Carolyn Klinkert is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. She earned her Bachelors degree in Human Services and Counseling through Old Dominion University in 2005 and her Masters degree in Community Agency Counseling from Saint Xavier University in 2007. Carolyn’s previous positions have included: therapist for survivors of sexual trauma, psychotherapist in a group practice setting, family therapist at a residential treatment facility and adult therapist in a community setting working with a variety of issues including chronic mental health.
Carolyn’s approach is inviting, calm, interactive and direct. She believes that all people have potential to change, in ways and at times that they are ready to. She enjoys creating a safe environment for clients to feel heard and assisting them in building on strengths and challenging barriers to help increase meaning in their lives. She understands that change requires hard work and that it’s helpful to have other people and resources available through the process. She will put forth the extra effort to make referrals to community resources and include one’s support system into therapy sessions as appropriate.
Carolyn has experience working with various ages, individuals, couples, families and groups on a wide variety of issues. Some areas of treatment focus are: depression, bipolar, anxiety, panic, trauma (including sexual trauma and domestic violence), eating disorders, self-injury, personality disorders, life transitions, grief, suicidal ideation and communication skills. Carolyn understands that people learn and grow in different ways and she tailors her approach as needed. Carolyn utilizes interventions from a variety of approaches including solution focused, strengths based, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, motivational, mindfulness and family systems.