Growing up in a large family, I saw a lot, heard a lot, and learned a lot. By the age of 5, I was curious about the various ways people reacted to the struggles of addiction and poverty. What I did not know then was that there was a name for what I was observing - it is called complex trauma. The impact of complex trauma often looks like depression, anxiety, criminal behavior, and impulsive behavior. One of my greatest lessons is the healing power of relationships in transforming our mindsets and lives.
Adolescence and young adulthood are tough stages and precious moments. I am curious of your interests, your strengths, your passion, your perspective, and your values. And I don't assume that I have all the answers to what your path has or will look like, but I am committed to taking the journey with you. I know that your experiences are unique and your path needs to be too.
I use expressive techniques such as dance, art, poetry, yoga and mindfulness to effectively treat the impact of trauma, community violence, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, and substance abuse. I believe my role as your therapist is to support you in the use of your natural strengths to achieve and maintain your goals.
Chauntay received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. She is certified as a Family Trauma Professional. Chauntay is also trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Affect Regulation Competency (ARC).