SPECIALTIES

Abuse / Survivors of Abuse

Years in Practice

10 years +

where

Chicago IL 60640 - United States

Credentials

PsyD

Additional Expertise

Aging & Caregiving Resource, Art Psychotherapist, Counselor/Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Yoga Teacher

I Practice in

Multiple states/provinces, please inquire

I AM FLUENT IN

English

I Believe

Everyone has a place here where there is no “right” way to heal. You are not defined by your grief or your illness.

About Damita LaRue

I am dedicated to supporting individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing distress related to chronic, acute, and terminal medical diagnoses, caregiving, end-of-life and hospice, and grief & loss. These highly sensitive topics are some of the most challenging experiences we encounter in life, and I believe you deserve a combination of both expertise and empathy to process them and find hope in your next season of life.

These life changes affect every area of your health and wellness, and I am committed to supporting you in each one of them. Together, we work on not just your mental and emotional health, but on your sleep, medical care, and physical wellbeing as well.

As a civilian, I truly feel blessed and honored to work with individuals who are active duty and Veterans. I have a strong respect for those who are in the military due to having family and friends who are active duty or Veterans. Prior to moving to Alaska to work with military personnel in Anchorage, I had the privilege of being invited to attend a 2-day Military Immersion Training from the Illinois National Guard and Illinois Joining Forces. When I was in this short boot camp, using weapons, participating in PT, and flying in a Black Hawk, my awe for what our military personnel do and go through grew exponentially. I have had the opportunity to work as a mental health professional with people in all areas of the military, including: Comp & Pen, inpatient facilities, substance use treatment facilities (DOM), community organizations, primary care departments, and at the VA. I also had a research opportunity to assess how to best work with Veterans who were struggling with CPAP compliance due to PTSD symptoms. The study revealed the effectiveness of using clinical hypnosis to enhance Veteran’s ability to use the CPAP machine and increase their energy levels and quality of sleep.

As a Fellow in Thanatology, I have extensive training and experience in death education, care of the dying, and grief counseling in order to support those experiencing loss. I am also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, National Register Health Service Psychologist, as well as being certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (crisis and disaster response) and having advanced training in Clinical Hypnosis.

I have served as a therapist in public and private schools, villages in Alaska, residential substance abuse treatment programs, community mental health centers, an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital, and the VA healthcare system. In addition to my work as a therapist, my clinical research has focused on culturally-sensitive therapeutic care for Native Americans based on multi-generational trauma and loss, as well as the use of clinical hypnosis to assist patients who have a diagnosis of PTSD with their CPAP compliance.