Lauren Brymer graduated in 2004 with a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology) in Chicago, also receiving a certification in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling. Lauren maintains a Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) license and a certification as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC). In 2018 and 2020, Lauren obtained her certifications in Internal Family Systems Model in Chicago from the Internal Family Systems Institute.
In her time at Adler, Lauren learned a holistic approach to humankind with a strong emphasis on social interest. She later adopted this theory as a practice model because of its strength based approach to humankind. Lauren's beliefs in people's strong emphasis toward social purpose, positive functioning occurring from encouragement rather than discouragement, and drive to "belong in the world" laid the foundation for her private practice.
From 2002 to 2005, Lauren worked with individuals suffering from chronic and severe mental illness at Lincoln Park Psychiatric Unit. While adhering to Adlerian Theory, exploration into where the individuals came from and treating the individuals inferiorities helped drive them toward successful treatment. In 2004, Lauren shifted her focus toward assisting underprivileged children and families with the Illinois Youth Advocate Program in Harvey, IL. She had the opportunity to provide counseling services to children and adults involved in the child welfare system due to poverty, mental health diagnosis, legal, and/or substance abuse issues. Lauren found herself working toward reuniting families after successful treatment outcomes, and advocating for children lost within the welfare system. During this time, Lauren also worked at the Will County Health Department counseling both adolescents and adults suffering from substance abuse issues.
In 2008, Lauren founded 21 Reflections, Professional Corporation in Naperville, IL. Her mission remains to provide psychotherapy treatments encouraging individuals and families to explore the influences in their lives most affecting their overall functioning. Clients attending therapy understand that the therapeutic relationship is critical toward achieving client driven goals. Clients are encouraged to evaluate and understand the influence in their lives stemming from parenting, birth order, lifestyle, career, relationships, and life experiences using various therapeutic techniques.
Lauren's therapeutic approach continues to center around a holistic model utilizing Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Adlerian Psychodynamic Theory, and Family Systems. Gaining an understanding of oneself from a holistic perspective can provide insight into the connection between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors - leading to a happier and healthier style of life.
Lauren resides in Naperville with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Lauren's practice has been molded by her professional experiences and training. However, personal struggles, life experiences, and accomplishments have provided a continuous foundation for Lauren to relate to clients on a personal level. Lauren has counseled clients with grief and trauma experiences from the beginning of her career. In 2014, Lauren experienced a personal tragedy by losing her father to a long battle of cancer. Her father was an integral part of Lauren's life and the starting of her therapy practice. Even in the passing of her father, he has continued to influence her practice by creating a new found strength and empathy inside Lauren for client's.
Personal battles can rip us apart and create unimaginable pain, however; we need to decide how we want to rebuild around those experiences. For Lauren, her father will always be the butterfly on her shoulder.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
(LCPC) - 180.006727
Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor
(CADC) - 25633
2005 - Trauma Therapy
2006 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
2018 - First Aid -Mental Health
2019 - Internal Family Systems Therapy (Level 1)
2020 - Internal Family Systems Therapy (Level 2)
Sarah Martin graduated from Lewis University with her MA in clinical mental health counseling with a focus in child and adolescent counseling in August 2020. During her time at Lewis she developed an eclectic counseling style focusing on cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and person-centered counseling. Sarah received her LPC in 2021 and attends workshops and classes to continue to expand her mental health knowledge.
Sarah has attended the suicide prevention conference in August 2020 to learn more about how mental health providers can help to recognize suicidal ideation in others and how to provide a holistic treatment approach for those who suffer with suicidal ideation.
In 2019-2020 Sarah worked as a counseling intern at Laureate Day School working with children and adolescents with Autism and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. She worked from a psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral lense to provide individual therapy, group therapy, and peer social development groups. Sarah worked with the student, the family, and the teachers to come up with home and school behavioral plans to best accommodate the individual. Sarah transitioned to virtual treatment during the pandemic of 2020 and helped with the transition at the school to virtual care thorough planning groups and providing one on one care to the child and their family. In working with this population, Sarah learned how to identify the function of one's behavior and use this knowledge to better inform the treatment provided.
In 2020, Sarah started working at Rogers Behavioral Health where she currently works in intensive outpatient care for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, depression, and PTSD. While working at Rogers, Sarah was trained in exposure and response prevention therapy which she uses in treating anxiety and OCD. At Rogers, she works with the family system and the individual, leads groups, and coordinates treatment plans with the treatment team.
Sarah's counseling style is kind and compassionate. She believes that everyone has the ability to be the best version of themselves and helps the individual to identify goals which lead the treatment process. She has worked as a dance teacher, theater teacher, and children's church coordinator. Through all these jobs what Sarah learned is that she loves to build relationships with people. Sarah helps to identify and use one's strengths to help conquer their weaknesses.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - 178.016831
2020 - Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
"Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder."
-Henry David Thoreau