Dr. Cindi-Marie Willoughby Psy.D, CDP
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Dementia Practitioner in the State of Illinois. 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.
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.