Alethea GoughLCSW

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Availability

In Central Time

What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?

I think success in therapy means that my client feels they have achieved goals and have methods to independently overcome challenges that they wanted support with for a time. Stating goals and looking at where a client started and how close they feel to their goals is one way to look at progress. I think some clients enter therapy having some difficulty thinking about their own strengths and resources, and finding success is partially learning how to focus on and utilize these strengths. I also believe in having straightforward conversations about progress, about when a client feels a method of therapy or particular idea does or does not work for them, and about achieving and setting new goals.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

I enjoy collaborating with clients on their goals, and this is much of what we focus on initially. For some clients, talking about what is most difficult and thinking about positive change is a process that slowly leads to ideas for specific goals. Other clients may come with very specific goals in mind, and in that case, collaboration is more focused on what that end goal will look like, how it will feel, and how the client will know that the goal has been met. I think being able to envision life with goals met and challenges overcome is very powerful.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I respect that coming to therapy is a choice a client makes to do something good for themselves. For some people this may be easy and a common occurrence, and for others it's really a hurdle to try something new and share with someone they don't know. I have my LCSW, and social work strongly believes in the autonomy of the client. I believe people are the experts on themselves, and therapists are present to meet them where they are at and to help clients with what is most important to them. My personality is laid back and as a therapist I feel I'm open minded, accepting, and easy to talk to. My methods are based on what a client wishes to work on and they are client focused. I use solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, mindfulness, and am working to learn more about IFS and additional forms of trauma treatment and to gain additional certifications to expand treatment methods.

Specialties

Anxiety

Relationship Issues

Family issues

Life transitions

Behavioral Issues

General Expertise

Depression

Self-Esteem

Autism spectrum disorder

Caregiver stress & support

College & graduate student issues

Communication issues

Developmental disorders

Stress

Fees

$95

First Session

$90

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Clientele

Parents

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Strength Based Therapy

Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems Therapy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Narrative Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Positive Psychology

Training / Certifications

LCSW

Licensure

IL, LCSW, 149017983

Education

MSW, Children and Families, Medical Social Work, Loyola University Chicago

Work History

I think of my work history as well rounded, and I currently enjoy working with adult clients in an online private practice format. Following my masters program, I worked with older adults and their families within skilled nursing, assisted living, and long term care insurance settings addressing accompanying planning and challenges. After years of this work, I began working with children and families at a private clinic. In this setting, I provided family therapy sessions, child therapy sessions, and social skills training and support for children with special needs. I currently work with adults of all ages, particularly those wishing to process experiences and make changes in their lives, those experiencing anxiety and/or depression, and those experiencing challenges within their families or relationships.

Location

Fairfield avenue, Chicago, 60622, IL