If you're a parent looking for treatment for your child, you likely are looking for someone who not only has professional credentialing to address you child's concern but also someone who can make your child feel comfortable; children and teens can be so hesitant to share their issues and concerns HONESTLY so building a relationship with young adults can sometimes be half the battle! I have an undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters degree in Social Work. I have spent a large portion of my personal and professional life coaching and teaching youth. I look forward to working with you and your child. My full profile can be seen below.
If you're looking for a clinician who will woo you with complex professional jargon and analyze your every action and every word in painstaking detail, I'm likely not the therapist for you. If you're looking for a therapist who will make you feel valued and heard, can sit comfortably with you through very difficult, complex and oftentimes confusing feelings without judgement, provide honest (sometimes difficult to hear) feedback and integrate some humor into treatment while making real progress toward healing and your goals, it's nice to meet you! We can tackle these issues together and we are on the same team.
My name is Gianna and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional in Illinois state who has been working with clients for over five years both in person and remotely. I am a victim advocate at a large police department, serving victims of violent crimes such as domestic violence and sexual abuse; I have extensive training in these issues and I've made trauma my professional focal point. I enjoy not only working with victims of these crimes but also significant others (partners, parents, children, etc) of individuals who have experienced these victimizations. I also have worked in a professional capacity with clients experiencing stress and anxiety and self esteem/assertiveness issues. I am of the opinion that our professional relationship and the rapport that we build throughout our time together is foundational to the quality of our work. Once we establish a strong relationship, I generally employ strength-based approaches, Cognitive Behavioral therapy or T-CBT, Solution Focused therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment therapy. I want you to feel empowered.
If I'm not providing advocacy and clinical services to my survivors, you can likely find me either working out or coaching Crossfit; I'm a huge proponent in the transformative power of physical activity and believe that many valuable lessons can be learned through the pursuit of fitness and sport. I look forward to meeting you and working together!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Coping with life changes
LCSW #149.020375 (Expires: 2021-11-30)
In these first couple of months that I've been talking to Gianna, I've received more valuable feedback than with any of my previous counselors. She is so insightful. She will reaffirm my thoughts when they're working for me, and acknowledge when there may be room for adjustment or work. I'm just truly so, so happy I found her!
Gianna has been very kind and patient with my daughter starting high school. She has also supported me as a parent. Just knowing I am doing what I can to help has been a benefit.