Before becoming a counselor, Dominika worked as an English as a Second Language teacher and bilingual academic advisor in a community college. She loved being a teacher and advisor but quickly realized that most students needed more than academic instruction. Many of them were lonely and missed their families left in other countries. They struggled with acculturation, trauma, community violence, depression, anxiety, loss, and poverty. Nevertheless, they all wanted to change and rebuild their lives. To better address her students’ mental health needs, Dominika returned to school and got a master’s degree in counseling.
Dominika believes that, in addition to evidence-based practices, a warm, sincere, and culturally sensitive therapeutic relationship is essential to her client’s success. Her practice is compassionate, non-judgmental, and trauma-informed. Dominika strives to empower her clients by facilitating their self-discovery; she helps them recognize their strengths and build resilience. Together, they work on identifying emotions and exploring unhelpful thinking patterns so that clients can attain their goals, heal, and live fulfilling lives. Depending on her clients’ unique needs, Dominika utilizes elements of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and mindfulness.
Dominika has a master’s degree in counseling and a master’s in linguistics. She holds a Licensed Professional Counselor licensure in Illinois and is committed to health equity and the accessibility of mental health services for clients. Dominika is fluent in English and Polish and speaks Spanish and Russian. She enjoys working with multicultural clients of different ages.