Therapist Spotlight: Pam Schur, LPC

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Pam Schur is a Licensed Professional Counselor dedicated to working with individuals, couples and families. Pam believes everyone can benefit from therapy and works to create a warm, supportive, safe environment for each client. Pam’s clinical experience includes treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, stress management,  grief and loss, relationship issues, and career/life transitions. Click here to read her full bio.

Pam works from our Libertyville and Northbrook offices. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with her, please contact our intake department.

What self-care techniques or activities do you do?

Walking, working out, reading, going to movies, manicures, naps and spending time with my family and friends.

What made you become a therapist?

I wanted to work in a field where I can give back and help others. Personally and professionally I have been influenced by some excellent therapists and I wanted to channel that energy into my daily work. I enjoy the rewards of working clients and guiding them to be successful and celebrating small victories of life. I learn something new each day. Life is hard on a good day, and I am honored to be trusted to help make life just a little easier for the clients I serve.

What are your specialties?

Working with individuals, couples and families struggling with anxiety, mood disorders, stress management, grief/loss, relationship issues and career/life transitions.

Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?

Yes. I worked in public relations and marketing. I specifically worked in association management for several years.

Why do you believe that counseling can help?

I believe everyone can benefit from counseling because sometimes you just need someone to listen, support and validate your feelings. Counseling allows individuals the opportunity to express feelings, thoughts, and concerns in a safe, non-threatening, and non-judgmental atmosphere. Counselors offer clients different perspectives on challenging issues, teach tools and skills to help make changes or alter behavior, and offer words of support. Counseling can be provided in a variety of ways such as talk therapy for individuals, couples or groups; expressive therapy including games, art and dance, and experiential therapy.

Why is it important to seek counseling?

Counseling is hard work but the benefits are numerous. Whether you’re suffering from anxiety or depression, having a difficult time deciding a career path, going through a divorce or struggling with the loss of a loved one, a therapist can help navigate a person through a difficult time and empower them to move forward in a different direction. Skilled therapists help people realize the power within and help them unlock their potential. I truly believe we are similar to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz: what we need is in our own back yard. Often all it takes is commitment, willingness/readiness to change, and a supportive push to click your heels.