My name is Tina Harmon. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Trauma-Informed Therapist, with 20 years of extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families in various settings. My clinical interests include creating and leading groups, working with clients suffering from Domestic Violence (DV), Sexual Assault and anyone diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am a certified Veteran Caregiver and believe it is my duty to serve Veterans and their families, as they have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve our country.
My earliest memories of wanting to help others include being a “listening ear” to friends. While in high school, I was a Peer Mediator and would be called upon to assist with classmates' disputes. I also assisted with babysitting infants at M.Y.M. Teen Mom’s Group, while their mothers attended group and were excited to do so. These experiences solidified my passion to help others and set me on a path to pursue a career in mental health.
In my free time, I enjoy volunteering, spending time with myself, my family and my friends. My hobbies include; acting, dancing listening to music, watching TV and movies. For fun I like to go bike riding; swimming; rollerblading; ice skating and riding roller coasters.
My goal as a Social Worker is to help clients overcome obstacles and improve their quality of life. In therapy sessions, I believe in using whatever works best for my clients. I utilize a variety of treatment methods including; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); various Psychosocial models, and alternative forms of therapy such as Hypnotherapy. I believe as a clinician it is my responsibility to learn new ways to treat clients managing trauma and PTSD. Currently, I am training to become a Certified EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and continuing my training in Advanced Medical Hypnotherapy. As for my educational background and training, I received my bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northern Illinois University (NIU), and a master’s degree in social work from Aurora University. I also received forty hours of Domestic Violence Training (DV) and twenty hours of sexual assault training from the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA). I also completed thirty hours of substance abuse training at the University of Wisconsin. In addition, I am a member of the S.I.S.T.E.R.S. Social service Organization, at NIU, which focuses on helping our community and putting on educational events, such as panel discussion on social issues and topics related to college students. My clinical experience includes being hired as an Adult Residential Counselor at Safe Passage Inc. in DeKalb, IL, after completing two internships. In this position, I worked extensively with both survivors and perpetrators of DV and sexual assault. I also lead the general DV, women’s substance abuse, anger management, and sexual assault groups. In addition, I conducted both individual and family sessions with clients staying in the shelter and in the Transitional Living Program. Other clinical experience includes working in community mental health agencies such as Carpenter’s Place Aurora, Gateway Foundation, Association for Individual Development (AID), and Kenneth Young Center. During my 5 years of employment with AID, I provided intensive therapy and case management for the Light-House Permanent Supportive Housing Program, at Hesed House (P.A.D.S. INC), where I did “grassroots social work.” In this position, I visited clients in their homes for therapy, drove them to appointments, and provided any assistance needed to maintain housing. I have also worked at AMITA Health and Northwestern Medicine in their psychiatric settings.
I encourage anyone seeking help to find the therapist that best fits their needs. Therapy is a process, which can take time, so as a client you can start where you feel most comfortable. I take pride in treating each client as a person, and not a diagnosis. I believe it is my purpose to help others in any way I can, by providing compassionate care, understanding, accountability, and unconditional support to my clients. Please feel free to contact me today to schedule your first session. It is my pleasure and honor to serve and support you.
“The butterfly does not look back at the caterpillar in shame, just as you should not look back at your past in shame. Your past was part of your transformation”. - Anthony Gucciardi
- Child Counseling
- Chronic Pain
- Family Counseling
- Grief Counseling
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
- Marriage & Relationships
- Teen Therapy