Christina Siders, LCPC
Although seeking out therapy can be intimidating, I strongly believe it has the power to facilitate genuine change and growth. In my work with clients, I foster a collaborative and supportive relationship, focused on their uniqueness as individuals while also considering the context of their lives. My therapeutic approach is empathic, active, and strengths-based. I use an integrative perspective centered on cognitive behavioral techniques, direct feedback and humor to help clients reach their personal and professional goals.
Areas of Expertise & Interest
I enjoy working with youth and adults dealing a wide range of clinical issues.
I have extensive experience in outpatient mental health clinics, private group
practice, and in career counseling and university settings. Some issues I have worked with include trauma,
relationship conflict, stress management, self-esteem, perfectionism, gender identity concerns, and early adulthood transitions. Though I use many techniques, I feel it’s important to employ a client’s strengths to identify and adapt faulty cognitive patterns and behaviors.
Within career counseling, I assist with clarifying career goals, administering and interpreting career assessments, building self-efficacy, and facilitating long-term decision making and fulfilling career changes. Some of the assessments I can administer include the MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, StrengthsFinder, and values/skills card sorts. I believe that professional and personal identities are undeniably intertwined; a positive state of being is reliant on feeling valued at work and at home.
In my free time I enjoy cooking, running, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family.
Experience & Training
I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Business from Indiana University and my Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. During my first year of graduate school, I completed a year-long internship at Youth Services of Glenview-Northbrook, where I worked with youth aged 6-16. In my second year of graduate school, I worked at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Northwestern University, treating individual college students and facilitating groups and workshops. Following graduate school, I worked as a Residential Therapist at Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, counseling teenage mothers dealing with severe trauma and abuse, anger management, and parenting challenges. While there, I became a certified instructor for Reality Therapy, a solution-focused approach I used with clients and residential staff. For the past 6 years, I’ve worked as a Career Counselor at Northwestern University, where I assist undergraduate and graduate students in navigating long-term decision-making and making fulfilling career choices. I also oversee and supervise our graduate intern counseling program and help prepare professional staff for clinical licensure. In 2012, I began seeing private clients at Symmetry Counseling, where I continued working until August 2015 when I joined Glenview Counseling Group.
I received my License in Professional Counseling (LPC) in 2010 and my Clinical Professional License (LCPC) in 2011. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Career Development Association.
Client Age Range
Age 16 & up