Licensed Professional Counselor in Vernon Hills, IL
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Stephanie Pruefer, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Portrait Health Centers
175 E Hawthorn Parkway, Suite 235   
Vernon HillsIL 60061
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.
 Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
License Info
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
 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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