10 Sep Therapist Spotlight – Janelle A. Otero, MC, LCPC
What is your greatest accomplishment as a therapist?
What a difficult and insightful question! I’ve really enjoyed mentoring and training new therapists. I think it’s incredibly fulfilling to take my work to the next level by coaching others through the challenges and triumphs of counseling. I’m also proud of learning clinical Spanish along the way, which is not something I could have said during grad school!
What is your favorite part about being a therapist?
Maya Angelou says it best: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” I live by this, and the best thing about therapy is helping others achieve their own version.
What/who is your spirit animal and why?
Stitch, the Disney character! I was obsessed with him in high school and something that still resonates with me is that he was created with one purpose: to destroy. Somewhere along the way, he discovers love and family. I think he’s a reflection of everything sort of savage about us — maybe we push people away or aren’t quite sure how to give, receive, or express love — yet there it is time and time again, asking us to grow. I definitely relate to his bold personality, transparency, and protective (sometimes mean) edge as a character.
Janelle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor that has worked in mental health since 2016. She understands that there is no cookie-cutter approach to therapy, no one size fits all, no single magic formula that will suddenly make everything better. Janelle sees therapy as a collaborative effort and her approach is to meet you where you are. We have to start somewhere, so why not here?
Janelle enjoys working with preteens, teens, and adults to manage concerns such as depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, and life transitions. She may teach you stress management through relaxation, ask you to color your feelings, or have a conversation about what is preventing you from taking a chance and doing that thing you have been talking about doing. Janelle helps her clients develop self-awareness, feel validated, and be served challenges with a side of small triumphs.
Janelle enjoys classic Disney movies, crime shows, and German Shepherds. An advocate for mental health access for all, she also volunteers for a Chicago-based mental health initiative.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them” -Maya Angelou