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Kay
Connor
 
LPC

Currently Accepting Clients with BCBS PPO,

out of network benefits, out of pocket, and sliding scale. 

She/Her Pronouns

Clinical Therapist

Education:

  • Northwestern University Masters in Mental Health Counseling (2019)

  • Depaul University – Bachelor of Science (2010)

License, Certifications & Specialized Trainings:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Illinois

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Response Therapy (EMDR) Basic Training Weekend 1 and 2 - Currently under supervision towards certification

Trust is a fundamental part of any positive connection, especially in therapeutic relationships. As a therapist, I deeply value trust as a fundamental part of my work and understand that trust is built differently from individual to individual. As a queer transgender woman, I understand that building an affirming, safe therapeutic environment is no small task. My goal as a clinician is to approach all of my clients with openness, humility, and a non-judgmental framework to understand their experiences.

 

    I approach therapy from a feministic, sex positive and trauma-informed lens that seeks to acknowledge and overcome the profession’s historical and ongoing shortcomings when working with marginalized populations. My therapeutic approach sees healing and actualization as part of a larger emotional process that cannot happen without trust, acceptance, and processing trauma. Once these fundamental building blocks are in place, actualization, thriving, and joy become possible. This is something I believe all people deserve.

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and I received my master’s degree from Northwestern University. I am also trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing techniques through the EMDR Institute to treat the many iterations of trauma. Additionally in my trauma work I also utilize techniques related to cognitive processing therapy, as well as techniques from internal family systems. Being a transwoman myself, I have a lot of experience working with the LGBTQIA+ populations to provide an affirming space to explore the wide range of experiences possible in sexuality and gender. I am firmly against transmedicalism and any other exclusionary beliefs related to the LGBTQIA+ experience. In therapy I use techniques drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR. These techniques allow clients to move past shame into empowerment related to their sexuality and gender. While these areas are the focus of my practice, I also use techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to treat anxiety. Finally, all my practice is informed by an existential lens that seeks to acknowledge the existential weight intrinsic to the human experience. Using all these tools I hope to provide a therapeutic environment that can allow you to move towards actualization and living the life you deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

Areas of Specialization

  • Trauma,

  • EMDR

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Existential issues

  • Grief & Loss

  • LGBTQIA+ concerns

  • Dating & relationships

  • Consensual non-monogamy & polyamory

  • Kink Relationships

  • Communication issues

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