Bessie Akuamoah

City: Chicago, IL
State: Illinois
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Therapy Specialties: 

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues
  • Modality:

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Payments Accepted:

    My Approach to Helping

    I work predominantly from a strength based perspective keeping in mind that the client is at a challenge point in their lives, andor sometimes a point of feeling helpless when they enter therapy. I work to assist clients in recognizing the impact of their behavior based on their emotional perspective.

    Specific Issue(s) I’m Skilled at Helping With

    Couples therapy – premarital, couples conflict, and divorcing couples I have good success in working with couples who are struggling in their relationship due to trust issues, couples at the verge of divorce, and divorcing couples to manage the divorce as they approached their unionmarriage, i.e. respectful planning for children who may be involved.

    Conflict resolution and anger management. A lot of conflicts come about through one’s interpretation of the other person’s meaning and intent. An individual may become angry because they view themselves as being “controlled” or manipulated. Helping clients to “see” this through their experience is healing.

    My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

    To help an individual make decisions in their relationships, life, and career that lead to harmonious relationships, a positive sense of self, self-respect while respecting others and the ability to trust others. Additionally, recognizing noteworthy behaviors in others where it is safe to trust. Have the ability to forgive, truly forgive while recognizing the person’s own self-worth.

    What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

    I love seeing clients come to their own realization of truth, i.e. what is important to and for them, not what others impose or expect of them. The client’s ability to share insight, i.e. to speak with clarity regarding their own life, and to act in accordance with what they want for themselves. Sometimes the ending is the beginning for the client.

    My Role as a Therapist

    To be supportive, to provide reflective listening, to help the client to make sense of their emotions and experiences, to not allow the client to fall off a cliff without being directive.

    Client Focus (Age)

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders
  • Treatment Orientation

  • Anger Management
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Journey Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Services Fee

    Billing and Insurance:

    Sliding Scale Available  InfoClinicians who offer sliding scale payment structures may offer lower or reduced fees based on an individual’s ability to pay. Please contact this clinician for more details regarding their fees or sliding scale policy.


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