Associate Therapists

What kind of therapist are you looking for?

Vanessa E. Ford, LCSW, CADC

The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has exploded a need for mental health, so much so that it has been difficult for Chicago therapists to keep pace with demand. Although you may see some group practices expanding to include interns and recent graduates from counseling programs, as I have expanded, I have committed to maintaining a standard of excellence.    ~ Vanessa E. Ford, LCSW, CADC

My mental health practice in Chicago partners with fully-licensed and experienced clinicians only. We offer highly specialized skills to help our clients on the northside of Chicago heal.

Experience the Difference

Each therapist I bring under the umbrella of my practice is highly vetted and provides an extension of my style as a therapist. Our team is comprised of staunch LGBTQ allies. You don’t need to compromise quality for availability. We’ve got you covered.

My team believes in offering you concrete and usable tools, to get anxiety and other mental health symptoms under control. Our style also includes doing depth work, which allows you to develop insights into the deeper layers of your experiences. This multi-pronged approach will allow you to understand where your struggles started to begin with, so you can begin to move past them.

Our Chicago psychotherapists want to partner with you, to help you become your best self. Welcome to my practice!

Hi! I’m Jamie

LaFvers, Jamie profile pictureJamie is results-oriented. She is a fully-licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), and has been practicing in the field of mental health since 2014. Her style pairs nicely with clients who are struggling with anxiety, relationship issues, or grief and loss.

You may simply want to improve your communication skills or work/life balance under Jamie’s care. Body image issues, binge drinking, and food addiction are also an area of focus.

Jamie can help you improve your life, with a solution-focused approach. If you desire to include ways in which your spiritual life affects your mental health and relationships, Jamie is comfortable including these aspects in her counseling work with you. She would love to hear more about what your goals are for a therapy process, so you and she can come up with a plan to help you build the insight and tools to get there, at a pace that is right for you.

Introducing Audra

Audra therapist chicagoAudra has great compassion for people recovering from painful experiences, illness, or loss.  Audra draws upon a variety of techniques in her psychotherapy, including CBT, relaxation, and guided imagery. She is an intuitive and gentle healer. Audra can help you live more effectively with a chronic medical condition, relationship issues, or recover from depression/anxiety. She also specializes in treating the fatigue caretakers develop attending to an elderly or sick loved one. These techniques can also be applied to nurses and other medical providers. Audra is comfortable addressing substance use concerns you may have as well.

Audra earned her Masters of Counseling in 2006 from Adler University in Chicago.  Audra is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in Illinois, as well as a Registered Art Therapist (ATR).

Audra is as equally comfortable with talk therapy as she is with her first passion: Art therapy.  If you wish to explore how expressive modes of processing emotion may help you heal, Audra would love to help you bring these specialized art therapy techniques into your therapy with her.

Tracy Is an EMDR Specialist

TracyTracy has a wealth of experience, with over 20 years’ experience in various roles in community mental health settings. She has her LCPC license in Illinois. She went back for advanced training mid-way through her career, earning her Masters in Counseling in 2015. It was there that she discovered EMDR, and all the ways in which it can help people heal from traumatic experiences.

Tracy prides herself on her direct, straight-forward, and structured style, which pairs nicely with her expertise in EMDR. Tracy is especially passionate about helping people recover from narcissistic and other abuse. She would love to learn more about how negative self-talk and painful past experiences continue to impact you today. She will help you devise a treatment plan that addresses each one of these issues, as you form a targeted list for EMDR therapy.

Tracy’s practice is and will remain telehealth only.

Jennifer: Your Partnership Needs An Advocate

JenniferJennifer is a behavioral health subject matter expert at the American Medical Association and has joined the practice on a limited and exclusive basis. Jennifer possesses many valuable credentials, as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Illinois, as well as holding dual certificates in addictions counseling (CADC) and trauma (CCTP: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional).

Jennifer believes that human beings have an unlimited capacity for healing and recovery, and enjoys bringing her many skills into sessions with clients.

Jennifer is a couples expert. She brings aspects of the Gottman technique into her couple sessions, as well as Imago therapy. Gottman’s approach includes structured and goal-directed methods. Imago goes deeper, transforming conflicts into joyful connection.

Jennifer incorporates mindfulness techniques, recovery support, mind/body connection, and a trauma-based perspective, to help clients heal faster.

Jennifer is out of network with insurance at this time, and accepting self-pay options. We will keep you updated if her network status changes.

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