Meet Lara, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), with a Masters of Arts in Counseling from National-Louis University, who brings over 10 years of experience to Counseling Works. Clients she sees range in age from 14 to 50 years old. She provides a soft space and the wisdom to assist adolescents, young adults and parents who need the extra support from the overwhelm that can occur in the daily challenges of life. Areas of specialization include anxiety, athletes, body image issues, interpersonal issues, life changes/adjustment disorders, parenting issues, self-esteem and self-worth.
Lara’s greatest strength lies in providing a safe, non-judgmental space to allow clients to recognize, explore and understand the underlying patterns and insecurities that no longer serve them. Through understanding that many clients’ family patterns and social expectations are often contributing factors to the challenges that they face; she works to help clients find their strengths and get in touch with their innate wisdom to improve their lives. She strongly believes that all individuals are capable of great things, even if they have been obscured or limited through adverse experiences, anxiety, poor self-esteem or unhealthy patterns. With this in mind, Lara teaches practical tools to soften judgment and allow her clients the space to attempt new behaviors.
Lara does not believe in a one size fits all approach to therapy. In meeting the client where they are at, she allows the client to take the lead. You will feel comfortable being yourself when you are in therapy with Lara. Her non-judgemental, humorous, down-to-earth nature, will make you feel at ease immediately.
Her therapeutic style is rooted in Person-Centered Therapy, Attachment Theory and Motivational Interviewing. In addition, a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy strategies, and Solution-Focused approaches round out her therapeutic toolbox. Lara works out of our Frankfort and Lemont offices and would love to meet you and help you along your journey.
I have been pleased with the entire team!
Kristen & the Counseling Works team are so easy to work with and dedicated. You get the sense immediately that everyone truly cares about improving their patient's well-being.
I've known Kristen and her team at Counseling Works professionally for years. The leadership, mission, and values of this practice are some of the best in our business. I have no doubt that the client experience is one of compassion, support, and positive change - you can't go wrong here!
Kelly McLaughlin is an amazing therapist. She is doing wonders with my kids, kind, patient and really knows how to gain their trust to allow them to open up. Would give 10 stars if I could
Kristen and her group are amazing and talented therapists. I highly recommend them!
Counseling Works’ owner Kristen is lovely and great to work with. All the clinicians are very professional and friendly, and the therapy space is very modern, stylish and welcoming. I highly recommend contacting them if you are looking for counseling services in the Naperville or Frankfort area.
Kristen + her team of skilled therapist are top of the line! The Counseling Works team care about their clients and provide the best service in the area!
Counseling Works has an excellent team of clinicians and you will be in great hands!
This is an awesome practice. You will feel cared for and taken care of. All the clinicians are excellent!
This facility is awesome. Professional and caring staff! They are great therapists who aren't afraid of delving into the hard stuff. They are transparent yet keep the boundaries clear. If you are seeking a therapist, I recommend them!
The owner, Kristen, is a pleasure to work with. The office space is inviting and relaxing as well. I recommend giving them a call if you are seeking counseling services.
Professional staff, clean & comfortable environment, flexible appointments, easy to find location and close to the highway with ample parking.
Phenomenal group of people - you can't go wrong with Counseling Works!
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