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Ciara Ward
MSW, MCR, LCSW, CAMS-II

My name is Ciara Ward and I am the founder of Caring Conversations Center. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio with over 10 years of clinical experience. My services are offered to adults, specializing in difficulties related to: stress, coping with life’s changes, anxiety, trauma, identity, body image, self-esteem, career challenges, and LGBTQ+. I received my undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College majoring in Social Work, with an emphasis on Social Justice and Gerontology. Upon completion I continued my education at Dominican University, where I received my master's degree in Social Work and Conflict Resolution. My counseling approach starts with compassion, providing a warm and intimate atmosphere. I use strength-based, insight-oriented, and collaborative techniques individualized to meet the unique needs of each client. The client is always welcomed to a supportive environment; feeling accepted and understood, while also challenged and inspired to take on new perspectives and daily practices. Sessions and treatment plans will be designed to meet your unique, specific needs. It takes courage to seek an unfamiliar alternative approach to life. If you are ready to take the first step, let’s take it together.

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La Juan Baines, MSW, LSW, M.ED 

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Therapy is a collaborative space to improve better outcomes by meeting individuals where they are. I have diverse experience collaborating with individuals, families, children, and adolescents who experience behavioral and emotional concerns such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, difficulty with life transitions, grief/loss, and trauma. 

My approach is client-centered allowing the client to work at their own pace, while using solution-based therapy, CBT and DBT which are successful treatment approaches. I also provide a safe space for individuals to be heard while reinforcing trust. I am here to provide all the support you need by listening to your needs and establishing goals. 

I have over 10 years of experience working in mental health with women, children, and adolescents. I have also worked as a QMHP, SASS/Crisis Therapist and in Case Management.

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Rekeya Ford, Pre-Licensed Professional 

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The reward of therapy is profound and enduring. It is the gift of self-discovery, resilience, and an enriched understanding of the human experience. One of the greatest aspects of therapy is the gradual realization that healing is not synonymous with erasing scars; rather, it is an acceptance of the scars as integral parts of a unique narrative. Trust in the power within to rewrite your story with resilience and self-compassion. The reward is deeply rooted within!

My approach is to provide a safe space for clients as they navigate and overcome life's challenges. I strive to empower individuals by helping them identify their strengths and develop strategies to overcome obstacles.

The client is welcomed in an atmosphere where personal growth and healing meet in a supportive space. My client-centered approach emphasizes individual needs and goals, and we will work together to create a customized plan that is individually tailored to the client.

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