Berenice Cruz Marquez, M.A., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Berenice Cruz (they/them), is a queer trans nonbinary Licensed Professional Counselor who’s work is focused on complex trauma and LGBTQIA+ health. Bere is an immigrant from Tecuexe land also known as San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico. They migrated to the states as a child and were raised in the southwest side of Chicago. Bere hold’s a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
As a therapist, Bere’s work focuses on injustice and decolonizing mental health, so as to include significant others in the therapeutic process. Their aim is to provide accessible professional services for LGBTQIA+ within the black, brown and indigenous communities. Bere's therapeutic approach to mental health services is collaborative and makes space for ancestral wisdom, re-imagination of mental health community care, and working through systemic and intergenerational trauma. Bere believes that trauma and its healing are unique to every human and it is their responsibility to hold and affirm an individual’s experiences with deep compassion, while supporting the person in ways that feel safe, comfortable, and accessible to them.
When Bere isn’t immersed in mental health therapy and educational work, you can find them brewing plantita medicine, napping, cooking all plant-based goodies, reading Octavia Butler, and dancing to Juanga and Big Freeda.