Tracy Nemecek, LMHC

BA, Psychology & English, University of Notre Dame 
MA, Community Counseling, Loyola University Chicago

Informed by my experience working with students in a variety of educational settings from pre-school through community college, my approach is:

  • cognitive-behavioral: examining the connections between events, thoughts, emotions and behaviors
  • psychoeducational: oriented to identifying, learning and strengthening social and emotional skills

In the context of our therapeutic alliance, we will examine and facilitate a greater understanding of:

  • symptoms and their functions
  • thinking patterns
  • behavioral tendencies

Physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms serve a purpose:  to call our attention to ourselves and alert us to the need to investigate further.

Thought patterns are evident in our self-talk, or what we say to ourselves when we are thinking.  Over time, thinking patterns can become distorted and we find ourselves interpreting our experience through a variety of negative filters.  Identifying and reframing these distortions can help us to view our lives with greater accuracy and through a lens of self support.

Behaviors become established as we attempt to get our needs met.   Once we gain greater clarity about what we want and need from ourselves and others, we can work to get those needs met in more healthy and direct ways.

Together, we will develop an individualized plan that combines an insight-oriented examination of symptoms, thoughts, behaviors and experiences with a toolkit of coping skills to help you to feel more empowered to achieve success in your relationship with yourself, with others, and in your life roles.