Simona Kovacic, LMSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, who has experience working with families and individuals of all ages, and diverse backgrounds, personal histories and present struggles. Simona received a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University, and Master of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from University of Illinois at Chicago. Simona’s most recent clinical experience has been working with Community Mental Health, where she worked with individuals and facilitated group therapy, to support those struggling with serious and persistent mental illness and addictions. She also has experience working with youth and families through Family Preservation Services in Lafayette Indiana and Youth Services Restorative Justice program through the Evanston Illinois Police department.
Simona has worked with individuals and families navigating anxiety, depression, trauma, and challenging life transitions. Simona has a special interest in offering parent support to those who are struggling to understand their children’s behavior and are seeking more positive and productive ways to manage it. Simona’s approach to therapy is eclectic, pulling from experience in a range of settings that consider systemic and personal factors that impact clients. This method is consistently based on building a foundation of trust with her clients, by creating a safe nonjudgmental space for clients to share. She holds the understanding that clients are experts in their lives and helps clients to process difficult feelings and experiences, while supporting clients in building upon their strengths.
Simona implements a strengths-based, trauma informed approach, while drawing on evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Functional Family Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Clinical interventions and exercises are used to encourage clients to process their challenges and improve their positive coping so they can enhance the quality of their lives.