My Story

Lavi Chimata

I began my journey to become a counselor when I was young. I was an introverted child who felt as though I did not fit in. I was often anxious about engaging in social environments. In college, I studied psychology, which opened up a world of knowledge about human behavior. I was fascinated but pursued a different career. Two careers later, I found myself unhappy with my work and longed for something that I could do with joy. I went to therapy and worked through many aspects of my life, including my lackluster career choices. I realized what I desired was to help people on a fundamental level to live joyful, peaceful lives.

 

Today, as a counselor, I feel I have found my purpose. I believe that taking care of one's mental health is vital to living a joyful, peaceful life. I am eager to help you to gain understanding, compassion, and perspective for your life. I believe that your story matters. I feel honored to listen to your story and to help you to live your best life.

 

I am a board certified licensed professional counselor. I endeavor to create a safe environment where clients can freely express themselves and receive support tailored to their needs. I draw upon my education and experience to deliver counseling grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered therapy, and play therapy. I have also been trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness, and reiki.

Education & Experience

2017 - Present

Psychotherapist, Family Strategies Counseling & Mediation, Homewood, IL 

2019 - 2022

Psychotherapist, Revive Psychological Services, Darien, IL

2018 - 2019

Psychotherapist, Sinha Clinic, St. Charles, IL

2018

EMDR Therapist

2018

Reiki Level III

2018

Board Certified Counselor (NCC)

2017

MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling,

Governors State University

2011

MHA, Health Administration,

University of Pittsburgh

2007

MD, Spartan Health Sciences University

2001

BA, Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

2018

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)