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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 program. 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 Christine!



Marianne Tomlinson Therapy, LLC is very excited to have Christine Kim as our intern from Northwestern University.

Christine is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Northwestern University. While her undergraduate and graduate level work has been outside the counseling field, she has taught, advised, and served people from a diverse population such as international students, immigrant families, and business professionals in academic and social settings. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies: World Comparative Religion Track and a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies and Teaching English as a Second Language from Wheaton College, IL.

Christine believes that every life matters. Everyone’s journey presents different seasons of joys, challenges, and unknowns. The way in which one navigates around those circumstances ushers in stress, potential growth, hope, and/or change. How well one chooses to respond is a reflection on the self in the process of transformation, new opportunities, health, and wellness. Christine enjoys exploring and working with people from all seasons of life and backgrounds. Of particular interest to her is working with those who experience tension or challenges in navigating through: anxiety, stress, identity, grief, divorce, relationships, and adjustment issues. She respects the inherent dignity and worth of every individual and aims to create a safe, caring, and non-judgemental atmosphere for clients to feel valued and hopeful.

Christine approaches therapy holistically as a means for individuals to feel heard and respected, to better understand themselves and others, and to explore alternative options to gain confidence, healing, and strategies through life’s daily and long-term goals. She desires to assist clients in this therapeutic process by providing empathy, open communication, and insights in the struggles and concerns of every person she has the opportunity to work with. Christine considers it a humble privilege to walk alongside clients to serve them in reaching their full potentials, goals, and healing.

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

Meet Christi!

Marianne Tomlinson Therapy, LLC is excited to have Christi Johnson joining us for her Practicum with Northwestern University.

Christi is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Counseling at Northwestern University and earned a B.S. in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Kansas. She is transitioning into the counseling field after a successful career in several sales-related roles including sales training and leadership.  She is thankful for the opportunities she had to assist her customers and team members achieve their business and professional goals and is eager to start working with counseling clients.

Christi’s goal as a counselor is to help her clients achieve peace, health, wellness and personal fulfillment. She believes each individual has innate value and potential and that a skilled counselor can be a tool to help access these strengths.  She feels that the more we understand why we think and do the things we do, the easier it will be to change these behaviors and achieve the goals we have for our lives.

Because individuals are not one-size-fits-all, she is committed to using a variety of techniques and modalities to address each clients’ unique needs.  She is particularly interested in helping clients with anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. 

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


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).