Halimo  Abdulkarim
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Halimo Abdulkarim

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Illinois Accepting Online
New East Side Accepting In-person
Updated July 6, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Race & cultural identity
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Halimo Abdulkarim is a psychotherapist specializing in working with diverse cultural backgrounds, addressing the challenges of feeling a sense of otherness and not being fully understood. As a relational psychotherapist, she takes an approach that is dedicated to fostering deep connections within clients themselves and with others.

Halimo's expertise encompasses life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and racial/cultural identity exploration. Guided by a holistic and integrative approach, she recognizes the profound interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit and their impact on overall well-being and our relationship with the world.

In her dedication to the healing process and promoting personal growth, Halimo strives for a more just and equitable society. Within therapy, she creates a non-judgmental space for healing and growth, emphasizing the importance of reclaiming control over breath and body as anchors to the present moment, enabling self-awareness and resilience.

Halimo's therapeutic practice draws upon various modalities, including relational psychodynamic therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Somatic Therapy, and Trauma-informed Therapy and Practice. By exploring clients' relational history, she helps them uncover unconscious patterns and dynamics, empowering them to deepen self-understanding and foster meaningful relationships. This integrated approach alleviates suffering, reduces stress, and promotes positive self-awareness and personal growth for individuals experiencing a sense of otherness and seeking to be understood.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Halimo has a personal connection as a refugee from Somalia. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, watching comedies, practicing yoga, and experimenting with new recipes. Halimo is thrilled to accompany clients on transformative journeys, offering a warm and inviting space. If this resonates with you, please feel free to reach out.


Message to clients

I understand that beginning therapy and finding the right therapist can be an overwhelming process. With that in mind, I deeply value the importance of finding the right therapist for you. I recognize that each individual carries a unique set of stories that shape their lives. As a result, therapy with me is deeply personal and tailored to your specific needs.

My goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for you to process your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Together, we will work towards making connections and exploring patterns that may be influencing behaviors that are no longer serving you. I believe in the power of therapy to facilitate personal growth and positive change.

If this resonates with you, please don't hesitate to reach out. I am here to support you on your journey towards healing and transformation.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse



Treatment approaches


Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $155 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $43 - $155

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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New East Side practice
333 N Michigan Ave, 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Center Focused Therapy, Staff Therapist , 2023 - Present

University of Chicago, School of Social Work, Masters in Clinical Social Work, 2016


Licensure

Illinois: 150.109147


Languages

English