Our Featured Therapist
Monique Gardner, M.A., LPC
What would you consider your main specialty?
Although I enjoy and have experience in working with a wide variety of clients, I specialize in working with the populations of children, adolescents, and emerging adults. I am skilled in addressing concerns related to anxiety, bullying, depression, physical and sexual abuse, and relational issues.
Why did you chose that specialty?
I chose this specialty because children and adolescents are our most precious and vulnerable population, one that is in need of caring and dedicated individuals. I embrace the uniqueness of each client while fostering creative means of problem solving. In addition, this population affords me the opportunity to advocate for children.
What are some signs/symptoms that would indicate a person should see a counselor?
A counselor may be the next step if you are:
- Experiencing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anxiousness, or
- Undergoing stress or trauma
- Experiencing a separation, divorce or life change
- No longer engaging in activities you once enjoyed
What other issues fo you specialize in?
- Behavioral Issues/Emotional Disturbances
- Family Conflict
- Relationship Issues
- Life Transitions
- Racial Identity
- LGBTQIA Issues
I am not a Christian, so why should I see a Christian counselor?
As counselors, it is never our job to push an agenda onto a client, only to remain available to discuss all aspects of a client’s life, including faith, in an ethically responsible manner. I view counseling as an interactive process built on trust where the client can know that they will not be viewed differently due to their beliefs.
What do you like to do in your off time?
In my off time, I enjoy capturing the beauty of Chicago through photography, and spending time with loved ones. This affords me time to reflect and remain intentional in my work.