"Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path." - Henry Winkler
Maybe you're needing guidance to help make tough personal life, parenting, or relationship decisions? Perhaps your goal is to find a better life balance between all of the areas that pull you in different directions? Or maybe you're finding it hard to accept certain aspects of life? Tamara helps people understand themselves and others more deeply, while learning ways to cope and make decisions more effectively. She offers general counseling services, as well as food allergy-related counseling services. (Learn about Tamara Hubbard, MA, LCPC and her qualifications & experience).
Individual Counseling (ages 16+) Counseling provides a chance to explore feelings and thoughts, many of which may create roadblocks to achieving goals or desired outcomes. Whether you're looking for guidance through life transitions (such as transitioning to college, adulthood, motherhood, or various stages of parenting), or you're trying to navigate difficult situations or relationships, Tamara is able to help individuals develop skills that encourage increased self-awareness/insight, coping, and decision-making abilities in order to help them identify and achieve their goals.
For those managing food allergies, counseling with a food allergy-knowledgeable behavioral healthcare provider can be beneficial. Maybe you find it challenging to cope with the diagnosis, or the emotional and social impacts. Perhaps you need guidance on navigating family/social scenarios, developing self-advocacy in your child, or communicating your food allergy rules to others. Or you may find yourself (or your child) struggling after a recent anaphylactic reaction or oral food challenge appointment. Due to Tamara's experience with and knowledge of IgE-mediated food allergies and food allergy trials/treatments, she can help you through your food allergy journey and with the development of coping strategies, resilience and an empowered mindset.
Parenting & Family Counseling Focuses Families are like a mobile; all members play a role in its balance or lack of balance. Family counseling helps develop an understanding of current issues, as well as how each member can assist the family in navigating back to a better state of harmony. Having trained in family therapy, Tamara utilizes a systems mentality to effectively help the puzzle pieces move back into place.
Group Sessions Whether it's support groups or therapy groups, being in an atmosphere with others who are going through similar experiences can be truly beneficial. In addition to talking about experiences, useful tools will be shared. As groups are offered, the details will be posted.
Educational Workshops Another way of gaining insight and life tools is through attending educational workshops on topics you'd benefit from. Workshops aren't just for counseling clients; they're open to all who might benefit from them. As workshops are offered, the details will be posted.
About Tamara's Counseling Style
Compassionate and supportive, yet real and honest
Values solution-focused and strength-based approaches to foster skill-building
Utilizes a variety of therapeutic models, individualized to each client/situation, including Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Family Systems, Mindfulness, and Narrative Therapy
Counseling Details: Location & Costs
Tamara provides counseling to clients atGonski Counseling Services in the Northern IL suburbs. Due to counselor licensing guidelines, she is only able to work with counseling clients residing in IL, whether in-person or via telehealth (online/phone) counseling. She is on a variety of insurance panels, and costs vary based on session length and format.
Want to learn more about counseling services, costs, or explore the idea of working with Tamara? Simply visit the Contact page or Psychology Today to send an email or give her a call. Please mention the best way to reach you.Please note: Communications via email or social media outlets are not secure. It is advised to limit personal heath information and details shared via these methods.
Food Allergy Consulting & Workshops
Consultations and workshops are offered for both the client population, parenting groups, or community organizations and clubs. Additionally, training workshops are available for counselors wanting to learn about food allergies or counseling food allergic clients. Individual counselor consultation is also available. (Topics are customized based on the client's needs.)
Sample of Food Allergy Consultations & Workshop Topics for Counselors/Social Workers & other Healthcare Professionals:
Individual case consultation
Understanding the food allergy diagnosis process and how the diagnosis affects people
Common mental health and psychosocial impacts associated with food allergies (and how they differ from general anxiety)
Family, relationship and social impacts
Common feelings and thoughts parents/caregivers report
Useful counseling modalities to utilize with food allergic clients
Addressing the need to create a multidisciplinary team to effectively treat the whole food allergic patient
Sample of Food Allergy Consultations & Workshop Topics for parenting groups, community organizations and clubs:
General food allergy education, including the status of current food allergy treatment research
Exploring the mental health and social impacts of living with food allergies to develop a more effective relationship between schools, clubs, community organizations, and food allergic families
Effectively meeting the needs of food allergic families, students, or consumers
Navigating and evaluating inclusion efforts of food allergic individuals