Jamie Dunlap, MA, NCC, LPC

Navigating life requires many tools; some we are born with, but some must be learned. As your therapist, I will share these well-researched, effective tools, whether they be for more effective communications, controlling your reactions, navigating challenging relationships, or coping with loss or change. It is important to practice self-compassion and acceptance during this work. In session, I will practice and model compassion, and acceptance of who you were, are, and wish to be in order to provide a safe space for you to begin practicing these tools for yourself.

Together we will set clear and achievable goals for our work together, with acknowledgment of past and present experiences. I will guide you through using your natural strengths, supports, and new tools in managing symptoms of doubt and indecision, and celebrating growth and acceptance.

My educational background: 

I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Iowa, where I focused on neurobiology, clinical psychology, and human development, from a trauma-informed orientation. Specifically, I am interested in how trauma impacts our brain development, the relationships we form, our decision-making, and even our day-to-day wellbeing. 

I received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University. I completed specialized training in relational trauma, focusing on development, cultural implications, gender and sexuality, mind and body connections (such as the impacts of chronic stress, and “rewiring our brain”), and existential crises linked to trauma. For those seeking to deepen their sense of self and others through an extended therapeutic-relationship, I also have education and clinical experience with psychodynamic therapy. 

Volunteer and advocacy work also have a special place in my life. Recently, I volunteered with Career Transition Center of Chicago where I support clients in pursuing satisfying and meaningful careers. Additionally, I earned a certificate as a domestic violence (DV) advocate with Pillars Community Health care. In this role, I supported victims of DV through education, empowerment, and inspiration.

My specialty interests and training:
Abuse -Physical, Sexual or Emotional (spouse, parental, child)

Adolescents (ages 14-18) and Young Adults

Anxiety and Depression

Attachment theory

Borderline Personality Disorder

Career Transitions

Chronic Stress

Cultural considerations in therapy
Family-systems theory
Parent-child relationships

Sexual wellbeing 

Trauma-Relational and Situation
Women’s identity and social/cultural pressures

I offer the following evidence-based approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
CBT (Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy)
Mindfulness-based stress reduction

I look forward to partnering with you in pursuing your best, most authentic life.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”- Eleanor Roosevelt