ABOUT BILL FARRAND, LCPC
There is a reason why you’re seeking out therapy. Perhaps you’ve been experiencing some feelings that you’re not sure what to do with. You may be feeling overwhelmed by external events, or overwhelmed by your own thoughts. Or, you’ve been consistently feeling down or unable to function. There is hope. It can be difficult to take that first step, but by doing so you will greatly increase your capacity to be able to effectively manage your feelings and perhaps resolve any difficulties or challenges you may be experiencing.
I can provide you tailored, specific treatment based on what you’re experiencing and work with you to find what’s most effective to alleviate your symptoms and look at and heal the underlying causes.
I have a broad view of how one can approach therapy. My way of working is very client-needs specific, based on what your goals are. I seek to figure out what type of therapy you actually need, and try not to fit that into any particular rigid way of doing therapy. First I like to understand what’s going on for you and what your goals are, and then work with you to find an appropriate treatment.
If you’re going through a crisis or a particularly difficult or challenging time in your life, I will first teach you cognitive behavioral therapy tools and interventions to help you manage your feelings so you are able to function in your life. Once you start feeling better and begin to feel a sense of relief in your day to day life, then we can begin psychodynamic therapy to dig deeper into your past and find the source of the challenges you are experiencing in your life today.
In our first couple of sessions together, I will be able to identity what will be helpful for you as I begin to ask you questions and understand your particular situation.
Some people want to get some tools to feel better and then go back to their lives. Other people will spend a couple of years with me looking at something is more difficult or working on a behavior that is harder to change.
Whatever you are going through, I will tailor the therapy program based on your needs.
Prior to starting my private clinical practice, I served as the Director of Community Behavioral Health at Center on Halsted, Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute in Chicago.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I worked extensively in corporate and non-profit management and have presented at national conferences and to professional and general audiences speaking on the topics of grief and loss, LGBTQ cultural competence, non-profit administration and HIV/AIDS services.
Master of Arts in Community Counseling, Northeastern Illinois University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illinois Wesleyan University
License and Certifications
Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
American Counseling Association
Association for Counselor Eduction and Supervision
Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling
Illinois Counseling Association
Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association
Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors
Illinois Association for Lesbain, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling