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Corliss Ivy, MA, LPC, NCC

Mind-Body Therapist

Midwestern Regional Medical Center

"It is a privilege to connect with and support patients in what could be one of the most challenging, unpredictable and/or difficult times of their lives."

- Corliss Ivy, MA, LPC, NCC
Corliss Ivy, MA, LPC, NCC

Degree(s)

  • MA, Counseling & Human Services - Roosevelt University, Chicago
  • BA, Psychology - University of Illinois at Chicago

Internship

  • Counseling - Lake County Health Department & Lake County Crisis Center, Waukegan, IL

Certification(s)

  • National Certified Counselor
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Certified Laughter (Therapy) Leader

Practicing Since: 2007

“There is joy in reflecting the strength and resilience of our patients and their caregivers," says mind-body therapist Corliss Ivy. "Many patients find relief in having an opportunity to step outside of their experience to process what is happening. I cannot take away their losses, but can help them find relief and release in knowing there is nothing too difficult or complicated for us to pay attention to together.”

Ivy works one-on-one with many of Dr. Pisick’s and Dr. Redei’s patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, providing emotional support and stress management.

She adds, “I offer myself in a therapeutic relationship to create a safe, agenda-free environment where people can get to know more about themselves and how they process loss and change. I also offer tools aimed at assisting patients and caregivers in learning to listen to their bodies, as well as becoming mindful of the physical/emotional/spiritual/energetic/relational factors that can provide useful information in how they are coping and understanding their lives.”

“It’s rewarding to see how patients and caregivers use this relationship as they explore intense and vulnerable spaces of their minds and hearts, in a way that we are not encouraged to do in other settings,” says Ivy. “Our culture focuses on being ‘positive,’ which could limit the freedom to explore the many emotions we have. I’ve found that there is something powerful in being able to openly and honestly tune into our own experience.”

In addition to counseling, Ivy conducts several mind-body groups at the hospital and in the community. With Qigong, for example, she demonstrates how a series of gentle movements and breathing exercises can re-energize and reduce anxiety and stress. Also a certified laughter leader, Ivy helps patients and caregivers discover the many benefits of laughter.

A nationally certified and licensed professional counselor, Ivy earned a master’s degree in counseling and human services from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Prior to joining CTCA in January 2007, Ivy completed internships at the Lake County Health Department and Lake County Crisis Center, both in Illinois.

“I feel truly blessed in having been led to CTCA and the Mind-Body Medicine Department,” notes Ivy. “My education is rooted in a multi-modal approach to psychotherapy. I have a passion for research, neurobiology, and creative approaches in connecting with patients. Over the past few years, I’ve delved more into mindfulness, and have found a home in incorporating heart energy/compassion in helping others understand and create better lives for themselves.”

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