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Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz welcomes Victress into the Palos Heights community during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their location in Palos Heights on October 6. (Photos by Kelly White)

Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz welcomes Victress into the Palos Heights community during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their location in Palos Heights on October 6. (Photos by Kelly White)

Women’s wellness center opens in Palos Heights

By Kelly White

A new facility has opened in the Palos Heights community that tailors to the needs of women.

Victress, a women’s wellness center at 7120 W. 127th St. in Palos Heights, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 6.

“We have so many strong females in this area who are students, professionals, wives, mothers, grandmothers, etc., not to mention that today’s female has to balance so many different hats on a day-to-day basis, especially during a global pandemic,” Cailtlin McElroy, Co-Founder of Victress, said. “All of this can be extremely stressful and mental health must be a priority.”

Founded in 2020 by McElroy, of Orland Hills, and Gina Chigaros, of Evergreen Park, Victress is a mental health and wellness center for women and girls. Created with a shared vision for confidence, strength and community, Victress’ mental health services are specifically tailored to the needs of a 21st century female, including: students, professionals, mothers, wives, and grandmothers, owners said.

The name Victress was chosen because it means a female victor or a woman who is victorious.

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Victress, a women’s wellness center at 7120 W. 127th St., Palos Heights, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 6.

“Our goal is to help every woman and girl we work with feel victorious in their mental health journey, resulting in a happier, stronger and more empowered female,” McElroy said. “Victress is committed to providing south suburban women, and those beyond, with the support and assistance that they need to accomplish and exceed all of their goals. In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, we also want to provide our women and girls with personal development tools and self-care skills.”

On-site professionals are there to assist with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, body image, relationships, grief and much more with a goal to help empower, find inner peace and strengthen self-image.

Some other guided therapy is available to help young women and girls who might be struggling with ADHD, anger management, career decision, chronic pain, depression, divorce, eating disorders, LGBTQ, marriage and couples counseling, postpartum depression, PTSD, social anxiety and stress management.

Hypnosis services are also available for smoking and for personal development issues.

“We want the women of Palos and beyond to feel healthy, strong and empowered so that they can take on life’s challenges while also experiencing its many joys,” McElroy said.

McElroy and Chigaros chose to staple their services in Palos Heights for a reason.

“We chose Palos Heights because we thought it was a great middle ground for the south suburbs and would be easily accessible for many people,” McElroy said. “Our clients range from the south side of Chicago all the way to Manhattan, Illinois.”

Victress has received immense of support from the Palos Area Chamber of Commerce and since opening in April of this year, has continued to received a lot of feedback that this type of service was needed in the area, leaving McElry and Chigaros happy with their decision to open in Palos Heights.

“Our vision is to empower every woman and girl that enters our doors, providing them with the tools and skills necessary for accomplishing their own unique goals,” McElroy said.

Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz said he was happy to have them in the city.

Victress offers another avenue to address mental health concerns of our area residents,” Straz said.

Victress’s office hours are available by appointment with sessions are booked Monday through Saturday, generally between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Telehealth services are also available. For more information call 708-428-2527 or visit [email protected]victresswellness.com.

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