Somer Totheroh, M.A., LCPC
Clinical Professional Counselor in Northfield and Lincolnshire, IL
As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, I have worked closely with children, adolescents, families, and young adults in various settings. My clinical experiences have been in a university-based clinic, outpatient community mental health, and private practice. During my pursuit of my Master’s Degree at Ball State University, I was able to receive training in various types of therapy, as well as hone my specific interests of treating the young population. I am specifically drawn to assisting children and adolescents form healthy identities and relationships with others. In each different setting, I have worked in, I have treated individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, peer relationships, and school/family problems, amongst other diagnoses and challenges. I believe in the power of empathy and a healthy therapeutic relationship in my client’s treatment. My first goal in treatment is to build a strong therapeutic rapport by engaging my clients in their own personal interests, whether through arts and crafts, sports, or play/games. It is very important for me to establish a calm setting to promote a sense of peace in my clients’ lives. I practice therapy from a Cognitive Behavioral lens, and I also integrate mindfulness and grounding strategies into my treatment. In order to understand children and adolescents’ needs, it is necessary to treat them within the context of the family unit. I find that involving parents and caregivers in treatment is often necessary for many children and young adolescents.