I am a licensed clinical professional counselor by the state of Illinois with roughly 15 years expertise. I have worked with various populations that have presented with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, homelessness, suicidality, relationship difficulties, parenting issues and domestic violence. I have worked in clinical settings such as community centers, hospitals, clinics, shelters and correctional facilities.
My therapeutic style is warm and interactive which allows me to meet the individual where they are and provide empathetic listening that is non-judgmental and welcoming. My approach to clients combines various techniques such as humanistic, person-centered, strength-based, solution-focused, trauma-informed, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. This allows me to engage clients on various levels as a one size fit all approach does not work with every individual. I will tailor your shared dialog and treatment planning to meet your specific and unique needs.
Taking the first step towards a happier you exemplifies courage when the whole staircase may or may not be in view. My role is simply to support and empower you in your journey to healing. I am passionate about helping individuals see how their psyche is integral in their overall health. I am also sensitive to cultural difference and reducing the stigma associated with speaking with a professional within minority populations.
I look forward to walking this path of healing with you and am happy you decided to become a better version of yourself.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder Read more...
LCPC #18007815 (Expires: 2023-03-31)
Thanks for listen even tho I was all over the place. I do feel like I got a lot of baggage but I feel a little relieved
I have had a great experience with Lovea! She is a very kind, warm, genuine counselor who was willing to meet me wherever I was in my therapy journey. She provides wonderful analogies for some life difficulties and solutions that make it much more digestible and easy to apply to real life. She was a wonderful person to have in my corner during the ups and downs of the pandemic, and I only have positive things to say about my experience with her!
Lovea is a compassionate, intuitive, and present therapist. She communicates in a timely and clear way. She routinely demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of cultural nuance and keen ability to interpret subtext.
Lovea has routinely gone above amd beyond in offering therapeutic support, presence, and deep humanity.
After ten years with a previous therapist who left for an academic appointment I was reticent to begin with a new therapist. Lovea immediately set me at ease by acknowledging how challenging it might be; then versus assuming the role of expert, she donned the hat of ally, advocate, and activist. I’d recommend her in a heartbeat!
Lovea is a wonderful therapist. She spends time seeking to understand and meet individuals where they are at. She listens attentively and provides great examples of how to work through issues together. She’s patient with me and helps me move through each session productively.
Just three words: she is awesome!
Lovea is a kind person and brings fresh perspective to almost any situation. I appreciate her honesty and ability to gently push you to ask and answer the right questions. I highly recommend.
Lovea is a great counselor!
She has helped me in so many ways to look at how I perceive my life.
Lovea pulled me out of the darkest time of my life and consistently met me where I was at. She is available and responsive and has a really wonderful perspective. She never judges and listens empathetically, even when you are doing things that are counter-productive. She is patient and sees the bigger picture. I've had many therapists in my life and she is by far the best one I've had.
Lovea is phenomenal. I appreciate her ability to tease out my experiences in a coherently and clearly, all while being empathic and patient. Her anecdotes and metaphors always stick with me, especially in the moments that test me in the real world. I find her presence and advice to be pivotal for my own growth since she has offered insights and perspectives that I wouldn’t otherwise wouldn’t have by myself.
She is very kind and helpful. Also very understanding if I need to change our schedule last minute. Originally I was skeptical about this but it is worth it. Especially if you’re as busy in your day to day like as I am.
Lovea has been great to talk to. I'll admit, a lot of my need here is to vent, and I have taken a majority of the time talking. But, Lovea has had some good insights and prompting questions that have been unexpected and great.
Lovea is a wonderful counselor. In addition to being very knowledgeable and professional, Lovea sets herself apart from others I have worked with by being so genuine and empathetic. She works hard to understand my situation so she can best create a plan that feels realistic and personal to me, not just generic advice I have read in a hundred self help books. I have often said that when she analyzes and describes back to me a situation or emotion, it is better than I could have explained it myself. She is such a fantastic listener. I feel like she cares about me and my success and would recommend her to anyone.
Lovea is a phenomenal counselor. She always responds to my messages in a timely manner and I feel as though she truly gets what I am going through and wants to help me heal.
Lovea is phenomenal I am so blessed to have found her!
She's helped me a lot just by listening and giving advice
Ms. Lovea Smith is a good listener. This is a characteristic that I believe is greatly needed and valued in a counsellor. She is easy to talk to and is also very patient and accommodating. She makes me feel encouraged and empowered.
Lovea is the best, most experienced councillor I have worked with, she is extremely kind and caring. Knows exactly how I feel. (Literally word for word of how I feel). My councillor but also my friend, who I can be honest and pour my feeling out to, and she’ll know what to say and direct me on how to solve my problems.
Lovea has been amazing to me. She helped me see the brighter side of things and gave me exercises to benefit my feelings. She understood exactly how I felt which made me look forward to talking to her.