Lia Machuca (she, her, & hers) obtained her Bachelor’s in Criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her Master’s in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a trauma-centered Resident in Counseling with almost a decade of experience working in animal and human services, who was previously a CFS intern for year and a half before becoming a pre-licensed LPC Resident. Throughout her internship, she became a Trauma-Sensitive certified and EMDR-trained clinician. Personal and professional experiences have led her to grow a life-long passion for mental health for all populations and diversities. She has a peaked interest in working with older adolescents (16+), adults, the forensic population, and military personnel (both active and retired) to obtain their peace, confidence, and sense of control back from their mental health disorders.
Lia has previously cohosted Domestic Violence and Batterer’s Intervention groups. She is currently working with individuals and families experiencing a wide range of mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and anger issues, transgenerational, PTSD, and other trauma-stressor related disorders, and developmental disorders such as ADHD, and Autism. She utilizes evidence-based psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral psychotherapies to aid clients in moving past old traumas and life blocks and create a happier, more stable future for themselves and their loved ones.