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Alcohol Counselors and Trainers in Chicago, Illinois

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Laura Duening, MA, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor
From the moment I became a social worker, I was driven in my work by the belief that recovery required an integrative approach. Whether I was working in an inpatient medical setting or an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility, I always knew that healing the mind had the power to heal the body and over the years, I have had the privilege to watch this theory in practice many times over.

Because of my passion for women's health, I completed my yoga teacher's training in 2015. Today, I incorporate trauma-informed yoga in my volunteer work with survivors of intimate partner violence that helps women reconnect to their bodies and quiet their minds after experiencing significant trauma.

I understand how disruptions in the mind-body-spirit connection can manifest in addictive behaviors, particularly in women. Traumatic experiences, challenging relationships, and the stresses of life can throw us off-balance and cause us to disconnect from our true selves.

I am here to guide you towards a place of renewal and healing. You don't need to struggle alone. I am here to help illuminate your journey while we work together to find your individual path to health, peace and contentment. Call me at (312) 715-8234, or email [email protected].

Julia Meo, AM, LCSW, CADC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor
After switching careers from the marketing/advertising sector to clinical social work, I knew I wanted to use my clinical background to help organizations succeed.

I have been a trainer and consultant with Chicago Compass Counseling since 2014. My consultation work is inspired by my drive to help organizations be as effective and results-driven, as possible.

As a clinically trained social worker, I approach my work with organizations with the same level of attention I bring to individuals. In order for your organization to achieve their goals, I believe in an approach that synthesizes evidence-based and data-driven practice with the people who carry out this practice. In short, I believe that it is critical for employees to feel well-equipped with skills in order to provide the best services possible.

I am also passionate about the health and wellness of emerging adults - "twenty-thirty somethings" who are exploring the possibilities of who they want to be in the world. I appreciate how the rapid change possible in young adults mirrors the energy and momentum of organizations driven by a mission for successful outcomes.

Change is possible at every level. I am here to help you succeed. Call me at (312) 715-8234, or email [email protected].

Katelyn Schmitt Kemper, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor
As far back as I can remember, I have always known I would be a counselor. Growing up, it came naturally to me to be compassionate, empathetic, and to listen with a non-judgmental ear. As I got older, I was thrilled to find a career that afforded me the opportunity to put these traits to good use.

Since completing graduate school in 2012, I've been fortunate to work in multiple substance abuse outpatient treatment facilities, and each has reinforced the value in meeting an individual where they are in their journey of change.

My extensive experience in substance abuse treatment settings has shown me that recovery is more than discontinuing the use of substances , it's about finding what life looks like without substances. Recovery is about self-discovery - rediscovering the parts of yourself you might feel disconnected from or feel you have lost. I believe that it is about so much more than sobriety. Authentic recovery allows you to achieve peace and satisfaction. This starts with positive connection.

I am here to guide you in the path of healing the root cause of addictive behaviors. With positive and loving connection, we will honor your path towards fulfillment. Call me at (312) 715-8234, or email [email protected].

Matt Lawson, MA, NCC, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor
I am passionate about helping people achieve optimal health. Over the past 20 years, I have helped hundreds of individuals improve their lifestyles through my work in health and fitness. Whether I was offering nutrition counseling, lifestyle coaching, or personal training, I have always appreciated the importance of helping clients develop wholeness between mind and body. I appreciate how there are multiple pathways to health, and how each approach must be tailored. I founded a private coaching practice, iBehaviorCoach, where I provide distance coaching to people seeking optimal wellness.

I am here to help you develop a lasting strategy for wellness. Whether you are worried about someone you love or are struggling with behaviors affecting your own health, I will help you develop a strategy and skillset to achieve change. Call me at (312) 715-8234, or email [email protected].

Sarah Suzuki, AM, LCSW, CADC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor
I am obsessed with the art and science of change. It wasn't always like that, though.
When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a writer in New York City. I thought psychology was a waste of time.

That's right. You might be surprised to hear that I grew up thinking that therapy was for people who wanted to complain about minor problems. I saw therapists on TV and wondered why anyone would open up to a stranger whose best response was, "But how does that make you feel?"

As an aspiring writer, I took on an assignment that inspired a dramatic shift. I happened to be interviewing a woman who abused drugs and alcohol. At the end of our interview, she looked at me pleadingly: "I want to change. I just don't know HOW."

I was surprised. After all, weren't substance abusers supposed to be people who were in denial? Like most of us who want to change, she was hardly in denial. She had the desire, but needed an effective path forward.

When I considered my own pain points, I realized that I wanted to make changes, too, but didn't know how. I needed tools. Figuring out where I could get the right ones, though, was pretty terrifying. And I knew that TV therapy wouldn't cut it for me. It was the starting point that would inspire my life's work.

For more than 10 years, the question of "how" has driven my vision of service.

Today, I help high-achieving men find effective ways to change their problem drinking. You don't have to do this alone. We can find a path forward, together. Call me at ((312) 715-8234, or email [email protected].

The bottom line is, we are here to serve you.
There is no "one-size-fits-all" model when it comes to change. You don't have to admit that you're powerless, detach yourself from your marriage, or make amends to everyone you've hurt in order to change. Our counselors start by acknowledging that YOU are the expert of your own life.

We feel the same way when it comes to organizational change. If your corporation is looking for outcomes tailored to your mission, we take time and care in developing a deliverable driven by outcomes.

We are tireless change agents who believe in the power of transformation.
Contact us to schedule your appointment. Get started today. We are here to help you find your direction.
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Our Specializations
Alcohol ModerationDepressionAnxietyAddictionComplicated GriefSelf-Destructive BehaviorTrauma
Call to book your session: (312) 715-8234
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Chicago Compass Counseling, LLC
333 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 704
Chicago, IL 60601

Email: [email protected]