Thomas Kalapurakal is passionate about creating an empathetic and collaborative therapeutic relationship with his clients. “Authenticity, honesty, and empathy are the values that drive my work as a counselor,” he says. Thomas seeks to foster self-awareness and autonomy in clients as they manage their current/past life experiences, while also considering future personal and professional goals.

He utilizes a psychodynamic approach, accompanied with humanistic and cognitive-behavioral techniques, that allows clients to explore the complexities of their current circumstances. Through this process, Thomas helps clients reflect on their life experiences in order to overcome present challenges, while staying true to their identity. “I believe that by providing unconditional positive regard, empathetic understanding and congruence, the client will feel more autonomous, hopeful, and confident in session to focus on their personal development,” he says. Thomas is dedicated to helping clients cope with a multitude of mental health issues. These include managing relational, behavioral, and identity challenges, improving problematic communication/thought patterns, and coping with symptoms of generalized anxiety, depression or adjustment disorders.

Thomas earned his Master’s degree in Counseling from Northwestern University and specializes in Adult Centered Counseling. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications.

Thomas has a particular passion for working with emerging adult males as they navigate the challenges of life transitions, culture-related identity issues, and social expectations. His experiences as a first-generation Indian-American male strengthened his desire to help other emerging adults achieve their professional and personal goals within the bounds of their cultural environment.

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