Meet Dr. Susan Stasek
I remember as a young child I would see kids in school forming cliques, oftentimes being mean or bullying or leaving someone out of their circle. Kids sat alone at lunch tables while others giggled and shared stories and lunches, at recess they sat alone on a teeter totter or swing, while duos and small groups of kids ran, played hopscotch or gossiped.
These kids often came to me looking to me as someone to be their friend. I was neither popular nor unpopular, I simply “was”. They would share with me. Many kids hurt: being teased or left out or being invisible hurt.
In 6th grade we had to write a paper about what we wanted to be when we grew up. All the boys wrote “policeman, fireman, and baseball player” and the girls wrote “teacher, homemaker and model”.
I wrote psychologist.
Because I wrote about this career choice, I was asked to explain what it was that I knew about being a psychologist and why I thought it was a good choice for me. I knew a little bit about it because I had an uncle who was a psychologist and I had always been intrigued.
When asked why I thought of this as my “calling” my response was “I think I was put on this earth to absorb other peoples pain.”
A lot has changed since 6th grade but some things remain:
- there are still cliques
- kids are still teased, left out and bullied
- the stakes even higher with cyber bullying
What we endure as kids and teenagers shapes who we become as adults. Many of us leave our childhood behind unscathed. What can remain are insecurities, feelings of not being “good enough”, anxiety, fearfulness, depression and in some cases self-loathing.
What I want everyone to know is that
no one has the right to make you feel like anything less
than the wonderfully created person that you are.
No one has to live with these feelings or beliefs that limit your potential for happiness and success. You are a walking, breathing wonder. Did you realize that?
If not, let me help you. I can help you take back your life, teach you to live without debilitating anxiety or fear or depression.
I cannot promise you will be the most popular person at work or in the neighborhood but I can genuinely promise to work with you, for you, helping you to become the best “YOU” that you can be.
- doctorate in clinical psychology
- 16 years in practice as a psychologist
- licensed in Illinois
- graduate of Illinois School of Professional Psychology
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Family/Marital Therapy
- Relational Therapy
Susan M. Stasek, PsyD
Therapy for adults & couples
on the North Shore
the calm after the storm
Envision Psychological Services