Ida Samuel-Clay, LCPC
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
- William Ernest Henley
Ida J.S. Clay, LCPC is a licensed psychotherapist who received her clinical training at Northwestern University. She has worked in the field of psychology since 2013 where much of her experience consists of working with clients who are battling with depression, anxiety, trauma and low self-esteem just to name a few.
Based in the Rogerian therapeutic approach, Ida offers unconditional positive regard, active listening and open exploration while acknowledging that her clients are striving to make lifestyle changes that will enable better mental health practices. Interventions utilized are comprised of CBT techniques such as cognitive restructuring and relaxation methods to support effective, goal-oriented outcomes. In addition, Ida has extensive training working with children starting at the age of birth to 6 years old, focusing on the parent-child relationship using Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Theraplay.
It is of Ida’s belief, that most people enter the therapeutic process because the feel affected by life transitions that produces feelings of helplessness, despair and sometimes confusion. So it is crucial to note, that reaching out for help is the best first step.
As the therapeutic relationship develops, Ida looks forward to learning more about her clients and what's disrupting their everyday routine. It is her goal to support, guide and empower her clients to make their life stressors less overwhelming and to help them become more successful in managing those stressors in order to achieve their therapeutic goals. By tapping into her client’s strengths, they are able to work together to create a more meaningful and fulfilled life one session at a time. Ida is currently accepting new clients in the South Loop office location.
Education and Licensure:
Bachelors of Arts, Psychology
Masters of Arts, Clinical Counseling
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Illinois Counseling License Number: 180.011416