Wendy Dolin, LCSW, LLC
I have been a practicing therapist in the northern suburbs for 12 years, treating individuals, couples and families. Therapy is a collaborative effort between the therapist and client. The process of change occurs optimally in the context of the therapeutic relationship. To best initiate growth, I employ a holistic approach to therapy–drawing on family systems theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, neurobiology and always humor, when possible. I try to incorporate mindfulness, meditation practices, exercise, journaling and healthy eating as some additional practices that can enhance physical and emotional well being.
My guiding principle
The most important principle that guides my practice is: I am always interested in positive change for the future. While it is important to understand the past– family dynamics, problematic relationships and patterns, and how past experiences influence one’s functioning in the present– the goal of therapy should always be toward gaining insight into your problems and how to make meaningful and thoughtful changes in the future.
A different approach
Traditional psychotherapy emphasizes the importance of “getting your feelings out.” While that is certainly an important part of the process, I emphasize not how you feel about something, but how you think about it. As Wayne Dyer states, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” I want to help clients see things in a different perspective by challenging unproductive thinking patterns.
My greatest personal strength is that I love people and am always fascinated by their stories. I never lose sight of the sensitivity and importance of what I do. Clients come to therapy and share their most painful stories and their struggles. Therapy–like life–is a journey, and I am honored and humbled to be part of the process.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you feel less anxious, depressed and stressed in a safe and supportive environment.