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Hi, I’m Anita Chlipala.

Anita Chlipala dating and relationship coach
People often ask me how I could listen to problems all day. My response: I have a comfortable chair…just kidding. There’s nothing more rewarding than to hear my clients’ stories and to help them achieve their goals.

I founded Relationship Reality 312 to focus exclusively on romantic relationships – from getting one to maintaining one successfully.  I use cutting-edge research in my work to bring you the latest information and tools to help you achieve a happy and healthy relationship. Whatever problems or issues you want addressed, I don’t just listen – I’ll teach you the skills you need so that you no longer need to see me anymore (or a twice-yearly check-in will suffice!).

I provide coaching and therapy not only in my Chicago-based office, but nationally and internationally as well. If you’re looking for a no-BS approach, contact me today.

* Areas of Specialty:

Helping singles navigate dating and find love
Infidelity – emotional and physical affairs
Making decision to stay or leave your relationship
High conflict couples

My approach works. Let me prove it. Call me at 312.399.1635.

Credentials & Qualifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Author of First Comes Us: The Busy Couple’s Guide to Lasting Love
Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship
Level 2 Certification in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Trained in Discernment Counseling
Certified in PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program)
Blogger for Verily Magazine
Former blogger for The Million Dollar Matchmaker, Patti Stanger: pattiknows.com
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego
M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Arizona State University
B.A. in English and Religion from the University of Iowa
Clinical Fellow in the Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists

 


Hi, I’m Jenna Fahey.

Jenna Chicago dating and relationship coach
What do I love about doing therapy? The answer is simple: People. Human beings are both fascinating and truly resilient. Every person has their own unique story to tell and I love to hear each one of them. I believe that we are born with the natural desire to seek relationship with others, but this doesn’t mean it comes easily (The last 14 years of my own marriage has taught me that!). I find great joy in helping my clients navigate their current phase of life and write a new and exciting chapter of their story.

My love for therapy started during my very first semester of my undergraduate degree. While sitting in a marriage and family therapy course I decided then and there it was what I wanted to do. I then went on to get a Master’s in Counseling Psychology as well as a Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy.

I was fascinated by much of the new research related to the science behind our relationships. The research shows that our success (or failure) in relationships has a strong connection to both our physiology and psychology. As a result of these findings, my practice is grounded in using research-based methods with my clients. Therapy works, and I want my clients to receive all that they can when they work with me. That first semester of undergraduate school I wanted to be a part of the healing process in people’s relationships. Now, I am able to do just that! Working with my clients has been a dream come true for me, and there is no greater joy than seeing them succeed.

*Areas of Specialty

Substance abuse and sex/porn addiction
Sexual issues
Parenting
Pre-marital preparation
LGBTQ

Call me at 312.350.2462.

Credentials & Qualifications

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
M.A. in Counseling Psychology
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy
Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
PREPARE/ENRICH Certified
Gottman Couples and Addiction Recovery Certified
Certificate in Domestic Violence (40-hour program)

 


Hi, I’m Karen Washington.

Karen

I want to make the world a better place one sex life at a time.

I once had a therapist tell me figure out what you’re good at, and how to get paid for it. When I was 13, I read Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus. As I got older, I realized I speak Martian pretty well. From there, I also learned that I am utterly fascinated by people, their own self esteem, how they feel about each other, how they do (and don’t) communicate. Most importantly, I learned that I am utterly fascinated and love to talk about sex. So now I do what I love, and it never feels like work.

I studied Sociology in undergrad, which rounded out my study of the individual and all it is impacted by from its environment. From there, I pursued my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Adler School. The systemic foundation reflected my belief that, while sex is not necessarily the primary problem (although it can be), typically it is what suffers from all of life’s problems. I am committed to helping individuals and couples work through life’s obstacles in order to return to a fulfilling intimate life – whether or not problems exist – by teaching better communication and coping skills. I further incorporate psychoeducation on self esteem and sex education to enhance my clients’ understandings and enable them to continue to thrive. I also write advice and editorial pieces on sex/sex related topics for kinkly.com.

I believe my clients are experts on themselves; sometimes they just get stuck and need someone else to help them problem solve. That’s why I do what I do – to help you get unstuck by collaborating on tools specifically designed for each of your unique problems, issues, and circumstances.

*Areas of Specialty

Sexual issues
Desire discrepancy
Sexual dysfunction/addiction
Communication
Intimacy building

Call me at 312.971.6846.

Credentials & Qualifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
PREPARE/ENRICH certified
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology
B.A. in Sociology from DePaul University (Chicago)
Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Clinical Fellow in the Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists
Chairperson in the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Freelance writer for Kinkly.com

 


Hi, I’m Hollie Schmid.

Sometimes I joke and say that I started being a therapist way before I actually did.  Being that go-to person for advice in most of my relationships with friends and family evolved into a passion for helping others.  Furthermore, the naturally assumed role of being a listening ear and a voice of reason for many is what eventually lead me to pursuing my education in therapy.  My intense desire to understand individuals and how their relationships can impact the way they think, feel, and act drove me to studying Marriage and Family therapy.

My approach to practice emphasizes emotional expression, building connections, finding support, validating emotions, and creating healthy and effective interactional patterns.  My goal within each session is to always ensure that I am providing a warm, welcoming, and comfortable environment for my clients. Therapy can bring up a lot of emotions, and I believe that it is important for my clients to feel as if they have a safe place to share in these feelings.  

The process of healing may not be an easy one, but I believe my role as a therapist is to put an end to the cycle of avoiding difficult topics, and dig deeper into them instead.  Change ultimately begins and ends with you. You are the creator of your own journey to healing. My passion comes from helping people pave their way to growth and happiness.

*Areas of specialty:

Increasing emotional Intimacy
Rebuilding the spark after kids
Post-baby relationship blues
Learning effective communication skills/how to argue fairly

Call me at 312.219.5721.

Credentials & Qualifications

Applicant for Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Northern Illinois University
Member in the Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists
Level 2 Certification in Gottman Method Couples Therapy


Hi, I’m Eunice Makunzva.

Relationship Reality 312 Therapist

Relationships, no matter what kind make us who we are. We can not know who we are if we don’t know of those around us. Our everyday interactions with those around us, large or small, impact us as a result. There’s nothing more rewarding than sitting with clients, hearing how small changes towards healthy relationships has improved their lives. This includes nurturing the relationship with self- an important relationship in all our lives that we often ignore.
My therapeutic approach is all about fairness- making sure that everyone is getting and giving what they want, need, and what those they are in a relationship with need. I take special interest and considerations of how past childhood traumas have impacted current relationships. I specialize in services for individuals, couples, and families. I bring humor, kindness, and patience in my journeys with my client. I create and hold a nonjudgmental space for all regardless of background and identities. From a simple decision-making problem to dealing with multiple complex trauma, we can walk together in this journey towards helping you to live your
best life.

*Areas of specialty:

Trauma (childhood abuse, sexual abuse, interpersonal violence, etc.)
Interracial/Intercultural Relationships
Grief & Loss
Parenting
Divorce
Pre-Marital
Sexual Identity

Call me at 312.883.6080.

Credentials & Qualifications

Applicant for Professional Counselors Licensure in Illinois
Board Certified National Certified Counselor (NBCC NCC 885394)
M.A Clinical and Mental Health Counseling, Adler University
B.A Psychology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Certificate in Domestic Violence (ICADV 40-hour program)

Blog Articles

5 Tips to Help Your Post-Baby Blues Blog Recently By   Hollie Schmid, AMFT
Your Low Sex Drive Might Be Something Else Blog Recently By   Karen Washington