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    Approach

    The EECS approach to counseling services is centered on creating a warm and supportive space. Each client is understood as a unique person with the ability to actively engage in therapy and work with the therapist to meet unique therapy goals.

    EECS believes in the power of research and science and relies on evidenced-based practices in treatment. Examples include use of cognitive-behavioral (understanding the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors within context) interpersonal (understanding relationships and social roles) and trauma-informed approaches. Mindfulness is often utilized as well.

    Education & Training

    Dr. Houdek obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in 2013 and was licensed as a clinical psychologist in 2014. She is a perinatal mental health expert (PMH-C) and holds a certificate in clinical child and family studies. Her clinical experiences have ranged to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults and families with a variety of emotional and behavioral health concerns. Dr. Houdek’s doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency focused on trauma therapy and assessment, including providing trauma and attachment focused treatment to survivors of childhood abuse, neglect, and other trauma.

    Learn about EECS

    The name Everyday Empowered reflects the mission of this practice to provide counseling services aimed at helping YOU recognize your inner strength, honor YOUR core worth, feel a sense of control over life and make genuine and positive change in YOUR life. 

    Let's work together on your journey.

    My Mission

    Hello, my name is Dr. Vanessa Houdek and I am a licensed clinical psychologist (Illinois) and certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C). I am the owner and founder of EECS.

    My clinical experiences have ranged to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults and families with a variety of emotional and behavioral health concerns. My doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency focused on trauma therapy and assessment, including providing trauma treatment to survivors of childhood abuse, neglect, and other trauma; a deeply rewarding experience.

    ​I have expanded my areas of clinical expertise to focus on women’s issues including trauma, grief and loss, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (postpartum). I often provide support related to anxiety and stress, family issues, relationship traumas, the transition into parenthood and role concerns, self-esteem and perfectionism concerns.

    While I have a passion for improving the lives of women and working on women’s issues, I am also available and enjoy working with male clients and partners.

    Are you ready to take the first step?