Katie Susik, LPC, NCC
Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who sees clients in the Chicago-Lakeview office and via teletherapy.
For four years, I sat in my corporate cubicle daydreaming of becoming a psychotherapist. I could only ignore my calling to work in service of the human condition for so long before ultimately embarking on a 180° career change.
Since then, I have come to intimately understand that transformation does not happen in isolation. In the sanctity of private sessions, I have seen clients release and honor historically stifled emotions, encounter shame with tender curiosity, reparent inner children, explore and mindfully rework behavioral patterns, reframe toxic narratives, fortify personal boundaries, resolve trauma, and develop trust in intuition.
Stigma often mischaracterizes the pursuit of psychological healing and emotional reckoning through therapy as a testament to one’s weakness. But the term “psycho-therapy” translates to “serving the soul.” Commitment to the therapeutic process, and therefore acknowledging a need for additional support, is a reflection of one’s quiet strength, humility, and capacity for self-advocacy. Within my professional purview, a person’s choice to seek therapy is an act of redemptive warfare for their soul.
My clinical interests include counseling adolescents, young adults, and adults experiencing anxiety, body image concerns, and difficulty managing ADHD symptomatology, and seeking recovery from early childhood trauma. My therapeutic style is predominantly informed by psychodynamic theory and neuroscience, however my educational and clinical experiences have equipped me with the skills necessary to facilitate interventions aligned with additional modalities, such as CBT, DBT, and ACT. I am compassionately direct in my counseling approach and appreciate the injection of humor into sessions where appropriate.
I have received certification in both Levels I and II of Applied Polyvagal Theory (PVT) in Yoga (16-hour) and I am currently a student in the Somatic Experiencing (SE™) Professional Training Program, seeking to complete the educational and related requirements of the program to use the Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner credential.