Mental Health Counselor / Therapist in Chicago, IL

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Lauren Wesley

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Sex and Relationships Specialist
Regular Sexuality Workshops and Women's Groups
Welcome to Ardent; we are dedicated to you. Our therapists utilize a direct and holistic
approach to: individual, couples, family, marriage, adolescent/child counseling and life coaching.
Our goal is to find the best therapist and environment for your needs, then tailor our
approach to help you gain a deeper understanding into your life.

We all seek connection. It’s a natural drive in life. As we go about our day-to-day lives, we
can lose connection to ourselves and others, leaving us feeling alone, disconnected, and
vulnerable. Feeling connected to ourselves and others is necessary to reach our fullest
potential. It’s our goal to help you achieve this potential and flourish in your life.

Our mission at Ardent Counseling Center is to provide compassionate psycho therapeutic
care to clients of all backgrounds. We strive to take an individualized approach to therapy,
which emphasizes attention to each client’s unique needs. Our experienced staff specializes
in a wide variety of issues in individual, couples, family and adolescent/child therapy.

Whether you would prefer an individual counselor or would benefit from working in a
group with others who have similar challenges, we provide counseling services to help you
manage and thrive. Our staff is trained in environmental therapy, which allows you to meet
in a wide variety of settings including: a traditional office, coffee shops, your home, school
- even a park or a favorite cafe. The intention is to help you feel comfortable and supported
as you journey through the process of change.

Our diverse staff of female and male counselors focus on truly listening to our clients and
offering compassionate suggestions to issues and concerns that are affecting their lives.
Each are not only licensed and highly qualified, but are hand-picked for thier own unique
ability to connect with a wide variety of clients. We are able to assist with the many
struggles facing you today. A simple phone assessment can assist us in placing you with the
best therapist for your geographical and emotional needs.

Sometimes the process of setting up an initial appointment can be difficult. Ardent strives
to alleviate such concerns by making this process as easy as possible. You can request
to speak with a particular therapist to learn about how therapy might help you. Once
you are comfortable, you can schedule a session. We are dedicated to helping you create
meaningful change with a lasting impact on your life and happiness. Choosing a therapist
that is right for you is an important part of this process.

If you want to create meaningful change...
...we will be there every step of the way.
Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Therapy  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Teletherapy
 Chronic Illness  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Premarital Counseling
 Couples  Relationship Issues
 Depression  Self-Esteem Issues
 Divorce  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Domestic Violence  Sexual Dysfunction
 Eating Disorders  Stress Management
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Trauma and PTSD
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Women's Issues
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
 Group Therapy
 Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)  National Certified Counselor (NCC)
I hold a master of arts in clinical psychology with a counseling specialization from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I currently attend Widener University, where I am pursuing my doctorate in human sexuality. Additionally, I earned my bachelor of arts in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana.
I specialize in treating sexuality and relationship issues ranging from, but not limited to: divorce, marital problems, pre-marital counseling, infidelity, pregnancy, new baby, life transitions, sexual orientation issues, LGBTQ-related problems, transsexual issues, intimacy problems, sexual dysfunction, menopause/andropause-related issues, sexual desire and more. I am especially passionate about helping women express their sexual desires and reach their full potential of sexual experiences with their partners. Women often place the pleasure of their partners above that of their own. I strive for women to see themselves as a priority.

Additionally, I facilitate several womens' and mothers' groups dealing with various issues such as pregnancy, motherhood, infertility and sexuality. I also conduct workshops and seminars covering topics in sexuality at various venues in the Chicagoland area.

My approach involves uncovering the underlying issues that affect behavior and emotion. To ignore the cause or origin of negative behavior is to simply place a bandage over the symptoms - it does nothing to treat the actual problem. Therefore, I view therapy as an opportunity to explore the deeply-rooted issues, which affect the way one moves through the world.
American Psychological Association
American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
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Payments Accepted
Cash, Check, Insurance and Credit Cards
Hours:By appointment
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2251 S. Michigan Ave.
Suites B And H
ChicagoIL 60616