Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacy Perkins.
Stacy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I consider myself pretty lucky in that I knew early-on in my college career I wanted to be a counselor. Actually, it really was more that I didn’t have a desire to do anything else. I have always enjoyed talking with people, hearing about their experiences and understanding what makes us do the things we do. I worked with children, adolescents, adults and couples in various counseling settings. Then, fast-forward 10 years–it happened to me–I was hit with anxiety and being severely overwhelmed. As a result, I read everything I could get my hands on about managing and relieving stress and anxiety. And it worked! Now, as a result of much of my own experience and story, my practice is focused on helping women get rid of the stress, worry, and anxiety that is robbing them of the peace, contentment that is potentially keeping you from achieving important goals in your life. I share all that to say, “I get it!” And there is hope of moving through it.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Oh goodness, no. In 2005, I made the decision to go out on my own and start my own private practice. I think at that time I had a case of “I didn’t know what I didn’t know.” I had been a therapist for seven years but had only been affiliated with other agencies or group practices. That had provided a sense of safety to fall back on. I hadn’t thought through every element of starting my own business/practice. You might say I was a fish out of water. Starting a business can certainly stretch you in every possible way, including your own mental health. I knew I needed to get some support and training if I wanted to not only keep my doors open but grow a self-sustaining practice. So, I did just that. I started talking to people, joined a coaching group and learned other skills that helped me create a practice that I love and supports the work that I do.
Please tell us about Stacy Perkins, LCPC, Ltd.
I have the pleasure of helping professional women let go of anxiety, worry and fear, so they are better able to be present, handle difficult situations with more ease and experience more peace in life. Ninety-five percent of my counseling practice is working with amazing women who find themselves stressed out, over-thinking situations, and consistently 20 steps ahead of where they really are at any given moment. They often replay ‘what-if’ scenarios, think life is passing them by and they’re missing out on the good stuff. That’s why I am here to help.
As a solo practitioner, it is important to me that current and potential clients are able to connect with me quickly through the phone or electronically. That is why I have an online scheduler. It can make the process of making an appointment quick and easy. Another benefit of a small practice is that I am your go-to person. You don’t have to talk to another person or two to gain access to me.
What were you like growing up?
I was a pretty curious kid. My Mother used to tell stories about our local pharmacist trembling when I walked into the drug store because I wanted to see, touch and ask questions about everything. Yes, I was the “Why this? Why that?” kid. That natural curiosity is still with me today. I find it an amazing privilege to walk alongside women as they share their stories, understand what is happening, and develop a plan for moving forward. The good news is it can get better! You can get rid of stress and anxiety!
- Address: 233 E. Erie St.,
Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60611
- Website: MyChicagoCounselor.com
- Phone: (312) 810-0707
- Email: Stacy@MyChicagoCounselor.com
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/stacy-perkins-lcpc-chicago
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