We all have an innate desire to be our best selves. Of course, we’re also human and often face obstacles that throw us off our path. Therapist Hattie Holland gets to know your unique story so that you can discover new perspectives and reconnect to yourself. The goal? Lasting change.
Holland collaborates with clients of all ages to identify treatment goals and pinpoint manageable steps to achieve them. It’s a process that empowers individuals to problem solve and grow in their lives long after therapy ends. Areas of expertise include anxiety, life transitions, women’s issues, and interpersonal and marital relationships.
For her youngest clients, Holland creates a safe space where they can process and learn from their day-to-day experience. A play therapy specialist, she uses tools such as games, arts, role-playing, conflict resolution, and emotion identification to give children the opportunity to be heard and learn to navigate their world. She also works with young adults and teaches psychology at North Central College.
Read on to get to know Holland more—and click here to set up an appointment.
What do you want for your clients?
I want them to come in and have that “Aha” moment, to think, “I’ve never thought about it that way.” I really want people to feel heard, understood, and accepted. It’s so rare in everyday life that we get a relationship like that.
What led you to this work?
I loved understanding human behavior and was drawn to private practice because you get to meet so many different people. At CFC, it doesn’t even feel like work; it feels like you belong.
Talk about working with children.
Children must be listened to and accepted for them to hold trusting relationships and feel comfortable exploring this new and complicated world. I’ve worked with children struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, social relationships, bullying, academic failure, and autism spectrum disorder. In every case, parent involvement is key, and I look for ways to help the entire family communicate and enjoy each other more.
What do you do in your free time?
I love to read anything. I love to draw. I’m also a huge Chicago Bears fan.
Favorite Ted Talk
“Where joy hides and how to find it,” from Ingrid Fetell Lee, who’s a designer, writer, and researcher. I actually have my own related project I’m doing, The Joy Project. It’s a blog about how to find joy in your everyday life. I will be posting updates to our website, as well as sending out new pieces in our newsletter!
Quote that sticks with you
“The earth has music for those who listen.” Some say Shakespeare said this, but no one seems entirely sure.
Anything else you want people to know?
I’m also the office administrator here, which means I’m one of the first people that you talk to when you call. Hope to chat with you soon!
6 Areas of Specialty
- Play Therapy
- Couples Counseling
- Individual Therapy
- Behavior Modification
- Personal Growth & Development
- Conflict Resolution
- Unified parenting
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