Licensed Professional Counselor, EMDR, LCPC, IFS
My name is Steve Thorpe and I am a therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. My Practice is in Evanston and Chicago Il.
My approach to therapy is to create a safe space where you can explore and heal the difficult and painful issues that are showing up in your life. Together we will move beyond problem-solving into releasing the deeply held mistaken beliefs and core unresolved issues behind your symptoms. My body-centered and somatic approach allows me to work directly with your nervous system to address symptoms like anxiety, racing thoughts, and irrational fears as well as feeling stuck, depressed and unavailable or unresponsive to life and relationships.
I integrate traditional psychotherapy with coaching, mindfulness, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, Breathwork, Somatic work, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Integrative Nutritional Counseling, and other evidence-based approaches. We work together to clear that path so that your most authentic, creative, and passionate self can emerge and shine through. I find that getting to the core mistaken beliefs and unexpressed emotions hiding behind our issues and symptoms allows us to go beyond problem-solving into a transformational space where anything is possible.
I have Masters Degrees in Montessori Education, Clinical and School Counseling, and Transformational Leadership and Coaching. I created Family Engagement programs in over sixty schools that have brought at risk families together while teaching them literacy and relationship skills. I continue to develop emotional intelligence, resiliency, and relationship building programs for school, non-profits, and corporations.
Taking the steps to begin your therapeutic journey can feel scary and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! My goal is to walk with you, as you safely make your way toward mental wellness.
I get excited about the therapeutic process and using various theoretical approaches such as CBT, humanistic, existential, and solutions focused, I will work alongside you as you process difficult life experiences, learn healthier coping skills, and gain a better understanding of your needs. I will help you sit and work through the discomfort and pain, as you make your way toward your therapeutic goals.
My top priority is to make you feel comfortable and heard in a space that is their own, and to collaboratively develop skills along the way. I provide a supportive environment for clients to explore, become educated, and well versed in the tools needed to overcome life stressors.
Ruth is an executive and emotional intelligence coach who has her Masters In Transformational Leadership & Coaching from Wright Graduate University and is currently working toward her Master's degree in Counseling from Northwestern University. Ruth works with both executives and leadership teams to improve efficiency and effectiveness through developing leadership, emotional intelligence, and relationship skills. Ruth is highly trained in group process and co-leads four growth and transformation groups.
In addition to her executive and leadership experience, Ruth helps individuals overcome obstacles that are standing in the way of living their best life including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship challenges, career challenges, and the need for general support. She is certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD has considerable training in emotional and social intelligence, mindfulness, and breathwork.
Ruth also has a background in interior design for the last 18 years. She believes that human development is a similar process to design as we can create a visual blueprint of how to rebuild and re-wire our potential with our innate ability to construct new pathways to success. She is passionate about her clients and understands what it takes to transform people and environments to realize their potential.