Laura Cottrell, LCPC, ATR-BC

Behavioral & Mental Health (IPD), Counseling

Practices In: Downers Grove
Patients Seen: All Ages

I am a licensed clin­i­cal pro­fes­sion­al coun­selor and a board cer­ti­fied art ther­a­pist. I also have spe­cial­ty train­ing in grief coun­sel­ing and child and ado­les­cent trau­ma. I have been the direc­tor of 2 bereave­ment camps for chil­dren and teens for a num­ber of years. Help­ing oth­ers on their jour­ney to well­ness is my pas­sion, because we don’t go over or under our con­cerns, we go through them, and we will work togeth­er. I use a client cen­tered approach to coun­sel­ing but also inte­grate oth­er ther­a­peu­tic approach­es when there may be the need. I want clients to feel safe, sup­port­ed, com­fort­able and under­stood in their coun­sel­ing ses­sion by pro­vid­ing empa­thet­ic and non-judg­men­tal sup­port and to build the ever impor­tant trust­ing ther­a­peu­tic relationship.

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Board Certifications
Art Therapy
Clinical Interests

I worked for many years with chil­dren and ado­les­cents with social and emo­tion­al dis­or­ders as well as with their schools. I have exten­sive train­ing in grief ther­a­py and also chil­dren and ado­les­cent trau­ma. I was a direc­tor of 2 bereave­ment camps for many years. I am a board cer­ti­fied art therapist.

Personal Interests

I love to cre­ate and find my peace mak­ing art. I enjoy the North­woods of Wis­con­sin, I love walk­ing among the trees and in the for­est pre­serves, I love to read and love the snow! My favorite time out­side of work is spent with family.

DePaul University Graduation Date: 2006 Degree: Education
Adler University Graduation Date: 2008 Degree: MAT


Adolescent Issues, Adolescent Mental Health, Aging, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Child & Adolescent Trauma, Communication, Couples/Marriage, Death/Terminal Illness, Depression, Family Issues, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Grief & Loss, Mood Disorders, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Relationships, Self Esteem, Stress, Stress Management, Suicide, Teen Issues, Trauma

Treatment Styles

Art Therapy, Child Therapy, Couples Therapy, Grief Counseling, Individual Therapy