I have lived in the city for over a decade and enjoy picnicking at Millennium Park, cheering at the Chicago Marathon, exploring the amazing food and drink the city has to offer, and spending time with my husband. When I'm not in Chicago, I love hiking, kayaking, and a view of the mountains.

Credentials

Masters in Couple and Family Therapy

Adler University

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

166.001233 - Illinois

"Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried."
- Megan Devine

Approach

First things first: I am not a therapist who will stare at you and wait the whole session for you to talk. I use a goal-oriented approach and active interventions that teach new skills, facilitate self discovery, and offer you an opportunity to be in relationship differently. I believe setting goals and taking action are key ingredients to change.

 

At the same time, some things cannot be changed. As Megan Devine says, "Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried." I strive to create a resting place for those who are carrying the heavy weight of loss, pain or trauma.

Individuals

My goal is to create a safe place where you can process, explore, reflect, heal, and discover new possibilities for yourself and your relationships. 

I strive to understand you within your context. How did the family in which you grew up shape who you are today? How do your dimensions of culture (race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.) intersect and what do they mean to you? How does your stage of life inform your view of the world? How have traumatic experiences impacted you? You don't need to have the answers yet - we can figure them out together.

I also recognize the connection between mind, body, and spirit. This means that in addition to talk therapy, I may also incorporate some body awareness into our work together. In terms of spirituality, I work to provide a place for people to explore the joy, confusion, or pain associated with their spiritual journey.

Relationship Therapy

My goals are to help you get un-stuck, face your difficulties, and restore your connection. So often in relationships we get stuck in problematic cycles that replay again and again. We have the same fight, we play the same roles, and things never seem to change.

I strive to create an environment where people can begin to be more vulnerable with each other and create relationships that feel safer. Sometimes this means processing past wounds that have never been healed, while keeping an eye on the present so we can begin to move forward.

My training as a Couple and Family Therapist enables me to think systemically and relationally. Where other therapists may see the problem as existing within an individual, I see the problem as existing within a relational system. This means I'm most concerned with "the space in-between" people and the relationship they have created together.

© 2016 by Amanda Hofbauer

Tel: 312-857-6270

Amanda Hofbauer, MA, LMFT

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