Anna Graham, MSCP

Sometimes our minds can start to look more like a dark ally on a stormy night. Sitting in these dark spaces alone can make the thoughts and feelings feel darker, bigger, and completely overwhelming. The courageous act of speaking these thoughts and feelings out loud to a caring individual can be the first step towards healing. I believe that everyone benefits from doing inner work whether the goal is to know yourself better or to relieve the painful and often scary symptoms of anxiety, grief, depression, and trauma. No one needs to white knuckle their way through life. No one has to struggle alone. I am bilingual in teenager and parent and am passionate about helping adolescents and their parents communicate with each other. I do not accept the myth that teens and their parents are destined for misunderstanding and take great joy in helping kids find their voices while helping parents navigate the complicated landscape of the teenage brain. Relationships, whether they are romantic, familial, platonic or professional are based on needs. Understanding our own personal needs and having the language to speak our needs to others is challenging work. Understanding the survival patterns we create through past relational experience is key to successful relationships moving forward. Without that understanding, we are destined to repeat harmful conditioning over and over again.

I am a professional counselor with a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Denison University with a concentration in creative writing and a 3-6 Montessori certification in Early Childhood. 7 years ago I attained a 200 hour Hatha yoga certification and have taught yoga in several suburban yoga studios as well as middle schools in Illinois. While my heart is drawn to adolescents, I enjoy working with individuals of all ages and have specific training for working with the LGBTQIA community with emphasis on transgender health. I have worked with victims of sexual abuse, incest, domestic violence and trauma. Addiction is everywhere and does not always take the form of chemical dependency. We become addicted to patterns of thought and action as well. I am confident offering support for people dealing with chronic pain, grief, divorce and any kind of loss. Unresolved traumas revisit us over and over in life and repeat across generations. Emotion is energy in motion. Let us move through this work together.

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable” – Banksy

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people” – Carl Jung

“We’ll Carry On” – MCR

Books that impact my work and my life: Eastern Body Western Mind, Anodea Judith, Women Who Run With the Wolves Dr. Clarisa Pinkola Estes, PhD, The Heroines Journey, Maureen Murdock, The Body Keeps  the Score Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D., How Yoga Works, Geshe Michael Roach, The War of Art, Steven Pressfield