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Northwestern University Practicum Student Offers Affordable Counseling

Marianne Tomlinson Therapy, LLC is proud and honored to be working with one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning and research. Marianne Tomlinson Therapy, LLC has been selected as a practicum training site by the Family Institute at Northwestern University for students enrolled in their innovative online Master of Arts in Counseling program. Beginning in April, 2017, appointments will be accepted with a Northwestern University therapist-in-training. 

The practicum is an integral component of clinical training. It provides a closely supervised clinical experience in which therapists-in-training use the knowledge obtained in classes to understand their clients and to develop skills in assessment, psychotherapy and other discipline-related areas.  As such, the practicum serves to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of the education of the professional clinical counselor. The practicum training also allows therapists-in-training to become familiar with professional collaboration and consultation in a clinical setting. The overall goals of the practicum are for therapists-in-training to develop their diagnostic and case conceptualization skills through practical application.


Meet Stephanie!



Marianne Tomlinson Therapy, LLC is excited to have Stephanie Wollert as our practicum student from Northwestern University!

Stephanie Wollert is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Northwestern University. Stephanie received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Aurora University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Stephanie creates a comfortable, non-judgmental atmosphere that is welcoming to all. She believes in providing warmth, empathy and humor in sessions. Stephanie sees herself as a guide who walks along with others in their journey towards growth and healing. 

She has a background working with children who have been exposed to neglect and trauma. Stephanie also has educational training and experience that encompasses mental illnesses, parenting, loss, trauma, relationship concerns and LGBT issues.

To make an appointment with Stephanie, call Marianne at 630-337-6571.

What does working with a practicum student or therapist-in-training mean for me?


If you are looking for quality, low-cost counseling, working with a graduate level therapist-in-training in this program may provide you with what you are looking for. These students receive intensive supervision by Marianne Tomlinson and the faculty of Northwestern University. As a client, you will be exposed to cutting-edge therapies and years of experience. 


Can a therapist-in-training really help me?


Yes, feedback from clients confirms high levels of satisfaction with the therapy they receive. 


How does supervision help me?


Your therapist-in-training will meet weekly with a skilled supervisor who will review your goals and progress in therapy and make suggestions for how your therapy stays on track to meet your goals.


Is there anything special about the therapy I would receive?


Yes, your therapist-in-training will be practicing a state-of-the-art approach designed to address your goals systematically and with compassion.


How long will therapy last?


The length of therapy varies depending on your goals; however, your therapist-in-training will work to make your therapy as efficient as possible. Most clients are helped within 16 sessions or less. 


So, what is the cost?


Unfortunately, most insurance companies won’t cover the cost of sessions with a therapist-in-training. But, because you would be choosing to work with a student, you would get a reduced fee. All sessions would be offered on a fee-for-service basis. For more information, you can call Marianne Tomlinson at 630-337-6571.


All coursework and clinical training for this program is based on standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).