GET TO KNOW your therapist

Suzanne Mascorro, LCSW

“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

Insurances I Accept:

  • BCBS PPO
  • BCBS HMO Northshore
  • HUMANA
  • OPTUM

Ages I work with:

  • 15-adults

Languages I speak:

  • English

Who Am I?

Hello! I am Suzanne or Suzie (she, her, hers). I became a therapist because I believe in
everyone’s capacity to heal and overcome challenges. 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. You will probably get that impression from the first moment you meet me. I
feel most at home when I am being authentic, and I want you to feel like you can be yourself as
well. I am here for your stories, your ups, your downs, and your unique experiences. I am a cis-
gender mixed race (Caucasian and Mexican) woman.

I love working with:

  • Young adults in life’s transitions
  • Adults experiencing life’s difficulties
  • Youth needing some support and guidance
  • People who have a sense of humor
  • Anyone going through transitions, trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, identity,
  • and/or relationship issues

Some of my favorite approaches include:

CBT, Mindfulness, ACT, Psychodynamic, Person Centered Approach, Strengths-Based Perspective

HOW I HELP

I believe that therapy should work for our unique needs and experiences, and I tailor my approach as such. Counseling is a collaboration between the client and therapist, and I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental space where you can gain new perspective and skills. You know your life best, and I am here to help reflect on how we can make it better. 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. My overall goals are to make you feel heard, to help you find your strengths, and to support you. I utilize modalities like CBT, person centered approach, strengths-based perspective, motivational interviewing, trauma informed, and more to assist with this process.

I believe in...

  • I believe that therapy is a collaboration between client and therapist.
  • I believe that you have the capacity to heal and the strength to do so.
  • I believe therapy works best when we don’t feel judged.
  • I believe change is possible even when it’s uncomfortable.

What it’s like in a session with me

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. 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. 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. 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!

More about me

Outside of work I am typically wrangling my terror of a puppy while searching for something fun or relaxing to do. You will likely find me rapidly consuming TV, books, or podcasts or spending time with my people (partner, family, friends, terror puppy etc.). I like to cook (but mostly like to eat) and have been known to refer to cooking shows as my sports. I love to adventure around Chicago and like finding new experiences (but not things like competing in a marathon though as I don’t love the experience of running).

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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