ZAIRE GRIFFIN, MA, QMHP


Therapist

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

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AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Anxiety, OCD, & Panic Attacks
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Child & Adolescent Issues
  • Domestic Violence & Abuse
  • Family & Relationship Conflict
  • Gender Exploration, Expression & Identity Affirmation
  • Grief & Loss
  • Immigration / Refugee
  • Kink, Sex Positivity & Sex Work
  • Mood Disorders (Bipolar, Depression, Major Depression)
  • Parenting
  • School Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social & Restorative Justice
  • Transgender & Transitioning

CLIENTS I WORK WITH

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

PHILOSOPHY

I aim to amplify the therapeutic experience by fostering a fun environment that explores self, relationships, and how to be yourself in your relationships with confidence. I typically start with utilizing CBT strategies to identify a client’s strengths and areas for improvement; we will use a growth mindset and ACT concepts to increase a client’s psychological flexibility so that anything seems possible. DBT is often intertwined in our sessions to learn potent communication skills to increase relationship building outside the sessions.

THERAPY WITH ME

My clients and I work together in our sessions to identify the tools and skills needed to conquer an issue. Our sessions approach client issues by first recognizing and appreciating the client’s skills initially used; later, the client and I explore, customize, and implement therapeutic techniques that increase communication skills, advocacy, and self-esteem. Together the client and I build self-awareness, decrease symptom severity, and increase their connections in the client’s community.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

License:

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

Degrees:

  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Northwestern University
  • BA in Political Science, The University of Chicago

TYPES OF THERAPY

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Group Therapy, Journal Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Narrative Therapy, Parent Work, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Play Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy.