Sandy Bednarz Petersen, LCPC utilizes a wellness approach when it comes to counseling. A wellness approach focuses on the whole person by helping clients to identify their strengths and wants while assisting them with problems they are experiencing. Sandy uses a collaborative relationship when working with clients. She believes it is important to approach clients with an empathic stand providing an accepting and safe place for counseling.
Sandy earned a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Northern Illinois University and master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Sandy has provided treatment for mood disorders (depression, bipolar), anxiety disorders, and struggles adjusting to life changes (i.e. divorce, moving, transitioning to a new school/career), self-esteem, and trauma. She also has extensive experience working with clients that have an intellectual disability and mental illness.
Sandy incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in her work with clients. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocesses (EMDR) can also be implemented with clients to assist working through trauma.