Sarah Suzuki, LCSW, CADC

Clinical Director for Chicago Compass Counseling
Trainer for Chicago Compass Counseling
Alcohol Counselor for Chicago Compass Counseling

Hi, I'm Sarah.
I help high-achieving men control their drinking.

On Being a Counselor

I view my role as that of a consultant. I'm not the shrink you see on TV. Instead of sitting there quietly, scribbling on a notebook, I will collaborate with you to ensure that each session helps you move towards accomplishing your goals.

I am interactive, friendly, and direct. You can expect feedback and recommendations at your very first session. You don't have to lose what you have before you transform your relationship to alcohol. Together, we will map out a course to gives you lasting success.

Practitioner Background

My obsession with the art and science of change led me to study clinical social work, evidence-based practice, and substance abuse in 2007. After graduating, I worked at a variety of rehab and healthcare settings. In my early social work career, I saw how countless people who were motivated to change their drinking walked away without effective tools.

Doctors, therapists, and self-help gurus talk a lot about using willpower to stop alcohol abuse. Why, then, does Step 1 in Alcoholics Anonymous make you admit that you're powerless?

Here's the thing: AA has an estimated failure rate of more than 95%.

If your doctor gave you a pill that led to loss of free time (going to meetings), diminished self-confidence (admitting that you're powerless), and the possibility of humiliation (seeing someone you know at an "anonymous" meeting), and told you that your chance of success was less than 5%, would you take that pill?

I know I wouldn't.

This is why people who secretly worry about their drinking rarely seek out help. Even though most problem drinkers can quickly reverse their behavior in the early stages of alcohol abuse, too many people wait to get help when they are facing disability, incarceration, or death.

The good news is that there are multiple solutions to change your drinking. And all of them are more effective than AA.

Research reveals a lot about change. What does the evidence say?
How cool is that?

I'm here to help you get where you want to go. Call or text (312) 715-8234, or email [email protected] to schedule your first consultation with me.

More about Sarah

Key Philosophical Beliefs

  • All people are capable of change.
  • Problem drinking serves a function - even if the consequences are negative.
  • Most men who engage in alcohol abuse can change their drinking without rehab or AA.
  • You are the expert of your life.
  • Every setback provides an opportunity for growth.
  • When it comes to alcohol counseling, one-size does NOT fit all.
  • Collaboration is the key to creating a plan that works.

Counseling Training

  • Administrative Masters (AM), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Capital Area Counseling, Post Graduate Fellow
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training
  • Motivational Interviewing Training of Trainers
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
  • Moderation Management, Inc., Moderation Friendly Therapist
  • HAMS Harm Reduction for Alcohol Therapist

Sarah as a Person

I grew up in the Western Suburbs of Chicago (nope - I don't claim to be "from Chicago!") and spent the early part of my career in Austin, TX. What energizes my spirit outside of work is my commitment to volunteering at an agency that serves at-risk youth. In my spare time, I love to write, read, and share time with close friends.
If you'd like to work with Sarah or one of our therapists, contact us or call to schedule your appointment and find out more about how we can help.
Our Specializations
Alcohol ModerationDepressionAnxietyAddictionComplicated GriefSelf-Destructive BehaviorTrauma
Call to book your session: (312) 715-8234
We're here for you.

Chicago Compass Counseling, LLC
25 E Washington Street, Suite 2036
Chicago, IL 60602



Email: [email protected]