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Psychotherapy & Counseling in Chicago

Our Mind, Body and Spirit Psychotherapy Approach
 
"In our bodies, in this moment, there live the seed impulses of the change and spiritual growth we seek, and to awaken them we must bring our awareness into the body, into the here and now."

Pat Ogden

At InTouch & Motion, we strive to create an open, creative, healing environment for you to explore, grow, and tap into your greatest Self!

We work in collaboration with our clients to establish a plan that holistically integrates mind-body-spirit approaches. Growth and healing do not come in one form. Many times, different parts of ourselves need nurturing and support. We are more than our thoughts. Our emotions, physical bodies, spiritual connections and purposes, and relationships make us who we are and give us our identity too.

Although we are all trained in traditional counseling and talk therapy, we are a team of healers that offer you so much more! As Creative Arts Therapists we also support you in using different creative approaches to explore or express yourself in new ways and gain insights. Learn how to quiet your mind so that you can connect to your whole being and surface the resources and strengths that are unique to you.

Our range of counseling and services-- psychotherapy, dance/movement therapy, art therapy, and intuitive wellness--aim to help you find the right balance of support and opportunities to meet your needs.

We offer our counseling and therapy services in English, Polish, Japanese, and American Sign Language.

Check out our individual, family, and couples services as well as our upcoming workshops and events.

It is time to align with your greatest self.

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Sara Heidbreder

LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA, Bilingual in Japanese
Sara Heidbreder

LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA, Bilingual in Japanese

LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA

In a time of struggle or life transition, you may feel stuck, unsure, or overwhelmed. I believe in your resiliency being within you, sitting within your body, and I will guide you in exploring your inner power with compassion, safety, and empowerment.  

I value cultural humility and believe in a holistic approach that is centered on you and your experiences in our therapy sessions. I encourage you to bring your unique culture to the space we share in sessions, and I will respect and support your beliefs and practices. I integrate collaborative insight-driven discussion and movement-based interventions, which helps me to address both your physical (body) and emotional (mind) needs in a natural and non-judgmental manner. 

I love working with people from different backgrounds and addressing racial and cultural related issues, cultural adjustment, and immigration-related anxiety. As an immigrant myself, I am passionate about advocating for these communities! I am bilingual in English and Japanese and offer sessions in both languages. I also specialize in working with survivors of domestic violence, having completed a 40-hour domestic violence training certificate.

I am a board-certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and Graduate Laban Certified Movement Analyst. I have experience working with both adults and children in hospital, school, and community mental health settings, addressing a variety of mood disorders (including depression and anxiety), family conflict, trauma, and social/relationship issues. 

+ Sara speaks both English and Japanese.

Amanda Mitchell

LCPC, BC-DMT
Amanda Mitchell

LCPC, BC-DMT

Amanda Mitchell, LCPC | Therapist in Irving Park IL from Zencare on Vimeo.

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. I established this practice to create an environment that facilitates a sense of freedom, innovation, and acceptance for your uniqueness and process of healing. The process of transformation and growth is not one-size-fits-all, and so neither should be your therapy experience. I want to learn about you, get to truly know you, but most of all, I wish to help you connect with yourself on a deeper level than you have ever known. 

I have provided therapy, advocacy, and supportive services for children ages 3 and older, adults, and couples for over a decade and have worked with clients from many backgrounds, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and spiritual beliefs. I have a holistic and solution-oriented approach to therapy that incorporates all parts of the self – cognitive, behavioral, emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual. However, before becoming a therapist, I developed a strong interest in using movement, the body, and many dance forms as tools to help others learn, grow, and heal. 

I incorporate body-based self-awareness as well as observational and creative techniques that assist me in offering well-rounded support to others. I have a passion for performance-as-therapy, knowing the experience of being witnessed and/or witnessing others' truths can be uniquely healing. I completed a dual Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and began my clinical professional career working at non-profit agencies with trauma survivors, foster care, and military veterans before transitioning into private practice in 2014.

I have a special interest in working with trauma survivors and have completed the 40-hour sexual assault training through the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, among other training on trauma-informed care. I have also completed the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting Program training in order to better serve families. I am a member of the American Dance Therapy Association and have presented my work to local and national audiences. I received the 2012 Alumni of The Year Award from Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Art Therapies, for my work and contributions to the DMT field.

Find out more about me, DMT, and my approach to therapy here.

Jacqueline Swietochowski

Jacqueline Swietochowski

ATR, Bilingual in Polish
Jacqueline Swietochowski
Jacqueline Swietochowski

ATR, Bilingual in Polish

I am a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). I received my Master’s degree in 2014 in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy from Adler University in Chicago.

In therapy, I believe in developing an authentic, personal, client-counselor relationship. I work from a strength-based and person-centered understanding, utilizing creative expression through different art therapy techniques and approaches. I focus on your well-being and allow you to be the expert of your experience. I work closely with my clients to identify barriers and challenges, improve current situations, cope with everyday life concerns, and collaboratively create a plan toward meaningful life goals.

My passion for art therapy and mental health counseling started in high school when I started an art group for individuals with disabilities. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds with severe trauma, sexual trauma, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief/ loss, behavioral issues, and family issues. I also have experience in individual and group settings in residential, inpatient/ outpatient hospital settings, hospice as well as community mental health.

As an artist, I work with a variety of materials ranging from 2D to 3D materials. I have a strong passion for sharing my artistic talents and using self-expression as a platform for mental health outreach and awareness.

Life can be difficult and challenging. There are many trials and hardships we experience, which can affect us emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. In these times, we can stop feeling like ourselves and get lost in a world that can be overwhelming, stressful, and fearful. I am here to help you through the process to find the Self you desire. I am here to help you overcome obstacles and work with you to heal from the past that has held you back. Together, we will create change, healing, forgiveness, and restoration. 

+ Jacqueline speaks both English and Polish.

Jordan Ferranto

LPC, ATR
Jordan Ferranto

LPC, ATR

I am a licensed psychotherapist and registered art therapist, currently pursuing advanced training in sexuality and relationships. I have been practicing for five years through which an emphasis on trauma, sex, and relationships has emerged.

My therapeutic style emphasizes relational-cultural and emotion-focused techniques with an arts-based bend. I work with individuals and couples who want to mend or enhance their intimate lives.

I conceptualize the therapeutic process as the intentional application of curiosity and attention. I invite my clients to develop an experimental mindset as a way to walk into deeper understandings of themselves. Establishing an authentic and unwavering relationship with oneself is the foundation of my work with clients as they explore their definitions of sexual and relational wellness.

My visual art practice is grounded in fiber arts. I am particularly passionate about the use of stitch-based processes as meditation as well as the implications of incorporating “soft arts” as an inroad to processing and healing our most tender wounds.

Julie Brannen

Julie Brannen

LCPC, R-DMT, GLCMA
Julie Brannen
Julie Brannen

LCPC, R-DMT, GLCMA

My lifelong journey with movement has gifted me experiences within creative, performative, and therapeutic practices. I believe I facilitate an embodied, wholehearted, and compassionate practice of fiercely approaching vulnerability in order to release emotional blocks, re-pattern limiting beliefs, access inherent creativity and empower an internal source of healing, transformation, and abundance.

My field experience includes extensive work with women and girls recovering from eating disorders, addictive behaviors, and traumatic experiences. As a healing artist and clinician, I practice as a dance/movement therapist within the community and private practice realms. As a teaching artist, I work with various community outreach and arts-integration organizations.

As an artist, I collaborate and perform locally and beyond. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, hold a Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and am a Counseling and Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of movement to transform and heal. This quote serves as an inspiration for facilitating the healing process for others:

“Maybe the only enemy is that we don’t like the way reality is now and therefore wish it would go away fast. What we find as practitioners is that nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. If we run a hundred miles an hour to the other end of the continent in order to get away from the obstacle, we find the very same problem waiting for us when we arrive. It just keeps returning with new names, forms, manifestations until we learn whatever it has to teach us about where we are separating ourselves from reality, how we are pulling back instead of opening up, closing down instead of allowing ourselves to experience fully whatever we encounter, without hesitating or retreating into ourselves.”

~Pema Chodron

Sondra Malling

Sondra Malling

LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA, Bilingual in ASL
Sondra Malling
Sondra Malling

LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA, Bilingual in ASL

I am a licensed clinical professional counselor and a board-certified dance/movement therapist. I bring an embodied and creative approach to psychotherapy that is influenced by my experience as a movement analyst, dancer, and choreographer. I incorporate body-based techniques and mindfulness in a person-centered approach, meaning I help you find healing and wholeness by connecting to your body and learning to be present in the moment with your experience. This empowers you to take ownership of your whole self and initiate change and growth.

As a trauma-informed practitioner, I work with adult survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, childhood trauma, and community-based violence. I also work with individuals living with anxiety, depression, and a history of mental illness. I have over a decade of experience working in the mental health field in residential, day program, and outpatient hospital settings that have afforded me the skills to guide clients who seek ongoing support.

I also work extensively with the Deaf community. I am fluent in American Sign Language and am passionate about providing culturally sensitive therapy to Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals across the lifespan. My research on dance/movement therapy and culturally affirmative practices with Deaf adults who have mental illness was published in the American Journal of Dance Therapy.

As an advocate for professional development and research supporting the growth of my field, I formerly served as the secretary of the Illinois Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and on the Research Subcommittee of the ADTA. I was a co-recipient of the 2018 Alumni of the Year Award from Columbia College Chicago, where I obtained my Master's degree and the 2018 Exceptional Service Award from the ADTA. I continue to stay active in dance/movement therapy advocacy and research so I can provide my clients with compassionate care that is based on the newest developments in my field.

Therapy Services
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InTouch & Motion is now offering teletherapy, online video sessions, as an option for psychotherapy and counseling, art therapy, and dance/movement therapy! Schedule a free consultation or book an appointment today!

What our clients say?

 
  • A. F.
    It [The Meditation and Healing Movement class] was really wonderful and so restorative; a perfect way to launch back into my work week!
    A. F.
  • S. Y.
    Good for people who need to have a calm space of time to help them re-balance their thoughts.
    S. Y.
  • C. C.
    Sabrina created a safe healing space that allowed me the freedom to fully feel into my body and soul, opening me to images and messages from the spirit.
    C. C.
  • G. H.
    I’m still reeling from Saturday, and very much feel like the experience [that] opened up/turned me towards a new phase of my spiritual path. So thank YOU.
    G. H.
  • M. M.
    "What a gift it was to experience your Warrior Women Rising workshop with my soul sister.  Your presence allowed for the experience to unfold so naturally and I felt very seen and held. Thank you for what you're doing.
    M. M.

We are Located in Chicago's Irving Park Neighborhood

 
 
 

Satellite Location in Ravenswood!

Monday evening hours are now available at Awakenings, located at 4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 204, in Chicago. We are able to offer our counseling services in English and Polish at our Ravenswood neighborhood location.

InTouch & Motion is proud to be partnering with Awakenings, an art gallery making visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Contact us for more information or book an appointment today!


 
 
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