DANA WIERZBICKI (SHE/THEY)

therapist intern

I believe that the relationship between counselor and client can be one of the most transformative aspects of therapy. I work to create an environment that is based in support, understanding, and warmth to allow clients to fully express themselves. I am interested in play-based and arts-based approaches to therapy in order to help clients explore their emotions and the past experiences that are currently affecting their present.


My own experience in counseling as an adolescent is what has driven me to become a counselor, and I aim to provide a place where young people in particular can feel safe and understood. I am particularly passionate about working with LGBT+ children and adolescents, as well as those who have experienced trauma, anxiety, and depression.


I obtained a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Beloit College because of my interest and appreciation for other cultures and ways of life. Following graduation, I worked a multitude of jobs including nannying for several families in the Chicagoland area. I am currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Northeastern Illinois University.   


In my spare time, I enjoy listening to and playing music, walking along the beach to look for sea glass, and playing pinball. My cat, Meatloaf, may also unintentionally join our sessions, but he has assured me he will respect your privacy.

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