Margaret is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and is Type 73 certified as a School Counselor.
Margaret has specialties in working with those struggling with addiction and also with their families utilizing a 12 Step and a cognitive behavioral therapy perspective. Margaret has had training in couples counseling and enjoys working with couples utilizing a Gottman- based approach. With her experience as an elementary School Counselor Margaret enjoys working with parents on parenting strategies derived from an Adlerian perspective. Margaret has worked extensively with individuals working through issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, self esteem, and codependency utilizing a Solution Focused perspective.
She has enjoyed working with groups in schools and in Prevention work. She facilitates a psycho-educational group focused on teaching strategies to increase mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Margaret has had years of experience in developing her own spirituality and has an understanding of the strong significance that spiritual beliefs can have for a client within the therapeutic context and enjoys working with clients within their own unique spiritual perspective. Margaret has extensive experience working with clients with chronic illness and with elderly clients utilizing mindfulness based strategies and existential therapy.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Northern Illinois University. She has earned both a Master of Science degree in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Governors State University. Margaret is a Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).