Sophie Burke portraitTreatment Specialities and Clinical Interests: As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor I work with adults, adolescents, and couples on a range of presenting issues. Some of the reasons people I’ve treated have come in relate to struggles with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse. During my career, I have developed a specialty in working with those affected by trauma and the symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Among other approaches used to help them, I am trained in the therapeutic use of Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly researched and evidenced-based approach to the treatment of PTSD. 

Before coming to Wellington Counseling Group, I worked at American Indian Health Service of Chicago, where I treated clients across the lifespan presenting with many different challenges, but with a particular emphasis placed on working with individuals and families navigating recovery from co-occurring disorders. I also facilitated a weekly processing group for adult individuals recovering from eating disorders.

I am also proud to have served as a counselor at Global Citizenship Experience High School, Resilience (formerly Rape Victim Advocates), The Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and in community mental health agencies.

Clinical Approach: I approach psychotherapy from a holistic and strengths-based orientation, emphasizing the importance of the therapeutic relationship. My demeanor has been described by past clients and colleagues as warm, accepting, and playful. I work hard to create a safe space wherein clients feel supported in experiencing and expressing themselves, free from the fear of judgement. I believe that healing and change come about in many different ways and will be experienced uniquely by everyone. As a clinician, I thrive on the power of authentic and collaborative relationships and so I encourage and foster an incorporating of the spiritual, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientations of my clients into treatment. 

Education: I earned my Masters of Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and my Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies from Columbia College Chicago. During my years in graduate school, I worked within my school’s Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies, providing consultation and support to working clinicians and students in psychology on multicultural issues and research in counseling. This experience was transformational, solidifying my feelings about the importance of working from a culturally sensitive clinical framework.

Personal Interests: I love making street and documentary photography, exploring new places, coffee, and urban sketching. I do my share of creative writing, and I have recently discovered a love of cooking.

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