Gabrielle Pendley, MA, LCSW, CADC
My aim as a psychotherapist is to create a safe, affirming space for my clients to share and to feel seen and heard. My goal is to bring a presence of warmth, empathy, and connection. I believe everyone is capable of making change and healing when given the safe space to do so. I see my role as helping enhance clients’ natural ability to change and as helping hold space for their story and their emotions. I work from a strengths-based perspective. I draw from a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare and Justice and Spanish Language at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and went on to get my Master’s Degree at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a clinical social work concentration. Prior to coming to Wildflower, I spent nearly ten years working as a therapist in the Cook County Health System in a variety of settings (jail, hospital, outpatient clinic), mostly with women who have experienced trauma and addiction. I have experience treating a myriad of disorders including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, and Postpartum Depression. I am deeply passionate about working with infertility and perinatal mental health.
Trained in trauma-informed care
LGBTQ Affirming Provider
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Extensive Training in Harm Reduction
40 Hour Illinois Domestic Violence Training
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
There is always a potential for change; humans are deeply resilient.
The most important element of therapy is a safe therapeutic space and a strong therapeutic connection.
More about me
My favorite forms of self-care are running, yoga, and spending hours cooking in my kitchen.
My two kids and two dogs keep me on my feet and laughing.
I thrive on a solid 8 hours of sleep.