Debra Kowalczyk, M.A., LCPC

Debra is a mental health counselor who earned her M.A. in Community Counseling from Roosevelt University, and her B.S. in psychology at Loyola University Chicago. She provides mental health counseling to people struggling with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, stress management, relationship issues, parenting concerns, separation and divorce, pregnancy or adoption issues, substance abuse, and grief and loss issues. She works with individuals, couples, families and groups in her private practice.

Debra uses cognitive behavioral techniques in her therapeutic work to develop coping strategies and tools which provide symptom relief and change from problem behaviors. She also aids clients towards developing new insights into their behaviors and choices so that they may learn from their past experiences. She encourages exercise, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, positive self-talk and overall healthy lifestyle. She believes that learning and applying these techniques and life strategies can make significant changes in brain chemistry, resulting in reduction of mental health symptoms and a healthier mind and body.

Debra has worked as a mental health counselor since 1993, with about 20 years of experience in the field. She has worked at various agencies, including: inpatient and outpatient substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment centers, pregnancy help centers and adoption agencies. Debra's position at the pregnancy help center was that of Clinical Director. Debra has lead support and therapeutic groups for teenage single parents, birthmothers, post-adoption concerns, grief and loss issues, and narcissistic personality disorder. She has worked as a private practitioner for the past 14 years. Debra is a provider for: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Behavioral Health, Cigna, Humana/Lifesynch, APS, and TRICARE.

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