NAOMI GARGIULO, MSW, LSW


Therapist

Pronouns: She/Her
Locations: Andersonville & The Loop
Language(s) I Speak: English

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AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Acculturation & Immigration
  • Anxiety, OCD & Panic Attacks
  • Domestic Abuse & Violence
  • Family & Relationship Conflict
  • Gender Exploration, Expression & Identity Affirmation
  • Grief & Loss
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Mood Disorders (Bipolar, Depression, Major Depression)
  • School Issues
  • Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Social & Restorative Justice
  • Stress
  • Transgender & Transitioning
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Veterans Issues

CLIENTS I WORK WITH

  • Individuals (Children, Adolescents, Adults)

PHILOSOPHY

Intersectionality and social justice have always been central in my practice and philosophy as a social worker; I like to view my clients within the context of their identities and environment and consider what in those spheres may be helping or hurting them. I believe my responsibility as a therapist is to actively listen to, support, and guide clients through their healing process and to do so in an empathetic, inclusive, and educational manner. For me, therapy should be a space that cultivates both resilience and self-compassion within the client.

THERAPY WITH ME

My clients can expect a therapeutic approach that is trauma-informed, client-centered, and culturally humble. My approach is flexible and eclectic, drawing mainly from relational-cultural, psychodynamic, attachment, and feminist theories, allowing me to adapt my work to the unique needs, identities, and lived experiences of my clients. In each session, I strive to create a safe, open environment that embraces vulnerability, fosters empowerment, and holds space for the parts of clients that they have historically been told to hide. I treat my clients as the experts of their own experiences and use this mindset to empower my clients to be the agents of change in their own lives. Above all, I value the power of human connection and relationships, and I aim to build a growth-fostering, therapeutic alliance with my clients that can itself be a catalyst for healing.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

License: 

  • Licensed Social Worker (License No. 150106637)
    Practicing under the supervision of Gloria Feliciano, MSW, LCSW (License No. 149024345)

Degrees:

  • Master of Social Work, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Loyola University of Chicago

Certifications:

  • Certified Domestic Violence Advocate, Sarah’s Inn
  • Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Phase 1 Training

TYPES OF THERAPY

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Culturally-Sensitive Therapy, Developmental Psychology, Feminist Therapy, Group Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Psychoanalytic / Psychodynamic Therapy, Relational-Cultural Psychotherapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Systems Theory Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).