Claudia Hernandez, LPC, NCC
Claudia Hernandez, LPC, NCC
Bilingual Spanish/English Therapist
Currently a doctoral candidate at Adler University, pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision, Claudia Hernandez holds a degree in Master of Art in Counseling, with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University. Her counseling experience has been in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with experience in working with mild to severe clinical presentations, symptoms, and diagnoses.
When she first meets guests, she sees them as individuals who are impacted by internal and external forces that are sometimes out of our control. With that in mind, she tries her best to never make assumptions or label the individual, thus providing them an open environment to listen to their unique, sometimes painful stories that are continuously being written and rewritten.
As a clinician, Claudia wears several hats, contingent upon the presenting concerns and individualized needs of her guests. Her theoretical approach can be defined as a humanistic approach; her favorite quote is, “Nevertheless, [they] persisted…,” simply because of how it highlights the human existence of moving forward, while constantly navigating or destroying individual and institutional social barriers.
Her keen awareness in the following areas are strengths: dealing with anxiety, career changes, coping with past traumas or tough relationships, and supporting those dealing with family members with mental health struggles. She has a sharp understanding on how to support partners needing help navigating their Partner Goals especially when bumps arise in the road of romance.
Some of her approaches include: Person-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Feminist and Multicultural Theory, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, & Solution-Focused Therapy. Populations she is most experienced in and problem areas she addresses are: Trauma, Complex Trauma, & PTSD; Survivors of Sexual Violence; DV/IPV; Depression; Anxiety; Self-Harm; Suicidal Ideation; Grief; Oppositional Defiant or Behavioral Concerns; Gender/Racial Identity as well as Sexual Orientation; Self-Esteem; Academic, Occupational or Everyday Stressors.
Most guests describe her personality as someone enthusiastic to learn and grow with others. Her ideal time off would be spent as a walk in the forest. She has 1 dog, 2 crested geckos, 4 cats, and fish. Fun facts Claudia enjoys camping, she has a glass tube in her inner eye, and her dream non clinical job would be an OBGYN. She says “I most wanted to be a therapist because I learned early on that an individual suffers from invisible wounds. Those of which even they are unaware of.”
Why Claudia values therapy for people: “The human existence is filled with both positive and negative emotions and experiences. Although I believe that we all have the internal strength to navigate the unexpected, unavoidable, emotionally-draining and traumatic events in life, I believe that all people can gain from the process of reaching out for help when feeling lost, alone, or afraid.”
She is currently accepting guests in English/Spanish at our Wicker Park & Old Town studios