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Available: Wednesday and Thursday at 5pm

Dayshia Richmond, Associate Clinician

 I believe that individuals cannot be fully understood in isolation and take time to understand an individual from his/her/their own unique biological, social/emotional, familial, cultural, and environmental experiences and the systems that impact each client. This includes looking at how family, school/work, roles and responsibilities, family-of-origin, culture and community affect psychological well being. I support clients through life transitions and adjustments; school/work stress; grief and loss; everyday stressors; family of origin issues; mood changes; culture and identity challenges; trauma; focus/structure and learning differences and more. 

 

Our work together helps clients learn to develop healthy, growth-oriented, supportive relationships. Clients learn to get what they need while saying “no” to people who will not help them grow or thrive. This includes saying no to oneself. I also work with individuals who are just looking for space to process things without judgement, interruption or excessive feedback and interruptions.

 

We'll work to identify triggers and develop long-term coping skills to manage behavioral challenges and/or developmental disabilities including learning differences; distress related to emerging adulthood and its related transitions and adjustments; uncontrollable worrying; school and work stress such as  perfectionism, feeling undeserving, inadequate, or overwhelmed; difficulty with concentration, structure and organization; mood changes including frequent crying and agitation; pattern of unsatisfactory relationships and history difficult family dynamics; and little interest or pleasure in doing things.

I use Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help clients who have trouble handling strong emotions and whose thought patterns cause distress, low moods and undesired behaviors. ACT is mindfulness based and helps my client create a  meaningful and rich life, while accepting the unavoidable hardships that inevitably come. DBT helps clients create healthy relationships — with respectful boundaries and trust; teaches coping skills for emotional pain and challenging situations; instills skills and strategies to manage and regulate intense emotions; improves positives emotions; and teaches skills to develop assertiveness and an ability to communicate your needs clearly and set healthy boundaries.

 

I have  previously co-facilitated DBT groups and provided support to individuals who present with signs or symptoms associated with behavioral disorders and related developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Learning Differences.

Therapy with me may include: looking at any cognitive distortions affecting your thoughts; replace negative or critical self-talk with compassionate, constructive self-talk; identify unbiased evidence supporting  negative beliefs and come up with evidence against it; create reward systems to help increase overall positivity; identifying how anxiety, depression, trauma and other distress manifests in the body and then develop coping techniques to regulate.   

 

My clients learn to assert their needs and to manage conflict in relationships; develop skills to improve structure, organization and focus; learn how to interpret and regulate these emotions and respond appropriately; improve communication; learn ways to accept and tolerate distress without worsening distress; and enhance or reduce emotions in order to respond effectively and achieve individual goals. 

I work with individuals across racial, ethnic, gender, age, faith/spiritual, sexual orientation, cultural and professional backgrounds to process  difficulties related to experiences and histories unique to their personal and collective identities. I serve the individual who needs someone who  is directive and solution focused therapy and can hold space for his/her/their family dynamics, cultural complexity, development stage and needs.

I am a Clinical Mental Health Counseling trainee at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and I'm under the clinical supervision of Leslie Holley, LCPC, LPC.