Licensed Professional Counselor in Vernon Hills, IL

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Stephanie Pruefer, LPC

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Licensed Professional Counselor
Portrait Health Centers
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Specialties: Including, but not limited to: Child, Teen/Adolescent, Adult, Individual, Family Therapy, Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse, Internet Addiction, Gambling, Sexual Addiction, Video Game Addiction, Anger Management, Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Emotional and Behavioral Issues, Impulsivity, Chronic Pain, Domestic Violence, Grief, Bipolar, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, PTSD and Trauma, Self-Esteem, Self-harm, Coping Skills, Family Conflict, Divorce, Relationship Issues

I view each of my therapeutic relationships as an opportunity to be a strength and an ally in another individual's journey. I feel that the relationships should be collaborative and built upon safety and trust between both individuals. I feel that every individual possesses a unique life story and the therapeutic relationship helps clients make meaning of their lives in many ways. My relationship with clients helps them feel heard, understood, and brings another perspective to life events. Working together, we create and utilize skills in order to live a better and happier life.

I have a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University and a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. ​I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Methods and Approaches: Depending on the individual needs of the client, I enjoy utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches including: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational and Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), somatic techniques to increase body awareness, and Art or Expressive Therapy techniques. I also like giving applied homework to better practice skills processed in sessions.

I enjoy going to concerts, bowling, watching baseball and football, reading, playing volleyball, and boxing classes.
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Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Therapy  Hypnotherapy
 Addiction  Learning Disabilities
 Adolescents  Life and Wellness Coaching
 Adoption  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Marriage Counseling
 Asperger's Syndrome  Men's Issues
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing
 Bicultural Difficulties  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pet Therapy
 Children's Counseling  Play Therapy
 Chronic Illness  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Couples  Premarital Counseling
 Depression  Problem Gambling
 Divorce  Psychoanalysis
 Domestic Violence  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Eating Disorders  Psychopharmacology
 Educational Therapy  Relationship Issues
 EMDR  Religious Counseling
 Family Conflict  Self-Esteem Issues
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Sexual Dysfunction
 Gifted / Talented Issues  Stress Management
 Grief and Loss  Trauma and PTSD
 Group Therapy  Women's Issues
 Herpes and STD Counseling  Work and Career Issues
 Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
175 E Hawthorn Parkway, Suite 235