Canentra Williams, LCSW
Canentra Williams, LCSW
Canentra Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University at Chicago as well as a Master of Science degree with a focus on child development from Erikson Institute after collecting a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus on Ethnic Studies from Lawrence University.
Canentra has provided clinical services in a wide range of capacities – from working with a community mental health facility to youth residential care to clinical case management services to individuals & families within a permanent supportive housing program who have experienced homelessness to her current role as a program manager with the same program. She has also spent several years of experience working with children & families, including a few years jump-starting a daycare program & implementing best practices there.
At Willis Counseling & Consulting, Canentra is most eager to work with individuals of all ages (including kids & teens), relationship partners & families facing any form of trauma, anxiety, parenting challenges, behavioral challenges, familial issues, faith & spiritual ambiguities as well as other mental health issues causing a major impact in one’s life. In her work, she strives to provide support while walking through the journey with them to explore, unravel, understand & better manage themselves & the world.
Believing that one size doesn’t fit all, Canetra uses an eclectic therapeutic approach to provide beneficial services to whomever she works with. She believes her guests guide the work. From her side, she is versed in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Harm-Reduction, Trauma-Informed Care, Attachment/Regulation/Competency (ARC), Crisis Management, Child Development Ages & Stages, Strengths-Based & Solution-Focused approaches, just to name a few.
Engaging in therapy can be hard work. Canentra’s ideal WCC guest would be someone who is ready for a challenge & open to building a therapeutic alliance that includes a non-judgmental space that allows for true, honest exploration & feedback. Even if ambivalent at first, it will be their shared goal to work through any difficulties & towards the goals a guest sets. In her room, sessions are client-centered & she always meets a guest where they’re at. When necessary however, she’s not afraid to offer the kind of feedback & pushback guests may need at times to further their journey. Parents appreciate her approach and young professionals find her direction to be enlightening.
Canentra is a Chicago native who spends her free time having fun with her 3 year-old son as he asks 50 questions per minute about all the things he doesn’t understand & random thoughts that pop in his head. (It’s actually pretty great!) She also enjoys spending time with family & friends on occasion. And, on rare occasions, you may catch her enjoying some “just me time.” She is currently accepting new guests at our Wicker Park studio.