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Tori Palliccia, LMFT

Tori Palliccia, LMFT


I am Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and believe that the way we talk to ourselves will determine how we feel and act.

My Therapy Style

I am Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and believe that the way we talk to ourselves will determine how we feel and act. I want to know what you believe about yourself and how you feel about others and help you adjust your unhealthy thinking and replace your unhealthy acting out behaviors. With that, it is important to know your story and how your early life influenced these thoughts and beliefs, so I also use psychodynamic. I explore the unresolved issues that have contributed to unhealthy relationship patterns, self-destructive behaviors and poor self-worth so that the wounds of the past can be healed, and so you can be for yourself what you needed/need. I believe people act out and regress to the wounded part of themselves when their needs aren't met, and it's important to help them with getting their needs met and teaching them the skills to manage the behaviors that are causing the problems for them.

Lastly, life is hard. Sometimes people just need a space to say things out loud to another person to get perspective and validation that they aren't crazy, life is just hard.

Education & Training

MA - Professional Counseling, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I struggled as a teen and had a therapist that helped me a lot. I knew when I was 15 that I wanted to do that for others.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy traveling, hiking, live music, and photography.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Hiking and getting outside. Also, turning off the phone.

What book have you read more than once?

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger. I found compelling and very relevant to life.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

Ronald McDonald Foundation. I had a friend whose son was born with serious heart problems and required several heart surgeries. Ronald McDonald Foundation provided them a place to stay, activities for her other child and meals while he was in the hospital. When a child is sick it is profound help to provide such care, so they don't worry about those kinds of things, let alone how to pay for it.

How do you recharge?

I walk outside, hike, spend time with my friends, turn off my phone, travel, etc.

Do you have any pets?

I have three cats, two are kittens and brothers. I have always had pets and always will. When i was a kid out dog was pregnant, and we didn't know. We came home one day to six puppies, and it was the happiest time to care for them, play with them, and watch them grow.