Tayshia Small, LPC
My name is Elizabeth and I live and grew up in the Chicagoland area. I went to Michigan for my undergraduate degree in social work but went on to get my Master’s degree from Aurora University. After graduating, I provided clinical support in a variety of areas including for those in nursing homes and for patients on dialysis. I became a clinical social worker because I love and care for people and am a good listener. I believe that our mental health is as important as our physical health. Just like one would go to the gym to exercise their muscles,
I believe going to therapy is a way to “exercise” our mental health muscles. I also believe therapy provides an outsider voice who specializes in treating those with mental health issues. As a therapist, I am eager to work with others from all walks of life. I believe it is important to be inclusive and celebrating diversity is a core value of mine. Clinically speaking, I operate from a person centered approach utilizing the strengths perspective. I gather different techniques from CBT and DBT and believe that both of these methods can provide guests with concrete aids to help them cope with daily life.
My friends would describe me as easy going, friendly, and funny. When I am not working you can find me exploring different areas of Chicago or at home drinking coffee and taking care of my many houseplants! I also have a cat at home named Gustav and he keeps me on my toes! I think going to therapy is an incredibly brave choice and I am proud of you for making it here!