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Lauren Klancic LCPC, ATR (She/Her)


Direct (708) 374-8763 | LaurenK@midwestcounseling.com

Focus: Body image, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, life transitions/changes, trauma, identity, and Art Therapy.

Biography: I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a dual Master’s degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Adler University. I have experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults in individual and group therapy settings including residential, partial hospitalization, mobile crisis response, and in an outpatient setting.

I believe in the importance of the connection we have with ourselves, our bodies, minds, and loved ones. When this connection is interrupted, it prevents us from living our most meaningful and genuine lives. I have found success in exploring the internal narratives we create through our own lived experiences by providing a safe, non-judgmental space through compassion, empathy, curiosity, humor, and genuine human connection.

Through my expertise in art therapy, I have seen the transformative power of art as a tool to reconnect the mind and body in a safe way. Like life, I strongly feel art therapy is about the process and not the product. Theoretically, I draw from person centered, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). I believe that nothing in life is one-size-fits- all, including therapy. I value transparency and collaboration, which is why I speak openly with clients about therapeutic approaches to ensure their needs are met. I provide individual therapy for pre-teens, teens, and young adults, and adults.

I am passionate about helping individuals in their relationships with their bodies while utilizing a HAES (Health at Every Size) approach. This includes supporting individuals in recovery from eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. As a staunch advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, I feel strongly providing gender affirming care is imperative in helping folx feel seen and heard. This includes working with clients around identity exploration and development, in addition to working with individuals around body image, anxiety, depression, and trauma.