CHOOSING THE RIGHT THERAPIST IS AN IMPORTANT DECISION...
In fact, it may be one of the most important decisions you'll make during this season of life.
You're here because you've been searching for a professional counselor who actually understands what you're dealing with - without you having to wade through pages and pages of therapists who just don't get it.
We hear you. That's why our therapists strive to be transparent about their experience, approach, and personalities - so you can quickly figure out if you think you'll work well together. We want this process to feel comfortable and easy, like how you feel when meeting an old friend for coffee or tea.
ABOUT OUR THERAPISTS
Part of you may be curious about where our therapists went to school or what exactly their training and experience is, and we'll get to that in a minute...but first, we want to share with you the type of client that we find we have the most success in being able to help. That way, we can honor your desire to find the right fit - not just show you we have fancy qualifications and certifications (don't worry, we do - ha!). After all, this is about helping you make the right decision.
Clients who most benefit from therapy with our clinicians are those who feel ready to make changes, are open to talking through their experiences both past and present, and are able be creative and imaginative as we go through the therapy journey.
Our most successful clients appreciate our ability to tune in to the root causes of their anxiety and are willing to try strategies and coping skills that are uniquely catered to their experience.
If you're looking for a therapist to simply smile and nod and say "Go on...", we have to warn you - that's not us! We are invested in helping you activate real change, which means we will always give you honest, valuable feedback about what you bring up in session, and will collaborate with you on customized, actionable goals to help you on your way.
A female owned and operated business, Grace & Gratitude helps women understand themselves better, conquer anxiety, and improve their day to day relationships with self confidence and growth.
SARAH CZOPEK, MS, LCPC
Owner, Executive Director
Master of Science, Lipcsomb University
Sarah works especially well with women who are:
Entrepreneurs & C-Suite Executives
(aka women with huge ambition and equally huge self-pressure)
Moms and teen or adult sisters of individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities (Sarah spent about a decade working in a therapeutic day school and truly "gets it")
Speech Paths, BCBAs, Teachers (for same reason as above!)
Nurses, Doctors, and other "helping professionals" who tend to find themselves over-giving and burned out
Curious about how their experiences have impacted their current relationships and life choices
Sarah is a deeply intuitive, direct, and humorous therapist who will probably always be sipping loose leaf tea during your session. When not in session, Sarah keeps busy with her family and church.
Sarah is a specialist with both EMDR and IFS (Level 2) training. She typically sees women with Complex PTSD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
*Sarah's caseload is full as of March 2022, but she is happy to accept consultation requests to personally help match you with the best GGC therapist for you.
SUMIAYA CAUGHEY, MA, LCPC
Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology-
Sumiaya works best with women who are:
Working through mom-guilt and life balance
Dealing with the fallout from past relationships or traumatic experiences
Feeling pressure to "get it right" and be perfect
Going through grief and loss
Transitioning from teenage years to adulthood, or from young adulthood to motherhood (change is hard!)
Sumiaya is a registered yoga teacher who loves incorporating yoga and other mindfulness-based-practices into her therapy work. In her spare time, Sumiaya enjoys spending time with her family.
With 15+ years experience, Sumiaya is a seasoned, patient, insightful clinician who enjoys helping you find solutions and coping skills. Sumiaya will complete EMDR training in July/Aug 2022 and works from an eclectic therapeutic lens, incorporating mindfulness, CBT, and ACT into her work. Sumiaya typically works with clients diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Depression, or Adjustment Disorders, among other concerns.
NICOLE KORONKOWSKI, MSW, LSW
Master of Social Work, Aurora University
Nicole works best with women who are:
Struggling with work/life balance, such as motherhood, relationships, school.
Need help letting go of perfectionism (let's have some grace!) and increasing self-care (yes, please!)
Caregivers, teachers and parents (Nicole previously worked for a therapeutic day school and deeply understands concerns related to special needs, too)
Having difficulty feeling heard or communicating effectively in their romantic relationships or friendships
Concerned with sexual intimacy difficulties
Nicole is an Enneagram 4w5 and an INFJ who loves helping others learn about themselves. In her spare time, Nicole loves serving at her church and can offer Christian faith based counseling when requested.
Nicole is mature, calm, discerning, and passionate clinician. She has completed EMDR Level 1, is currently completing the IFS Circles Program, and works from an eclectic therapeutic lens, incorporating mindfulness and coping strategies to help clients meet their goals. Nicole typically works with clients diagnosed with Bipolar II, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Depression, or Adjustment Disorders.
BRITTANY REIDSEMA, MSW, LSW
Master of Social Work, Aurora University
Brittany works best with women who are:
Struggling with motherhood concerns such as mom guilt, postpartum anxiety/depression, or OCD. As a mom herself, she gets it!
Teen girls struggling with anxiety or depression (with nearly a decade of inpatient experience with adolescents, she's definitely our Teen Whisperer!)
Learning how to "unlearn" unhealthy coping strategies from childhood/family distress
Experiencing big emotions that feel difficult to control - like angry outbursts, panic, or tearfulness
Feeling invalidated and alone
Brittany is an Enneagram 1 with a gift of making her clients instantly feel at ease (yes, even those who are a little wary of counseling, at first!) and connecting with people exactly "where they are at". She enjoys working with clients from a Christian faith perspective, when requested.
Brittany is a seasoned, grace-filled clinician who enjoys using structured and creative interventions alike, depending on her client's needs. She is experienced with CBT, DBT, ACT, and other evidence based modalities. Brittany typically works with clients diagnosed with Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, PTSD, Panic Disorder, and Postpartum Anxiety/Depression.
MELISSA SOLIDAY, MS
Associate Clinical Therapist
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health, Trinity Christian College
Melissa works best with women who are:
Working through self-forgiveness, relationship distress, and overwhelm
Wanting to change their thinking patterns and develop healthy coping skills
Needing someone to talk through life's daily stressors with
Looking for help with parenting triggers, mom-guilt, and work/life balance
Melissa is an ENFP and it shows (google it! they are known for being engaging, open, and warm ). She puts a smile on everyone's face and truly enjoys being with each and every one of her clients. She enjoys working with clients from a Christian faith perspective, when requested.
Melissa primarily draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, from a trauma-informed lens. She typically works with clients diagnosed with Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Adjustment Disorders, Bipolar, and Postpartum concerns.
LORA DUDEK, MA, LPC
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, North Park University
Lora works especially well with women or teen girls who are:
Overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood
Experiencing fears and intrusive thoughts
Going through a career change or other major life transition
Interested in discovering the roots of *why* they over-feel and overreact
Need help practicing self-care, self-compassion, and self-forgiveness (don't we all?! YES. Let's do it!)
Lora is kind, direct, and quick to put clients at ease with her warmth and openness. A certified Mindfulness teacher, Lora is also trained in Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has completed EMDR Level 1. In her free time, Lora can be found reading stacks of books and enjoying her family.
Lora typically sees women with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Complex PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, perinatal distress, and Postpartum Anxiety/OCD/Depression.
HEAR Lora's inspiring story on podcast Your Anxiety Toolkit, here.
*Lora's caseload is currently full, but you may book a consultation with Sarah Czopek, who may add you to Lora's waitlist or personally help you find another best fit GGC therapist for you.
TABITHA JIRSA, MA, LPC
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Trinity Christian College
Tabitha works especially well with teen girls and adult women who:
Struggle with low self esteem
Would like to learn ways to deal with "big feelings" like anger, panic, and sadness
Often feel emotionally out of control
Sometimes feel afraid of abandonment or being alone
Have a difficult time with relationships
May struggle with body image issues, over/under eating, or chronic dieting
Tabitha is a compassionate, patient, authentic therapist who enjoys helping individuals learn about, accept, and empower themselves. Tabitha is trauma informed and training in Internal Family Systems, and creates a safe space where her clients feel heard and validated. Tabitha can also offer Christian faith based counseling when requested.
Tabitha sees clients who may be diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD (single event or complex), Eating Disorders and other related concerns.
Emily Pickett is our rockstar office administrator. She helps clients schedule appointments, address billing concerns, and basically keeps us all organized behind the scenes here at GGC.
Emily greets all clients with kindness and compassion. Whatever your question, Emily will help you find the answer!
Emily can be reached at email@example.com .
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SOME OF THE ISSUES WE HELP WITH:
STRESS & BURNOUT
With responsibilities piling up in your job and personal life, you feel like you rarely get a break. Somehow everything falls on you, and you're feeling consistently drained. "Superwoman Syndrome" can feel frustrating and tiring. We'll help you put away your superhero cape and find your way to a life of balance.
A lot of your energy is spent thinking through the what-if's and choices you're faced with. Sometimes it feels like your brain is on a hamster wheel, spinning around with no end in sight. You find it difficult to make decisions and worry about choosing the wrong path. Are you ready to settle your mind and increase your confidence?
You spend a lot of time wondering what other people think and feel. You often find yourself saying "yes" when you wish you could say no. You tend to wonder if people are upset with you and whether they'll stick around. What if we told you that you could find your own voice and finally get what you want out of life?