Alex Parlette |
Life transitions are never easy. From dealing with a new job search to starting or even re-enrolling in school, beginning a family or experiencing grief or loss, life swings in many directions! If this looks like non-stop negative thoughts, degrading self-talk, headaches, feeling alone, or some physical manifestation of stress then please know many people experience that. I’d love to meet you in the busyness of life to help form a sense of self-worth and a clear picture forward.
I have seen the positive healing effects of counseling not only in my personal life, but in the lives of my clients. Everyone is unique and has their own highs and lows, and I love being with people when they are in both spaces. I want everyone that I work with to feel like they are understood, heard, and that they matter. I strive to be able to provide a space for you to grow into your best self.
Men everywhere are told to bottle up their emotions and suppress how they really feel. This has the potential to eventually show up in life as surprising outbursts of anger, acting out, or feelings of intense anxiety. As a man who greatly benefited from counseling in my life, I have a keen interest in meeting men where they stand and finding ways to investigate that landscape or even assist in creating more helpful coping mechanisms.
Couples nowadays are trying to navigate multiple roles in one including being each other’s best friend, business partner, and lover. These roles can get discombobulated in ways where, because of life circumstances, one of those specifically become more emphasized than the others. Our work together can look like balancing the many roles in your romantic relationship.
As a counselor I strive to provide effective treatment that respects your values and culture. I follow a more eclectic approach to therapy that combines Emotion Focused Therapy and Psychoanalytical counseling to guide you toward your goals. I work with adolescents, emerging adults, adults, and couples of all types, ages, and cultural backgrounds. We work together to reconcile past experiences, live in the present and work towards the future to be able to live a meaningful life. I can understand that it can be difficult to reach out for support, but that said you’re always welcome to give me a call.
Therapeutic Orientation & Technique:
Gottman Couples Theory
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Alex’s Areas of Specialty & Background
Pre-Marital & Couples
Religious Identity & Spirituality
Depression & Anxiety
Aggression & Anger Management
Sex Addictions & Pornography
Dating & Relationships
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
B.A. in Religious Studies, North Central College, Naperville, IL
“I had been to therapy many times before with many different therapists, but I always stop short after I started because I never felt understood by my therapist. Alex was different. I felt understood and heard right away and he was able to meet me where I was at.”
“Alex was immediately able to understand my past struggles that were leading to my aggressive outbursts. After some Christian Integrated therapy, I was able to see the man I wanted to be, and a road to get me there. Even though there were bumps and turns along the way, I feel like I have the coping skills to help me be the person I want to be.”
“My boyfriend and I started seeing Alex when it felt like our relationship was about to explode. After meeting with Alex for a few sessions we were able to start to communicate with each other better and we started being able to resolve our conflict instead of it just looming over our heads.”
“I have never worked with a male therapist before, but feel like it stretched and challenged me in a new way. He really met me where I was at and it felt like an easy click to start working together. Honestly I tell my friends to go see him all the time!”
Articles by Alex
A lot of couples will come into therapy because they don’t feel like they are close anymore. Many times they will talk about how they are not physically close and through therapy they realize that they are not emotionally close anymore either. Having a stronger...
Having kids and starting a family can be a very exciting and rewarding time for a couple, but it can also be a very hard transition. All of sudden, you find your focus is on figuring out how to keep another human alive and putting your child’s needs in front of your...
A lot of things about our daily lives are changing because of the Stay at Home order in Illinois. For many who have always gone into an office to work, they are now being asked to work from home.That is not always an easy transition. We have gotten into a daily rhythm...