I specialize in working with adolescents, teens and young adults. My clients see me as an ally in their quest to find an identity while navigating relationships with peers, family and the pressures of academics. My experience and passions include gender and sexuality, self-harm, depression, anxiety and ADHD. I possess a firm grasp of substance abuse and addiction knowledge and provide psycho-education and treatment options for becoming, and staying, clean and sober. I run a teen self-love group, which allows youth to have a safe place to process what they are experiencing while receiving encouragement, support and advice from peers with similar mental health and/or life challenges.
Most of us feel completely overwhelmed and we mistakenly believe we are the only ones in the world who feel this way. The act of sitting with my clients and communicating understanding and acceptance while helping them make sense of their thoughts and feelings can provide profound opportunities for growth. My clients begin to feel more relaxed and confident in the way they move through life.
Cheri Spiczka's 14 years of experience in the field spans multiple settings. She is considered a warm, open, accepting and super-motivated therapist, who gives 150% of herself to the individual needs of each client. Therapy doesn't start and end after 50 minutes, it moves beyond the safety of her office, as it should for it to be successful. "I am not only listening to people talk and explore themselves, I am changing lives."
Cheri loves her work with the teen population. Clients feel she is an ally in the quest to embrace the young person they are trying to become. Cheri is a skilled and effective substance abuse and addictions counselor. She understands just how difficult and overpowering a substance or addiction can be to the user, as well as how much this affects loved ones around them.
As a mother, daughter, sister and wife, Cheri is emphatically and sensitively connected to the issues and challenges that come with each dynamic. Many of her child and adolescent clients consider her a "feelings teacher," helping them explore what emotions they are having and why. Couples and/or parents who work with her love the tools they develop that make their home environment more positive and successful.
Adult clients who work with Cheri enjoy the sense of sensitivity she brings to the therapeutic relationship. The amount of support and encouragement she provides is immeasurable and ultimately can be powerfully transformative. Clients benefit from the compassion she brings to each session and feel empowered by it in a lasting way.
As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Art Therapist, Cheri is experienced in using several therapy approaches to help her clients communicate, explore and heal. Adding art therapy can provide a new avenue towards self-expression and exploration, which often makes it easier to uncover problems and identify solutions.
One of my favorite sayings is: "Human life isn't about perfection. It's about accepting the flawed, the misguided parts of ourselves. We keep trying, we keep loving, we keep believing."- Unknown
"Cheri's calm demeanor, compassion and listening skills put me immediately at ease with her. She has an innate ability of asking the right questions in order to bring clarity to the issue at hand and yet is straightforward when needed. Through working with Cheri, I was empowered to make needed changes that have brought peace and happiness for me and my family. Cheri's experience, commitment and caring nature makes her an asset to Clinical Care Consultants. I highly recommend her as a therapist for children and adults."