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I am passionate about supporting and encouraging the well-being of children, parents, adults and families, with goals of positively impacting communities through connection, encouragement, empowerment, teaching, and support. I do this by offering counseling, education, public speaking, and consultations to support expansion of conscious awareness so that people can capitalize on their strengths and thrive in their lives.  My approach is Adlerian in which we identify and focus on strengths and then capitalize upon them to create the life that we were born to live.  I have a full philosophy about how we've come to be, what has caused discouragement in our lives, and how to overcome those struggles.  I also have lots of experiential exercises that I use with parents and adults that support deepening awareness and becoming more conscious in our relationships.  Ask me about it!

Combining close to 2 decades of service within the mental health field, I can't stop myself from seeking out more information, connecting with like-minded others, and continually growing in my own life.  I'm a life-long learner, and assist others through sharing knowledge, teaching and guiding with enthusiasm, joy and kindness.

Call me for counseling and psychotherapy if you are in Illinois, for parent consultations or education, and/or check out my webinars at www.encouragementparenting.com.

Awards and Affiliations

Catherine has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership. She has been inducted into Elite American Educators, Elite Women Worldwide, Marquis Who's Who and selected as "Outstanding Professional of the Year" by Cambridge Who's Who.  She was also selected as "Top Female Executive" and was featured in a chapter in the "Top 101 Industry Expert publication." In 2016 named "Top Clinical Professional Counselor of the Year."  She is an active volunteer with and is affiliated with several national and state professional organizations including, the North American Society of Adlerian Professionals, the the American Counseling Association, and the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and the Illinois Association for Child and Adolescent Counselors.

Causes and Organizations

Secretary, Illinois Association for Child and Adolescent Counselors, 2017-present

Social and Emotional Committee, Illinois Association for Gifted Children, 2009-2015

Expanding Consciousness Collective, Founding Member, www.expandingcounsciousnesscollective.com

 

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