I believe that every person has the right and ability to be happy in life, but that most people face obstacles at some point that makes happiness elusive. I have learned that no one better understands these obstacles and distressing emotions than those who are experiencing them. Therefore, I utilize a client-centered approach in therapy wherein I join the client in order to better appreciate his/her perspective and emotional state. I dedicate myself to my clients and helping them better define where they are in life and where they would like to go in the future.
My career began working with adult survivors of childhood
assault and incest. These individuals not only had to work through past
traumas, but deal with the depression, anxiety and self-doubt that
accompanied these early memories. Motivated by the strength and courage
that I saw in these men and women, I developed a therapeutic
technique that allowed my clients to discover "unrecognized strengths"
and build the self-esteem needed to be confident in life.
Working both as an inpatient and outpatient counselor, I have also had extensive experience working with individuals
struggling with substance abuse. These experiences have led to a thorough understanding and
development of effective therapeutic treatment of the physical,
psychological and emotional consequences of substance abuse.
I have also had significant experience and great success working with adolescents and adults
who have struggled with anxiety, depression, OCD (obsessive compulsive
disorder), relationship or marital difficulties, eating disorders and psychosis. Despite the
particular difficulty one is experiencing, I believes that
everyone has the right and ability to find happiness in life.
Catherine Ness ReachesArlington Heights IL