Best described as supportive, compassionate, and strengths-based, yet solution-focused
Aims to help clients understand and accept their emotions while also building skills to move forward
Utilizes a variety of counseling methodologies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused, and Family Systems to assist clients in building skills that help with coping, decision-making, and growing resilience and an empowered mindset
Thoughts on Life: Life presents us with challenges along the way. Rather than thinking about them in terms of failures or successes, seeing them as opportunities to makes choices - to learn and grow from - can help us from getting “stuck” in these moments. Life truly is a series of stories that you get to help shape. So if there’s a particular chapter you don’t like, you have the choice to alter it. Even when you think altering your story isn’t possible, it is!
Thoughts on Therapy: Therapy can be both proactive and situation/time-specific in nature. Some may think counseling is solely for those dealing with serious mental health issues or intense situations. But therapy can also be beneficial for typical life scenarios and tasks - to help navigate stress, relationships, decisions, and visions for the future. Coaching and guidance are additional aspects of counseling that are also valuable. I truly enjoy helping others understand themselves and their situations better so that they can gain the insight and confidence needed to make adjustments or move forward in a direction that aligns best with their values and visions.
Training and Experience
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in IL
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy with 15 years in the counseling field; Bachelors in Education
Experience working in a variety of levels of care, including in hospital (inpatient/outpatient), community agency, and private practice settings, and with families and clients adolescent through adulthood
Member of American Counseling Association, and Allied Health Professional member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Vice President of Behavioral Health at FAACT (the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team)
Food Allergy Parent: I am the mom of a child managing a food allergy. Therefore, I get it - I know firsthand what it's like to navigate life with this chronic illness as part of the family system. I understand the daily nuances, the overwhelming feelings, and the need to find accurate food allergy information in order to create action plans and resilience.
Created Food Allergy Resource: After identifying a gap in accessibility to food allergy-knowledgeable clinical counseling professionals, I set out to create a remedy. As such, I created the Food Allergy Counselor Directoryin 2018, the original state-by-state listing of food allergy-knowledgeable licensed clinical behavioral health clinicians in the US & Canada. I’m routinely trying to locate and connect with other clinical behavioral healthcare providers with allergy knowledge in order to expand this resource. Additionally, I developed the Food Allergy Mental Health resources pagewhich is housed on theFood Allergy Counselor website, as well as an online support group for food allergy trial families. This work paved the way for me to become the Vice President of Behavioral Health for FAACT, a national food allergy advocacy and education organization, where I develop resources and content focused on navigating the psychosocial aspects of life with food allergies.
Advocate: I am passionate about highlighting food allergy mental health, empowerment/resilience, and focusing on patient/family advocacy and education any chance I get. Therefore, in 2013, I proposed recognizing Food Allergy Awareness Week at a village meeting, which resulted in my town's Mayor officially acknowledging it through a proclamation. Additionally, my advocacy efforts helped my local library coordinate a food allergy awareness community education session during that same week.
I have experience volunteering and working within school systems. These positions have allowed me to work closely with a variety of staff, including nurses, teachers, principals, and administrators, including superintendents. My previous roles include:
High school career advisor
PTO President & committee chair
District referendum committee member
4160 Route 83, Suite 210, Long Grove, IL 60047 Office: 847-957-7575 Email: HubbardLCPC [at] gmail.com