skill three ways: verbally, visually, and through role play. I’m going to try out anything I’m asking you to do first!
I want to be there alongside you, whatever kind of help you’re looking for. You are the expert in your life, and I have the special training that can work like a treasure chest of tools for better living. The best and first tool is listening: I’m going to listen to you with my ears and my heart, so that I can become your fellow traveler. I’m going to encourage you to imagine a new story about your life, one that notices your strengths and victories while also mourning loss and respecting traumatic experiences. Together, we can build a new sense of purpose and hope.

 

PATIENCE & COMPASSION

As a mom of three grown kids, I’m a pro at the patience and compassion that children require; I’m excited to get on the floor and play while talking about transitions, feelings, and struggles. I also have experience working with teens mainly within the challenges of eating disorders and body dysmorphia. 

TRANSFORMATIVE INNER WORK

  • People who are questioning their place in the world, wondering about their gender and sexuality, are especially welcome with me. If you want to reduce emotional pain, we can dig into internal work; if your own behaviors and responses are causing trouble, we can practice coping skills that are transformative. 

MORE ABOUT ME

I received a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, and am licensed to practice in Illinois. When I’m not with clients, I’m biking or walking on the lake shore, knitting or reading at home, and usually I’m planning on or actually eating delicious Korean food with my kids and friends
 

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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