Meet Shira Galston, AMFT
I believe in the strength within every individual to achieve clarity and change. I believe in the ability within every couple and family to achieve authentic bonds, effective communication, and joy. Nurturing these inner and relational strengths is essential in my work, so as to help my clients manage and overcome constraints in their lives.
My background in family systems ensures a holistic, integrative, and relational approach to problems. I take continual feedback very seriously, and collaborate fully with my clients in determining the goals and process of our work.
I am creative and energetic, and I love providing practical tools for my clients. My office is a safe and open space in which clients of all backgrounds, beliefs, and world views can comfortably express themselves. Most importantly, I bring my authentic self to my work, and believe strongly in the power of the bond I form with my clients.
I mainly work with young professionals and students, as well as young couples and families. I also work with individuals, siblings, and even coworkers and friends. I have led DBT-informed therapy groups as well. Some of the areas I have addressed include: anxiety, depression, premarital counseling, communication problems, conflict, career difficulties, and parenting. I am LGBTQIA affirming.
I also work with startup co founders, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, both here at NCRC and through Amity Chicago. Entrepreneurship is admirable, but can also be incredibly difficult. The pressure and workload can be overwhelming, and often throw founders and coworkers into an anxious and imbalanced lifestyle. I help explore these relationships on a business and interpersonal level, to build trust, communication, and growth.
I hold a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and creative writing from the University of Pennsylvania.