My name is Jessica Muir and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy practicing in the state of Illinois.
After graduating from Lewis University in 2019 with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I began to work at a Community Mental health Center, first as a therapist and then as a therapist and supervisor. My experience in these positions has not only afforded me the opportunity to gain the experience necessary to treat a variety of different disorders including mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance-use disorders, grief and loss, relationship issues, career difficulties, life changes, LGBTQIA+ related issues, familial conflict, and more, but it has also allowed me the opportunity to work with individuals from all walks of life, which has significantly shaped who I am as a therapist.
Who am I as a therapist? Well, my personal style of counseling can be captured best through the following quote:
"You are not your mental illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, and a personality. You are a person."
As your therapist, my primary goal is to get to know you. Who you are as a person, what/who you care about, what you enjoy doing, what your strengths are... everything that makes up the unique individual that you are. Once I have this information, I can then draw on a number of different types of therapy such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and more to develop a treatment plan that works for you and your needs/wants.
I understand that the idea of therapy and talking to a stranger about the things we are struggling with can be scary. But I want to assure you, if you can find the courage and strength to give this process a chance, then I will do everything in my power to make sure the experience is as rewarding as possible! I hope to hear from you soon so that we can start this journey together!
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
IL LCPC 180.014090
Jessica is absolutely the best therapist I have worked with. She allows me to feel heard and also challenges my beliefs so I may progress in my healing.
Written on Sep 24, 2023 after therapy with Jessica for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Listens well, gives helpful tips/ideas on how to handle situations, open minded, overall very helpful
Written on Sep 12, 2023 after therapy with Jessica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd