Marcia Lutz, PhD, LCPC
Alcohol Counselor for Chicago Compass Counseling
Trauma-Informed Counselor for Chicago Compass Counseling
Dual Disorder Counselor for Chicago Compass Counseling
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor
Hi, I'm Marcia. I help people restore health and confidence.
Change can start at any time - no matter what may lie in the path. As a former nurse, I have always appreciated how people possess resilience to transform have pain into hope and recovery. My work in both inpatient and outpatient settings has given me a unique understanding of how relapses and setbacks are part of the change process. I am here to guide you through the challenge of your current circumstances.
I believe that a compassionate relationship is key to healing. With 15 years of experience counseling people who struggle with problem drinking, addiction, depression, and anxiety, I have found that resilience begins with a caring relationship. By creating a strong foundation, we will illuminate the path to having the life you deserve to live.
On Being a Counselor
You are capable of transformational change. Whether you are new to counseling or have been in and out of treatment for several years, I am here to ensure you receive the highest quality of care. I am passionate about helping people who have struggled to find the true path of healing.
If you have experienced multiple types of treatment with no results, it is likely that the treatment did not illuminate your inner resilience. Too many people enter into programs that demand they fit a specific mold, which inevitably leads to treatment failure (and you believing that "you" are a failure).
Effective counseling is different. Our work starts with where you are in your change process. You deserve the best possible care available. Through a compassionate relationship, I am here to help you discover inner peace, calm, and purpose.
I began my career as a nurse, where I helped people from all age groups and diverse backgrounds heal from minor injuries and multiple complex comorbidities. This work revealed how important the client/provider relationship is when it comes to achieving effective outcomes. Long-lasting healing begins with a caring relationship.
This led me to a career change. I received my graduate training as a counselor, followed by a doctorate. Since then, I have come to appreciate how powerful the client/therapist alliance can be.
Today, I use my experience as a nurse and counselor to help people move through complex problems. Whether my client is someone who is struggling with a chronic medical condition or someone who has struggled with managing multiple disorders, I partner with my clients to develop tangible steps forward. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, or self-destructive habits, I am here to help you heal.
More About Marcia
Key Philosophical Beliefs
- You are the architect of your dreams and goals.
- You deserve a compassionate partner in your journey of healing.
- People who "failed out" of past treatment are not failures - they did not have the right treatment.
- Behavior change starts by understanding the whole person.
- All setbacks reveal inner strengths and opportunities for growth.
- Master's in Counseling (MA), Chicago State
- Doctorate in Counseling (Ed.D), Argosy University
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
- Training in CBT, DBT, ACT
- CPR, CPI
- Crisis Intervention
- Training Seminars
- Educational Support
- EAP services
Specializations and Experience
- Alcohol and addictions counseling
- Chronic medical conditions and medical trauma counseling
- Anxiety management and recovery
- Mood disorder management
- Co-occurring disorder stabilization and care coordination
- Anxiety management and recovery
- Supervision and consultation
- Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling
Marcia as a Person
I was born in Holland, Michigan and started working in the medical setting at age seventeen. I have been in Chicago for over twenty years. I have worked at a variety of hospitals, residential and treatment facilities. I currently work in private practice which is my passion and dream come true.
I enjoy spending my free time reading, writing, and exploring new places and meeting new people, I love to walk on the beach, in the woods, down the street or almost anywhere.