Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Megan Lappa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in treating mental health disorders, including, but not limited to, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, social anxiety, eating disorders, body image, depression and mood disorders. She has a particular interest in working with young adults emerging adulthood and navigating college. Megan is also passionate about self-esteem work, adjustment issues, work/life balance and relationship issues. Megan strives to be in the moment with her clients while creating warmth in her sessions. Her approach is gentle, yet direct, in order to help clients reach their therapeutic goals.
Megan’s therapeutic work is influenced by evidenced based best practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
She utilizes a Health At Every Size (Haes) framework to support people of all sizes, ethnicities, races, orientations, and disabilities in order for people to feel supported and respected in their journey. Megan strives to assist her clients with feeling validated in their struggles while also building coping skills that are aligned with their life values. Megan is aware that every client has their own story and is willing to provide individualized care.
Megan received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She specialized in mental health and completed her graduate level internship at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital’s Partial Hospitalization Program, working with people diagnosed with obsessive compulsive and anxiety disorders. Megan then moved on to work at AMITA Health Center For Mental Health to work with clients with all mental health disorders as a case manager and a therapist in their Partial Hospitalization Program. Most recently, she worked at a Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program at Rogers Behavioral Health, conducting individual and group therapy
A Note From Megan
It is natural that life can be challenging and can put people in very vulnerable states. When looking at the last couple of years as people are navigating through a global pandemic, mental health has become more challenging to manage. There is more uncertainty and it leaves our minds ruminating about how we can create certainty. Helping and learning about others has always been an interest of mine. I am passionate about listening and exploring what others have to offer even in the darkest of times. I feel honored and blessed to be meeting new people and getting to know their stories. It is rewarding to me when people are vulnerable and are motivated to learn how to manage their difficulties.
In my free time, I enjoy being outside, traveling, listening to music, and engaging in activities surrounding my German culture.
While her office is located in downtown Chicago next to Millenium park for in-person sessions, she also welcomes and serves clients for online therapy from anywhere in Illinois. Clients from the Chicagoland area may choose in-office or online therapy and usually commute from surrounding areas such as River North, South Loop, West Loop, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lake View, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown and many more.