Annet ChernyhovskyTreatment Specialties and Clinical Interests: I work with children, adolescents and adults of all ages who find themselves stuck in a pattern of unhappiness, undergoing life transitions or stressful changes, or those who may feel unfulfilled in their current life. As a therapist, I have extensive experience working with individuals who struggle with relationship issues, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and life transitions. I find it extremely rewarding and fulfilling to help individuals make sense of their challenges, and enjoy supporting clients as they adequately navigate through life’s ups and downs.

I am also passionate about working with children and adolescents, and have extensive experience in helping parents cope with the pain and frustration of their child’s emotional and behavioral issues. Children provide clues through their behavior that they need help, which could look like withdrawal, irritability, worrying, impulsivity, distractibility, emotional outbursts, or acting-out behaviors. Many children have a difficult time adjusting to life changes, such as welcoming a new sibling, starting school, divorce, moving, or separation from someone they’ve been close to.

Clinical Approach: Many individuals experience obstacles in life where they may feel isolated or detached from their relationships, so it can be helpful to look for outside support. Taking the first steps in choosing a therapist can be daunting, and finding someone to trust is essential. As a therapist, I offer a supportive and non-judgmental environment where individuals can feel safe bringing their whole self into the room. I work together with individuals and parents to identify goals for change and develop strategies for managing on-going stressors.

My clinical approach is collaborative, client-centered, systemic, and holistic. I strongly believe in the importance of meeting clients where they are, and working together with individuals to create an experience of comfort, safety and acceptance. I view this as a relational foundation for healing and growth. I support the development of resiliency by identifying and growing strengths within clients and in their relationships, as well as by adding new tools and skills for long-term coping. I seek to increase understanding of how current emotional experiences may be influenced and shaped by earlier life events, including the values and history of the family, relationships, and culture in which one has been raised.

Education: I earned both my Masters and Doctoral degrees from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. I have worked with individuals with eating disorders in an outpatient and residential setting, and have facilitated various groups, such as body image, nutrition, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and family focused groups. I also have experience conducting psychological evaluations for children and adults with various issues. In my doctoral dissertation, I created a comprehensive psycho-educational curriculum for parents of children and adolescents who are negatively impacted by chronic over- scheduling. The curriculum’s primary focus was to address developmental needs of children and adolescents, explore parenting models that fit their family’s values, and identify interventions for self- care to reduce symptoms of distress.

Personal Interests: I enjoy spending as much time as I can outside. Exploring Chicago, traveling to different parts of the world, exercising, reading, and spending time with family and friends are just some of the many things that I do for self-care and relaxation.

Types of Therapy Offered

Family and Child