afsha merchant, lpc

teletherapy: illinois
in-person: chicago – ravenswood

Afsha Merchant is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) specializing in trauma and children’s behavioral issues. Prior to her graduate counseling education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Afsha received her Domestic Violence Certificate from Apna Ghar. She also received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Western Illinois University.

During her graduate counseling program, Afsha trained at the Pediatric Development Center within Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital where she worked with early to middle childhood youth, and their parents, struggling with speech deficits, autism, developmental delays, family immigration trauma, and grief and loss. She has also worked with many clients suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, divorce, life transitions, and acculturation issues.

As a therapist, Afsha utilizes an integrative approach and incorporates components of person-centered and solution-focused therapy, depending on the needs of each client. She speaks Spanish fluently, and really takes into account her clients’ cultural upbringing and how this shapes their outlook on life. Her aim is to provide an empathetic and welcoming environment in which clients can share their backgrounds and challenges, while gaining new insight about themselves and achieving growth.

Areas of Interest

Addiction/Substance Use, Aging/Life Transitions/Elder Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety/Social Anxiety, Attachment Issues, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Body Image/Size, Caregiver Support, Career/Coaching/Occupation, Chronic Illness/Pain Management, Cultural/Multicultural Issues, Developmental Delays, Divorce, Existential/Spiritual, Faith-Based Issues, Family/Family of Origin, Grief/Loss, Guilt/Shame, Identity/Self-Esteem, Marriage/Relationships, Mindfulness/Meditation, Money/Finances/Spending, Neglect, Parenting, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Prejudice/Discrimination/Social Injustice, Self Harm, Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Survivors of Violence, Trauma, Women’s Issues


Urban Balance prioritizes the safety of our clients and staff and will provide teletherapy counseling services.