Sharon Petzel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works online with clients living in Illinois. Sharon brings expertise in the mental health field to each session with clients, especially when supporting clients who have difficulty moving past a traumatic experience or toxic relationship. Sharon works with clients who suffer from anxiety or depression, which usually stem from experiencing adverse events. Sharon helps these clients explore the root causes of their emotional distress and to heal. This lets them move forward with their lives without mental health symptoms.
Sharon’s approach to therapy includes elements from Internal Family Systems therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Integral Breath therapy, and hypnotherapy. She teaches clients the tools they need to manage their emotions, including in times of distress or panic. She also helps clients reframe their painful memories as past experiences that cannot touch their present selves, which frees clients to progress in their daily lives without interruption. Sharon focuses on making changes now that will impact clients in the long term. She is passionate about supporting clients in a way that best suits them and tailors her treatment for each individual she sees.
Sharon earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois. Her goal is to help clients heal from their past by giving them compassionate space to explore their hurt, pain, and suffering. She then guides them through the healing process with empathy and genuine connection.
Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms
Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.
Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally
Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect
Caregiver stress & support - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one; balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health
Sharon Petzel is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 37 years
Self Employed, LCSW, 1991 - Present
University of Illinois Chicago, MSW, 1986