- Inner battles with general anxiety
- Career Growth
- Anxiety Disorders/OCD
- Substance Abuse/Addiction
Jaclyn Scandinaro is a culture accomplice and LGBTQ+ affirming Licensed Practicing Counselor (LPC), who earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University. Jaclyn takes a client-centered approach, which has been most beneficial for her work with clients. She feels as though establishing a connection, building respect and trust and providing empathy towards the client allows their time to be safe and productive. Once a connection is established, she may shift her approach depending on what expectations or goals the client may have for therapy. Common therapeutic approaches Jaclyn may use will be cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused therapy, harm reduction techniques, and exposure and response prevention (ERP). She has experience working with a wide scope of clients, helping each manage inner battles with general anxiety, depression, career growth, communication, relationships, anxiety disorders/OCD or substance abuse/addiction. While Jaclyn’s experience has touched a number of populations, she strives to assist in self and community exploration and identify solutions to increase quality of life for each individual client.
I have always had a strong desire to generate organic connections, build relationships, develop an alliance with people throughout my childhood and adulthood. I was attracted to listening to people, providing different perspectives and assisting in identifying solutions or finding self worth. While I recognized my ability to support others at a fairly young age, I did not know how this would manifest in my professional career. I had attempted a number of industries before relocating to Chicago. Chicago helped me understand that my interpersonal skills could be utilized in learning from and supporting the community around me. Shortly after that “ah-ha” moment, I enrolled into the Adler University Master’s Program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and could not have been happier with my decision.
1. What attracted you to being a psychotherapist?
I find that taking a client-centered approach initially has been most beneficial while working with clients. Establishing a connection, building respect and trust while providing empathy towards the client allows our time to be safe and productive. Once this safe space is created, I may shift my approach depending on what expectations or goals the client may have for therapy.
2. How would you describe your approach with your clients?
“Strength isn’t holding it all in and being okay. Strength is letting it all out and being okay with not being okay.” - Caroline White
3. What's your favorite quote about mental health?
I would say my clients strength is constantly surprising me. Yet, each client surprises me in their own way. Whether it be persistence with “homework”, educating me on their backgrounds, or their ability to allow change or challenges within our sessions.
4. What has surprised you the most about being a psychotherapist?