Maria Catanzaro, MA

Lake Zurich | Deer Park

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Personal Statement

Through my own personal journey I have come to realize that we all experience hardships and brokenness at some point. It is in this brokenness where people can encounter healing through counseling. The pain and brokenness I see within myself drives me to help others mend their emotional wounds. An important value of mine is restoration and that shows as a vital part of my life and my work as a counselor. I strive to help my clients experience restoration in all places in their lives.

Who I Serve

As a counselor I enjoy working with a diverse range of populations whether it is children, adolescents, or adult individuals, families, or couples. I strive to provide a safe place for clients to feel comfortable so they can share about significant parts of their lives. Throughout my education and counseling work I have grown to really enjoy working with children. I love creating an atmosphere where children can develop skills, feel comfortable, and receive help in areas of their lives that need restoration. Children have a precious innocence about them. They also have much to say even though they may not know how to articulate it. Being able to help children express themselves through language, art, and play is a passion of mine.

Treatment Specialties and Competencies

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • ADHD
  • Play Therapy
  • Emotion focused therapy
  • Family/couple issues
  • Developing boundaries in relationships
  • Emotional regulation
  • Grief
  • Self-harm

Theoretical Approach

My counseling work is primarily client-centered at the start. I really want for my clients to feel heard and to experience the counseling relationship as collaborative. Once I get to know the client a little better I integrate a variety of counseling approaches such as behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic, existential therapy, and play therapy. I believe every individual and situation is unique. I consider it both a privilege and an honor for my clients to share parts of their stories with me.

Education

  • Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Governors State University

Experience

I graduated from Wheaton College where I gleaned an abundance of information and skills to equip me for the counseling field. I completed a one year internship at Chicago Christian Counseling where I gained experience counseling a diverse spectrum of people ranging all ages, races, and situations. I have attended trainings/classes/and conferences for play therapy, which has helped me learn more about this theory and how to use it in my clinical practice. I am also currently working under supervision to become a certified play therapist.

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