Emily Papaeliou, MSW, LCSW
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I believe in fostering a collaborative alliance where every client can feel empowered and validated and feel open to share in a non-judgmental space. I focus on individual strengths while helping to identify distorted thinking, maladaptive coping patterns, and behaviors that are limiting to self-growth. I utilize evidenced-based approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), solution focused therapy, and mindfulness techniques. I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions and domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
I earned my Bachelors in Social Work from Illinois State University where I simultaneously volunteered for the YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention program and worked with a local domestic violence agency assisting survivors obtain orders of protection and navigate the court process. I am 40 hour trained in both Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention.
I earned my Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams School of Social Work with a concentration in Child and Family studies. I completed an internship within The Bluhm Legal Clinic assisting adolescents, adults, and their families with psychosocial needs. It is through these experiences I discovered my passion for advocacy and client centered work.
My experience working in a psychiatric inpatient unit and a medical inpatient hospital gave me the opportunity to work with diverse populations. My clinical training, education, and experience working with adolescents, adults, geriatric populations, and their families prepared me for meeting a client in their journey of reflection and healing. Through these interactions, I have continually been amazed at the strength and courage of the human spirit.
Life can be hard and challenges are imminent but I believe in the power of therapy and the resiliency of individuals, families, and communities. Through hard work, genuine dialogue, and introspection, I believe that therapy can change an individual’s life and I feel honored to be a part of that journey.