Anthony Mackar, M.A.
Advanced Psychotherapy Extern
Areas of Special Interest Heading link
Relational concerns, grief and loss, anxiety, intergenerational trauma, identity development and exploration, coping with oppression, loneliness/isolation
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What to Expect When Working with Me Heading link
I approach therapy from a relational-cultural-interpersonal perspective. I find that much of the healing process is found in the therapeutic relationship, as well as one’s cultural upbringing. I strive to provide a safe space for the client to explore their authentic self. I also focus on developing a strong therapeutic relationship with the students I work with, as it fosters a safe space in which we can challenge each other, work collaboratively, and have a meaningful impact on one another. I believe that an important factor in the development of mental health concerns are derived from our own lived experiences, the puzzle pieces that make up who we are. Our experiences with injustice, isolation, and disconnection from ourselves, others, and communities are among a few of the different pieces of ourselves that are often ignored. As such, it is common to lose touch with our authentic self, and begin disconnecting from the people around us in order to cope. This disconnection is often a core focus in the treatment process, and it is through therapy that one can become more aware of how that disconnection can be impactful in one’s day to day.
As your therapist, I’ll provide you a space in which your concerns will be heard through your perspective. I will see you as your authentic self, and validate your experiences. I will make sure to make therapy a place in which you feel safe, supported, and heard.
Education and Training Heading link
M.A. in Clinical Psychology | Midwestern University | 2022
B.A. in Psychology | North Central College | 2019
What I Do at the Counseling Center Heading link
As an Advanced Psychology Extern, I:
- See students for individual therapy and initial consultations
- Facilitate outreach programs
- Attend supervision and training activities
About Me Heading link
I was born in Berwyn, IL but grew up in Downers Grove, IL. I am a first-generation, Middle Eastern/North African student born to working class Egyptian immigrants. My cultural upbringing has influenced the way I navigate life. More-so than most, I understand what it means to feel like a fish out of water, in a place where you do not feel as though you belong. In my own personal journey, I have found peace in human connection, and prioritize authenticity and acceptance above all.
Currently, I am in the process of completing my doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Midwestern University, Downers Grove. I find comfort in being a part of a community like UIC. I enjoy singing, photography, traveling, board games, and am always looking to laugh with whoever I am with.