Northwestern University Therapist-in-Training Students Offer 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 and internship training site by the Family Institute at Northwestern University for students enrolled in their innovative online Master of Arts in Counseling p rogram. Appointments are now being accepted with Northwestern University's therapists-in-training.

The practicum and internship programs are an integral component of clinical training. These experiences provide 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 and internship serve to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of the education of the professional clinical counselor. These trainings also allow therapists-in-training to become familiar with professional collaboration and consultation in a clinical setting. The overall goals of the practicum and internship are for therapists-in-training to develop their diagnostic and case conceptualization skills through practical application.

Meet Hannah!


Hannah is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Counseling at Northwestern University and received her B.A. at DePaul University in Psychology. After graduation Hannah pursued her professional dance career while using her platform to advocate for Mental Health Awareness. She believes the counselor client relationship is built on the foundations of trust, safety, and collaboration. Hannah understands each client has different goals and backgrounds which require diversified approaches in order to meet the client's individual needs. In session, Hannah utilizes her warm and compassionate nature to provide a sacred space in which the client can experience healing of the mind, body, and soul. Hannah is interested in working with anxiety, stress, depression, adolescence issues, women's issues, LGBTQ+ community, life transitions, interpersonal relationships, ADHD, and Trauma.

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

Meet Laura "Maggie" Estrada!


Laura completed her Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, MN. She is currently a student in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a career goal of working with homeless veterans. Laura comes with an extensive background in the military lifestyle as a sister to two ARMY servicemembers, a wife to an ARMY veteran, and a family member to servicemembers and veterans of different military branches including Marines, Navy, and Airforce.

Laura's professional experience includes utilizing her communication and interpersonal skills to evaluate family, community, and psychological support systems and establish productive working relationships with community members and local service providers. These employment opportunities have offered her the opportunity to observe individuals and their needs and connect them with resources that can fulfill these needs and provide a better living experience for them, skills she brings to our counseling center.

A bonus is that Laura is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish. She is excited to join our team as a therapist-in-training and offer her skills to a diverse range of clients.

What Does Working With a 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).

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