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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. 

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OUR CLINICIANS

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.

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SUMIAYA CAUGHEY, MA, LCPC

Clinical Therapist
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.

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. 

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SARAH BACANI, MSW

Associate Clinical Therapist
Masters of Science in Social Work, University of Illinois Chicago

Sarah works best with women who are:

  • Working through mom-guilt and life balance

  • Struggling with relationships and communication

  • Dealing with past traumas affecting current life circumstances

  • Feeling "not enough" 

  • Overwhelmed with daily life

  • In need of help coping with stress and triggers

Sarah is a homeschooling mom of 5 whose combined life experience and clinical expertise makes her a uniquely qualified therapist with compassion, understanding and helpful feedback for miles.

Sarah is gentle and direct, with the ability to connect with teens and adult women alike.  With a background in working with children and families, Sarah works from a family systems lens, incorporating mindfulness, CBT, and more into her work. Sarah typically works with clients diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Depression, or Adjustment Disorders, among other concerns.

 

EMILY PICKETT, BA

Clinical Intern 
Master of Arts in Counseling

Lewis University - Dec 2022

Emily works especially well with teen girls and women who are:

  • Looking to build stronger relationships with family, partners, friends, and themselves

  • Navigating through life transitions

  • Needing to find balance for themselves in their day to day life

  • Wanting to develop new ways of thinking

  • Working through past trauma and wanting to learn how it affects their present thoughts and feelings

  • Teachers, OTs, Speech Paths, BCBAs, (Emily spent several years working at therapeutic day schools and clinics!)

Emily is an insightful clinician with specialization in childhood/adolescent concerns; as such, she loves working with teen clients as well as mothers of young children, but also connects well with single women in young adulthood. Emily utilizes a blend of therapy modalities to engage clients in deep rooted exploration of their concerns. 

Emily often works with clients who may be diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Social Anxiety, and other concerns. 

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TABITHA JIRSA, MA, LPC

Clinical Therapist
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. 

LIZ BOHNSAK, MA, LCPC

Clinical Therapist
Master of Arts in Counseling

Liz works especially well with women or teen girls who are:

  • Overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood (she's a mom of multiples - she gets it!)

  • Dealing with triggers from their own childhood

  • Interested in discovering the roots of *why* they over-feel and overreact 

  •  Need help practicing self-care, self-compassion, and self-forgiveness 

  • Moms or adult siblings of individuals with special needs (Liz has prior experience in the therapeutic day school setting).

Liz is warm, open, and quick to put clients of all ages at ease. Liz utilizes trauma-informed interventions to help clients practice self-awareness, flexibility, and empathy. She typically sees women with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depression, and Postpartum Anxiety/Depression. 

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SARA HARRIS

Client Care Coordinator

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Yes, we have three Sara(h)'s. Don't laugh at us. (haha!!) THIS Sara is our rockstar Client Care Coordinator. She helps clients schedule appointments, address billing concerns, and basically keeps us all organized behind the scenes here at GGC. 


Sara greets all clients with kindness and compassion. Whatever your question, Sara will help you find the answer!


Sara can be reached at office@graceandgratitudecounseling.com .

 

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SOME OF THE ISSUES WE HELP WITH:

Mother and Daughter
Stressed Woman
Young Romance

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.

OVERTHINKING

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?

PEOPLE PLEASING

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?