Meet Our Team

Maria Guevara

MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

SPECIALTIES

  • Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Children and Adolescents
  • BIPOC/Immigrant Mental Health
  • Family Counseling
  • LGBTQIA+ and other Sexual Minorities
  • Relationships
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Somatic and Integrative Mental Health Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Trauma-Informed Care/Harm Reduction
  • Trauma
  • Substance Abuse Counseling

In my work, the approaches I center are relational, somatic, intersectional, feminist, sex-positive, anti-oppressive, culturally responsive, decolonial, trauma-informed and integrative holistic care. The populations and issues that I most enjoy working with include Trauma and abuse survivors, anxiety, depression/mood disorders, grief, boundaries, stress management, crisis intervention, self-esteem, LGBTQIA+ and other sexual minorities, issues of racial and cultural identity, polyamorous/non-monogamous relationships. My hope is that in our journeying together, curiosity and self-compassion support your growing understanding of self. 

“The rage inside of you is reflective of the collective chaos outside of you. Your feelings are valid” – Dr. Jennifer Mullan 

I believe that it is important to critically view our context and the contributions that social and environmental influences have on us. Who you are and how you are received in your context impacts your experience in this world. We need to remember and remind each other that we are worthy of care and support because otherwise we are disconnected from this truth. Reconnecting to our bodies that hold our stories and our ancestors’ stories, is crucial for the journey. Together we will breathe, move, remember, practice and dream of a better world.

Pronouns: she/they

I graduated with a BA in Psychology and focus on pre-medicine studies. After years of community health work on the Westside of Chicago and training in drug and alcohol counseling from New Hope School of Counseling, I went on to obtain my MA in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health at Adler University. 

My 10 years of community health work experience ranging from interpreting for Spanish dominant clients, to drawing blood and administering vaccines, working in shelters, and coordinating for a substance use treatment program has shaped my approach that values the connection of mind, body, and spirit.