Finding Your True Self: Going Deeper


Finding Your True Self: Going Deeper

Facilitated by Christine Ellsworth, MA & Bri McLaughlin, LCSW

Do you want to get to know yourself better? And improve your self-esteem? If you're looking to nurture your relationship with yourself, you've come to the right place. Through guided journaling inspired by evocative poetry, you can deepen this relationship. We'll read a poem, journal and discuss during each 55-minute session.

During the first five weeks we focus on the question, "Who am I?". Groups are held virtually over Zoom and open to adults 18+ living in Illinois. Beginning May 3, we'll meet every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 PM CST.

Dates: Wednesday, May 31 6:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 7 6:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 14 6:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 21 6:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 28 6:00-7:00 PM

The cost is $25/session or 5 sessions for $100. We highly encourage everyone to attend all five weeks per cycle. Hope to hear from you soon!

Group Therapist

Bri McLaughlin is a licensed clinical social worker in Chicago, IL. With telehealth, she can work with anyone in the state of Illinois. Bri works with individuals ages 14+ who speak English & Spanish. Many of her clients come in to address anxiety, depression, trauma and life transitions. Bri is particularly passionate about serving college students, young adults, writers and artists. She also has advanced training in the area of trauma, anxiety and depression disorders.

Bri is working toward a certificate in poetry therapy and is passionate about incorporating poetry and journaling into sessions. She uses poems and journaling to examine thoughts, emotions and behaviors, and increase self-esteem. Poetry therapy also helps clients to increase self-awareness and research supports ifs efficacy. Bri also has experience doing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), in which she teaches skills to manage emotions. She has a certificate in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), with which she helps clients re-tell the story of traumatic events with hope and empowerment.

In session, Bri focuses on exploring creative expression through journaling, poetry and talking. She also facilitates meditations and breathing exercises that can be practiced in stressful situations. This approach supports clients’ ability to heal, break free and create the life they want to live.

Bri's style is empathetic, engaging, and non-judgmental. When clients first start therapy, we will establish a strong relationship and comfortable environment where they feel supported and challenged to grow.

Bri received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Illinois - Chicago. She has worked at Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., where she provided individual therapy for adults. Previously, she had worked as a child and adolescent therapist. Outside of private practice, she loves to write, read, sing and dance. Bri offers telehealth sessions as a convenient way to access therapy from your home.

Bri McLaughlin

Bri McLaughlin is a therapist in Berwyn, Illinois specializing in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, artists' mental health, anxiety, life transitions, and self-esteem.

Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 PM CST

Illinois (Online)

$100/5 sessions or $25/session