Mr. Nate Hutchins, LSW, is a graduate of The Jane Addams School of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago. As a psychotherapist, Mr. Nate specializes in working with teens, adults, and their families. Mr. Nate is also talented in creating and facilitating group psychotherapy with varied experience leading a myriad of groups wit) variant focus and populations. He has considerable experience treating a variety of symptoms related to anxiety, depression, addictions, disordered eating behaviors, school refusal, grief and loss, and feelings of hopelessness and general malaise.
Prior to joining Doctor Annie Therapy Group, Mr. Nate provided treatment,in an inpatient setting, to teens, adults, and the elderly who were experiencing persistent and acute psychiatric symptoms which were negatively impacting these individuals to a significant degree in multiple areas of their lives. He also has experience as a social worker in both a public and alternative school in Chicago. In these school settings, Mr Nate supported students experiencing symptoms related to complex issues such as gang violence, school anxiety and refusal, bullying, academic pressure, and transitional stress. These experiences have helped Mr. Nate recognize the importance of consultation and communication with family members, educators, and other professionals who play important roles in the lives of his patients.
Mr. Nate believes that each patient deserves to live a life that is fulfilling, meaningful, and intentional. He believes distressing emotional experiences can often be traced back to negative life experiences and situations, or related negative emotional responses. He utilizes Humanistic and Relational approaches when treating patients in order to create a sense of safety in the therapeutic environment to support rapport building and emotional connection with his patients. He understands trust is a critical part of the therapeutic relationship which must be established before exploring a patient’s internal emotional processing. Mr. Nate values the therapeutic relational process so his patients have a genuine experience in therapy. Ultimately his patients are able to explore and express the landscape of their emotional experience, identifying contributing factors leading to problematic experiences related to their symptoms, while also developing a repertoire of strategies to gain further insight and manage symptoms in a more effective manner.
Mr. Nate’s individualized therapeutic approach recognizes that every patient is different and requires a unique approach. He ensures that each patient feels understood, supported, and involved in their therapeutic process. Mr. Nate views patients as individuals who are uniquely and intrinsically related to their specific environment(s). While Mr Nate initially focuses while the focuses on developing a deeper understanding of one’s self, he also places an emphasis on developing an understandable conceptualization of a patient’s interpersonal relationships; how an individual’s insight, actions, and decision making may impact their relationships with others and contributes to a seemingly unfulfilling life experience and less optimistic world view.
Mr. Nate is currently a PhD candidate at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he is studying In Depth Psychology, which focuses on the integration of Archetypal Psychology into therapeutic practice. This paradigm involves the “In-Depth” study of psychological practice models, philosophical approaches to psychotherapy, mythology, symbolism, historical healing practices, and various cultural interpretations of mental health. The basic principle of Depth Oriented Therapy is to “see through” initial appearances, and find the various symbolic roots of an issue in order to bring about a holistic transformational process. In this way, emotional and mental health concerns are no longer seen as problems to be solved, but rather as pathways to greater growth and change. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Kahil Gibran