Donna Livesey, MSW, LCSW
I value every relationship, and it’s a true privilege to work with each of my clients.
My practice is eclectic. Some clients are working through trauma issues, while others are addressing difficulties coping with life transitions, grief, relationship issues, anxiety and depression, or emotional instability.
Regardless of the reason for seeking therapy, your feelings and experiences matter – you are important to me. I don’t see you as broken, instead that you are not satisfied with how you are coping with the often complex and contradictory world we live in.
I work with adults of all genders.
My style is relaxed and engaged during our meetings.
Our time together is yours, and you deserve to get what you need from it. I am client-centered in my therapeutic approach – this means your ideas, needs, and goals drive our session.
Your experience is important to me. Therapy works because I meet you where you are – you are the expert and I rely on your input throughout our work together.
Even though we are often addressing complicated and painful subjects, therapy should not be additionally distressing. Our work enables you to feel stronger and lighter as we process through the issues that bring you to therapy – and sometimes you might even find yourself laughing during sessions.
More About Me
As a client-centered therapist, I focus on harm reduction, REBT, cognitive behavioral (CBT) and mindfulness interventions.
Goals throughout our work include assisting you to set boundaries and improve coping while reducing any anxiety and depressive symptoms you experience – enabling you to make the positives changes you desire.
In addition to working with those experiencing problems with depression or anxiety, I have a specialization in crisis intervention and working with issues related to grief, survivors of suicide, trauma/abuse recovery, substance abuse, and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA).
In addition to my work as a clinician, I volunteer at the Art Institute of Chicago and with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
A social worker for over 15 years in both clinical and social service settings, I have a wide variety of clinical experience that allows me to therapeutically intervene in a way that is meaningful to each person I work with.
I look forward to assisting you in your journey.
I am currently accepting new clients. I look forward to talking with you, please contact me and schedule an appointment. My practice includes both in-person and telehealth sessions, and I am open to working with anyone in the state of Illinois. Telehealth sessions are conducted via a secure HIPAA compliant video call platform – doxy.me. Contact me to get started.
Grief & Bereavement
Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors
REBT – Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy