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  • Rachel Najdzin, BA, MS, 500 CYT

    Rachel Najdzin, BA, MS, 500 CYT

    Supervised Psychotherapist

    In the midst of life’s overwhelming complexities, there come moments when the sheer act of existing just feels like too much. The relentless barrage of distressing news, ceaseless emails, and the toll of social media on our self-confidence, coupled with the unending expectations from partners, friends, family, and our professional pursuits, culminates in a state of exhaustion, stress, and depression. In these instances, even the most mundane tasks like brushing one’s teeth loom large and unmanageable. When life becomes overwhelming, our connection to our inner self fades, our intrinsic values become obscured, and we begin to seek solace in coping mechanisms that, though momentarily soothing, eventually lead to greater suffering. If your coping mechanisms are no longer filling you up and you want to meet yourself again, know that healing is possible. By simply reading these words and considering the therapeutic journey, you are on the right path.

    I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to this, I graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature, and a MS in Academic Advising Administration from Kansas State University. I have spent my entire working life as an academic advisor in college settings and have assisted students from diverse backgrounds in pursuing their personal, academic, and career goals. I am also a 500-hour certified yoga instructor and have been teaching and practicing for 20 years. I enjoy facilitating movement, meditation, and sound healing practices.

    Outside of work and school, I love reading, art, exploring Chicago restaurants, and engaging in activities such as hiking and kayaking that get me out and about in nature.

    David Frawley says, “Healing is a journey from the outer mind to the inner soul.” I believe we already have the tools that we need to live full and satisfying lives. Through therapy, you will acquire fresh insights and strategies to navigate life in ways that resonate with your inner self. Utilizing self-reflection, cognitive restructuring, and values-based therapies, alongside mind-body modalities such as yoga, meditation, and breathwork, together we will uncover your goals and work to eliminate barriers to help you find new ways of living.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

     

     

     

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