balance psychotherapy's approach
Balance Psychotherapy's approach to therapy is one where Clara Brennecke (C.B.) honors and respects each individual's varying background, values & belief systems, and general world view.
Clara believes that being in a safe judgment-free environment helps create an open and honest dialogue.
C.B.'s role as a therapist is to help her clients to recover their true sense of self by learning to make healthier choices, shifting their mindset, and improving relationships with themselves and others. To meet the needs of all clients, CB takes a more experiential approach. Art, music, meditation and movement is incorporated into sessions when appropriate. For moms with babies- "walk and talk" sessions when weather permits.
C.B is able to conduct sessions in English and Spanish.
LGBTQIA + and People of Color inclusive
A brief list of what C.B. specializes in:
Anxiety - Depression -perinatal mood disorders - Life Transitions - Relationship Issues - trauma
Person Centered - Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) -internal family systems (ifs)-attachment focused - Strength Base - mindfulness
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) - National Certified Counselor (NCC).
C.B attended Adler School of Professional Psychology where she received her Masters degree in Clinical Counseling. C.B's experience includes working with clients of all ages and backgrounds. She has formal training in trauma informed therapy, perinatal mood disorders, dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness based therapy. Her experience includes assisting victims of human trafficking, refugee populations, and teens with complex family dynamics. She also worked with parents/guardians wanting to learn how to better support their children go through emotional and behavioral challenges. In the community mental health setting, C.B was able to assist new mothers and fathers helping them cope with the challenges of parenthood, brining a new baby home and perinatal mood disorders. C.B has received advanced training through Postpartum Support International and she is currently working towards obtaining her certification in perinatal mental health.
In the hospital setting, C.B. worked closely with adult populations dealing with mood disorders, self injury behaviors, grief , complex histories of trauma and life transitions.
C.B is particularly interested in dealing with issues including self-esteem, perfectionism, interracial couples, perinatal mental health, and anxiety. C.B enjoys working with entrepreneurs, and those in the creative fields. C.B has experience with those with Latin American backgrounds.
Clara is a mother of two in an interracial family. When she is not spending time with her boys, you can find her trying different restaurants in the city of Chicago.