My name is Gianne. I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. I have always been passionate about helping others as far back as I can remember.
My passion for the field was solidified when I took a Psychology 101 class in 2011 at Harold Washington College. It was there I fell in love with the various approaches to counseling theories and theorists. In that class, I felt as though the instructor was speaking directly to what I wanted to do with my life. In January of 2016, I entered the Masters of Science program at National Louis and pursued a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While in graduate school, I had the wonderful opportunity to take courses on counseling theories, group counseling, substance abuse, crisis intervention, self-care & wellness and many more. During this time, I also built lasting relationships with my professors, with whom I keep in contact with to this day.
During my last year of graduate school, I completed two clinical internships. Through inpatient and outpatient treatment centers I have worked with clients who are struggling with complicated grief and loss, as well as, depression, trauma, and anxiety. Most recently, I was trained to work with individuals and groups that struggle with eating and mood disorders.
I have always been genuinely interested in the way our emotions, thoughts, and feelings connect to our reality. In my personal life, I was always a natural at helping others, but studying psychology brought that to the forefront more than ever as I realized this was the path I wanted to take. Being able to connect my natural ability of helping others and merging that aspect with the psychological knowledge I developed through my education, I truly feel that I am where I want to be in my life. My drive and desire to help others be their best self is my life’s mission and I plan to channel that positivity and knowledge into my practice.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Personal growth & development
Some of my hobbies include:
- I love spending time with my family and friends
- I love traveling out of state and country when I can
- Writing poetry and lyrics
- Playing video games