Dr. Cindi-Marie Willoughby Psy.D, CDP
I am the owner and founder of the Willoughby Center for Behavioral Health, LLC. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Dementia Practitioner in the State of Illinois. I am a telehealth ceritfied provider. I completed my Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2010. I have worked in a variety of settings including community mental health centers in Skokie, Chicago, and Joliet, as well as a residential substance abuse / dependency facility in Chicago. I have extensive training and experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. A significant focus for clinical skills has been treating clients with mood disorders, anxiety, trauma-spectrum disorders, crisis intervention, substance abuse / dependency, relationship issues, schizophrenia and LGBTQIA issues. I have facilitated groups on effective communication, coping skills, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with adult populations.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) psychotherapist specializing in Trauma-Informed Care. Using an eclectic treatment model I focus on treating the whole person, considering the causes of trauma, and taking into account past trauma and the resulting coping mechanisms when attempting to understand behaviors and treating the patient. I received my MSW from DePaul University in 2010, and have served a broad spectrum of patients in their mental health care needs in settings including the department of corrections, youth facilities, universities, inpatient healthcare facilities, intensive out-patient care, and private and group practices in Chicago and the city’s northern and western suburbs. I treat children, adolescents, adults, and seniors in individual, couples, family, and group therapy. My areas of expertise and focus include: Trauma; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Anxiety; Depression; Adjustment Disorders; Anger Management; LGBTQ youth and adults; Personality disorders; Symptom management; Post-hospitalization reintegration. My approach to patient care is to employ sincere and organic empathy with each individual, and to work with my patients to identify and bolster their strengths. I consider it a true honor to be a step in a person’s journey from surviving to thriving.
LPC, CNP, QMHP
Born and raised on Chicago’s southside, I am down to Earth and oriented towards your ultimate goal in therapeutic process. My orientation is Adlerian, but I draw from a range of treatment modalities and techniques to ensure I have met you where you are at - to take you where you wish to go. I am a published author, counselor, advocate, entrepreneur, and military veteran. I possess the ability to show up with authenticity, vulnerability, and courage. My experience runs the gamut from youth and identity development (9-19), military and transition (primarily Reservist), women’s issues and domestic violence, and coaching entrepreneurs. My unrelenting passion and commitment to empower others is one of my greatest joys being a Licensed Professional Counselor. Ariel holds a master’s in arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is successfully pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Psychology. She is also a Qualified Mental Health Professional and is certified in Workforce Trends and Equity, and Nonprofit Leadership, Non-profit Leadership Alliance ™, GrowthWheel Advisor, GrowthWheel Inc ©, High Impact Presenter, Gale Carnegie ® Certified Peer Specialist, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance ™, and Mental Health and First Aid, Mental Health First Aid England ™ Ariel is also a proud parent of a creative and independent-minded young daughter, and is a contributing member of civil rights and social actions organizations in her native Chicagoland communities.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and I have been in the Mental Health field for 7 years. I graduated Roosevelt University in 2013 with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I entered this field because I have a huge passion for helping people with mental health concerns live the life that he or she wants to live.
Over the course of my career, I have had a variety of experience working with individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents, adults, older adults. I have provided therapy services in outpatient, inpatient, residential and community settings. I've had success in treating individuals diagnosed with disorders such as ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, Generalized Anxiety disorder, Major Depressive disorder, PTSD, Substance Use and Schizophrenia. I believe in taking a Client-Centered approach to therapy using Cognitive Behavioral techniques and other evidence-based practices to help a person reach his or her goals.
For many people struggling with their mental health, daily life has become a struggle in one or more areas of their life. Whether it's stress from work, problems with their relationships with family or friends, struggles with their spouse or partner, grief from a loss in their life, problems functioning effectively in school, difficulties with substance use, managing trauma from their past, or many other concerns we deal with everyday, I strongly believe seeking counseling can have a tremendous positive impact towards living a better life.
I am a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I am committed to treating individuals and families from all backgrounds. I received my bachelor’s degree from Benedictine University and my master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2011. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults experiencing trauma-spectrum disorders, mood disorders, anxiety and psychotic disorders. I also have experience working with relationship issues, behavioral issues and crisis intervention. I am fluent in English and Spanish, I am LGBTQIA affirming, and welcome diversity.
I received my master’s degree in social work from Aurora University (M.S.W). I have been dedicated in working with children for over ten years with personal, educational, and clinical experiences. I have a strong connection with children and adolescents stemming from my experience working with DCFS and advocating for children and families and currently pursuing my L.C.S.W licensure. I am experienced in treating: Trauma; ∙ Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; ∙ Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; ∙ Anxiety; ∙ Depression; ∙ Adjustment Disorders; ∙ Anger Management; ∙ LGBTQ youth and adults; ∙ Personality disorders; Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders; couples counseling; Family Counseling.
I am committed to fostering an therapeutic relationship that enforces those cornerstones and having my clients to feel safe, trusting, and confide in me. Together, we will explore and go through the process that each person (or child) wants to change in attitude, self-esteem, behavior, problem that they are undergoing, bullying, or relationship conflict.
My approach is interactive, conversational, down-to-earth, and peppered with humor and creativity. I am dedicated to helping each client address and work through their concerns. I have a particular passion to work with children, adolescents, and young adults on emotional expressiveness, anxiety, coping skills and social skills. Additional areas of expertise include marital intimacy, parent coaching, existential quandaries, anti-bullying initiatives, IL 504/IEP advocacy, public speaking, and overall well-being.