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Patti Zullo, LCSW

Insurances I Accept:

  • BCBS PPO
  • Optum
  • Humana

Ages I work with:

  • 18+

Languages I speak:

  • English

Who Am I?

Hi there! I am Patti Zullo (she/hers)

I am a therapist who enjoys working with adults (18+), couples and families. Life has and will always consist of highs and lows which directly impact how you feel and how you function. I invite you to walk with me through where you’ve been, where you are at, and where you would like to go. This journey of self examination can at times be uncomfortable and while I cannot help you avoid the uncomfortable I can and will always sit right next to you wherever you are at. I believe change is always possible for all of us if we are willing to allow ourselves to be exposed and look into the mirror and see the reality.

I love working with:

  • Adults experiencing interfering anxiety, grief, family of origin challenges, life transitions, substance use/codependence, parenting challenges.
  • Couples preparing for transitions to living together, marriage, children, infidelity, parenting alignment, separation/divorce and how their identities may shift/alter moving through these transitions
  • First responders and the family that supports them
  • Blended family challenges
  • Adoption/foster care exploration whether you are an adoptee or contemplating growing your family through adoption

Some of my favorite approaches include:

CBT, I like to use my words to connect with clients providing them a safe space to find and share their words to describe their feelings and explore how feelings result in behaviors. Exploring family systems is always part of working with me, your family of origin experiences and relationships strongly influence your perceptions and the lens from which you view the world.

HOW I HELP

Making the decision to attend therapy often will result in heightened emotions of anticipation, fear, skepticism, and relief. I believe it is most important as a clinician to welcome and validate all of those feelings while building an emotionally safe space for you to begin to explore the why of your decision making and how to move towards living an intentional life.

What it’s like in a session with me

A session with me is always intended to feel more like a conversation than an interrogation. My style is informal and user friendly, I do not have a special “therapy voice” but my clients do often tell me they can “read my face” during sessions….I am very direct, honest and solution focused, always encouraging clients to safely release their feelings unfiltered and messy, assuring them that this process is never about judgment but about unpacking the heavy raw emotions that influence our ability to recognize our unhealthy patterns of behavior. I often tell clients that my job is to open that closet door and let all of that stuff you’ve been holding onto fall out and then picking up one thing at a time examining why you are holding on to it and if you should let it go because it is only weighing you down. I will tell you that you cannot shock me and all I require is honesty so our work together is targeted for the most positive outcome for you.

More about me

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and dog owner and am blessed to have many friends including several that I’ve had since kindergarten. I enjoy the sun and anything I can do to feel it on my face.

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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