I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and I've been practicing for three years. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drugs Counselor (CADC), and I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTS). I have worked in Community Mental Health, outpatient addictions treatment, a sober-living home for women with addiction and mental health issues.
I consider myself to have an eclectic approach to therapy. The one thing I have learned is that each individual is unique and a one-size fits all approach is not effective. The primary therapeutic approaches I use are cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and person-centered. I treat each person as an individual with empathy and respect. I believe that therapy is a collaborative effort between a therapist and an individual. I see myself as the guide to an individual being able to have a life worth living.
I have experience working with individuals who have depression, anxiety/stress, trauma/abuse, addictions, self-harm, suicidal ideations. My passion lies in assisting people with finding their true authentic self and improve their self-esteem and self-worth. I love working with the LGBTQ community to help them love themselves for who they are, not what other people want them to be.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Forgiveness , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Mood Disorders , Personality Disorders , Posttraumatic Stress , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues Read more...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCPC #180.013543 (Expires: 2023-03-31)
Bernice is one of the best therapists I’ve ever had. She has a fierce dedication towards her work and her clients. First session in, I had a big breakthrough over something I was trying to independently figure out for over a year; she helped me piece everything together in less than 60 minutes. I was also struggling A LOT in trying to find a way to reframe my thoughts in an effective manner, and she helped me build the skills to do it in such a beautiful way by our second session. I have been raving about Bernice’s counseling techniques and interventions to my friends because I’m genuinely so grateful to have found such an amazing provider. I’m personally in the mental health field and I interact with various types of clinicians/providers on a daily basis—it’s very easy for me to tell when someone genuinely loves their job versus someone who sees it as just a source of income. Bernice, luckily for all us who get the opportunity to receive services from her, genuinely loves her job and it shows through every single interaction you have with her.
Bernice is very empathic yet direct, and so far she has really helped me to articulate healing for me.
Bernice is an amazing counseller! After every live session with her, I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders after speaking to her about my issues and challenges that I face. Highly
She is wonderful