Introducing Mae A. Ypil, 1st generation Filipina born in Chicago. She is a Licensed Clinical Social
Worker with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Her
work primarily focuses on ways to help individuals connect in meaningful and healing ways to
spirit, themselves and others. She emphasizes that the therapist’s role is to walk alongside
clients on their personal journey and strongly adheres to the healing power of the therapeutic
relationship. Mae is a Certified EMDR therapist, Early Intervention specialist, certified yoga instructor and practices Focusing. She views therapy as a creative process and integrates a collaborative approach that nurtures each client’s needs.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, evidenced-based psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences including: PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. EMDR
therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.
Early Intervention is a federal mandated program that focuses on building the capacity of a caregiver, by supporting their ability to foster their child’s optimal development. The goal from a social work perspective is to build parental self-efficacy and facilitate their child’s participation in family and community activities, by primarily supporting a secure attachment.
Yoga is a way of life that centers on continuous self-study and disciplined practices incorporating breath work and asanas. One definition of yoga conveys “arriving at a place we have not been before.” The fundamental aim of yoga is to recognize and alleviate causes of misconception to achieve harmony with oneself and the universe.
Focusing is a body-oriented and mindfulness-based practice. This process enables clients to have a more accepting relationship with their own emotional states, resulting in a greater ability to self-regulate in stressful situations, creating compassion for oneself and cultivating a sense of wholeness.
Outside of work, Mae co-facilitates spiritual retreats through Sibyls Retreats. She has a passion for connecting with loved ones, hiking with her dog Mango, roller skating, dancing and nature. Mae’s Dharma is to be of service to others in intentional ways.