We Are Currently Accepting New Clients in The State of Illinois.
I am Taja-Nia, a young adult therapist who helps clients manage difficult emotions, adjust to change, and live a life that makes them proud. My work with youth in various fields helped me discover my passion for Black and brown youth in underserved communities. These experiences led to the pursuit of my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Bradley University, and my work in clinical settings. As a program specialist in a major inpatient psychiatric hospital and crisis line volunteer, I have helped clients in crisis regulate their emotions and develop lifestyle changes to promote overall wellness.
I believe therapy is a collaborative process between the client and the counselor, with the client being the expert of their own life. As such, I create a safe space and act as a guide, assisting the client as they explore past and current issues, unhealthy patterns, and identify overall goals. I utilize evidence-based strategies and techniques from an integrated cognitive-behavioral, individual psychology approach. Additionally, I incorporate aspects of mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. I meet clients where they are mentally and emotionally and treatment is tailored to meet clients’ individual needs. I help clients identify triggers, explore coping skills, and plan for next steps to reach mutually agreed upon goals.
I have experience with youth and young adults who present with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, suicidal ideations and self-injurious behavior, as well as disruptive behavior and life transitions. My ultimate goal as a therapist is to promote client insight, challenge faulty thinking, encourage behavioral change, and empower clients to take control over their lives in ways that lead to wellness in every area of life.
Who I Serve:
Teens (Age 15+ years old)
Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Bradley University, 2021
PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision- Hampton University, In Progress