Welcome to Reflections Psychotherapy!

I am so glad you have decided to stop by to take a look at my website. I hope this helps you to get a sense of who I am and what my practice has to offer.

You may be reading this website because you have reached a point where it has become clear that you want, or even need, to do something differently in your life. You may want to go from a place of merely surviving, to one of thriving. If so, I invite you to create the space to reflect and take a closer look at yourself and your life.

REFLECTIONS: SEEING, FREEING, BEING

Many years ago, when I was in the early stages of making changes to the structure of my private practice, I felt paralyzed by my not being able to come up with “just the right name.”  I wanted something that was fitting to the work that I do, yet would also allow me the flexibility to  making changes over time.  After many months of brainstorming and overthinking to no aval, I found myself feeling stuck and my creativity stymied.  At that point I decided to take a break from a process that was obviously not working.  Instead of continuing on this same path, I shifted focus and created space for a name to emerge in its own way and time.  This shift in my approach ultimately allowed me to gain access to my own intuitive process, bringing the full name, “Reflections Psychotherapy: Seeing Freeing, Being,” into fruition.

Upon further reflection, I realized that this process of choosing a name mirrors much of the shift that I encouraged with my clients. “Creating space” in this way, makes room for new energy and ideas to emerge, which are an important part of shaping change.

“Seeing, Freeing and Being” are essential components of how I view the process of treatment in my practice. While they are presented below in a linear way, I find that people typically move back and forth between phases as they gain new information about themselves and take steps towards change.

SEEING

According to Albert Einstein “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it”. In other words, in order to bring change to our lives, we must first be able to see our situation from a new perspective.

At Reflections Psychotherapy, I facilitate this by providing an objective, non-judgmental lens to help you see yourself and your concerns from a different point of view. In order to more fully consider your circumstance, we will work together to increase your level of awareness of the patterns in your current life which may be playing a role in keeping you feeling stuck. Additionally, I find that it is often important to examine and understand how your past experiences and relationships have shaped the person you are today.

My hope is that you can approach this self-exploration with a sense of curiosity, rather than with self-criticism or judgment. I believe that it is through this process of self-discovery that you can uncover the clues which help to illuminate your path of change.

FREEING

Once we gain a greater understanding of how we have arrived at our current situation, and the types of patterns and beliefs that may contribute to maintaining our problems, we then have the opportunity to create lasting change.

While I do believe that insight and understanding are important contributors, taking action is necessary for the freeing process to occur. This active work takes place during the therapy sessions, as well as in the interim time between meetings.

In addition to helping you reflect, I see myself as a guide to teach you new skill sets and strategies. Learning how to sit with and manage powerful emotions, improving communication skills, setting better boundaries, and discerning between the life areas you are able to change from those you are not, are examples of some of the many important benefits you may gain along the way. Over the years I have done extensive specialized trainings to help me creatively utilize many different techniques and interventions to help facilitate growth. It is through the implementing and practicing of these new skills that you become empowered to free yourself from ways of being which no longer serve you.

BEING

At Reflections Psychotherapy, I believe “being” is about arriving at a place of greater comfort with yourself and in the ways you show up in the world. It’s about being more present in your life, having greater access to your own creativity and innovation, and about enjoying authentic connections with others.

It is my hope, that as a result of the work we do together, you will be able to create and live a more meaningful life. The specific characteristics of that life will be unique to you and the goals that you set for yourself.

While I list “being” as the third phase, I certainly don’t view it as the ending point of personal growth and exploration. For many it’s a marker of new beginnings.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Contact Information

Office
10024 Skokie Blvd.
Suite 223
Skokie, IL 60077

Phone: 847-483-9701

Email: mindymarxlcsw@reflections-psychotherapy.com