I have 10 years experience working in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment centers, and I hold masters degrees in Social Service Administration and Public Policy with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. I dedicated my early career to mental health research and advocacy. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois, I have worked with clients from diverse backgrounds to address anxiety, depression, substance abuse, family and relationship conflicts, career stress, and low self-esteem.
I always start with genuine empathy to create a safe, nonjudgemental space. I want my clients to feel comfortable being vulnerable and sharing their concerns. My eclectic treatment interventions pull primarily from behavioral, cognitive and motivational interviewing perspectives. I work together with my clients to find a strategy that specifically addresses their needs. Through developing coping skills, such as social functioning tools, healthy boundaries and positive self-talk, I want to help empower my clients to improve their quality of life.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Communication Problems, First Responder Issues, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
IL LCSW 149021326
VA LCSW 0904012075
I had a lot of anxiety, sadness, and guilt following the end of my engagement and the subsequent fever dream year I had with an old flame. I originally felt silly for seeking therapy because I felt like since I put myself in the position I was in I should have to deal with how overwhelmed I was feeling. Daryl was not only able to help me through a really hard part of my life but also piece together insecurities, anxieties, and other issues I didn't really even know I had. He explored my pop-culture interests to engage with me on a personal level and brought my therapy experience full circle in ways I didn't think were possible. I can literally feel the difference in my thought processes, and looking back I can't believe the changes in headspace, outlook, and overall mood I've had.
Written on Nov 03, 2022 after therapy with Daryl for 2 years and 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Daryl is great at listening to the heart of you what you share, and allowing time for expressing whatever is on your mind, while responding with care and compassion.
Written on Nov 16, 2021 after therapy with Daryl for 3 months
Daryl is a wonderful addition to BetterHelp. He is very knowledgeable and easy to talk to, making it easy to feel comfortable discussing whatever needs discussed.
Written on Sep 30, 2020 after therapy with Daryl for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
it's still early but I have already benefitted from the counselling.
Written on Jul 28, 2020 after therapy with Daryl for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coaching
Though I have only seen Daryl twice so far, I come out of each session feeling validated, stronger, and normally laughing about something he said that helped me. He is extremely kind, and listens so well. I look forward to working with him more.
Written on Jul 23, 2020 after therapy with Daryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Daryl Flink is a great listener and problem solver. He is able to help me work through my problems, and I feel listened to and relieved.
Written on Jun 02, 2020 after therapy with Daryl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd