Hello, I am Dr. Natalia Kaczmarek (Kaz-mehr-IK) , or Dr. K for short! I am a licensed clinical psychologist who is passionate about inspiring healing, empowerment, and encouragement. I value the power of the therapeutic relationship and building empathy to understand your life story. At the same time, it is my role to help you figure out current dilemmas and frustrations, which may include facing some challenges by trying on new perspectives and new skills. It may also include “turning-the-mirror”, so-to-speak, to help you understand the ‘whys?’ and ‘hows?’ behind your patterns, behaviors, and choices.
I have extensive training working with children, adolescents, and families; however, I also work with young to middle aged adults. I have worked with a wide variety of difficulties, and specialize in anxiety, depression, ADHD, high functioning autism, trauma and behavioral issues (including ODD). In addition, my clinical interests include emotional personalities, existential crises, and difficult family dynamics. I can be a particularly good-fit for those in the art-world or whom may be described as “quirky”. Lastly, I am also passionate about celebrating diversity and reaching all types of populations, including LGBTQ, refugee, minority, and international populations.
In addition to clinical work, I am also an adjunct faculty at Adler University, a specialized graduate school in downtown Chicago. As a professor, I seek to inspire students to be passionate about learning – to question and reflect on class material – and to integrate what they’ve learned into their personal lives.
“What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning – and some of them many times over – what do you find? That you can swim? Well – life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!”