I have a Masters and PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education, with over 15 years of experience in the field as a counselor, supervisor, and counselor educator. I was initially drawn to counseling to work with young adults in transition over the college years, but quickly became interested in working with people throughout all stages of the lifespan. I believe in helping people to live satisfied, authentic, and genuine lives and that key tools in doing so are increasing self awareness and congruence with themselves and in relation to others. I believe that the client is the best expert on their own lives, and I am here to be a sounding board for you as you consider what changes you want to make to increase satisfaction in your life. You will find my approach gentle, but direct, as I help you to identify goals and patterns of living. I have experience working with depression and anxiety, trauma, stress, relationship issues, identity issues, and career/lifestyle goals, to name a few. I am committed to promoting multicultural competence in both my own counseling, as well as the counselor training I provide as an educator.
I currently reside and teach in the Pacific Northwest region (Washington State).
In addition to my work as a clinician, I have experience as a counselor educator and supervisor as well, which encourages me to remain current in regards to counseling best practices and resources, and am constantly adding to my own knowledge base, which benefits my clinical work with clients.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCPC 180009735
Written on Sep 29, 2021 after therapy with Ann Maureen for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Dr. McCaughan is a warm and emotionally in tune person. With her expertise, she has been able to guide and help me heal in places where other therapists have failed. I would recommend her to anyone in need of emotional assistance.
Written on Jun 20, 2021 after therapy with Ann Maureen for 7 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, and career difficulties
Dr. McCaughan is compassionate, patient and engaged during our sessions. I feel very comfortable sharing sensitive information with her.
Written on Apr 06, 2021 after therapy with Ann Maureen for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues
Talking to Dr. McCaughan has made a huge impact already on me and I am noticing the ways she has helped me to navigate anxiety and low self esteem start to take root in my life. I’m grateful.
Written on Apr 04, 2021 after therapy with Ann Maureen for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coaching
A great counselor. Caring and supportive.
Written on Dec 26, 2020 after therapy with Ann Maureen for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts