Dr. Louis Formica
I practice from the core belief that counseling can strengthen one’s ability to make choices in life that feel congruent with the person one desires to be. With clients, I strive to help them learn how to manage difficult emotions and develop a strong personal sense of self-compassion and acceptance.
I am most passionate about addressing concerns related to gender identity, coming out, and sexual health. I work closely with LGBTQ+ clients in multiple therapy modalities, including individual, group, and couples therapy. In addition to gender and sexuality, I pay close attention to personal and cultural identities and the ways in which our daily lives are impacted by these factors.
My approach to counseling varies by the individual’s needs and preferences. I draw from cognitive behavioral (e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT), interpersonal psychodynamic, and humanistic/existential philosophies.
I received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Additional clinical experience includes providing psychological services in community, university, and career counseling centers, and working closely with clients recovering from past trauma, facing concerns related to identity, and navigating challenging career issues. Other professional interests and activities include teaching, supervision and training, and social justice research.