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    Meet La Toya L Patterson PhD, LCPC, NCC

    Dr. Patterson has 12 years of experience as a therapist. Dr. Patterson has experience working with individuals that struggle with depression, anxiety, substance dependency, stress management, and trauma. She believes in taking a holistic approach to addressing an individual’s needs. The process of healing does not just focus on an individual’s mental health but their physical, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

    Dr. Patterson received a masters of art in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University and a master of arts in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University. She received her PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Adler University.


    • American Mental Health Counselor Association (AMHCA)
    • Chi Sigma Iota (CSI)
    • Illinois Counseling Association (ICA)
      • Illinois Association of Couples & Family Counseling (IACFC)
        • President Elect-Elect 

    Meet Sherri Uqdah, MA

    Sherri Uqdah has years of experience with counseling. She has worked with different ages regarding issues of depression, trauma, anxiety and social interactions. Mrs. Uqdah believes in working together to build the necessary skills and tools to reach goals.

    Mrs. Sherri Uqdah received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a Masters degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University.

    Our Mission

    Mission statement

    The mission of The Essence of Healing, LLC is to support all people through life’s challenges and transitions.

    Vision statement

    Our vision is to create an environment that encourages and supports the healing and restoration of our clients.


    Empathy: Here at The Essence of Healing, LLC, we work to understand our clients’ life stories. We make sure that we understand what the clients are feeling. We strive to offer a high level of empathy, which is the foundation needed to build a trusting therapeutic relationship.

    Cultural Competence: We will continuously work to be understanding, respectful, and open to different cultural perspectives. As providers, we work to be self-aware of our cultural background while understanding the cultural background of others.

    Integrity: We adhere to and uphold the ethical principles that govern our profession. We strive to uphold these principles in our daily practice and delivery of services. We will provide services that honor our professional codes and standards.

    Environment: We respect our clients’ well-being, and we work to provide an environment that is professional and friendly.


    Inspirational Quotes

    “Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimise the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.”

    Brené Brown

    “Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone. Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It’s as if we’ve divided the world into “those who offer help” and “those who need help.” The truth is that we are both.”

    Brené Brown

    “Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.”

    Brené Brown