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About

April Wang and her practice New Edge Counseling Services

During my interview for the Graduate Program at Northwestern University, I was asked the question what my growing edges were. This phrase, "growing edge" has since moved me from a mindset of strengths/weaknesses to opportunities/growth. We are all too familiar with thoughts like "I'm not cut out for this", "Am I being a good parent/partner/friend",  or "I will never be able to (fill in the blank)". As a strength based and solution focused therapist, I see these thoughts as our brains' way of communicating that we have reached a growing edge and it's time to expand. These temporary pain-points do not define us as individuals but rather opportunities for growth and healing. 

What would it look like to work with me? While most therapists will tell you that they approach therapy in a collaborative and empathetic way, what sets me apart is that I don't simply provide talk therapy. I believe that insights alone are not enough to facilitate change. Together, we will work to identify problematic patterns that you may be stuck in and implement concrete strategies that you can practice to remove any barriers that hinder your growth. We will also address underlying causes of any problems you may be facing to begin your healing journey. And, as an added bonus, I'll crack a few jokes along the way. If you're ready to step into a safe and courageous space to grow some New Edges, please reach out for a free consultation.

 

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Background and Experience
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April received her Bachelor of Arts in Family and Human Services from University of Oregon with a minor in Special Education. She then received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University. Prior to opening New Edge Counseling Services, April received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), worked in community outpatient setting to serve the under resourced population, provided crisis interventions with the goal of immediate symptoms reduction, and worked in Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Outpatient Program (PHP/IOP) to support individuals and their families moving from crisis to stabilization. 

After 5+ years of experiences in the field, April brings her expertise and personal experiences in identifying complicated interaction patterns, treating severe symptoms with concrete skills for efficiency, supporting people through various mental health crises during transitions while connecting with clients on a therapeutic level to bring healing and growth. 

Qualifications

2023 - Present

Founder of New Edge Counseling Services

2018 - 2019 

Staff Therapist at Community Counseling Center of Chicago (C4)

2020 - 2023

Family Therapist at Compass Health Center

2019 - 2020

2016 - 2018

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST) trainee at Northwestern University the Family Institute

Crisis Worker at Community Counseling Center of Chicago (C4)

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