Lolita Aguiñaga, MSW, LICSW
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), with a masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago, and a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I provide therapy for individuals and families. I have experience with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as with the family dynamic. My primary areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, trauma, ADHD, health issues, behavioral problems, relationship problems, parenting issues, and sexual identity/orientation struggles.
My approach to therapy begins from an understanding that seeking therapy can be a difficult yet brave step towards a healthier life. The process begins by accepting individuals where they are and tailoring therapy to client’s interests and desired goals. Using a holistic and strengths-based approach to therapy, I help clients develop and practice healthy coping skills. In my work with children and adolescents, I utilize creative play and art therapy techniques to create a fun and safe environment in which children can express their thoughts and feelings freely. When working with families, I incorporate family systems therapy approaches to process how family members can improve their relationship as a unit. I also use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques when working with individuals with depression, anxiety, and eating disorders and EMDR for those with trauma.
From the age of four, I knew that I wanted to help others. I grew up in Chicago where I volunteered at a local church along with my dad. I continued volunteering and fundraising for various groups and organizations throughout my youth. Helping others who are in need has always felt right, as I believe that we can work together to make this world more caring and loving.
My desire to understand the human mind and its relationships led me to study psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, I interned as an advocate for domestic violence survivors, and volunteered as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault. With a desire for furthering my education and knowledge, I continued my studies at Loyola University of Chicago where I developed a passion for providing therapy. Since then, I’ve worked in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, community mental health agencies, and a private group practice. Though years have past, I still carry the same mission I had in mind as a 4-year-old-to help those in need. I feel very grateful to be in a fulfilling profession where I’m able to engage in what I love-helping others live happier and healthier lives.