Counselor in Vernon Hills, IL
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Samantha Leahy, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Portrait Health Autism Centers
175 E Hawthorn Parkway   
Suite 235   
Vernon HillsIL 60061
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Practice Information
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: Include but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, Behavior Reduction, Skill Acquisition, Parent Training, IEPs, Functional Behavior Assessments, Toileting, Social Skills, PECS, Non Verbal Clients, Feeding Issues and Sleep Issues

Samantha became interested in working with children with disabilities and their families while volunteering in high school. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education Teaching from Northern Illinois University. Samantha then worked in the public school system for 8 years. During those 8 years she became interested in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) while assisting in creating a program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She completed her Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in ABA from Kaplan University (now called Purdue University Global). She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014.

Throughout her career, Samantha has worked with children and adults of varying disabilities ages ranging from 3 months-21 years. Samantha has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, clinics, client’s homes, daycares, in the community and therapeutic day schools. Samantha has experience working with interdisciplinary teams creating educational programs for clients/students, writing IEPs, conducting behavioral and skill assessments, training staff members and parents in implementing skill based programs and behavior reduction programs.

Samantha is very passionate about creating a learning environment that allows each client to learn and grow. She believes each client and family is unique and deserves treatment tailored to their individual needs.
Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Anger Management
 Anxiety and Panic
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)
 Asperger's Syndrome
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
 Bicultural Difficulties
 Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues
 Children's Counseling
 Chronic Illness
 Domestic Violence
 Eating Disorders
 Educational Therapy
 Family Conflict
 Gay or Lesbian Issues
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism
 Gifted / Talented Issues
 Grief and Loss
 Group Therapy
 Herpes and STD Counseling
 Learning Disabilities
 Life and Wellness Coaching
 Life Transitions
 Marriage & Family Therapy
 Marriage Counseling
 Men's Issues
 Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing
 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Online / Teletherapy
 Pet Therapy
 Play Therapy
 Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Premarital Counseling
 Problem Gambling
 Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Relationship Issues
 Religious Counseling
 Self-Esteem Issues
 Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Sexual Dysfunction
 Stress Management
 Trauma and PTSD
 Women's Issues
 Work and Career Issues
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