Jillana “Jill” McCray, MSW, LICSW

jill@affinitypsych.com

Hello and welcome! My name is Jillana (Jill-anna), but I go by Jill most of the time (she/her pronouns). You are welcome to call me by either name. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a deep love for providing clinical mental health treatment. I graduated from St. Cloud State University with my Bachelor’s of Social Work and the University at Albany, SUNY with my Master’s of Social Work. I was born and raised in central MN, and I have close ties to Upstate New York where I completed my Master’s program.

Though I work with clients of any age, I have specialized expertise and interest in working with children, adolescents, and their families. I can help clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, parenting, and relationship issues. Additionally, I have a passion for supporting and guiding clients who are healing from the experience and effects of trauma.

On the personal side, I am an avid reader and multiple times have read 10o books in a year! Recently I’ve been really into mysteries and historical fiction novels. I have four animals (2 dogs & 2 cats) who really wish they could join in on my therapy sessions, though they don’t. The dogs do come with me when we go camping (mostly rustic camping) because the beagle in particular can’t get enough of nature and the outdoors!

How I Work

From the very beginning of our work together, I will focus on helping you to feel unconditionally supported and cared for in our sessions. It’s important that you feel comfortable showing up as the most authentic version of yourself. Sometimes you and I will laugh together, as you experience that humor co-exist with pain or challenge.

You’ll also notice that I’m constantly listening for evidence of your many strengths, because everyone has them. Even if, and especially if, you can’t yet see them yourself, we will work towards growing your awareness and comfort with what makes you incredible! This makes it easier to navigate that hard stuff, whether we’re talking about it in therapy or you’re living it in the moment. When you combine your increased confidence with a better understanding of why you feel and think the way you do, and greater clarity about what you can do to reach your future goals, you will be unstoppable!

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

As a white/Caucasian person in a multi-racial relationship, I am keenly aware of, and sensitive to, the unique challenges that people of color face as they move through the world. At the same time, I know I can never fully understand those challenges and I must always remain humble and open to learning more. I work hard to incorporate a client’s cultural experiences into my understanding of their individual identity.

Clients tell me that I’m easy to talk to, that I’m great at seeing the whole picture of their situation, and that I ask good questions that help them to think differently and more deeply about their challenges. Ultimately, I want clients to see me as fully human – owning my flaws, celebrating my strengths, and living my own authentic life.

Issues I Treat:

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Body Image Concerns
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Parent-Child Struggles
  • Grief
  • Eating Disorders
  • Effects of Mental, Physical, or Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality and Gender Issues
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar Disorder

Populations I Serve:

  • Children
  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Parents
  • Families
  • LGBTQI+

Professional background:

Education

  • Master’s of Social Work – University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)

  • BA in Social Work – St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

Previous Employment

  • Lutheran Social Service of MN, St. Cloud, MN
  • Community Work and Independence, Glens Falls, NY
  • Washington Warren Association of Mental Health, Hudson Falls, NY

Licensure:

  • Minnesota: LICSW #25877