ST. CHARLES – As therapist Pamela Adamaitis searched for office space for her new practice in St. Charles, she wanted a location that would make her clients feel comfortable.
The Cedar Avenue Business Center on the outskirts of downtown will fit that bill. The available first-floor suite would be convenient for patients with physical disabilities, she said, and the site’s low foot traffic likely would make her clients feel more relaxed than a busy medical office would.
“I really fell in love with the building,” she said.
After some minor renovations and decorating – installing a wall to create more intimacy and furnishing the space with a sofa, chairs, curtains and a fireplace – Adamaitis opened PMA Counseling in July, she said.
Adamaitis said she provides general counseling to a variety of people, including those going through divorce and career changes as well as to those caring for their children and parents.
She acknowledged that therapy might seem scary to some, but her goal isn’t to force her clients to change. Rather, she said, she tries to help empower them “so they can live their life as fully as they want to.”
Before opening her practice in St. Charles, Adamaitis said she provided therapy part-time from her house and worked full-time as a social worker for Veterans Affairs in Chicago.
Her work as a cardiac rehabilitation exercise physiologist initially led her to counseling, she said, noting it’s her passion.
“I absolutely love it,” Adamaitis said. “You touch their lives, and at the same time they’re touching my life.”
If you go
What: PMA Counseling
Where: Cedar Avenue Business Center, 103 N. 11th Ave., Suite 107, St. Charles