Therapist Spotlight: Lizzy Ball, LCSW

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Lizzy Ball is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who enjoys working with adolescents and adults via individual, couples, and group therapy. Her clinical interests include trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, attachment/family-of-origin issues, relationships, mindfulness and self-compassion. Lizzy works at our Chicago — Ravenswood office. You can read her full bio here!

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

See below for more information about Lizzy!

What self-care techniques or activities do you do?

Reading, meditating, going for a run at sunset, reflecting on gratitude, and trying a new recipe.

What made you become a therapist?

Early in my career as a social worker I witnessed people’s incredible resilience in the face of trauma. I became fascinated by how we constantly adapt to change, how these adaptations persist in future situations and relationships, and the ways in which we can enhance our resilience through the therapeutic process.

What are your specialties?

Trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, attachment/family-of-origin issues, relationships, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Why do you believe that counseling can help?

The therapeutic alliance is a laboratory where we experiment with our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and how we approach and react to the external world. We most often seek counseling when something about our present situation feels unsustainable, and this experimentation gives us new knowledge, new goals, and new pathways. We stimulate positive change in our lives by collecting data on ourselves and testing new ways of being in the world.

Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?

I had a very, very short-lived career as a rock climbing guide before entering undergraduate studies.

Why is it important to seek counseling?

I believe that human beings are naturally social creatures, and we evolved to solve problems with the support of a community. In this age of increasing alienation and high stress, it’s especially important to plug into community support, including professional counseling. We are often faced with discomfort, suffering, or loss of control; in these moments, we may not be able to change our external reality, but we always have the power to enact positive change in ourselves.