Rick Cummings, LCSW
Rick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University. He practices a client-centered, strengths-based approach. His experiences as a Clinical Counselor at ComPsych Corporation and School Social Worker at Union Ridge School in Harwood Heights, IL led to interactions with a variety of clients, using an eclectic mix of interventions and modalities influenced by cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapies. He has experience with people of all ages struggling with anxiety, stress, addiction, relationship related issues and depressive disorders. Rick has a diverse work experience which includes finance and marketing management roles. Thus, he possesses an insight into the plight of those seeking, experiencing and emerging from life and career transitions. As a believer in self-change agency and advocacy, Rick's approach involves directly challenging maladaptive patterns of behavior that lead to psychological and emotional distress. He believes personal growth is sustained by developing an emotional toolbox of coping strategies for addressing work and life stressors.
Rick works in a collaborative manner in order to allow the process of change to unfold at the client’s pace. And he is committed to a multicultural, societal, gender or sexual orientation sensitivity to the various factors involved with change processes. Rick believes in the power of mindful conversation, goal-setting, and feedback as facilitators to change during his clients’ journey of seeking individual progress toward their goals.
Working with Children and Adolescents
For the child or adolescent struggling with sadness, anxiety, anger and fear, their ability to cope can be challenged by a variety of issues. Children and adolescents frequently need support around communication, self-esteem, and overcoming difficult behaviors and moods. Rick uses evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and elements of motivational interviewing which are most effective with stress, sadness, frustration, avoidance, low self-confidence/esteem, grief, difficulty letting go of past experiences, and with family and life transitions. With your child’s values, strengths and interests as his guides, Rick will build a relationship, clarify goals and assist in a coping skills building process with your child’s unique and dynamic qualities in mind.
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