Founders

 
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Aga Grabowski, MA, LCSW

co-founder and psychotherapist

 
 

Agnieszka (Aga) Grabowski is a licensed clinical social worker and co-founder of Wildflower Center for Emotional Health. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at the University of Chicago and later obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Aga has extensive training and experience in mood and anxiety disorders and women’s reproductive mental health. She interned and later worked at Women’s Mental Health Program in the Department of Psychiatry at UIC Medical Center in Chicago. She was involved with the UIC Perinatal Mental Health Project and participated in educational initiatives to train primary health providers in best practices related to screening, detection and referral systems for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Prior to co-founding Wildflower Center for Emotional Health, Aga was a clinical manager and psychotherapist at Insight Behavioral Health Centers in their Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Program and Mood and Anxiety Program. She has worked with diverse populations and provided treatment to individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, trauma, grief and other challenges.

Aga has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and other mindfulness-based therapies. She is a certified Circle of Security parent educator and has worked extensively with parents of infants and young babies to assist them in finding their own voice as parents, letting go of perfectionism and anxiety, and overcoming a variety of other challenges. She has gained certification in the Gottman Institute’s Bringing Baby Home parent workshop which assists couples in strengthening their relationships during transition to parenthood. Aga was also formerly part of the clinical outreach team at Perinatal Depression Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Aga is currently in the process of obtaining certification as a sex therapist.

She is also passionate about helping those who do not identify with any mental health issue access evidence-based psychological tools and resources to increase emotional health and balance. Aga co-founded Wildflower Center for Emotional Health to have the freedom to work fully in the service of these values and convictions.


 
 
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Chrissy Johnson, MA, LCSW

co-founder and psychotherapist

 
 

Chrissy Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker and co-founder of Wildflower Center for Emotional Health. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Boston College and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in clinical practice. She completed graduate practicums in community-based mental health treatment at Heartland Health Outreach and inpatient psychiatric social work at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Chrissy has acquired a broad clinical skillset and expertise in the course of working with diverse array of clients and issues. She has received training in various areas of specialty including the relational treatment of trauma, women's reproductive mental health, complicated grief, prolonged exposure and mindfulness-based interventions. She has earned a certificate from Postpartum Support International in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and a certificate from Bringing Baby Home, a Gottman Institute program for new parents navigating the transition to parenthood. Chrissy is currently in the process of obtaining certification as a sex therapist. She continues to seek and receive educational and training opportunities to support and enrich her work with clients.

Prior to founding Wildflower, Chrissy was the Program Manager at Insight Behavioral Health Centers in the adult Mood and Anxiety Program. In this role, she provided individual and group psychotherapy and was an administrative and clinical supervisor to a team of mental health professionals. Before joining Insight, Chrissy managed the Intensive Outpatient Program at Saint Joseph Hospital and was active in program development. Additionally, she has experience as a hospital-based inpatient psychiatric social worker working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.                                          

Chrissy approaches therapy with a nonjudgmental, collaborative perspective and strongly believes in helping clients identify their values and strengths to build upon as they work towards their goals. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based therapies in her work with clients and highly values the role of the therapeutic relationship. She firmly believes in the importance of prioritizing emotional and relationship health and has co-founded Wildflower Center for Emotional Health to help clients not only overcome mental health challenges but also learn effective strategies that promote a sense of balance, peace, and satisfaction.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION AND CERTIFICATES

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Postpartum Stress Center Certificate
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