Hello everyone. Let me take a few minutes of your time to introduce myself. My name is Nupur Sharma (she / her / hers). I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois. My background includes completing my Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2008, and I finished my Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Clinical Psychology (Counseling Specialization) in 2011 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I bring over 15 years of experience working as a mental health professional in different settings and with different populations. I have worked with adolescents, adults, and geriatric population over the years across a variety of treatment settings including inpatient mental health unit, addiction center, nursing facilities, memory care, inpatient behavioral hospital, community mental health center, managed care organization and working with insurance. So far in my counseling career, I have treated a wide array of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, anger issues, life transitions, stress, couples counseling, domestic violence, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, disruptive behavior disorders in teenagers, relationship issues and grief / bereavement. I am passionate about social justice issues and aligned with helping immigrant or marginalized communities.
While the importance of mental health has increased in recent years, it is often obscured in several cultures and communities. As an Indian American woman raised between two cultures; both individualistic and collectivistic, I understand the strength required to seek the appropriate mental health care while acknowledging cultural stigma. As an immigrant myself, I continue to understand the challenges immigrants face the most when adjusting to the new culture. I am bilingual in English and Hindi and continue to use a client-centered and cognitive-behavioral approach and collaborate with my clients to develop treatment plans in a safe, open, and trusted environment. I view the therapeutic relationship as collaborative with empathy and transparency. I continue to help serve my clients to develop healthy and positive ways of living. When I am not working, I enjoy being a mom to my two boys, spending time with my family, traveling, reading, my occasional naps and being out in nature.