Life is a journey, not a destination” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think we all know how hard this journey can be. Over 40 million people experience anxiety regularly, and over 17 million people have had at least one depressive episode. No matter where you are at in your life’s journey, I am here to help you get to where you want to be. I am dedicated to creating a space that is safe, warm, and supportive where we can work together to break down life’s barriers and foster healing, learning, and growth. I enjoy working with each client to help them find balance in their life and within themselves. Through mindfulness, self-awareness, and evidenced based techniques I assist in nurturing personal growth to help you become the person you want to be.
Therapy can sound daunting or stuffy, however, therapy doesn’t have to be “all about the bad stuff” because sometimes breaking out in laughter, smiles, and happiness can be naturally healing within itself. I am an “out of the box” person, and enjoy being creative with therapy and adjusting treatment based on your needs.
I have experience working with a broad range of people with all sorts of life experiences. I have worked in an inpatient setting, child and adolescent crisis program, community mental health center, sexual abuse hotline, and even supervised an in-home crisis support team. My experiences and passions led me to carve a niche for myself specializing in trauma treatment, especially those who experienced trauma as a child or in a relationship. I am trained in a multitude of therapies, but mostly gravitate towards using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic, and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). While these therapies are all beneficial in treating trauma, they all can be used for an assortment of reasons. EMDR in particular can be a great tool to use as an alternative to talk therapy and can be used beyond just treating trauma.
I also have expertise in working with depression, anxiety, low-self-esteem, self-harming behaviors, and emotion dysregulation. I often come from an attachment-based background as research has proven our development as children shape the way we see the worlds as adults. That doesn’t mean our childhood has to dictate who we are, who we are to become, or who we are destined to be with. I have a passion for working with people who struggle with codependency or relationship concerns. I like to begin with healing our inner selves and sense of self-worth which inadvertently will improve our relationships with others, ultimately leading to a happier life.
I completed my Masters in Social Work in 2015 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently have my LCSW. I specifically chose social work as my route to become a therapist as they utilize a multicultural, strength-based, and systems perspective when providing clinical care with individuals.
I am excited to navigate through life with you, guide you into becoming the best version of yourself, and watch as you enter into your next chapter of your life.
Michelle Krc, LCSW
Clinical Psychotherapist, EMDR Certified