The best compliment I ever received was that I’m “the human embodiment of a cup of tea,” and I bring that same warmth, compassion, and calm to every counseling relationship.
I’m a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois with over eight years’ experience counseling adults, couples, and teenagers. My specialties include working with people experiencing alcohol or drug problems, relationship struggles, career and identity issues, and more. I have special competence in working with immigrants and refugees, people who practice minority religions, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. I've worked in outpatient private practice, inpatient substance abuse facilities ("rehabs"), and residential youth centers.
When you work with me, you control the counseling relationship. I’m here to help you make your life into the best it can be, according to what’s important to you. I tend to use existential, cognitive, and mindfulness-based counseling approaches, as well as solution-focused work that will help you feel better soon.
I look forward to working with you! (Please note, I work Monday through Thursday during the pandemic and do not offer evening or weekend appointment times).
- Parenting issues
- Career difficulties
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Expats , First Responder Issues , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Immigration Issues , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Multicultural Concerns , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Prejudice and Discrimination Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCPC #180.010824 (Expires: 2021-03-01)
She’s great, understanding, and works around my schedule
Therapy with Colleen is literally changing my life in the best way. She provides great tools and perspective to many things I’ve been battling with, and I’ve learned so much about myself in the process.
She is a great therapist. Feel very grateful.
Love her treatment!
Colleen has been amazing. I had such a hard time understanding what I was feeling and why. Colleen helped introduce a lot of new perspectives and ways for me to think about things. I trust Colleen and she’s never come off as judge mental at all and I feel comfortable sharing with her. I’m grateful for Colleen and what she has been able to provide.
I love Colleen so much, she's such a great therapist. I've had quite a few over the years and she's by far the best. She responds regularly and addresses all topics that you write/talk about. Not to mention she's great at keeping progress focused and giving you tangible, reasonable goals to work on.
She has been the first to actually take the time to listen and give me helpful suggestions and advice in dealing with my trauma.
Colleen is a wonderful listener and she implements techniques to find out what is going on with me on a deeper level. This understanding has been key to my healing and to helping me make more deliberate choices in my life. Colleen is culturally sensitive to and understanding of my struggles in addition to being a really great therapist.
Colleen has been wonderful to work with! She is my first experience with a counselor and brought so much ease when she was easy to communicate with and puts time into her responses to me. She really understands what my concerns are and listens to me.
Working with Colleen has been enormously beneficial. She has helped me navigate challenges with substance abuse, intimate and family relationships, and the way I view the world. I recommend BetterHelp (or therapy more generally) to anyone who will listen, largely because my experience with Colleen has been so constructive. She is patient, listens intently without judgement, knows her craft well, and she observes patterns in my own thinking that I have not noticed, empowering me to change aspects that I want to change.
Colleen was a huge help to me in sorting out my feelings in a relationship and thinking about positive action steps to take. Our sessions together helped me put things in perspective. Colleen was accessible and a good listener. She also provided useful exercises and things to work on in between sessions. I would highly recommend Colleen.
Colleen is a wonderful counselor! She is very understanding and offers helpful insight and advice. She checked-in on me regularly and never missed a scheduled appointment. I would highly recommend her.
Colleen is a wonderful therapist. She gives positive support, great advice, and structured techniques for issues I want to work on. Would definitely recommend!
Colleen has been nothing short of amazing from day one. She is always responsive and she responds with so much kindness and support. I feel very comfortable talking to her about difficult topics and she is always understanding and compassionate.
Colleen has been very helpful to me. She provides strategies to help with situations I am going through and I find that super valuable. She is a great therapist that I would highly recommend!
Collen has been a great help for me so far, I'm lucky I got paired with her!
Colleen is very personable and kind. I'm amazed at her memory and ability to recall the little things. She helps get to the bottom of my problems and issues and helps me see things in a clearer light. This has helped me be more aware of my core issues and has improved my anxiety. She provides collaborative counseling and I'm amazed at what I can get accomplished in half an hour!
Colleen has done a great job understanding my concerns and trying to provide answers to solve problems in the most productive way. I also greatly appreciate her honest perspective, whether it's bringing me back to reality or agreeing with my perspective. I feel like she is a good sounding board. I also appreciate her checking in with me even if it has been a couple days since I have reached out. Definitely recommend her and BetterHelp to others.
Colleen continues to challenge my emotional growth but in a supportive fashion.
I have seen my share of counselors over the years, over time, for various life reasons. Colleen is absolutely one of the best. (I'd say she was the best but I don't want to have to start competing more for her time than I already do-- lol but true)
Colleen is so easy to work with and she actually LISTENS when you speak. So many people are wrapped up in giving the advice that they just don't hear what the person is really saying. Colleen helped me thru some very hard times and I truly enjoy talking to her.
I'm really enjoying working with Colleen. This is my first experience with therapy and I fully expected to be told what to do and how I should be processing or handling things. Instead I'm feeling like a boat in the water, being gently guided and supported on my journey. She's responsive and encouraging and seems to ask all the right questions. Highly recommend her!