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.
As a professional counselor, I consider it my calling to assist individuals in finding or regaining the tools they need to move forward. I believe that behavior, emotions, and thoughts are all intertwined, but that we are largely guided by our perceptions of ourselves, others, and our world. I believe psychological distress and symptoms do not occur in a vacuum, but are instead contextual. They often present themselves as we begin to adapt to events, challenges, and life stages. My goal is to help you better understand the context surrounding your symptoms and develop strategies to enhance your resiliency and wellbeing.
I am committed to upholding all ethical guidelines and to using the most empowering, least invasive approaches possible. Together, I will work with you to identify any issues, develop a plan of action, and then implement that plan. This is a very personal process, and it is educational and developmental by nature.
Therapy is an intense, engaging and, collaborative process. I believe the purpose of therapy is for you to more deeply discover who you are, what you want, and how to get there. During therapy, I will do my best to honor your personal experiences and perspective. I will provide honest feedback based on my clinical training and life experiences. I encourage your active participation and collaboration as we develop our therapeutic relationship and work to meet your goals.
I hold Master of Science in Counseling from National-Louis University and an Illinois Type 73 Certification. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor, #297990, and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Susan Thorne-Devin, LCSW, ACSW, Certified Life Coach, Divorce Mediator