Staff

Julie Blackman, LCSWJulie Blackman, LCSW,  Director
The therapeutic relationship is a vehicle for growth and balance with support. Discovering how you operate in the world leads to better relationships and decisions about your future. In a safe and nurturing, therapeutic relationship, you can have the freedom to explore who you are and to repair what is keeping you stuck.  Collaboration is a key component to successful treatment, which is why I recognize the necessity to respect your pace and needs during this process. Once you have a better sense of who you are, you will be able to express yourself more genuinely as well as exercise better judgment about relationships and about choices that life presents.

I received my Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University in 1993.  For over two decades, I have worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, hospital and private practice.  At Self Design, I pride myself on finding quality staff for clients that seek our help.  I have been a Clinical Supervisor at Highland Park Hospital Eating Disorder Unit and at Insight Psychological Centers treating those with eating disorders, mood disorders and relationship issues.  My specialties include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship concerns, divorce contemplation/adaption and support in the pursuit of self-discovery and self-awareness.

Rebecca Graham, LCPC, CADC, Staff Therapist
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
I believe change and growth occur through a collaborative, supportive therapeutic relationship. The therapeutic relationship and alliance can be a catalyst for increased self-awareness, gained insight, and positive change. By providing a safe and non-judgmental environment, I will work with you to gain a better understanding of yourself and explore change. We will work together to address and process unresolved issues, as well as learn healthier, more effective ways to cope.

I received my Masters in Clinical Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Since graduating, I have worked in the Community Mental Health field where I gained a broad and diverse range of experience with Group, Individual, and Couples Psychotherapy. I have experience as a Clinical Supervisor as well as training other clinicians on the implementation of DBT and Trauma-Informed practice. My specialties include Trauma and Recovery, Anxiety Management, Stress Management, Mood disorders, Relationship dynamics, Times of Transition, and facilitating Self-Discovery and Acceptance. I also have experience with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Substance Abuse, Eating disorders, Pain disorders, and issues related to Health and Wellness.

Angela Mitchell, LCSW, Staff Therapist
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
At some point in life, many of us feel as if we have lost our way. Perhaps we are no longer satisfied with our career choice, or we feel disconnected from our partners or friends. Maybe we struggle with a long-standing habit we desperately want to change, or we are entering a new phase of life and want to do things differently. Everyone has both challenges and strengths, and psychotherapy can assist us in living the life we want by helping us uncover and use our strengths to meet the challenges life puts in our path.

I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in 1998, and completed a two-year certificate program in Couple and Family Therapy at the Chicago Center for Family Health in 2000. Since then, I have worked as an individual, couple, and family psychotherapist in a variety of settings, including the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Loyola University’s Wellness Center, and the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (formerly the North Chicago VA). My approach is collaborative, integrative, and strengths-based, drawing on relational and cognitive-behavioral theory and practice. I have additional training in several evidence-based approaches, including Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I have extensive experience and interest in working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, lifecycle transitions (such as the transition to parenthood, launching young adults, and retirement), eating disorders, chronic pain/illness, and general relationship concerns. My greatest joy in working with clients is guiding them in discovering, honoring, and employing their innate ability to create change in their lives.