Children (4-9), Early Adolescents (10-13), Middle Adolescents (14-17), Late Adolescents/College (18-21), Young Adults (22+)
Anxiety, Depression, Family Separation & Conflict, Grief and Loss, Peer Issues, Suicidality, Trauma
Carly loves working with young people because she is truly is a kid at heart. She believes that therapy should not be scary, but rather, a place of creativity, connection, exploration, and fun. Carly’s hope for her work with clients is that they find safety and support, while engaging with solutions that yield more meaningful and healthier ways of being and relating. Though life’s challenges are inevitable, Carly sees it as her mission to partner with individuals and families in courageously choosing to hold joy closer than pain.
There is nothing that brings Carly more joy than instilling hope and witnessing the magic of others overcoming difficult circumstances. She seeks to walk alongside people as they make peace with and create homes within their minds and bodies. Carly embodies a deep level of care and empathy, in addition to having a fiery and humorous spirit.
Carly graduated from the University of Chicago and brings extensive experience in trauma for children and adolescents. She is also certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Carly sees creativity through art, dance, and play to be key in helping children make meaning of their emotions and experiences. She works with families on nurturing parent-child relationships by increasing feelings of connection and understanding. Carly works with children on identifying and regulating their emotions, in addition to, increasing self-confidence and enhancing social skills.
Carly first experienced the magic of therapy in her own treatment as an adolescent. She deeply understands the value of having a non-judgmental, listening ear. Adolescence is a time in which teens navigate developmental, relational, and social challenges. Today’s teens receive countless messages from peers, family members, and media about what they should look like or become. Carly uses a strengths-based approach in helping teens craft their own narratives, while fostering a greater self-concept and sense of self-worth. Whether it be staying up to date on the latest Snapchat news or TikTok trends, Carly takes genuine interest into the passions of young people to ensure that her interventions are fun and relatable.
There are many inherent challenges that come along with being a young adult. Whether its moving away from home, going to college, starting your first job, dealing with the pain of a breakup, navigating changing friendships, or figuring out who you want to be in this world, your twenties are both a beautiful and chaotic time of change, growth, and self-discovery.
Carly seeks to support her clients as they face life’s transitions, and she encourages them to press into these challenges in hopes that they become more confident and resilient. Carly’s goal for her clients is that through their work in therapy, they can build a firm foundation of skills and self-awareness from which they can confidently make decisions and cultivate relationships that align with their values and hopes for their future.
Carly’s fun side
Carly grew up in South Carolina, where she enjoys spending time with her family on the lake or at an SEC football game. Despite the icy winters, Carly has fallen in love with the Windy City since leaving the Carolinas two years ago. When she is not at work, you can find Carly exploring Chicago coffee shops and restaurants, walking along the lakefront, or at the dog park with her Bernedoodle, Oakley.
To book a session with Carly, call (847) 919-9096 ext.1 or email info@inspirecounselingcenter.
To contact Carly directly, call (847) 919-9096 ext. 37 or email carly@inspirecounselingcenter.