At Symmetry Counseling, we are proud of our staff of highly trained and experienced licensed mental health professionals. In the above video, get to know Mallory Welsh, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in our practice.

What made you decide to be a social worker?

I decided to be a social worker because ever since I was younger, I felt like I had a natural ability to connect with other people. People tended to tell me their problems without really knowing me, so I wanted to find a career where I could do that every day. Being a counselor here at Symmetry Counseling was the best fit for me.

What are your specialties?

My specialties consist of cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment theory. Both of those consist of helping clients to change their negative thought processes to more positive and living in the present moment, whether it’s meditation or journaling, whatever works best for them.

What is your therapeutic stance?

My therapeutic stance, I really try to use a strength perspective. I see that many clients struggle with identifying their own strengths, so helping them identify their strengths I think can create the most growth in the therapeutic process.

What do you enjoy most about being a social worker?

What I enjoy most about being a social worker and a counselor here is when I see that “a-ha!” moment in clients. When all of a sudden, something clicks, and that they’re living their best lives outside of the sessions and using the skills that we learned in here. It’s incredibly rewarding to see that happen.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

If I was an animal, I would be a dog. Specifically, a cavalier poodle mix, because my dog Belle is that. Like humans, I think animals have capability of showing emotional support, and I would just love to be a dog. They look like they have fun lives.

What do you do for self-care?

For self-care, I really like to work out; I really like Pure Barre specifically. I also love to meditate, essential oils like lavender, even journaling sometimes.

What are your hobbies?

I really like to try new restaurants all over here in Chicago. I also like to travel to new cities, explore new things, and I also really enjoy training my dog to do new tricks.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I would say that I’m an early bird because I find that I am most productive in the morning as I can kind of get a little sleepy in the night time.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is by Audrey Hepburn when she said “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” It’s my favorite quote because I think to effectively help other people, you need to be able to put yourself first and help yourself first. It’s kind of like on the airplane, when they say to put your oxygen mask on before you put it on others. I think it’s pretty powerful.