Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Illinois #178.016420
My mission is to collaborate with couples to teach more effective ways of communicating in order to help reduce conflict, and increase connection and intimacy. I have a strong desire to work with couples and individuals, who are healing from trauma, or who are experiencing other mental health issues. I am passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals, and couples,
addressing issues of gender identity, sexual orientation, and those in the polyamorous community.
I work from a Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral approach and also utilize Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy. I strive to assist in minimizing the impact of depression, anxiety and distress, and collaborating with you to explore new coping styles to help improve the quality of your relationships and personal life.
My background is in working with children, couples, and families in the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. I have experience supporting individuals to address issues of abuse, neglect, sexual trauma, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, gender and identity issues, and interpersonal difficulties. I will work to understand your relationship by understanding you, as an individual, and your relationship with your partner or partners.
Education: Carissa holds a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has completed a Certificate in Couple and Family Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.
Supervised by Michael Villarreal, LCPC, State of Illinois #180010064
• Child, Adolescent & Family Therapy
• Clients in Distress or Crisis
• Conflict Resolution
• Gender and Sexual Identity Issues
• Grief and Loss
• Intimacy Issues
• Relationship Issues
• Young Adult Adjustment & Transition Issues
Our loved ones may be wafting through a range of emotions, grief, sadness, worry, anxiety, despair.
Being on the sidelines of someone in distress can be heart-wrenching. We, in turn, may feel helpless, inept, incapable of supporting our loved ones.
If a loved one is experiencing significant distress or you may feel unable to support their immediate needs, encourage them to seek professional help.
If you are uncertain as to how to have that conversation, contact us, and we can provide tips or resources to support you.
Our therapists receive specialized training, on an on-going basis,to provide the highest quality care with research-based workable solutions to improve the quality of your relationships and your overall well-being.
Semillas Counseling PLLC now offers telehealth sessions to clients as an alternative
to an in-office visit, which can enable you to connect with our clinicians
while reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 or further illness.
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