Therapist Spotlight: BJ Rudd, Clinical Intern

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At Urban Balance, we are proud of our internship training program! BJ Rudd is one of our Clinical Interns, he is completing his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. BJ is passionate about building an accepting and caring environment in order for clients to feel comfortable being their most authentic selves. BJ works at our Chicago— North Michigan Avenue & Ravenswood offices. You can read his full bio here!

To make an appointment with BJ, please contact our intake department.

See below for more information about BJ!

What self-care techniques or activities do you do?

Early morning walks with my son (a 2 y/o pitbull mix, lovable ball of goofiness), live music/concerts, going to the gym, and listening to music from my vinyl collection.

What made you become a therapist?

I want to work with individuals from marginalized communities/with marginalized identities that are often unaware that therapy services are available, accessible, and helpful to all life experiences.

What are your specialties?

Validation and support addressing cultural, social, or psychological issues unique to marginalized and underserved communities. Providing LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy and also working with those experiencing anxiety, stress and anger management issues, depressive symptoms, trauma, sexuality, gender issues, grief and loss, life transitions, body image and self-esteem issues.

Why do you believe that counseling can help?

Providing a safe, comfortable space that is solely devoted to an individual’s growth can be life changing. Simply providing space and time for people who struggle to find it in their everyday lives is therapeutic in itself.

Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?

Previously, I worked as a Marketing Consultant in the Affiliate Marketing space for 5 years.

Why is it important to seek counseling?

Our mental health can affect every aspect of our lives. Through counseling, we are able to understand that the therapeutic process is an opportunity to check in with ourselves and learn that the tools necessary for navigating life and its challenges actually reside within us. The recognition of these innate strengths is empowering and overall enables us to better live life to its fullest.