Peggy Burns, LPC
CLINICAL FOCUS: GRIEF/LOSS & ADOLESCENTS
Peggy is passionate about working with clients experiencing grief and loss. This may be the death of a loved one, or another type of loss, such as the loss of a relationship, recent job loss or retirement, a child moving out of the house, terminal illness, etc. Her personal and professional experiences allow her to empathize with the depression, loneliness, numbness and shock that accompany the grieving process. Peggy has facilitated counseling groups for survivors of cancer and bereavement, in addition to providing support in their journey toward wellness. She also has experience as the Operations Manager at the Ronald McDonald House, providing comfort, compassion, and a sense of community for families during their child's hospitalization.
Peggy also has a vested interest in working with adolescents. While there are many benefits of technology, its seductive lure has teens disconnecting from what is most important in life - each other and the world around them. To be successful and happy in our digital world, it's imperative they learn to navigate these often treacherous waters.
Whether it’s social media, bullying, self-esteem, academic perfectionism, or college admissions, Peggy can help your adolescent explore these challenges with a healthier mindset. She has co-led and facilitated counseling for adolescents at Pride Alternative School, and has developed and implemented IEP's & Behavioral Intervention Plans. Peggy also has experience as a job coach at A.E.R.O Special Education Cooperative.
Peggy’s approach is compassionate, warm, and understanding. She believes in each person’s individuality and doesn’t prescribe a “one size fits all” solution to pain. She will listen to you and try to understand your needs, and tailor make an approach to encourage and guide you. She assesses underlying patterns and clues and determines why you’re in the position you’re in and how to get out of it.
Peggy's counseling theory is based on Client-Centered/Humanistic Psychology, which embodies non-judgmental acceptance of individuals and multicultural sensitivity. She also utilizes Worden’s task-based model of grief & loss, which sees mourning as an active process that involves four main tasks. Her ability to combine feeling with intuition means she can easily understand how your situation will unfold. If you have a desire to regain control of your life or reach a goal, she will help you determine what steps you need to take to get there.
Peggy obtained her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, IL), and she is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois.