Psychotherapy & Counseling in ChicagoOur Mind, Body and Spirit Treatment 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."
Chicago Therapists and Counselors
at InTouch & Motion
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.
I have provided therapy, advocacy, and supportive services for children ages 3 and older, adults of all ages, and couples for over 7 years 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 dance and movement as a tool to help others learn, grow, and heal. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Dance with a minor in Psychology, and have taught dance to under served youth.
In addition to teaching, I have continued my professional training and experience in a many dance forms such as modern, jazz, ballet, latin and ballroom, to develop body-based self awareness as well as observational and creative techniques that assist me in offering well-rounded support to others. 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 trainings on trauma-informed care. I have also completed the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting Program training in order to better serve children and 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.
LPC, R-DMT, CH
I am a Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor who incorporates a mind-body-spirit approach with healing meditations, Hypnotherapy and Past-Life Regression work. I believe that there are many pathways and levels to healing, and I enjoy adapting my approach to the needs of each individual. I can assist you in tapping into your creativity and intuition as a means to discover the wisdom held within yourself. As a witness to your journey, I reflect back continually in order to facilitate clarity, insight and greater awareness. I have an eclectic approach, drawing from Jungian, Holistic, Humanistic and Developmental frameworks. I am drawn to detecting core beliefs, life-scripts, metaphors and images in order to identify patterns that both serve and block you in being your greatest Self. We work creatively together to remove the blocks that prevent you from moving forward.
I obtained a BA in Psychology with a minor in Dance from Saint Mary’s College, IN in 1999 and was involved in Liturgical Dancing. I received a MA from Columbia College in 2004 in Dance/movement Therapy, and enjoy taking dance classes and doing choreography. I have worked in many settings including psychiatric hospitals, residential facilities for troubled youth, halfway houses for disabled adults, and recovery centers for those struggling with addiction. I have also applied my creative skills with pregnant women, children, local parishioners, and the elderly. I continue to witness the power of moving with others, and the benefits of facilitating trust in the body.
Just as movement can tap into the flow of the creative process, meditation, past-life regressions, and hypnotherapy can tap into the creative wisdom deep within. It is important to me to help others access their own internal wisdom and to strengthen that connection. Many times our behavior and reactions are influenced by the messages, experiences, and beliefs imprinted into our minds long ago. Through past-life regressions and hypnotherapy, clients can excavate the unserving patterns so that they can re-shape it into healthier ones. Spirituality is also important to me to incorporate into the healing process. Many times clients can access guidance from beyond through guided meditations, past-life regressions and hypnotherapy. I’m happy to use these tools with you in your process if interested. I’m fortunate to have trained with Brian Weiss, Susan Wisehart, and The Wellness Institute.
I am happy to schedule a FREE consultation with you!
Psychotherapist, Dance/Movement Therapist
As a psychotherapist and dance/movement therapist, I specialize in working with people during periods of great adjustment and life transitions, including trauma survivors, refugees, immigrants, artists, college students, and the LGBTQ community. I have presented my work with these populations at the National Refugee and Immigrant conference, the American Dance Therapy Association, and at the Alliance for Women Scholars and Scientists. I have also taught Expressive Arts Therapy at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago.
While on my path to becoming a therapist, I lived in Bosnia-Herzegovina where I implemented dance reconciliation projects, and in Kolkata, India where I worked with survivors of human trafficking. I am an alumna of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College, Chicago and have a M.A. in Cultural Project Management from the Institute of Political Studies (France). I have additional training in sensorimotor psychotherapy and yoga-informed psychotherapy.
I draw primarily from the relational-cultural model as well as existential theories to help people re-establish a sense of safety in the body and reconnection with the community.
Helping clients find personal meaning and sense of purpose is at the core of my practice. Ultimately, I believe that acknowledging the strengths and deepening the connections that already exist will guide clients to the path of restoration.
You can learn more about my work here.
I speak French, Italian, and advanced Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian.
Farah S. Alhaidar
I am a bilingual art therapy counselor practicing from a cross-cultural understanding, and providing services in both English and Arabic.
My art therapy and counseling practice is centered within an intersectional feminist and social justice lens, a trauma-informed approach, and a relational-cultural framework. I incorporate mindfulness, mind-body techniques, and creative elements to facilitate a safe processing space. I have offered my services in clinical and community-based settings.
My clinical experience includes working with domestic and gender-based violence survivors, refugees and immigrants, and young adults recovering from trauma and substance use.
I offer individual, group, and family sessions for adults, youth and children. In my sessions, we built relationships based on creative expression by incorporating the use of art materials to process trauma and triggers, developing strategies for connecting with internal and external resources, and for managing emotional regulation.
As a multidisciplinary studio artist, my practice is rooted in photography and expands into video, performance, fibers, projection, and installation. I attempt to capture the portals and spaces between two or more worlds, as I engage the performing body in movement from cultural to natural landscapes. My artwork explores the politics of seeing and the roles of access, agency and power in the displacement of identity as a material.
As I continue to engage in my own studio practice, I see reflections of my research and material exploration bridge into my clinical work. Where in our sessions, participants and I explore traditional visual arts mediums and beyond. Including painting and drawing, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, installation, movement, sound, and so much more. Through our creative material exploration, participants can externalize inner experiences and create tangible, visual evidence of the changes they want to make in their lives.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. My approach to art therapy is trauma-informed, intersectional feminist, relational, and person-centered.
My experience includes extensive work with adolescent and adult survivors of sexual trauma and domestic violence as well as individuals living with anxiety and depression. Outside of my work with individual clients, I have an interest in community-based “craftivism” as a method for strengthening communities and giving voice to systemic inequities.
As a visual artist, I work primarily in fiber materials and craft-based techniques grounded in traditional women’s work such as, sewing, embroidery, and knitting. I work this way in order to engage in the labor of slow making to create tangible connections to internal processes and to quiet the mind.
As a result of combining my personal art practice and clinical expertise, I support my clients in learning to integrate mindfulness with art making to promote an enhanced sense of general well-being. I encourage my clients to develop a meaningful relationship with their art process and products while emphasizing the inherent empowering nature of creating.
LPC, R-DMT, GLCMA
Julie Brannen’s lifelong journey with movement has gifted her experiences within creative, performative, and therapeutic practices. She facilitates 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.
Her field experience includes extensive work with women and girls recovering from eating disorders, addictive behaviors, and traumatic experiences. As a healing artist and clinician, she practices as a dance/movement therapist within the community and private practice realms. As a teaching artist, she works with various community outreach and arts-integration organizations.
As an artist, she collaborates and performs locally and beyond. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, holds a Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling and Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of movement to transform and heal. This quote serves as 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.”
I have been in awe of the transformational power of music from a young age, which led me to become a board-certified music therapist. I completed my bachelor’s degree in music therapy at Loyola University New Orleans in 2010 and my Master of Arts in Music Therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2017. I have a trauma-informed approach and work with a wide range of individuals, having worked as part of an expressive therapies team with students in a therapeutic day school. In addition to music therapy work, I have performed in music venues throughout Chicago for the passed eight years and provide adaptive piano lessons at the North Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA).
I have recently felt called to deepen my music-centered approach to therapy and have begun training in integral and consciousness expanding work. I am currently a trainee in Focused Music and Imagery (FMI) and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery in Music (GIM) through the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI). My intention is to meet clients where they are to co-create a safe space to explore their inner world, nurture and celebrate their individuality and creative spirit, and promote growth through the dynamic process of music therapy.
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InTouch & Motion is now offering telehealth, online video sessions, as an option for psychotherapy and counseling, and dance/movement therapy! Contact us today to find out more and schedule a free consultation!
What our clients say?
It [The Meditation and Healing Movement class] was really wonderful and so restorative; a perfect way to launch back into my work week!
Good for people who need to have a calm space of time to help them re-balance their thoughts.
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.
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.
"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.
We are Located in Chicago's Irving Park Neighborhood
NEW Satellite Location in Ravenswood!
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 to schedule a free consultation!
We are Moving in August!
Our new space will be just 3 short blocks west of our current Irving Park office at 4028 W. Irving Park Rd. Loft B.
We could not be more excited! A sunny and spacious loft with a large workshop and movement room, an art room, three spacious offices, a special art exhibit and performance space, is all ours!