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Benlina Aier



I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. I received a B.S. in Psychology from DePaul University, and a M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University. My professional experiences span a variety of settings: academia, public schools, and community agencies. In all these roles, I have primarily worked with children, adolescents, and families. I’m passionate about working with young people and families to create safe, equitable, accessible, and empowering spaces that foster growth and healing.

Counseling is a deeply personal experience, and as a therapist it is important for me to co-construct a plan with you that is unique to your needs, build upon your strengths, and create a space that honors your experience and identity. My approach to counseling incorporates aspects of CBT, DBT, mindfulness practice, play therapy (for youth), and psychodynamic therapy. Though my treatment approach is eclectic, it's rooted in strengths-based, relational work that is anti-racist and culturally responsive.

I have experience working with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, crisis events, the foster care and adoption process, and legal/court systems. I also have experience facilitating groups and family counseling sessions.

Outside of counseling, I work in psychology research to find ways to make mental health care more accessible to communities. In my spare time, I love playing video games and board games, going on long hikes, cooking, and catching up on my backlog of anime.

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