My Journey: I always knew that I wanted my career to be social, interactive, investigative and focus on communication. It took some time for me to identify a career that would encompass all of these qualities—then I found a career in counseling. I’m passionate about the human experience, and our ability as a species to have the introspection and autonomy to grow, change and learn.
It has taken many years, extensive education and supervision to get to this point. I have experience working in a variety of settings including university career counseling centers, community mental health outreach, outpatient settings and inpatient addiction treatment. My clinical interests reside in treating individuals with boundary and co-dependency issues, relationships, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, gender identity, women’s issues, grief and loss, life transitions, and career concerns.
Clinical Approach: My process is eclectic and includes but is not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Person-Centered/Strength’s based approaches. With my clients, I aim to offer straightforward feedback and guidance that is balanced by my genuinely compassionate nature. Although therapy is collaborative, it is my belief that the work you put in, is what determines the quality you receive from therapy. I aim to empower my clients to make substantial and lasting changes in their lives. Through acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches, I provide opportunities for individuals to work through challenging thoughts, emotions, and experiences.
Personal Interests: I love to travel and love talking about traveling, exploring Chicago eats (lived here over a decade now), my Greyhound-Queenie, and my morning coffee. I’m a new mom and am taking in this new adventure day by day.
Caitlin Boshardy, M.Ed, LCPC – Psychology Today