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Laura Duening, MA, MSW, LCSW, CADC

Alcohol Counselor for Chicago Compass Counseling

Emotional Eating Counselor for Chicago Compass Counseling

Family Counselor for Chicago Compass counseling

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor

Hi, I'm Laura. I help women achieve integrated healing.

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 laura@chicagocompasscounseling.com.

On Being a Counselor

I believe in the healing potential of safe and supportive spaces. I serve those who face the pain of isolation - whether you face the unique challenges emotional eating, loving a problem drinker, or trying to find a path forward with your own drinking. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, it makes sense if you feel anxious all of the time.

Strategy-focused, holistic counseling can help. With compassion and care, I tailor our therapeutic work to the needs of people like you who feel like you are facing the struggling alone. Whether you are caught in a cycle of self-destructive behavior, or worried about a loved one, I am here to help. I am passionate about working with women and LGBTQ+ individuals who long for support and inner peace. If you are exhausted with worry, I'm here to help illuminate a path forward.

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Practitioner Background

From my earliest days as an outpatient counselor, I have always appreciated this truth: Your path to recovery is unique to YOU.

My experience has shown me that collaboration and partnership create a solid foundation to help you achieve your personal wellness goals.

I am passionate about people receiving the best healthcare possible. I have worked with survivors of intimate partner violence since 2007 and have helped developed an interdisciplinary committee focused on intimate partner violence and human trafficking at Northwestern Memorial Hospital that provides training and education to staff, develops and implements resources for survivors including support groups, and has worked to open a trauma-informed, comprehensive health clinic for survivors of sex trafficking (ERASE Clinic) that has recently launched.

As an advocate and clinician, I believe that VIP-level treatment is imperative to the treatment of mental health.

I am here to stand beside you in guiding you through one of the most challenging, vulnerable and painful times of your life. My commitment to you is that I will provide ongoing support, availability, and timely responses so that you can feel cared for at a time when it is hard to know who you can trust.

My goal is to help you achieve relief and solutions. As a yoga instructor and clinician, our sessions will integrate an awareness of the mind-body-spirit connection. You may be exhausted from the stress of your significant other's problem drinking, searching for objective advice. You may be worried about your own drinking. Regardless of your struggle, I will offer you a range of approaches to guide you towards achieving your desired outcomes. We will review both the evidence-based recommendations and your inner longings in developing your plan.

You can start on a path of health and wellness today. Call (312) 715-8234, or email laura@chicagocompasscounseling.com to schedule your first appointment.

More About Laura

Key Philosophical Beliefs

  • You deserve transparency and collaboration throughout the counseling process.
  • Significant others of people suffering from addictions deserve a support and empathic guidance.
  • Women often engage in problem drinking for different reasons than men.
  • There are many paths possible to recovery from trauma.
  • Finding your voice empowers you to start a path of healing.

Counseling Training

  • Master's in Social Work (MSW), Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • Master's in Women's and Gender Studies, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
  • Registered yoga instructor
  • Trauma Recovery Training

Specializations and Experience

  • LGBT and non-gender-conforming therapy
  • Evidence-based care for interpersonal stress
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Intimate partner violence healing and recovery
  • Mood disorder management
  • Co-occurring disorder stabilization and care coordination
  • Anxiety management and recovery
  • Harm reduction counseling alcohol

Laura as a Person

As a New York native, I moved to Chicago when I began my graduate school, where I studied clinical social work and substance abuse counseling while completing an additional master's degree in Women's Studies. I have always integrated my love of psychology with a commitment to be of service to others. I currently volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, offer pro-bono clinical services at Northwestern's ERASE Clinic, and and teach trauma-informed yoga classes at the Between Friends Women's Shelter. I treasure the time I spend with loved ones and taking time to travel.

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If you'd like to work with Laura or one of our therapists, contact us to schedule your appointment.