Holly McDaniel, LPC, M.S. NCC, CTP, CTMH-A


Introduction
Holly (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Master’s degree in Clinical
Mental Health Counseling from National Louis University. She is a Certified Trauma Professional
and received sexual assault and crisis intervention training through the Illinois Coalition Against
Sexual Assault (ICASA). She brings clinical experience from the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Skokie, IL as well as a variety of evidenced-based therapeutic trainings to the practice. She is also a Certified TeleMental Health Associate. In addition, she is an active member of state and national professional counseling associations.

Prior to the counseling field, Holly worked in corporate, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine,
as a refugee resettlement worker, and received a Master’s degree in International Public
Service from DePaul University. Holly has had the privilege of dedicating much of her career to
helping people.

For fun, Holly enjoys volunteering, reading, attending talks, listening to music, biking, walking
her dog, and sharing a cup of decaf with friends and family.

Therapy Approach
Holly’s priority is to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with each whole person. In this
relationship, she can attune to each person and naturally hold a gentle and safe space for
individuals to deal with and heal from unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, life stressors, adverse
childhood experiences, and trauma. Holly believes healing is a collaborative and egalitarian
process where clients should feel safe and validated. She is warm, dedicated, intentional, direct,
and passionate about her work as a therapist.


Holly is a culturally sensitive, relational therapist who is drawn to working from attachment,
feminist, and systems lenses. She received training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Trauma-
Focused-CBT. She uses a strengths-based, client-centered, and compassionate approach in
working with her clients. Holly integrates a range of therapeutic techniques and methods to
meet her clients where they are at in the present moment. Other areas of therapeutic focus
include Somatic modalities, Breath work, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral
Therapy (DBT), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).

Specializations: anxiety, depression, parenting, relationships, women’s issues, attachment
issues, emotional abuse, identity development, mood disorders, borderline personality
disorder, cultural and societal oppression, trauma/PTSD, sexual assault/abuse survivors,
dissociation, emotional regulation, food allergy adjustment counseling.

Currently working with: All genders and sexual orientations, older adolescents, and adults of all
ages. She works with trauma survivors of all ages (3 and up).

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