Testimonial: “Reeds professionalism is surpassed only by her warmth and understanding. She has always made client care a priority, the field and Chicago community are lucky to have her.” Kelly C.
Biography: Reed’s clinical experience includes providing short and long-term therapy to adults, undergraduate and graduate students. Reed has a wonderful ability to help clients process emotions, refocus putting one’s needs and mental health above other life stressors, as well as aid clients to successfully move through difficult and traumatic experiences. One of Reed’s strengths lies in her ability to help clients improve self-care and gain greater awareness to make positive changes in their daily life as well as maintain these changes in the days to come.
Reed utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help client’s thoroughly process their self-image and self-talk with the objective to increase positive ways to think about themselves and the world around them. When clients are feeling stuck, Reed uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in order regain the lost sense of control, increase mindfulness, and create and build on one’s life values. Furthermore, she works from a holistic perspective and often uses attachment styles to help client’s understand their support systems as well as interpersonal relationships and how those affect one’s self and their path to healing. Overall, Reed focuses on her client’s goals and needs and what she can provide in order to help her client’s succeed.
Reed works compassionately and comfortably with clients from all different ages, ethnicities, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, ability, and socioeconomic statuses. She has completed Safe Space training, a program designed to allow members of the LGBTQ+ community to feel safe within all realms of the healthcare field.
Reed’s specializations include, Depression including Major Depressive Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Dysthymia, Anxiety including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as grief and loss including bereavement with an immediate family member, loss of a loved one to substance dependence, breakup/divorce recovery, and trauma. Reed has excelled at working with individuals as well as traditional and non-traditional couples. She works with couples struggling with relationship issues including communication and intimacy. Additionally, she counsels those going through life transitions including: relationship changes, career changes, health challenges and major life experiences. An additional skill set of Reed’s is her immersion in the 12- step model which has provided the groundwork for those that struggle with substance abuse. Reed feels strongly that while clients may come to her seeking to address a particular challenge, it is important that she take a broad, holistic approach to better serve clients’ needs.
Reed received her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in Psychology with minors in Social Work and Criminal Justice in 2016. She received her M.Ed. in Professional Counseling from the University of Georgia and earned her Licensed Professional Counselor certification in 2018.
Outside of her career, Reed enjoys travel, trying new foods, and reading. Her goal is to travel to all 50 states, 23 more to go!