I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. I am an African-American female and have helped individuals, families, couples, and groups, from all walks of life. I have worked with people dealing with issues such as: trauma, stress, abuse, neglect, abandonment, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, codependency, unresolved conflict, family separation, criminal behavior. As a Christian therapist, I also help people with issues of faith and spiritual matters, if requested.
I do not operate according to the medical model and don't work with issues pertaining to psychotropic medications or imbalanced brain chemistry. I operate from the perspective that we all have choices, and need to make healthy ones in order to live mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy lives. There is no magic in counseling. Problems did not arise overnight, and they won't be fixed overnight. Healing is a journey. It is a process and takes time.
Counseling must be a two-way dialogue. I don't dictate to people how they should think or feel, or tell people what to do. We work together to find ways to help improve your situations. I offer a compassionate, understanding approach and believe every person should be treated with respect and dignity no matter their background or circumstances.
My work has been done in urban, suburban, and rural areas. I have served clients of all ages, from young children to senior adults, representing various ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. I have practiced in a number of different settings that include community mental health centers, health clinics, residential facilities, school settings, and private group practices. I have also taught counseling and psychology as an adjunct professor, having taught at seven different colleges and universities in the Chicago land area. This is in addition to conducting workshops on mental health and wellness.
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Anger management
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Relationship issues , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Dependent Personality , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Guilt and Shame , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Multicultural Concerns , Personality Disorders , Posttraumatic Stress , Prejudice and Discrimination , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Social Anxiety and Phobia Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCPC #180002527 (Expires: 2023-03-31)
She is very patient, and I can tell that she is actively listening, which is important to me. I wish there was a face to face, but this is the best I can do with virtual. She doesn't speak too much, but I appreciate her approach as it makes me feel safe to open up.
My experience with Dr. April has been my first interaction with a therapist. I have resisted seeking therapy for years; determined to handle everything alone. After hitting new lows in my life, I finally sought help and was connected to Dr. April. While this is all still new to me, Dr. April has been great. She has listened without judging me and that is huge for me. I know even after a short time that she will be real with me and give me insights that I missed. Dr. April has made this step in my life a positive one. Thank you.
Dr. April has been a huge help to me during a rough time.
Dr. April is great!