Therapist Spotlight: Abby Levin, LCSW

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Therapist Spotlight: Abby Levin, LCSW

Therapist Spotlight: Abby Levin, LCSW

As a psychotherapist, Abby works with a diverse clientele including individual, group, and family therapy ranging from adolescents to adults. Her approach is eclectic as she focuses on strengths-based and behavioral therapy interventions to provide diverse services for every unique situation. Before focusing on private practice, she worked in a wide range of environments including residential, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.

Abby is passionate about providing the best possible care for her clients helping them feel seen and validated. Her passion for being a therapist is motivated by her fascinated of the emotion regulation system in individuals, the ways in which self-esteem is formed/altered, and the ways in which we interact with one another and form bonds.

She prides herself on creating a warm, non-judgmental therapeutic environment and her ability to establish individualized treatment goals. By working together, she helps clients explore their inner selves, values, and create a life of deeper meaning. Through increased self-awareness and improved coping strategies, she believes anyone can create a new sense of healing and well-being.

Abby takes a person-oriented approach when it comes to therapy. She believes that establishing a safe and strong therapeutic alliance is essential for an effective therapy experience, and she strives for each of her clients to feel validated, and then gain a hopeful perspective.

Abby enjoys focusing in issues of: anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship concerns, and eating disorders. Although these issues are very distinct from one another, they can each be very detrimental to an individual's functioning and lead to a negative sense of self. While many of these issues can lead to feelings of hopelessness or isolation, therapy can allow an individual to effectively and sustainably manage these issues, and re-establish improved well-being.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago.

When it comes to the stigma around mental health, she wants to set straight the misconception that someone "doesn't need" therapy or assistance navigating mental health concerns. She speculates that many believe seeking therapy is a sign of weakness because this means they aren't "capable" of managing on their own. Abby believes this is something our societal constructs have created and leads many people to avoid seeking help.

Alternatively, Abby believes therapy should be viewed as comparable to seeing a primary care physician--just as many of us consistently take care of our physical health, it is so important that we are also sensitive to the needs of our mental health.

When she’s not spending time helping clients, you can find her running along the lake and twinning it up with her twin brother. She’s a huge advocate for blending together physical and mental health.  Being physically active has numerous mental health benefits. A few include: increased energy, a healthy outlet for stress- management, improved self-care practices, improved self-esteem, and increased positive emotion/sense of accomplishment that stem from completing a work-out.

Abby’s Tip of the Day: How to increase self-awareness

One way to increase general self-awareness is by recognizing the thought patterns or urges you typically have, and either mentally reflecting on these, or recording them. You can then observe specific behaviors or events that typically lead to these thought patterns or urges. For example, you may have certain thoughts that pop-up more often when you are around specific people or contexts. By increasing your familiarity with your thoughts and urges, you can gain a better understanding of your emotions, needs, and desires. The idea of one's "inner self" can also be conceptualized as one's inner voice or intuition. It can often feel like an individual's moral compass that guides one to what is "right" or "important." Our inner selves can also embody our hopes, passions, ambitions, value systems, fears, and insecurities.

To learn more about Abby or to schedule a session with her, you can view her profile here!

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