Students and Young Professionals

We have experience helping students and young professionals grow in their personal and professional lives. Young professionals navigate increasing responsibilities at work, while also managing life transitions such as dating, marriage, parenthood, and losses. They may describe feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed.

Undergraduate and graduate students face challenges such as relocating, adjusting to new academic programs, establishing new friendships, and achieving work/life balance. In spite of a track record of past achievements, students may find themselves underperforming, having difficulties with focus, and experiencing anxiety.

In our work, we integrate current research and traditional approaches to assist clients in reducing distress and realigning their lives according to personal values. Many of our clients benefit from learning specific skills for stress management and interpersonal effectiveness. Others explore bigger-picture issues related to clarifying values and finding a sense of purpose.

In addition, when indicated and with the student's permission, we are open to contacting professors, deans, and other offices within the university systems to advocate for students.

Our Experiences with Students and Young Professionals

Francesco Belviso, PhD, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Belviso has worked as a psychotherapist at the counseling centers of Northwestern University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He has offered workshops on peak performance enhancement, emotional intelligence, and stress management. He has led a group therapy program for Law and Medical School students at Northwestern University.

Having counseled students over the last decade, he is familiar with the opportunities and challenges of university life. In addition, he has assisted LGBTQ students and young professionals in negotiating the coming out process.

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Stephanie Carrera, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Carrera has experience working with young adults, including undergraduate and graduate students at Northwestern University, UC Berkeley, and Iowa State University. She has served students in a variety of roles, including psychotherapy, group therapy, drop-in consultation, and academic coaching. She is familiar with young adults' challenges of navigating school and work‐life alignment, meeting family/relationship obligations, imposter syndrome, and identity exploration.

As a woman of color with an Ecuadorian heritage culture, she advocates for her clients in and outside of the therapy room. She accounts for cultural contexts and intersecting identities that may impact her clients. She offers the opportunity to speak in English, Spanish, or Spanglish to more deeply address difficulties with cultural identification and belongingness. Through her outreach and advocacy programming, she has facilitated workshops on navigating higher education as a first-gen student. She is deeply committed to helping students and young professionals set and actualize goals to live according to their values.

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Gina Chang-DeWitt, PsyD 張子函
Clinical Psychotherapist/Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Chang-DeWitt has worked with students both in private practice and at the counseling centers of several universities (Purdue University, DePauw University, and Indiana State University). She has assisted undergraduate and graduate students who struggle with academic stress, social and romantic relationships, low self-esteem, acculturation, and identity explorations. In addition to providing individual therapy, she has also led therapy groups for international and graduate students, as well as workshops on coping with anxiety and depression. When needed, she has helped students get connected with resources on- and off-campus to support their mental health, facilitate their academic and career success, and connect to relevant communities.

Outside of therapy, she devotes her time in promoting the importance of mental health, especially among minority populations. She is intrigued by how our intersecting identities shape our unique experiences and continues to educate herself on diversity and equity. She strives to create an affirming space for individuals of all identities and backgrounds.

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