Emmanuel Perez, MA, LPC

Emmanuel Perez

Emmanuel Perez

MA, LPC

he/him

I believe therapy is an opportunity to be completely vulnerable, enhancing your objectivity about yourself and the world and empowering you to be your desired version of yourself.

Together we will work through your emotions, thoughts, and actions to identify sticking points and the skills needed to address them.

From a place of compassion, we can work together in thinking critically about problems, underlying belief systems, and practical ways to address them. I honor meeting clients where they are in their change process and challenging them to meet their growth potential; I strive to collaboratively integrate clients’ strengths and understandings with research-based therapeutic techniques.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • College and Life Transitions
  • Stress and Performance
  • Men's Issues
  • Grief
  • Depression

I have experience working with a diverse range of clients - including identities, age, and backgrounds. Specifically, my faith as a Christian man is a critical part of my identity and is important for my self-care, belief systems, and overall quality of life. As such, I am particularly drawn to working with clients who seek to explore those faith structures in therapy, and I find that work particularly fulfilling.

My work is evidence-based and grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on the interconnectedness of our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions and their impact on one another. We will better understand your experience and alternative ways of acting and thinking through questioning, keen observation, and practical skills. It’s important to me that clients have a therapeutic “Toolbox” to use in their daily lives. I also integrate other evidence-based practices, including mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused approaches, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). I am trained in the Gottman Method of couples therapy which provides skills and a framework from which partners can build and improve their relationships.

I genuinely believe in the power of good relationships and focus deeply on ensuring clients feel safe and heard. This invites vulnerability, constructive feedback, and respect to cultivate change.

I am a board certified counselor and social justice advocate.  I earned my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Concordia University Chicago and have worked in a variety of settings including the University of Illinois Chicago, City Colleges of Chicago, and several private practices.