Dr. Pat Somers is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with individuals, couples, and families across the life span from childhood through older adulthood. Depression and anxiety in adolescents and adults, and acting-out behaviors in children are frequent symptoms that bring people into treatment.
Dr. Somers incorporates an understanding of normal psychological development, as well as attention to social/relational, multicultural, and biological factors in working collaboratively with clients to create effective ways to improve their lives.
She helps clients identify areas of strength and to access resources from within themselves and in their larger communities to assist in their treatment. Her experience includes helping people as they work through various life stages and transitions such as divorce or loss of a significant other, parenting, disrupted attachments, academic concerns, ongoing or critical health issues, abuse, job loss, and end of life concerns. She works with child and adult survivors of trauma.
Dr. Somers helps individuals and couples who are coping with infertility and evaluating various family building strategies including assisted reproductive choices and adoption. She has much experience helping strengthen adoptive families.
She uses a variety of treatment approaches including: EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and relaxation and stress reduction techniques.
In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Somers is an assistant professor at Benedictine University's graduate program in clinical psychology, helping prepare new clinicians embarking upon this rewarding profession. She teaches courses in ethics, research methodology, multicultural counseling, and grief and loss.
She works in the St. Charles office.