Ms. Susan Gabel, LCPC

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

About Me

I have witnessed how trauma can uniquely impact individuals on multiple domains of functioning. It can be especially difficult for children and adolescents, not only in identifying and understanding their own or others’ emotions, but effectively communicating their struggles. When trauma goes unaddressed, it can manifest into anxiety, self-esteem issues, depression, attachment-related concerns, and oppositional and self-injurious behaviors. These intense emotional and behavioral responses can become overwhelming and confusing for the child, adolescent and their entire family. I obtained training in evidence-based treatment modalities and trauma-informed care, including Theraplay, EMDR, and CBT, to effectively target and reduce distressing symptoms and increase resiliency. I incorporate client's strengths, values, and culture, as well as integrate neuropsychology, artistic and play-based approaches, and mindfulness into treatment. I work closely with the client and family to develop a treatment plan that meets their needs, and utilize an empathic and collaborative approach in therapy. I believe in providing a safe environment to promote client growth and exploration, with the goal of helping clients feel empowered to create positive, meaningful change for themselves and their family.

Education & Experience

University of Illinois at Chicago BA Applied Psychology Roosevelt University MA Clinical Psychology

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Families
  • Juvenile Correctional Facility

Language

  • English

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • UnitedHealth