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Suzanne Mascorro, LCSW

Hi my name is Suzanne (Suzie works as well)

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I believe in everyone’s capacity to heal and overcome challenges which is why I became a therapist. I get it, no one WANTS to go to therapy. Believe me, I’ve been there. However sometimes those inherent strengths that have gotten us this far are not enough! Enter THERAPY. I believe that therapy can be a part of creating our best selves and engaging in life with more ease. I also believe that therapy does not have to feel stuffy or clinical to work. I value being an authentic person and I bring that to sessions, almost to a fault. Swearing, laughing, and crying can and probably will happen in session and I am ready for it. My approach is conversational which means we can build rapport and trust each session naturally. I have worked with diverse populations and ages including adolescents and teens, those on the LQBTQ spectrum, adults, individuals with chronic mental health and physical health issues, as well as older adults. I can help you work on different issues including transition, trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, identity, and relationship issues. My role as a therapist is to create a collaborative and safe space, help understand thought and behavior patterns, and challenge what stops you from your goals.

It’s ok to feel all the stuff you’re feeling. You’re not doing life wrong; you’re doing it right. If there’s any secret you’re missing, it’s that doing it right is really hard. Feeling all your feelings is hard, but that’s what they’re there for. Feelings are for feeling. All of them.​

Glennon Doyle​

HOW I HELP

I value all individuals and believe in everyone’s capacity to heal. I believe that therapy should work for our unique needs and experiences and I tailor my approach as such. I utilize modalities like CBT, person centered approach, strengths based perspective, motivational interviewing, trauma informed, and more. My overall goals are make you feel heard, help you find your strengths, and support you. You can do this and I want you to feel that for yourself.

 

COLLABORATOR & SAFE SPACE MAKER

I believe that counseling is a collaboration between the client and the therapist. I aim to create a welcoming space so clients can gain new perspectives and skills to manage their life transitions and stressors. You know your life best and I am here to help reflect on how we can make it better. During this process I want to make the therapy room a safe, non-judgmental space. I understand that we all make mistakes, think not great things, and sometimes act outside our values. Believe me I have done my fair share of that. One of my goals is that you feel safe telling me about what is going on in your life. Having a good relationship with a provider can make a huge difference in therapeutic care and I hope to create that alliance with you.

BREAKING DOWN THOUGHT & BEHAVIOR PATTERNS

I believe that changing maladaptive thought processes and coping mechanisms can be the key to positive change. However the first step is realizing what we are telling ourselves or how our behaviors make us feel. How does one do that? You guessed it. Therapy! When we have a better insight into ourselves we can find paths for growth. Our work together will include some investigation as well as reframing, refocusing, and changing.

THE CHALLENGER

Sometimes we feel stuck and cannot seem to find momentum. I want to help you identify the things that can stop you from your goals. Sometimes what stops us is our own thoughts and behaviors! Challenging ourselves to think more positively about ourselves, using healthy coping skills, and being mindful in our choices are part of what we will do in therapy.

MORE ABOUT ME

During my free time I am usually trying to be more productive but find myself hanging on the couch with my puppy. We are both fans of binge watching our favorite shows. We call the puppy a tiny terror because she cannot stop herself from destroying our home. I love to read, spend time with friends, my partner, and family, as well as adventure around Chicago. I can’t stop saving recipes or finding restaurants I want to try and someday I hope to eat all the food all of the 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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