Patrycja Kucharska RMHCI, CCATP

Patrycja Kucharska is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, holding a B.S in Psychology from Western Illinois University and a Masters degree in Clinical Community Mental Health from Western Illinois University.

 Patrycja is deeply committed to helping individuals from all walks of life build a stronger sense of self, cultivate meaningful relationships, and navigate life's challenges with greater ease and confidence. Her passion is rooted in the understanding that every person has the capacity for growth, resilience, and transformation, and she is dedicated to create a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences with honesty and authenticity.

As Patrycja provides virtual appointments, she is committed to providing accessible and convenient support to individuals from all ages and backgrounds.

Sarasot Couselor, Dr. Benson

Whether you're a teenager struggling with social pressures and academic stress, or an older adult navigating life transitions and personal growth, she is here to support you every step of the way.

From anxiety and depression to relationship issues and trauma, she is trained to address a wide range of concerns using psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and person-centered therapy. Her goal is to help you develop the skills and strategies necessary to overcome obstacles, build resilience, and live a more fulfilling life.

In her virtual sessions, you can expect a warm, non-judgmental space where you can express yourself freely. She is committed to being present and engaged in every moment you share together, actively listening to your concerns and providing guidance and support tailored to your unique needs.

She is dedicated to help you achieve your goals and live a more authentic, meaningful life. If you're ready to take the first step towards personal growth and transformation, she invites you to schedule a consultation with her virtually today. Please be aware she does utilize a sliding fee scale to meet your financial needs.

Please feel invited to give Mindsol Wellness Center a call at (941) 256-3725 to learn more or schedule an intake! You may also reach Patrycja directly at (941) 840- 1749.


Theory of Change
● As I progressed in the mental health field, I began with a person-centered approach (Carl
Rogers) using empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence (genuineness) to
allow the client to take me where they would like. As I progressed my knowledge of
theories as well as my understanding, I began to incorporate and understand the reasons
that fall back behind a person. What the individual may stand for, but also what they
represent to themselves.
As I am in this part of my training, I am incorporating more of the psychodynamic
approach (Sigmund Freud) with each client. The alliance within the client/therapist
rapport allows them to work together (transference and countertransference), as well as
the topographic model around the idea of the conscious, the preconscious, and the
● Around the topographic model there is the conscious part of the mind that holds
information that you’re focusing on at this moment (what you’re thinking and feeling
right now). The Ego that develops between our unrealistic view and the real world. It is
described as the decision-making portion for oneself.
○ The preconscious contains material that is capable of becoming conscious but is
not conscious at the moment because your attention is not being directed toward
it. The superego is the values we hold as well as learn throughout our life that we
hold onto.
○ The unconscious contains anxiety-producing material (sexual impulses,
aggressive urges) that are repressed and are being held outside of the conscious to
protect yourself from uncomfortability. The ID is inherited as well as the
biological components that play a part in an individual's personality.
Some of the ideas that come with regarding the vehicle of change is the unconscious mind.
● Our biological components as well as the values that we hold come into conflict that is
shown through our unrealistic view of the world (personality). This comes to us as an
anxious feeling that makes defense mechanisms.
Why do people change?
Sigmund Freud described how our mind is divided into three different parts that create
interactions and conflicts that help us create a personality (Id, Ego, Superego). When thinking of
how people “change”, it brings the word fear to mind. Fear of what the change will look like, but
also what change will accomplish for ourselves. Change can be a fear, but it can also be a path
for a new life to occur. I believe people can change by acknowledging fear and using themselves
in understanding who they are. We are the tools we need to understand our past, present, and
future. I believe parts of our past come to align and identify who we are. Those can transform
into habitats we tend to acknowledge yet not change. Understanding, willingness, and
uncomfortability are areas where we can use them to change our outcomes in life. Having an
understanding of what has happened in past experiences, and the unconscious mind of our id,
ego, and superego can allow us to challenge them. Having willingness allows you to be
vulnerable with yourself and have someone be your passenger in your story. While
uncomfortably can be a challenge in itself, allowing yourself to be true to oneself as well as habit
transformation can be a process of recognition of oneself. Those feelings, motives, and the
decision-making process can be influenced by past experiences that led us to have them intact in
our unconscious mind. Mindfulness and allowing the client to be in an area of non-judgment
provide an opportunity to remember the traumatic experiences, and the vehicle of change that
can occur. Coming to seek therapy takes a process that allows you the time and change to
happen. The theory allows us to view our behavior as caused entirely by unconscious factors
over which we have no control.


Dr Kimberly Benson




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