Belinda Adame

Belinda Adame

Bilingual Outpatient Therapist

Why did you choose Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area?

I chose to work at FSA for many reasons. I had an amazing internship experience where I felt supported by my colleagues and supervisor. Also during internship, I was fortunate enough to work as a Screening Assessment and Support Services (SASS) crisis worker. Although sometimes stressful, every assessment that I completed pushed me to expand my clinical skills. I noticed a professional growth within my first year of working at FSA that it was undeniably the most logical and wise decision to make. I continue to be rewarded by this opportunity.

If you had to give a 2-minute elevator speech on what you do every day, what would you say?

I would let people know that I have the opportunity to work alongside families and individuals experiencing emotional distress. Everyone has the potential to achieve goals and feel supported while doing so. Although brokenness is sometimes seen as something negative; for me it’s an opportunity of growth. Just like a diamond before shinning, we go through a refining period that removes layers of buildup that have gathered throughout the years. The process is sometimes painful and undesired but the end goal is worthwhile.

What is the best part of working in the mental health field?

The best part of working in the mental health field is learning something new and interesting every day; I call it “brain juice.”

What is the favorite part of your job?

My absolute favorite part of the job is seeing families/individuals develop insight. You can literally feel and witness the shift in mood, family dynamics, and perspective of problems when “aha moments” occur. That moment when clients are assertive and can identify what they need is priceless.

Who has had the most influence on your work career?

I had a professor during undergrad that pushed me to become self-aware, challenge others, explore things I did not understand, and to read, read, read! His motivation, passion, and dedication to serve others impacted my desire to pursue a career in counseling. My parents have also had a significant impact in my career. Without their support I would not be working as a therapist.

What is your favorite quote?

To understand my favorite quote you have to read my favorite poem. It’s called “There’s A Hole in My Sidewalk: Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” by Portia Nelson. My favorite quote comes from the last chapter, “I walk down another street.”

I also have a favorite Bible verse that brings me comfort, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6.

If you could meet someone, dead or alive, who would it be?

I would love to meet Viktor Frankl. He survived the Holocaust and found strength to write a book exploring the meaning of life amidst THE harshest times. I don’t think this needs more explanation. However, his tenacity to live and ability to help others along the way deserves respect.

People would be surprised if they knew I ...

People would be surprised if they knew I have always wanted to perform standup comedy.

If you could pick a superpower what would it be?

I would choose Omnilinguaism, the ability to understand any language; or Atmokinesis, the ability to control the weather.

Favorite Food?


Weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

Quesadilla made with Muenster cheese and grape/fig jelly or jam. It’s my own recipe and it’s delicious.

What is the most interesting place that you've visited?

Puerto Rico and Cayman Islands.

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