Carissa Van Schooten, MA, ALMFT, TBHP

Carissa Van Schooten, MA, ALMFT, TBHP

Personal Statement

Being seen as a whole person is so central to finding fulfillment in life, and my hope for each client is that they walk out of the office knowing themselves and how to navigate the relationships and experiences in their life a little better. I have seen this play out in my own life, and I want to see it take root in the lives of those I encounter. A life-time of navigating cultural differences, transition, grief and loss have given me the foundation I need to come alongside couples and families and provide a safe space as they try to make sense of their experiences. To that end, I see my role primarily as that of a translator: sifting through what is being said to discover the underlying influences, and then working with the family to learn to communicate in a way that each person understands.

Who I Serve

My clinical experience consists of working with multi-stressed families from diverse backgrounds in the suburbs of Chicago, couples navigating relational challenges, families dealing with life-stage transitions, and individuals trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into their world. I especially enjoy working with couples or families who are trying to navigate different cultural influences within their relationships.

Treatment Areas

  • Adjustment and Transition issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Marital/Couple relationships
  • Family Systems
  • Multicultural families
  • Ministry and Missionary families
  • Racial Identity
  • Anxiety/Depression and Emotional Regulation/Family Issues
  • Trauma
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Attachment Therapies
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution Focused
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Play Therapy

Approach

More than just about anything, in the midst of working through difficult situations, I love making therapy fun. Therapy typically involves working through tough emotions, or tricky situations, and making the process a little more fun can make all the difference (cue Mary Poppins… “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…”). Whenever possible, I incorporate play therapy and other expressive forms of treatment to engage the whole person.

Above all, I am convinced that people make sense – if they don’t, then I simply don’t have all the pieces. I work with people to discover these pieces, their strengths as well as areas in need of growth, and to give them the tools they need to promote change in their lives.

Experience

I have over 15 years of personal and professional experience working with identify formation, developing relational depth, transition, grief and loss. My work with children, adolescents and families has taken many different shapes over the years in a variety of settings and countries, spanning multiple cultures.

My work focuses primarily on helping my clients integrate parts of their story, working towards restoration of broken relationships, and addressing negative patterns of interacting by fostering an understanding of the underlying emotions and processes of our actions.

Education

  • BA in Christian Studies and Psychology, with a minor in Music (2013) from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN
  • MA in Marriage and Family Therapy (2016) from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL with additional training in Play Therapy

Credentials

  • TBHP – Certified Telebehavioral Health Practitioner
  • TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (2013)

Affiliations

  • ALMFT: Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • AAMFT: American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • APT: Association for Play Therapy
  • ILAPT: Illinois Association for Play Therapy

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