Creating a safe space
Sankofa Psychological Services is a Chicago-based psychological service center that provides a range of psychological services, including psychological assessment, neuropsychology service, and psychotherapy. Part of fostering a productive therapeutic environment is allowing clients to feel safe and accepted. While it is important to maintain structure and evaluate progress, we also attend to each client’s growth and emotional connection to the experience. Our clinicians set the stage for treatment by maintaining awareness of certain topics which may close down different clients’ cultural, religious, spiritual, ethnic, or gender values. We encourage clients to bring up their reactions to the material in therapy, as these are likely to mirror issues they encounter in daily life. Our treatments are not about “curing” a disorder, but rather cultivating the ability in each client to understand how problems began and how to manage them.