Why choose me?
A lot of therapists say they “work with everyone”. Now because of my training and experience, I could work with everyone of course, but I have chosen a specific niche. In my private practice I have chosen to work with millennials, young professionals, and students, typically people in their 20s and 30s for a very specific reason….. There is so much potential for growth!
As a social worker in the community mental health field, I spent 12 years working with clients in the latter half of their lives (also usually men), who carried diagnoses of severe mental illnesses, usually with a dual diagnosis of a substance abuse disorder. This was incredibly rewarding work and I am very proud of what my clients and I accomplished together. However, the outcomes I was able to have with these types of clients were very different than what I am able to accomplish with clients in my private therapy practice.
The fact that my private practice clients don’t have a severe mental illness is of course the main reason, but the age difference is also a huge factor. Even when I was in the community mental health field, I found that I excelled at working with our youngest adult clients. Sure, it helped that I was in my 20s when I first started out, and now in my 30s I could relate to a lot of what they were dealing with. But the kinds of things I got to help them with was different than with my older clients and very rewarding. Researching community college classes, exploring ways to meet other young people, identifying their strengths to help them get their first jobs, walking them through finding their first apartment and maintaining it, and supporting them with the skills they needed to become responsible, independent adults.
In my private practice, I am using the passion I developed with my previous young adult clients and refining it. It all comes back to transitions. Transitions are changes. Phases. Transitions represent newness. Fresh starts. Stages. Beginnings. These are all very common places my millennial clients find themselves in.
If you are in a place like that, we can only go forward and upward. Transition can be a scary place to be. Full of uncertainty. Lack of answers. The unknown. So that’s where i come in! Helping you deal with your firsts, your moves, your adjustments, your changes.
Chloe Demisch, LCSW #61844