Haley is a psychotherapist at Wildflower. Haley’s approach to therapy is based in recognition of every client’s unique needs, identity, and goals. Her clinical focus spans a wife variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, perinatal mental health, and trauma. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePaul University, as well as a dual Master’s degree in social work and women’s and gender studies from DePaul University. Read Haley’s full bio here.
What inspired you to pursue a career as a psychotherapist?
Growing up, I myself was a recipient of psychotherapy. I have received incredible support and guidance through that experience and it has helped me become the person and professional I am today. When I chose a career path, I wanted to dedicate my time contributing to the mental health field and supporting others just as I was supported. I care passionately about the mental health field as a practitioner and an individual.
As a psychotherapist, what part of your job is most satisfying?
My favorite moments happen when my clients learn something new about themselves or uncover aspects of their personalities and their needs that they never recognized before. This recognition has often led to meaningful self-discovery and healing that I am so privileged to witness.
How would you describe your therapeutic approach?
I find the most meaningful work takes place when I allow myself to be myself with my clients. I am human first and foremost, and I don’t always have the answers, but I am here to be with you in the experience of searching and finding answers. I implement and value an empathetic, warm, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach to therapy.
Why do you believe that psychotherapy can help?
Having a space to fully be present and invite yourself to be open and vulnerable is not always easy yet it can be liberating and transformative. People deserve and need to express emotions, feel affirmed and safe, and wholeheartedly explore every part of themselves. Therapy offers such a space.
What are some of your specialties and what drew you to them?
I completed 40 hours of sexual assault crisis intervention training as well as gained experience in trauma-informed care. As a student of anti-racist feminist theory, I am passionate about understanding and dismantling gender-based violence as well as all societal and cultural systems that uphold and perpetuate systemic violence and oppression. I also have experience with mindfulness-based treatment and value strengthening presence and connection with mind and body to remain grounded in ourselves and what nourishes and fuels us.
What is one thing about psychotherapy you wish everyone knew?
Progress takes time and healing is not linear. People often think they are doing something wrong if they are not reaching their goals fast enough. Therapy looks different for everyone – you are allowed to have your own experience. You are also allowed to advocate for yourself and your needs in therapy. As a therapist, I am here to support and guide, not control. I hope to hear your thoughts and work with you. You deserve to feel safe in this space.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
My mom would share this quote with me often whenever I doubted myself and I’ve always cherished it: “You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh
What are your favorite self-care activities?
Taking walks while the sun sets or after a nice rainstorm, listening to my favorite music, indulging in my favorite desserts, connecting and laughing with loved ones, taking moments to appreciate the beauty of nature and feeling connected to the Earth.