BEAR PALLASCH, MAAT, QMHP


Therapist

Pronouns: They / Them
Locations:
Andersonville & The Loop
Languages I Speak: English, French & Irish

Not Accepting New Clients

AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Addiction, Alcohol Use & Substance Use
  • ADHD, Autism & Neurodivergence
  • Chronic Illness, Pain & HIV / AIDS
  • Domestic Abuse & Violence
  • Eating Disorders & Body Image
  • Family, Peer & Relationship Conflict
  • Gender Exploration, Expression & Identity Affirmation
  • Grief & Loss
  • Kink, Sex Positivity & Sex Work
  • Mood & Personality Disorders
  • Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation
  • Sexual Abuse & Violence
  • Social & Restorative Justice
  • Stress & Coping
  • Transgender & Transitioning
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Veterans Issues

PHILOSOPHY

I believe we are always in a process of “becoming.” Therapy is about continually learning to forge connections, release borders, and reaffirm that life is transformation. There is no single perfect, all-encompassing recipe for understanding the complexity of people’s experiences and identities. I know how important it is to approach therapeutic practice through an intersectional lens, allowing for this complexity to breathe and flourish.

THERAPY WITH ME

Healing is a powerful practice, and therapy is a unique space of healing we create together – for you, and with you. I believe in using a holistic, integrative approach to support your goals, identify and build on your strengths, and challenge you to live as your best self. I use a wide variety of counseling techniques to help you reach your goals and to address your unique needs. Additionally, I am an art therapist, so if you’re game, I love to incorporate creative elements into our work. While I know this approach isn’t for everyone, if you’re open to it, art can be a wonderful way to express yourself when finding words isn’t easy.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

License:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
    Practicing under the supervision of Dr. Kristin Kazyaka, PhD-L (License No. 071010178)

Degrees:

  • MA in Art Therapy & Counseling, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

TYPES OF THERAPY

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Art Therapy, Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Culturally Sensitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Group Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Multicultural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy), Process Oriented Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Strengths Based Therapy (SBT), Trauma Informed Therapy.

CLIENTS I WORK WITH

  • Individuals (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Seniors)
  • Families (Chosen, Family of Origin, Single Parents)
  • Relationships (Couples, Open, Polyamorous/Polycule, Premarital, Separation/Divorce)