Bradley Sears, M.A., LCPC

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Since 2004, I have worked with both adults and young people ages 14 to 19 of all sexual orientations, specializing in anxiety, depression and relationship issues. I also have deep experience in working with those who need assistance with ADHD, addiction, anger management, codependency, life transitions and trauma.
 
In addition, I offer psychological testing, guidance in mindfulness, homework and practical exercises that can help you progress toward your therapeutic and life goals. I accept a wide range of insurance plans and also offer a sliding payment scale based on need.
 
My educational experiences
  • New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL
  • Bachelor’s in Sociology, Bradley University
  • Master in Liberal Studies, Bradley University 
  • Master of Arts in Counseling, Bradley University
  • Clinical psychology courses, Palo Alto University, Illinos State University

Additional training
  • Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute
  • Institute for Meditation & Psychotherapy Certificate Program, Institute for Meditation & Psychotherapy
  • Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

I aim to meet the needs of my clients in a very wide variety of circumstances.
  • Evening and early morning appointments.
  • Parent-friendly and shift-friendly hours.
  • Both short-term and long-term work.
  • Mixed appointment types for those with intense work and travel schedules, e.g. Tele-health, different time lengths, etc.
  • A sensitive, flexible service for those in the public eye.
  • Confidential.
Issues I frequently address:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Co-dependency
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma
  • Work/life balance

Mindfulness
 
Mindfulness practices are being used with a variety of issues, such as anxiety and depression, eating disorders, learning difficulties, addictions, explosive anger, and chronic pain. Taking the time to calm the mind also helps with day-to-day concerns:  work, parenting, household duties, and social relationships.
 
I have an enduring interest in the relationship between western psychology, meditation, and psychological healing and growth. I have a long-term daily meditation practice and attend retreats around the country on a regular basis.
 
Some of my assumptions include:
  • Growth is our natural state.
  • Self-compassion fosters empathy.
  • The integration of mind, body, and emotion is essential.
  • Healing is based in spirituality. 
  • Growth is more about progress than perfection.
  • Temperance is healthier than fear of non-conformity.
  • Therapy is a dynamic experience that is co-created.
  • A positive therapy relationship is the most important part of successful therapy.
  • People tend to recreate the conditions of past relationships.
  • Therapy reactivates growth and change.
  • Blog

Payment
  • I accept a wide range of insurance plans.
  • Sessions are generally 45 minutes, sometimes longer.
  • I will submit insurance claims on your behalf.
  • Payments (such as co-pays) are due at the time of service.
  • I offer a sliding payment scale based on need.
  • The fee will be adjusted should your economic circumstances change.


In my spare time I can be found attending meditation retreats, sailing, swimming, acting, or sauntering through the woods with my dog Gracie.


Bradley Sears Reaches

Chicago IL
Evanston IL