Cherilynn M. Veland, MSW, LCSW, has worked for more than 20 years as a psychotherapist, counselor and social worker. Cherilynn owns Solutions at Work, LLC, and for over a decade, maintained a thriving private practice known as Lincoln Park Counseling in Chicago, Illinois.
Cherilynn devotes her work to helping women empower themselves to speak up, to change what hurts and to make healthier choices, using words, tools and, as she says, “even a little ass kicking.”
Having dealt with a wide variety of mental health issues and life challenges facing battered women and sexual assault victims, Cherilynn has worked with patients in psychiatric hospitals, in outpatient settings and in private practice. She has also provided mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment to people within corporate settings and she’s offered workshops, training seminars and crisis management services to a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit institutions.
“Through my work, I’ve learned that many of the anxieties and complexities within people’s lives relate to their making decisions based on a codependent way of thinking I call detrimental caretaking (DC for short). This behavior leads people to feel anxious, depressed and unhappy—both about themselves and about their relationships—and to experience job difficulties and an endless list of dissatisfactions.”
In May 2015, Cherilynn published her first book (Stop Giving It Away, SheWrites Press), which is a body of insight, knowledge and experience addressing the culture of self-sacrifice in the lives of women.
Through Stop Giving It Away and a range of self-help blogs, book talks and media work, Cherilynn teaches how to turn the tables on those forces that keep people stuck in unsatisfying personal and professional relationships.
People are complicated; therefore relationships are complicated. Stop Giving It Away reframes the way we think about the decisions we make every day.