Meet Dr. Houdek

"YOU have the power to create real change in your life."

My Story

Hello, my name is Dr. Vanessa Houdek and I am a licensed clinical psychologist (Illinois) and certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C). I am the owner and founder of EECS. 

My clinical experiences have ranged to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults and families with a variety of emotional and behavioral health concerns.  My doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency focused on trauma therapy and assessment, including providing trauma treatment to survivors of childhood abuse, neglect, and other trauma; a deeply rewarding experience. 

I have expanded my areas of clinical expertise to focus on women's issues including trauma, grief and loss, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (postpartum). I often provide support related to anxiety and stress, family issues, relationship traumas, the transition into parenthood and role concerns, self-esteem and perfectionism concerns.

While I have a passion for improving the lives of women and working on women's issues, I am also available and enjoy working with male clients and partners. 

EECS Story

The name Everyday Empowered reflects the mission of this practice to provide counseling services aimed at helping you recognize your inner strength, honor your core worth, feel a sense of control over life and make genuine and positive change in your life. 

My Approach

My approach to counseling services is centered on creating a warm and supportive space. I work hard to understand each client as a unique person to determine the best course of treatment. I rely on evidenced-based practices and incorporate cognitive-behavioral (understanding the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors within context) interpersonal (understanding relationships and social roles) and trauma-informed approaches into session as appropriate. I also find the use of mindfulness in sessions as helpful with many clients.

As a client, you can expect me to be warm and genuine with a sense of humor.