Everyone has a story to tell. Our lives are a mosaic, a collection of past experiences, of family and of our cultural stories. By giving voice to these stories, we can make meaning of our past traumas and how they collide with our present selves. Stories are changed the moment we tell them because as someone listens we can find new meaning and hope for the future.
People often relate to others in the same way they have in the past, even though it may not be the best practice for the present. Understanding these patterns can lead to breaking out of those behaviors that are no longer helpful. In becoming aware of the stuck places and making sense of them, new choices and possibilities emerge. With gentle curiosity, I will work with you to help you better understand yourself and support who and how you want to be in the world.
I believe my most powerful teachers have been my clients who have dared to trust me with their most intimate stories of struggle, pain and healing. It takes great courage to explore oneself and even more courage to allow another to keep you company along the way.
Giselle Garcia, MSW, LCSW, is a relational therapist who works with children, adolescents, adults, parents and couples. For over 10 years, Giselle has worked with children and families as they navigate life transitions, trauma, intersecting identities and family difficulties. She draws upon feminist, narrative, play therapy and trauma informed practices, based on the needs of each individual and family.
As a staff therapist at Womencare Counseling & Training Center, Giselle creates a safe place in which diverse and complex stories can be held. She brings awareness and insight into what shapes us into who we are, with a particular curiosity about what happens when we share ourselves with another. With a multicultural background and a native Spanish speaker, she can offer sessions in English and Spanish.
Giselle’s areas of specialty:
- Child, adolescent and young adult mental health
- Childhood trauma and neglect
- Parenting and family concerns
- Life transitions
Giselle accepts: BCBS PPO
Education and Credentials
MSW (Master of Social Work), 2005, University of Toronto
LCSW (Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)