Early Adolescents, Middle Adolescents, College/Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Parents, Families
Anxiety, Depression, Self-esteem, ADHD, ODD, OCD, Trauma, Bullying, Men’s Issues, Grief/Loss, Anger Management, Substance Abuse, DMDD, PTSD
My name is Stephen. I have lived in the Chicagoland area my entire life. I grew up in Glenview in a large family and have loved being a part of all of it. I went to Loyola Academy in Wilmette for high school and from there went to Marquette University, which I graduated from in 2005. I played basketball at Loyola and also played briefly in college as a walk-on. I’m a huge Chicago sports fan and can admit, I follow sports news on a daily basis.
I have worked with all kinds of populations in various settings, primarily in the mental health field. I have worked in social services for about eight years and have worked as a counselor, case manager, and social service aide to others. My most recent position was as a residential therapist for adolescents and teens aged 8-19.
When people work with me, they will see that I am a caring and compassionate person. I think outside the box, and I’m a critical thinker. I believe in doing what it takes to help individuals solve the problems that they are facing. I want clients to know that I do not judge them, and that my office setting should be a safe and open space to discuss whatever it is that needs to be discussed. I really am willing to discuss many different topics, with few things that are off the table for discussion. I will also say that I am a very honest person and am respectful of others. I have done a lot of volunteer work as a helper in soup kitchens, spending time as a mentor to teenagers, as well as visiting the elderly in nursing homes, assisted living centers, etc.
I have witnessed a lot of people who have been through difficult situations in their lives as many, if not all, of us have at some point. I have worked extensively in the mental health field and have seen a lot of traumatic events, grief and loss, bullying, substance abuse issues, and anger control issues to name some. Working in short term and long-term care residential care settings, I have witnessed some things that people should not have to see but have made me a stronger and more resilient person as a result of these experiences. I am willing to do what is necessary to help my clients build a solid foundation for themselves and use the skills, abilities, and talents they have to make them more complete on the whole. As an adolescent, I saw the rewards of counseling. I am a staunch advocate for others, especially those who are willing to openly discuss how they are feeling in a therapeutic setting.
I have worked with adolescents in the past, as I know what it is to be an adolescent and the kinds of things that they go through as a whole. I realize that there are a lot of demands of them and that it is not easy growing up as an adolescent, even more so these days in my opinion than at any other time in the past. I want others to feel comfortable talking about problems that they are experiencing in their lives. I realize that grammar school, middle school, high-school and college can be difficult as I have been through these times in my life as well and realize how challenging it can be to be a part of it all.
With young adults, I have seen people transition out of college and start new lives, careers, and families as they grow older. I have known people that have built solid and stable relationships in their early adult years. Individuals who are not afraid of change as well as ones that are. I understand that life will throw us lemons sometimes and that it is up to us to make lemonade. I realize that it is not easy being a young adult and that it takes time and energy to make it happen.
With adults, I have seen a lot of growth and development in my life with them. Individuals that are willing and committed to learning more daily and bettering themselves and their futures as a direct result of their commitment to themselves and others. I realize that having a balance of work/life can be very hard and that it is oftentimes difficult to control. I do understand as well the importance of self-care and the role it plays on people. Being an adult can be overwhelming and mystifying as well, but that constantly growing and learning from your mistakes is what makes the person unique.
In terms of couples, I realize how important it is to be strong for one another. I have been around families that have gone through separation, divorce, relocation, family strife, and uncertainty. I know that being with someone you love can be a wonderful thing, but also can be a hard thing as well. I do know that it takes commitment from all parties to make things work, and that there is give and take in any relationship. It has to work both ways in order for a true couple to be successful.
In terms of parents, I do realize that it is a huge commitment to raise a family. I am one of five children and I saw how hard it can be to raise a family from what my parents did for myself and my siblings. I understand the time and energy it takes to raise a family. I do know that if there is a will, there is a way. If a parent is willing to work with their children, they will have a better chance of success.
With families, I have noticed that they are successful if there is teamwork, and everyone is willing and able to put in the work they need to in order for the family to thrive. Many of the families in my neighborhood growing up, as well as many others I have seen, are nurturing, patient, understanding, loving, respectful, and relentless. I know that these qualities make the family unit stronger and more powerful as a whole. I feel that when everyone is doing their share of duties that it only adds to a stronger family unit.
I like to swim, play golf, lift weights, go on long walks, spend time with family and friends, as well as watching a good show from time to time. I also like keeping up with Chicago sports and following the news and details of them on a daily basis. In addition to this, I am an avid music guru that enjoys a plethora of music, from alternative to jazz and rhythm & blues to name a few. Lastly, I love traveling, and enjoying things like our annual family trip to South Carolina.
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