Cassie Whitfield, LCSW

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For many people dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or trauma emotions and thoughts can feel like they are constantly overwhelming and painful...
 
...they can often feel trapping, keeping you from enjoying life the way you might want to. However, it doesn’t have to stay this way.
 
Together we can learn how to manage these seemingly uncontrollable painful experiences.

I focus on offering concrete skills, and helping you implement applicable steps and tools, pulled from evidence-based models, to help make sense of difficult emotions and thoughts. Understanding our internal experience, and being equipped with tools to handle our reactions, is often the key to improving our lives. I know that each person’s experience is unique, so we will work together to understand your specific experience and find strategies that work best for you.


As a clinical therapist, I can help you, your relationship, family or child with a variety of presenting struggles. Some of these include: 
 
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Children & Teen Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depression & mood disorders
  • Family Therapy
  • Grief
  • Issues of racial and cultural identity
  • LGBTQIA and other sexual minorities
  • Personality Disorders
  • Poly/non-monogamous relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma
  • Work/Life balance 

     I place importance on utilizing treatments that work! This means selecting only evidence based, research backed therapies that have been proven to be effective. Some of these include: 
 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples & Families
  • Systems Therapy
  • Sand Tray and Play Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  •  Psychodynamic
  • Bio-Feedback
  • Multiple Channel Exposure Trauma Therapy

While these therapies may be different in approach, they all can help  clients regain emotional control,  develop deeper insight to their emotions, identify new pathways to change how feelings affect them; communicate better with others, reduce the most common symptoms of distress such as difficulty sleeping, feelings of failure, excessive worry, irritability, crying, anger outbursts, and nervousness.  
 
I practice in two locations - Chicago and Naperville - for the convenience of clients who often commute to/from Chicago.
 
Naperville:
2135 Citygate Lane. Suite 300
Naperville, IL 60563
 
Chicago: 
In Roosevelt Commons
1136 S Delano Ct
Suite B201
Chicago, IL 60605 
 

 
Education: 
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, with a certificate in Family Studies, and minors in Psychology and Fine Arts, from Washington State University. I then went on to get her Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, with focus on clinical work and course concentration on Children and Families. I am also a certified clinical supervisor.
 
 
To find out more information about getting started, insurance, payment or to make an appointment online, please visit the website at: www.transformativegrowth.org


Cassie Whitfield Reaches

Chicago IL