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From understanding how you became who you are today, to uncovering and removing the obstacles that have gotten in your way, it is my pleasure and privilege to work with you on your life journey.

The well-being of others is my passion, with goals of positively impacting communities through connection, encouragement and empowerment.  As an Adlerian, certified in Parent Training, with a Masters degree in Neuropsychology and second Masters degree in Counseling, I offer counseling, education, educational trainings, and consultations, identifying and focusing on strengths to support you, your children, and you family in thriving, creating the life that you were born to live.  My work is more than learning skills, I think of my work as being a privilege because it is soul work.  I have the privilege to know you as is, and get to work with you on who you were meant to be.

Combining close to 2 decades of service within the mental health field, I'm a life-long learner, and assist others through sharing knowledge, teaching and guiding with enthusiasm, joy and kindness.

I often use experiential learning, which offers you an opportunity for depth learning and an expansion of your ideas about yourself and others.  Ask me about any of these services or go to for counseling and psychotherapy if you are in Illinois.

For parent consultations or education in the U.S. or Internationally check out online learning opportunities at:

Pre-recorded webinars at:

And Personal HIPAA compliant online video Consultations at

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

Owner, Encouragement Parenting

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,


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