Susan Thorne-Devin, LCSW, ACSW

Susan Thorne-Devin, LCSW, ACSW

My Philosophy

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.

 

My Background

I have my Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Chicago, 1988, and I’ve had my LCSW through the state of IL since 1990. I am a tenured professor at National Louis University in the Master’s of Counseling program, where I have taught for  25 years and served as department chair for seven. I am also a clinical supervisor for students studying counseling at the Lisle campus. Throughout my counseling career, I have taken every opportunity to grow and strengthen my skill set by completing a variety of advanced classes and certifications. These include:

  • A certificate in Life Coaching through the Institute of Life Coaching
  • Both certifications for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Divorce Mediation training at Northwestern University
  • Approval by DuPage County to provide divorce mediation
  • Field trials for the DSM-5 on anxiety

Susan specializes in:

  • Adolescents and Families
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Life Coaching
  • Grief and Trauma
  • Parenting
  • Life Transitions
  • Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Elder Care Counseling

 

Meet the rest of our staff:

Clairmarie Szopa, MS, LCPC, NCC

Claire specializes in adolescents and young adults; couples, families, and individuals; depression and anxiety; bipolar disorder; stress management; relationships; personal growth; and life transitions (divorce, illness, etc.). See Claire’s full bio.

Laima Zavistauskas, MS, LCPC

Laima is multilngual, speaking English, Lithuanian and Russian fluently. She specializes in depression, self esteem, parenting, relationship difficulties, life transitions, multicultural counseling, and anger management. See Laima’s full bio.

Clay Green, MS, LPC, NCC

Clay specializes in children, adolescents, and young adults, couples and families, anxiety/depression, relationship difficulties, life transitions, anger management, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). See Clay’s full bio.

Beth Cipriano, MS, LPC, NCC

Beth specializes in adolescent and adult counseling, coping with stress, physical illness or disability, grief and loss, life transitions, career counseling, and developmental disorders. See Beth’s full bio.