THE CHICAGO KINDNESS PROJECT, LLC
JESSICA E. PLONKA, PSYD
LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Psychotherapy that lifts Chicagoans up through Strength, Hope, Compassion, and Kindness
Feel relief and healing through acceptance and support
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Chicago who provides psychotherapy to adults who want to gain insight and understanding into their depression, anxiety, and stubborn thought and relationship patterns. With a compassionate, holistic, and collaborative approach, clients feel empowered, in control, and an active participant in their life.
We actively fight against racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, LGBTQ+ discrimination, violence, and hate. We strive to live inclusively and continue to grow in mindset and skillset to best serve Chicagoans.
At The Chicago Kindness Project, we continue to check ourselves and find the balance between stepping up and stepping back.
We offer virtual and in-person therapy for the most accessible and ethical care.
“we cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed.”
― Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR VISIT
Making Sure Treatment Works
You will complete paperwork and schedule an appointment online. I will call you to introduce myself and confirm our session. At our initial meeting, I will focus on getting to know you and giving you an opportunity to ask me questions to see if we are a good fit so that you can get the positive changes you want.
SERVICES I OFFER
Helping you Feel Calm, Confident, and Compassionate
Through individual therapy, you will gain insights about your relationships and unhealthy thinking patterns. You will explore the origins of your feelings of depression, anxiety, and dissatisfaction in the social and occupational aspects of your life. We will work together to improve your relationships, mood, and motivation. I use a collaborative and multicultural approach to help you get the unique care you want.
Couples therapy can help partners feel connected with each other again. In counseling session, we focus on helping partners increase empathy for each other and address ways to treat each other with more respect. By increasing self-awareness and honesty, you both will feel connected and understood. Couples therapy can be life-changing and eye-opening.
REPRODUCTIVE MENTAL HEALTH
Meet You Where You're At
Family can mean so many different things. Whether you're thinking about having a child, questions about coparenting, or experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, I can support you in understanding those complex feelings. Maybe you're feeling more emotional being newly pregnant, anxious as a new parent, or feeling unhappy, counseling can help you understand ways to take care of yourself. I also help many families overcome feelings surrounding fertility issues, child loss, adoptions, and postpartum depression and anxiety. Mental health counseling includes support during perinatal, postpartum, and antepartum periods.
Providing a Helping Hand
The demands of parenting can change as you add different personalities to your family and as family members reach different ages. I help all types of families to learn effective skills so that you can enjoy parenting and have loving and kind experiences with family members. With a firm and compassionate approach, your children will feel cared for by you and crave those positive interactions. In addition, I can help you navigate your child's diagnosis if s/he received one from a medical doctor or if her/his school is concerned about an issue.
Being A Part of Something Bigger
Sometimes we can feel isolated and disconnected from the community around us. This can perpetuate feelings of loneliness, worthlessness, and unhappiness. I encourage all of my clients to get involved in communities and have a healthy interest in the diverse experiences that Chicagoans can offer. Through volunteer work, we can feel more connected to others and find ways to increase compassion for ourselves and each other. As part of The Chicago Kindness Project,
I can help you find a volunteer service that would be right for you!
Be Kind to Yourself
53 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604