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Jade “Amber” Wurster, LCPC, MAAT
Therapeutic School: Adler School of Professional Psychology - Chicago, IL
Degree: MAAT - Master's in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy
Do you feel trapped? Unmotivated? Misunderstood? Do you not feel like "yourself" anymore? I can help you find peace of mind to enjoy life once again. I am an art therapist and mood disorders specialist. I promote healing, acceptance and kindness to yourself. I walk with you to see the world differently. Together, we will prioritize life. Together, we will overcome trauma, dig into challenges, and discover new solutions.Together, we will find what makes you whole.
I strongly believe you should like and trust your therapist with your personal story. I listen with an open mind and heart as we talk about what is important to you. I also support you as we talk about more difficult topics at your own pace.
We work through artwork or insightful conversations. With honesty and compassion, you will gain a deeper understanding about yourself and how to improve your life today.
Robert Gomez, LPC
Therapeutic School: Northwestern University
Degree: MA - Masters in Counseling
I identify as a queer person of color and hope to best serve those communities who feel underrepresented in professional fields. Common areas that I work with are trauma, gender identity and expression, gender issues, career related difficulties, and mood/anxiety disorders. I work heavily with the linguistic ways we approach "problems" and through a narrative approach we would work on creating the future you want to see.
I am a recent Northwestern grad student with a background in gender studies. I am interested in the queer and adolescent population, but will see any and all clients.
At Art of Balance, I am committed to working towards a future where the statistics surrounding the numbers of those with mental afflictions is matched by those receiving treatment. We will do our best to accommodate you or assist in finding accommodations
Alyse Malmborg, MA, LCPC
Therapeutic School: Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Degree: MA in Forensic Psychology
My style of therapy focuses on building a deep and meaningful relationship with my clients and utilizes a strength based model to empower them to continually become better versions of themselves. Our thoughts, feelings, and memories have the ability to take us into the past and future, and out of our present lives! Lets talk about what you truly value and figure out how to get you back in touch. My approach to psychotherapy is integrative and focuses on the therapy relationship, mindfulness practices, self-compassion, development of coping skills, and some laughter to round it all out!
Those who come in to see me typically appreciate my sense of humor, humility and straightforward nature. I specialize in individual therapy, anxiety, personality disorders, relationship issues, loss, Asperger's, trauma, micro-aggression, and life transitions. I believe in a work life balance and spend my free time catching live music or cooking at home.
Pursuing a Master's degree in Counseling
Whether it's depression, trauma or adjustment issues I am here to help you understand yourself and become who you wish to be. Through the therapeutic relationship I hope to build trust and find meaning in your life. I have a particular interest in trauma; how it can shape our lives, what recovery really looks like and how to remove the stigmas surrounding it. Although I am currently a student, I am open to exploring a range of issues with clients as I continue to grow and shape my role as a counselor.
As a student at Northwestern I currently do not have a specialty and have great interest in working with clients with trauma, the LGBT community and developmental issues.
I believe in open non-judgmental communication in all aspects of life. This extends beyond the psychological experience, this can include advocacy, group therapy and discussion of mental health in the public world. The therapeutic experience is where this communication thrives and I look forward to exploring it with you.
Isabelle Rizo, C.Ht.
Fields of Specialty: Hypnosis and Life Coaching
Isabelle Rizo is a consulting hypnotist and life coach with specialties in creative career development, anxiety, trauma, and intercultural dynamics. She is a former digital nomad that has lived and worked in Shanghai, Berlin, Paris, and throughout Romania. She is a performing artist with work exhibited in Prague and Chicago.
You can find more of her work as well as hypnotherapy resources at isabellerizo.com.
Samantha Elliott, MA, LCPC, NCC
Degree: MA - Master's in Health Psychology
With a background as a Personal Trainer, I am especially passionate about physical and mental connections, focusing on the correlative health of the whole human. In session, my clients and I explore empowerment through personal responsibility, self care and confidence.
I presently work with the general adult population to tackle issues related to mood disorders, chronic pain and illness, disordered eating, physical disability and a sense of a loss of control. In treatment, I work from Cognitive Behavioral and Acceptance and Commitment perspectives, along with a Adlerian and Existential Philosophy background.
I have a compassionate and genuine demeanor and great strength in maintaining presence with my clients. I meet each person exactly where they are in their health, and journey with them as we learn to keep balance through life's many quakes of varying destruction.
Jordyn Toia, MA, LPC
Therapeutic School: Boston University
Degree: Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Sport Psychology
With life comes inevitable change, difficult emotions, and accumulated stressors. My passion is supporting and assisting clients with feelings and experiences that can be difficult to navigate. I look to build nourishing relationships and create a safe environment in which clients have the space to change, heal, and learn about themselves, free from judgement and assumption.
With a background in sport psychology, I practice with an understanding of the intersection of mind and body, promoting physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. While I exercise a range of modalities, I often incorporate cognitive behavioral interventions with Multicultural and Feminist theories as frame of reference, emphasizing individualism and minimizing power dynamics within the therapy room. I work primarily with adults around issues related to health, life transitions, self-esteem, and internalized oppression through the development of intrinsic motivation, radical self-compassion, and solution-focused thinking.
I honor the emotions, experiences, and wisdom of each of my clients. Through trusted collaboration, I hope to serve as a guiding hand as you lead the way to your own healing, growth, and unapologetic self-acceptance.
Jade Albin, MA, LPC
Life brings unavoidable pain, discomfort and stress. We have all experienced difficult thoughts and emotions. I am passionate about supporting clients as they navigate this, helping them to connect with their values and remain present in their lives so that they may live a meaningful and flourishing life.
I promote mindfulness, self-compassion, and healing. I work with the general adult population to explore issues related to anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma. I approach treatment from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy perspective, along with humanistic approaches.
I believe in creating an environment that is non-judgmental, authentic, and safe so that clients may learn more about themselves, grow, and be met with respect and appreciation for who they are. I hope to support clients on their journey as they lead the way in discovering what makes their lives full.
Therapeutic school: Northwestern University
Pursuing a Masters degree in Counseling
I was in a major motor vehicle accident in 2017 that left me quadriplegic. Life will always have its ups and downs but I have learned that help can come in many forms. The doctors healed me physically but it was through the hard work of the mental health care professionals that set me on my path to recovery. I realized how important it was to have those mental health care professionals and I look forward to helping guide other peoples’ mental health recovery. I currently find my area of interests lie in trauma, addiction and medical life events. As a current student, I am still exploring all the different avenues that mental health counseling has to offer so I am eager to help any client achieve mental health balance.
I am just starting my journey in assisting the general public with their mental health concerns. The program at Northwestern University has prepared me to properly address a broad range of concerns from clients and I will have the assistance of my supervisor here at Art of Balance as well as faculty members at Northwestern University.
I believe that people have their own personal journeys that they deal with every day and as a result believe in nonjudgmental thoughts and discussions. I know the incredible power that a caring, empathetic and compassionate person can have on someone else's life. I look forward to helping people achieve their desired goals and lead a healthier life.