Estrella Askren-Gonzalez (she/her)

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I know how hard and scary it can be to reach out for help. Wherever you are in your healing journey, I'll meet you right there.

Clinical Trainee in Skokie, IL
Supervised by Megan Herrington

  • Individual
  • Adolescent/Teen
  • Group

About My Clients

How often have people told you how responsible or mature you were for your age as a child? Maybe you feel highly impacted by others' emotions. What's it like to consider that these things may have developed as a means to survive chaos, abuse and neglect? We'll work together to embrace what we feel plague us. There's strength and power in all of these things. I work with clients processing childhood trauma + neglect, those looking to improve their relationship with food + their bodies.

My Approach to Helping

I became a therapist because my own therapy journey in healing from disordered eating, OCD and trauma absolutely transformed my world. I hope to offer my clients that same path to peace - whatever it looks like for them. For me, the role of a clinician is to guide clients through life changes, self-discovery and those times where everything feels like it's falling apart. My goal is to help you feel empowered over your life. I work from an anti-diet, size inclusive & trauma-informed framework to help you reconnect with your body. We'll use an Internal Family Systems lens to help you better understand yourself & your needs. From there, we might use somatic or exposure therapy to help you heal and welcome change. I believe it's important to understand the culture and life around you and how you grew up; because of this, we'll explore your world through various lenses to develop your intersectional identity.

My Values as a Therapist

I believe embracing discomfort, change and difficult emotions is healing and powerful. There's something to be said about honoring your feelings and experiences without trying to shove them out of your mind. Don't get me wrong, it can be so difficult! But that's why I'm here. I believe therapy is rooted in a genuine, mutually respectful relationship between client and therapist. My goal in therapy is to make you feel seen and heard. I believe everyone deserves a space to process, grow and explore without judgement. Together, we'll experience the discomfort that comes with growth and change. It's time to let go of what no longer serves us.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 1 year of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $100 - 150/session


3126851589 Email Estrella
8348 Lincoln Ave
Skokie, IL 60077
5349 N Winthrop Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

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