Kaitlyn Cantwell is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has worked in a variety of settings including group private practice, non-profit organizations, and Chicago Public Schools serving children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with diverse backgrounds. Kaitlyn has experience and interest in working with a wide range of needs, including anxiety, depression, family conflict, relationship issues, parenting, life transitions, abuse, trauma, career exploration, and occupational stressors. Click here to read her full bio.
What self care techniques or activities do you do?
Yoga, meditation, spending time outside and with animals, and writing.
What made you become a therapist?
It may sound a little sentimental, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like it was ever really a choice or conscious decision as I’ve loved listening and talking with others and learning about the human condition my whole life.
What are your specialties?
My specialities are anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, life transitions, child and family therapy.
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
I believe counseling can help others because I’ve seen throughout my personal and professional life that at our core we all want to be seen, heard, understood, and sometimes most importantly to know that we are not alone and counseling can be a space in which to experience that. Counseling can allow us to explore areas that are uncertain and sometimes scary, as well as re-engage in neglected parts of our lives in a safe, non-judgmental space.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
It is important to seek counseling because we are human and we all have times in our lives when we need extra support. One of the biggest challenges I’ve seen is for clients to begin to accept themselves, which makes sense given all the negative self-talk we can have rolling around in our minds sometimes. It takes work to be good to ourselves in our internal narratives and to take care of ourselves. Counseling can be a place to begin that process.