Vanessa E. Ford LCSW, CADC

Psychotherapist and Addictions Specialist
Therapy and Counseling in Chicago

Vanessa Ford
Can you envision a change for the future? Freedom from a behavior, past experience or negative self-doubt that seems to prevent you from taking that next step forward? At one time or another, we all experience losses- some may feel like a slight dip, and at other time they may seem like a tidal wave, ready to take over our lives. When we are under this kind of stress, we may begin to notice that our normal coping skills are stretched to the maximum, and our relationships, attitudes towards ourselves or others, or negative “self-talk” worsens. Or perhaps you have begun to drink more or use drugs to cope, or out of habit or circumstance. You have begun to think to yourself, “Now is the time for change- but I don’t know where to start.”

This realization can be sudden, or a gradual build-up until it just seems like it is too much to handle alone. Support begins here. Psychotherapy can be an invaluable tool towards regaining a sense of control and peace over your life. Good psychotherapy should allow you to begin to focus your energy inward, into healing yourself. This process will allow you to begin to see the connections between your past and present experiences, while feeling empowered to work toward your future goals.

Living a mindful life begins when you feel yourself in control: Control of your thoughts, attitudes and behaviors, and when the natural ups-and-downs of life are taken in stride. That is when we begin to live without fear or a sense of lack, but with a sense of purpose and meaning, and a confidence that whatever life brings is a gift.

Vanessa E. Ford LCSW, CADC is a licensed therapist providing individual, family and couples counseling / marital therapy in Chicago. Her specialty areas include anxiety, post-traumatic stress, grief, depression, EMDR, dealing with a traumatic or abusive past, conflict resolution for couples, LGBT community, same-sex domestic partner issues, communication, 12-step recovery support, drug and alcohol issues, Moderation Management, sex and pornography addiction, and HIV. Seeking help from a counselor can put your life back on track.