Alyeska Kochanek, MA
I believe that healing naturally occurs in spaces where we feel safe, supported, and accepted, exactly as we are. My primary goal as your counselor is to facilitate the creation of that space, so that you can tap into the deep well of wisdom that is already within you. It is my honor to be a part of your journey.
From a clinical perspective, I utilize Person-Centered Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as my primary frameworks. My style is influenced by the Buddhist principles of mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion, which have been transformational in my own life. As one of my favorite Tara Brach quotes says, “in any moment, no matter how lost we feel, we can take refuge in presence and love.”
I believe that humans are wired to connect and that much of our growth, and our healing, occurs in the context of our relationships to others. I treat each therapeutic relationship as unique, collaborative, and immensely valuable. As a white, able-bodied, cisgender female, I recognize that I hold many privileged identities, and it is my goal to be anti-oppressive and to center my clients’ perspectives rather than my own. It is my commitment to continue the lifelong work of unlearning my biases and dismantling white supremacy within myself, and I welcome your feedback as an asset to my growth.
I have been told that my style is warm, genuine, and compassionate. I have specific interest in working with anxiety and depressive disorders, issues around food and body image, substance use and addictive behaviors, non-traditional relationship structures (such as ethical non-monogamy/polyamory), and trauma.
I graduated from Roosevelt University with my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May 2022. I interned at Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, working primarily with substance use and addiction issues as well as co-occurring mental health concerns such as depression, chronic anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Many of my clients faced simultaneous challenges of houselessness, unemployment, and criminal justice involvement. My experience highlighted the importance of working from an intersectional lens; exploring my clients’ varied socio-cultural identities as well as the larger systemic issues which impact us all in differing ways.
I am a Registered Associate Counselor, under supervision to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. I am supervised by Adrian Larsen Sanchez, PsyD.
Insurance Plans Accepted
Blue Cross Blue Shield
OHP- Open card
Limited Sliding Scale Available