Be fully awake in the present.
Life is full of moments of joy, connection, love, excitement, pride, and happiness.
Life also comes with loss, pain, fear, anger and trauma.
To get to experience the "good", we have to be able to cope with, manage and learn from the "bad". Humans have an innate ability to process, adapt, and move on from difficult and distressing experiences; however, sometimes that process gets stuck and keeps us from being able to fully experience life in the present.
Trauma and loss can not only scar your past, but they can continually steal your present and make you fearful or hopeless about the future. Together, we will use a combination of EMDR and talk therapy to cut the threads from the past and find hope for the future, so you can be fully awake in the present.
Stacy uses a combination of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and talk therapy to meet her clients where they are and with what they need. She works with clients in the present to identify problems, patterns, and symptoms; trace those issues to the past events that source them; reprocess those past events to alleviate the present issues; and build resources to foster hope and confidence in the future.
In talk therapy, Stacy often incorporates humanistic therapies, meaning she recognizes that her clients are the only experts on themselves and works within their values, morals, and beliefs. Stacy also has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques that she incorporates to help clients better manage symptoms, distress, and problematic coping methods, such as substance use, suicidal ideation, and self-injury. She values the purpose of emotions, the intuitive body experience, and helps clients to connect cognitions, emotions, body sensations, and behaviors. Stacy uses humor -- when appropriate -- empathy, and validation to create a strong, safe, and connected therapeutic relationship.
Stacy enjoys working with adults across the gender spectrum, including clients who are trans, non-binary, or gender non-conforming. She also respects and values diversity across all identity areas including race, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, ethnicity, economic class, and ability status, and she recognizes the complicated nature of the intersectionality of each person's unique combination.
About Stacy Rhoades, LCPC
Education & EMDR Credentials:
Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Trauma from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Completed in 2012
EMDR Certified as of September 2021; EMDR Trained by the EMDR Institute, Completed August 2019
Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other areas of extreme stress, including acute/single incident and complex trauma
Grief and Loss
Mood Disorders, including Depression and Bipolar Disorders
Anxiety Disorders, including Panic Disorder
Maladaptive Coping Behaviors, including Substance Abuse, Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideations, and Process Addictions
Trauma from discrimination around gender transitions/gender nonconformity
EMDRIA Member since 2019
American Counseling Association (ACA) member since 2010
Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) since 2021
In-Person and Telehealth Options
I am currently offering both in-person and telehealth sessions depending on each individual's needs and risk factors. Together, we will assess the benefits and the risks and choose the best option for your treatment.
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What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach that recognizes the impact of past events on both your present and your expectations for the future. It uses Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) -- conducted via eye movements, tactile sensations or auditory tones -- to stimulate and encourage the brain's natural processing ability. EMDR has been extensively researched and found to be highly effective for the treatment of many presenting issues including PTSD/trauma, depression, and anxiety.
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3166 N. Lincoln Ave, Suite 214A, Chicago, IL 60657
P: (773) 217-8851
F: (872) 813-4218