Cher’s approach to therapy is based on the belief that acceptance and compassion are key to finding healing. By building a genuine and honest relationship, there is room to explore feelings, patterns, and struggles. Cher knows it takes time to build trust and safety and she feels privileged to be able to be with someone on that journey. She also believes we are influenced by our culture(s), families, and systems and sometimes the coping skills we’ve developed no longer serve us in our current lives, and a new approach is needed. She thinks it’s important to recognize how these patterns, beliefs, and thoughts may have helped us survive, and to develop compassion around that as we grow and learn into different ways of being. Cher brings compassion, empathy, and authenticity to the therapeutic relationship so clients can have the space to be themselves and to reflect on and identify changes needed in their lives. She uses a collaborative strengths-based approach and believes change is possible when clients can begin to develop acceptance and compassion for themselves.
Cher tailors interventions to each person’s needs and goals with an underlying philosophy of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, incorporates mindfulness and mind-body integration, and helps individuals understand their patterns and learn coping skills to manage stress, depression, and anxiety. Cher enjoys helping people with identity concerns, life/work imbalance, trauma, recovery, boundary development and provides LGBTQ+ affirming services. As a social worker with over eight years experience in non-profits, Cher is especially passionate about helping therapists, activists, organizers, and helpers to develop self-care and boundaries to be their best selves.
Cher is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Graduate Certificate in Complementary Therapies and Healing Practices. She also holds a certificate in yoga-informed psychotherapy from Live Oak. She has experience as a case manager, organizer in the Fight for Fifteen campaign, youth worker at the Crib, and as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence.