I have worked in the social services field for more than 30 years, but I've worked as a licensed therapist in the State of Illinois for the past 14 years. I completed my undergraduate studies in Michigan at Andrews University, where I earned a Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) degree. After several years and layers of life experience, I attended the University of Chicago and earned a Masters Degree in Social Services (AM), while also working a full time job and caring for my then young(ish) children.
My pre-graduate experience included working as a case manager, then legal advocate in domestic violence shelters; and later working as a child welfare worker for just over15 years.
Upon earning a clinical license I took on the role of Behavioral Health Consultant for a grouping of Chicago area Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). In my most recent position, howerver, I worked as a contract professional providing therapy services to emotionally and mentally ill patients living in nursing homes. Together these two positions allowed me to gain experience in providing individual and group counseling services to people of most age groups having a range of emotional, mental, and behavioral issues that ranged from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I've also counseled those suffering from chronic pain, poorly managed health problems, and some dealing with addictions.
My particular passion is for those who are hurting, who need help working through issues, who do not realize their own value and strength, who feel stuck, and/or who suffer with a belief in untruths about themselves and their situations. I believe that everyone is an expert of their own story and that each one has many strengths that can assist them in overcoming things that challenge them.
It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.
Additional areas of focus: Caregiver Issues and Stress, Divorce and Separation, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
IL LCSW 149.013369
IN LCSW 34010712A
Coming from a place of not believing therapy can help, Norma has allowed me to see the therapy really can help a persons mind.
Written on Oct 19, 2023 after therapy with Norma for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I have just begun my theraphy over the last few weeks; however my therapist has offered tangible tools for dealing with my anxiety/depression and approaches to managing my chronic health issues with less despair by being kinder to myself and asking for support
Written on Oct 13, 2023 after therapy with Norma for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes
I’ve come a long way since I first started talking to Norma a few weeks ago. I’m so glad I reached out for help.
Written on Oct 13, 2023 after therapy with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Norma Jones has been professional, helpful, responsive and generally a good listener. She has helped me with good suggestions. Thanks and I look forward to a great relationship
Written on Sep 22, 2023 after therapy with Norma for 3 weeks on issues concerning sleeping disorders, and self esteem
Very down to earth and real. Has interpersonal skills that allows for great rapport.
Written on Sep 22, 2023 after therapy with Norma for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues