Sevil is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master of Clinical Professional Psychology degree from Roosevelt University. In addition to working with individuals experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety, Sevil specializes in helping her clients explore and make adjustments across the life-cycle to include the aging process, cross-cultural issues, and personal growth and relationship issues. Read her full bio here.
Sevil works from our Evanston and Libertyville offices. To schedule an appointment with her, please contact our intake department.
What self-care techniques or activities do you do?
I enjoy meditation, exercising, spending time with family and friends, going to a coffee shop and reading, watching stand-up comedy, spending time outdoors, travelling (to warm climates, where I can enjoy the natural healing aspects of the sun, sea, and sand), and connecting with my mantras; My favorite being, “The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”
What made you become a therapist?
Since I was a child I have had a desire to listen, understand, and help others and have always been interested in the realm of psychology. I knew I wanted to be a part of something so special which is helping individuals better understand themselves, so they can live a lifestyle they most desire.
What are your specialties?
My specialty is working with adults who are experiencing a range of issues including, anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, aging process, stress management, cultural adjustments, and relationship issues.
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
I believe counseling can help as it provides an outlet for individuals to express themselves in a space that is trusting, non-judgmental, and supportive. It is dedicated time for an individual to gain a better understanding of themselves, feel heard and validated, and develop adaptive coping skills to better care for themselves and improve their quality of life. Counseling also provides the space to learn that there are options in how one manages their pain which I believe is empowering. With everything we do, we make a choice, and counseling can help with looking at what choices are effective versus ineffective and begin to explore skills that can assist with moving in the direction of healing and growth.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
I view counseling as a form of self-care and an avenue to assist with developing a better understanding of yourself. It is a space where you can share things you may not desire or be ready to share with others. As the pace of life can be ever-changing, it can be extremely beneficial to have an objective, supportive, understanding person to turn to who can assist with normalizing and validating your experiences. Whether you are looking to heal from situations you have experienced, desire guidance with personal growth, or are looking to improve certain aspects of your life, seeking counseling can help with staying committed to self, goals, and a value-driven lifestyle.