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Meet Jami Pugh of D. Gordon & Associates Counseling Services in Hyde Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jami Pugh.

Jami, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My passion for helping people and for the creative process drew me to the field of Art Therapy when I was in high school. From then on, I knew that I wanted to be an art therapist. I earned my masters degree in counseling psychology: specializing in art therapy. After graduation, I was hired to work at a mental health agency where I was able to integrate art therapy into my clinical work.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to work in various settings where I provided both talk therapy and art therapy in mental health treatment. Two years ago, a colleague introduced me to the owner a group private practice, Danny Gordon, who valued and embraced art therapy and I joined the practice.

I have been with the practice ever since. I work with children, adolescents, and adults in counseling and art therapy out of my cozy office in Hyde Park. Art materials fill the shelves in my office and a special “mess resistant” rug covers the floor. As a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice, I am fortunate enough to do the work that I am incredibly passionate about each day.

Has it been a smooth road?
A smooth road? No. But a rewarding and amazing road without a doubt. When I began working in private practice there were a lot of moving parts that I had to figure out.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m a Registered Art Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Professional Therapist working in downtown Hyde Park near the University of Chicago campus. I specialize in treating stress, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, life transitions, and eating disorders. My approach is collaborative and is based on compassion, honesty, and respect. In my practice I use mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and art-based interventions. I offer support and a safe space for people to gain insight, get unstuck, and work through the difficult things they are facing. I am passionate about the work I do with my clients. I believe that there are few things quite as precious or valuable as genuine human connection: to feel seen, heard, and respected. We accept many health insurance plans and offer options for self pay as well. I’m proud to work with D. Gordon & Associates because the practice is built on the values that I stand for. Danny Gordon, owner & therapist, is a skilled clinician and a great person. He genuinely cares about his clients, his employees, and his community. I’m proud to work for a practice that feels like a supportive and empowering community rather than a business. A fun fact about our practice is that two out of three clinicians at D. Gordon & Associates are art therapists.

Both Danny and I have offices in Hyde Park and we have a clinician/art therapist, Danielle, who sees clients in Naperville.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
People need people. There will always be a need for mental health services. Chicago is a good place for a practice that offers mental health care because there will always be a demand. If a credentialed and qualified mental health professional would like to start a private practice then I would recommend starting out here. People in Chicago deserve to have access to quality mental health care services. The more the merrier!

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