Megan Harrington,

LCPC

Psychotherapist

Clinic Location: Chicago

Specialty Areas:

- Anxiety
- Trauma and PTSD
- Personality Disorders
- Self-Injury and Self-Destructive Behaviors
- Multicultural Issues
- Emotion Regulation
- Anger Management
- LGBTQ
- Adults, Adolescents, Families 
- Relationships
- Life Transitions

Megan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) offering therapy for individuals (adults and adolescents), families and couples. While completing her MA in Counseling Psychology at Boston College, she began working with survivors of trauma and conducting qualitative research on women’s experiences of domestic violence. Megan went on to work in a variety of settings: in emergency rooms, partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs, and ultimately in private practice. She enjoys working with a diverse population, and specializes in trauma and PTSD, self-harm and self-destructive behavior, anger and aggression, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, high conflict families and couples, anxiety disorders, LGBT issues, and multicultural issues.

Megan takes an eclectic approach to her work, and draws from CBT, ACT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and psychodynamic theory. She continues to educate herself through ongoing training and supervision, and enjoys finding creative solutions in collaboration with her clients.


Bio

Specialty/Interest Areas:

- Anxiety
- Trauma and PTSD
- Personality Disorders
- Self-Injury and Self-Destructive Behaviors
- Multicultural Issues
- Emotion Regulation
- Anger Management
- LGBTQ
- Adults, Adolescents, Families 
- Relationships
- Life Transitions

Being a psychotherapist allows me to use my creativity, my imagination, and my analytical skills while simultaneously building genuine connections with my clients. I’ve always had a heart for social justice and I am able to channel that into my work. I also love watching my clients change their minds about what’s possible.


1. What attracted you to being a psychotherapist?

Questions

I am a warm and friendly person, and I tend to be optimistic, which definitely comes through in my approach. I work hard to understand my client first and foremost, and that helps me to create a nonjudgmental atmosphere. I draw from a variety of theoretical orientations with a foundation of unconditional positive regard for my client. I may enter a session with a plan, but I’m always keeping an open mind to what my client needs in the moment. I’m a flexible person, and readily adapt.

2. How would you describe your approach with your clients? 

Here are a few that resonate with me:

“Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.” -Audre Lorde

“Go where you feel most alive.”

“Why don’t people understand that nobody wants to hear what they should have done when something has already happened?” -Issa Rae

3. What's your favorite quote about mental health? 

I’m often surprised by the extent to which people underestimate themselves. I see myself as responsible for helping my clients accept what they’re already capable of.

4. What has surprised you the most about being a psychotherapist?