Ana Gonzalez, LCPC
My personal philosophy informs my approach to psychotherapy. I firmly believe
that people have the ability to care for themselves if they are empowered with
support, encouragement, information, and resources. While we cannot control life
events, we have full control of how we live and even thrive in the face of these life
events, even the most painful ones. You are the ultimate expert on you, and as your therapist, I am invited along to support and encourage. I will offer an alternate perspective when appropriate, designed to help you work through the roadblocks that keep you from being kind and compassionate to yourself. I will meet you where you are and walk with you on your path to becoming your best self.
My 25 years of professional experience has been grounded in community mental
health, working with clients experiencing a variety of issues including depression,
domestic violence, relationship/family issues, gang violence, child abuse, addiction,
homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. These community settings range from mental health
centers, a homeless shelter, a group home for DCFS wards, and a shelter for
survivors of domestic violence. My experience has been enriched by working with
diverse individuals across various cultures, races, ages, and sexual orientations. Life change comes from creating a safe and respectful environment where someone who is knowledgeable and compassionate genuinely listens. This is what I offer as the core of my practice, to listen with respect, kindness, and compassion.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who completed a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having arrived in Chicago at a young age, I am bilingual with Spanish as my native language, and bicultural with a keen understanding of U.S. and Latin American cultures. I specialize in the
treatment of adults, couples, as well as families.