My name is Crystal Nero, and I am excited to introduce myself as the newest Licensed Professional Counselor, at Naperville Counseling Center. I have graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, and concentration in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. I look forward to bringing my skills and uniqueness to the practice.
For as long as I can remember I have always been interested in people-their origins, journeys and their paths ahead. It is my belief that being able to sit with someone, allowing him or her to share their pain is where healing and hope manifest. My approach to therapy and working with clients is from a Client-Centered perspective. There is a quote from Carl Rogers, the founder of Client-Centered therapy that encompasses my practice in the therapy session, “Before every session I take a moment to remember my humanity. There is no experience that this man has that I cannot share with him, no fear I cannot understand, no suffering that I cannot care about, because I too am human. No matter how deep his wound, he does not need to be ashamed in front of me. I too am vulnerable. And because of this, I am enough. Whatever his story, he no longer needs to be alone with it. This is what will allow his healing to begin.” Everyone has their unique story, and I strive to provide a nonjudgmental, warm, and safe space for individuals to be vulnerable and grow to become the best version of themselves.
I have spent the last year working with teens and their families. My specialty consists of working with individuals and families that suffer from Substance Use Disorder. My focus is on clinical care, addressing substance use and the underlying emotional issues that are simultaneously present. When working with family members I help the family become empowered while staying healthy and centered in order to support, not enable their loved one in recovery. Whether working with individuals, families, or couples I find it most important to give a space where you feel heard and can express yourself without judgments and criticism. I believe in a holistic approach to therapy and whether working with individuals, families, or couples, it is most important to develop individualized care. Finding interests and activities that fit into each person’s lives, leaves the most room for growth and transformation. This can be incorporated in the therapy session, or something individuals can implement outside of therapy. Therapy is a place you should want to come, and not a place you have to come. Cultivating the therapeutic relationship through open dialog and trust is essential.
Personally, I can be found advocating for change, and growth as a nation. I have worked with Young People in Recovery as chapter lead in Chicago, and founded a support group for families in the south suburbs. I believe in empowering and giving a voice to the underprivileged. I have spent time volunteering at a homeless shelter in the city and working with communities to come together and help one another.
I am a lover of photography, reading, and antique shopping. I get the most pleasure out of spending time with my two sons.
I am looking forward to connecting with the community and helping future clients make lasting and healthy advancements in their relationships and with themselves.