Everyone has choices. Let us help you explore yours.

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Counseling vs. Life Coaching

Not sure which approach is right for you? In many cases, both! Counseling and life coaching are often used together to provide holistic support.

5 Creative Ways to De-stress

We all seek to strike a comfortable balance between the demands of our daily lives, but sometimes even the balancing act itself can be stressful.

Recommended Reading

Here you’ll find a wealth of literature and resources that have helped our clients — and ourselves!— approach life choices with a fresh outlook.

Our Team

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Susan Thorne-Devin, LCSW, ACSW

As the Executive Director and founder of Choices, I am dedicated to guiding my clients through rough patches to help them reach their full potential. My experience as a mother, stepmother, counselor and professor has given me a great deal of natural insight into life issues, and together with my professional training this allows me to take a personalized approach to helping my clients address their own issues. I have been practicing in a clinical setting for 26 years, and I believe that although life can be difficult and change can be challenging, hope lives in the choices we make every day.

Clairmarie Szopa, MS, LCPC, NCC

When people come to counseling, it’s because they want to change something in their lives. They may feel overwhelmed by their circumstances, want to solve a particular problem, or they may want to gain a greater understanding of themselves. I know that asking for help is often difficult, and I feel honored to be part of my clients’ process. Working from the belief that change is always possible, I help my clients identify their strengths, what’s getting in the way of making changes in their life, and the most effective ways to achieve their goals. My style of counseling is supportive and collaborative, with an emphasis on respect, encouragement, and hope.

Laima Zavistauskas, MS, LCPC

As a professional therapist with years of experience working with people from different social, cultural and economic backgrounds, I believe that our life experiences are all about learning. The challenges, crises and difficult transitions provide us with an opportunity to become stronger, wiser and more matured.

Clay Green, MS, LPC, NCC

In working with clients, my primary goal is to help reduce pain, make life more satisfying, and begin building toward a more hopeful future. I have led anger management groups with adolescents for whom anger management has been mandated by the McHenry County Courts, and I’ve also worked with emotionally challenged adolescents in a residential group setting. My formal training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) by the EMDR Institute proves to be particularly useful in the treatment of traumas including PTSD, sexual abuse, and common childhood traumas (such as rejection and humiliation).

Beth Cipriano, MS, LPC, NCC

I believe that life is a journey, full of joys and disappointments, successes and setbacks. While the extent and nature of my interventions may vary, I strongly believe that all people possess the personal strength and the means to improve their own lives if provided with the necessary guidance and support.