Emma Schwartz, MSSA, LCSW (She/her)

Staff Therapist and ACT Services Coordinator-Lakeview and Downtown Offices

Pain is an inevitable part of life, and often our attempts to control or get rid of the pain lead to more suffering. (I know, I didn’t like learning that either). The alternative is accepting that pain will be present and learning how to move forward anyway. My goal for therapy is always to establish a genuine relationship where we can talk honestly and openly with each other. From this place of trust, I want to help clients figure out how to adapt to and accept whatever they are dealing with. I hope you feel the warmth, humor, and non-judgmentalness I try to bring into every interaction.

My mission as a therapist is to help you see that who you are is nothing to be ashamed of. I want to help clients recognize their ability to access their own healing. Only you know what is right for you. The problem is that we are faced with oppression, injustice, trauma, and loss that buries our intuition and makes it difficult to access. We will work together so that you can uncover what you need.

The thing I wish every client knew is you can tell your therapist what you need. It is okay to come here for a short time to work on one particular issue and it is okay to stay and continue the process of self-discovery.

Education:
Cornell University, BA in Government
Case Western Reserve University, MS in Social Administration (MSW equivalent)

Past experience: Before becoming a therapist, I worked in politics, union organizing, and disability advocacy. Since becoming a social worker, I have worked with people with chronic health conditions, those who have experienced homelessness, and people with substance use disorders.

I have the most experience in depression, anxiety disorders (such as OCD and generalized anxiety), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I primarily use a mindfulness-based therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and I weave in many other evidence-based therapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

Key Beliefs: Genuine self care is a brave and radical act in a society that constantly asks us to do more. We all deserve time to slow down and discover ourselves.

A bit more about me: I’m working on the whole self-care thing myself! I love reading, watching silly supernatural TV shows, knitting, and taking long walks, but the center of my life is my relationships (including the one I have with myself), and I prioritize these above all else.

Insurance accepted: BCBS PPO, BCBS Blue Choice PPO, Aetna PPO, Optum, Medicare, Sliding Scale when Applicable

Emma Schwartz, LCSW
ESchwartz@dascchicago.net

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