Dr. Jessica Norman, LCPC, SOTP, CCTP, CMHIMP. CEO, Founder.

Dr. Jessica Norman is a warm and compassionate clinical therapist and Community Psychologist who specializes in Relationships. But, that  doesn’t mean just romantic couples, it also encompasses all the other relationships we have – parents, siblings, children, community, extended family, your boss or employees, friends and of course, your romantic partner. Humans are biologically programmed for desiring relationships and attachment to other people; relationships are what we humans do. Through evidence based, emotionally focused counseling for individuals, couples, and children, Jessica will help you discover the dynamics and struggles within a troubled relationship. In treating relationships (e.g. couples), Jessica uses Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy to help you and your partner, or family, change their attachment to each other.

Through therapeutic work & healing, couples learn how to forgive and love again through:

  • Addressing and overcoming issues of infidelity, dishonesty, betrayal
    and abandonment.
  • Identifying harmful patterns of interaction.
  • Repairing broken bonds.
  • Regaining trust.
  • Finding the positive in each other, and in life.
  • Identifying needs and meet the needs of each other.
  • Maintaining positive changes that lead to life-long love.
  • (……and finally, getting the spark back in their sex lives.)

For those in Non- monogamous, poly, kink, or LGBTQIA relationships, Dr. Norman takes a sex positive, flexible approach to working with these unique relationship issues. Sexual minority couples have different dynamics and internal workings than the traditional, monogamous Male-Female couple. Jessica is active in advocating for LGBTQIA & sexual minorities rights, and stays current in the newest psychology research on “non-traditional” relationships.

Dr. Norman treats a wide variety of disorders and challenges (listed below), with particular specialization, and additional training certifications, or has personally conducted research in: 

– Relationships: Attachment, betrayal, conflict, communication, and infidelity.

– Personality Disorders 

– Child ODD, Conduct Disorder and Psychosis.

Paraphilias – Assessment, treatment and Risk in criminal cases.  

– LGBTQIA

– Nutrition and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

– Kink, Poly & Alternative Lifestyles.

– Trauma / PTSD

For Individuals & Youth Seeking Counseling:

In addition Depression and Anxiety, Jessica also provides therapy for individuals affected by:

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse
  • Addiction.
  •  Anger.
  •  Bio-feedback, using Spire
  •  Bipolar and other mood disorders.
  •  Borderline, Narcissistic , and Antisocial Personalities.
  •  Clinical Supervision.
  •  Divorce Counseling / after-divorce adjustment.
  •  Gender & Sexuality.
  •  LGTBQIA and/or other sexual minority populations.
  •  Infidelity, Betrayal and Emotional injury in couples.
  •  Parenting.
  •  Personality disorders.
  •  Psychological Assessments.
  •  Poly and Non-monogamous relationships.
  •  Self Esteem & Self-Worth.
  •  Sexual Functioning / Sex Therapy
  •  Trauma and Abuse childhood, including complex trauma.
  •  Using Mindfulness training/ Eastern Meditation

Education and Expertise:

Dr. Norman is Community Psychologist and a licensed clinical therapist. She is also certified in clinical trauma treatment and integrative health medicine, and holds dual licensure as a Sex Offender court evaluator and treatment provider. She practices  in EFT (emotionally focused therapy) , Gottman Method, and utilizes bio-psycho-social attachment science as her treatment orientation. She has spent countless hours learning, using training and teaching attachment to couples, families, trauma survivors and graduate students.  She is the CEO, founder, and the Clinical Director of Transformative Growth Foundation and the owner of Transformative Growth Counseling, LLC. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at DePaul University; Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University; and her PhD in Community Psychology at National Louis University.

Her current projects include collaboration with Kankakee Community College, where she and Dr. Cari Stevenson conduct grant-funded work with the The Prevention Institute and Movember Foundation as community practitioners to promote mental fitness and masculinity in veterans, men and boys in the community. Jessica and her research team are currently creating a custom child resiliency programming for public schools in Chicago, Kankakee and Rockford; as well as Kankakee Community College. She is also a peer research proposal reviewer for the American Psychological Association; teaches at the university level when not undertaking clinical graduate students; and conducts private consultation for health, wellness and mental health program development for small organizations, schools, nonprofits, the government and grass-roots organizations.

Jessica has conducted research on, and/or has spoken at American Psychological Association research conferences on her above mentioned specialities; including but not limited to: Micro-aggressions (2011); Personality Disorders and DBT (2013); Children’s learning through technology (2014, 2015); Culture, Racism & Privilege in undergraduate university programs (2015, 2016); Community building in historically oppressed neighborhoods (2015); Adverse (trauma) Childhood Experiences study (2015), and Transgender inclusivity (2015).  Jessica has lead multiple studies on children’s development and technology use, as well as the application and experiences of learning abroad (through first-hand experience) in college students. Her studies and publications include:

 

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