Laura Kacere, LPC

(THERAPIST)

CLINICAL FOCUS:  LGBTQ COMMUNITY & TRAUMA

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Laura's clinical focus is the LGBTQ community and trauma.  She is both a psychotherapist and certified yoga instructor.  Laura's approach is holistic, integrating traditional talk therapy with movement and breath practices. She believes building a stronger relationship between body and mind is integral to the process of healing from past traumas, as well as for managing symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

Laura's experience and training include working with LGBTQ clients and the larger community, providing gender- and sexuality-affirmative care around a range of issues, including healing from trauma. She provides support to clients at any stage of gender transition, as well as those in polyamorous and other non-traditional relationship formations. 

As a feminist practitioner, Laura utilizes a multicultural and social justice approach that draws on the ways in which systemic marginalization and oppression affects individual and community mental health. With a background in social justice activism, she believes building stronger connections within our community and working to change unjust systems can play an important role in psychological healing. 

Laura has worked with clients of all ages, and has experience in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and facilitating crisis stabilization.  She also has experience conducting individual and group psychotherapy for women and the LGBTQ population at Center on Halsted.  She has taught yoga in a variety of settings, including studios, jails, community spaces, and corporate offices.  

During therapy sessions, Laura provides a supportive, non-judgmental space to work collaboratively in building healthy coping strategies and skills to manage the struggles in one's life, while also creating space for authenticity, creativity, and joy. She uses an integrative framework which includes Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Feminist Therapy, and Body-Oriented/Somatic Therapy.

Laura obtained her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, IL).  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois and has a passion for social justice activism and advocacy work.   

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