chanté woods, lcsw
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Family, work, relationships, culture, society and religion are just some of the systems that impact us on a daily basis and influence how we think, feel, behave and show up in the world. The narratives we give our experiences and the things around us perpetuate these thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Through language and the retelling of stories or narratives, we can create our own realities. In my view, people are rarely the problem…the PROBLEM is the problem. And when the problem can be identified and named, we can begin our work to heal. My motto in therapy is that clients are the experts in their own lives. I will not attempt to narrate your story or tell you how to feel or think. My role as a therapist is to listen, validate and challenge these narratives so that clients can develop the type of lives they desire and foster a safe space to cope, heal and grow. I believe in the importance of addressing dimensions of culture and the societal systems that impact how we are able to function. Clients describe me as energetic, warm, caring, candid, good-humored, and effectively challenging in an effort to positively impact the clients I serve.
I was born and raised on the West side of Chicago and have my Bachelors degree in Social Work from Western Illinois University (2012). I went on to get my Masters in Social Work from Aurora University (2014), and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. Currently, I am pursuing a doctorate degree in Couples and Family Therapy at Adler University, and plan to complete my Ph.D. in 2021. I have several years of experience in psychiatric/medical social work, foster care and parenting. I identify as a Kink aware and LGBTQ friendly therapist
I am a wife and mom of 2 beautiful children and my absolute favorite thing to do is spending time with them at home, dancing our nights away to 90’s R & B.
I am addicted to Game of Thrones and Charmed. I love watching movies and shows that have anything to do with Magic.