UB Therapist Spotlight: Shelley Skrypnyk, LCPC

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Shelley Skrypnyk is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s College and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from The Adler School of Professional Psychology.  Shelley specializes in treating issues related to anxiety, trauma, depression, self esteem, substance abuse, relationship problems, stress management and life transitions.  Shelley has extensive training in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and believes that every client has within them the innate ability to heal themselves.  Shelley works towards empowering clients by helping them discover their own strengths that will help them gain and maintain a more rewarding and fulfilling life. Her mission is to create a safe, encouraging and trusting therapy environment that allows her to walk alongside clients on their path towards happiness.  Shelley is experienced in working with adults, couples and families.

Shelley works from our Northbrook office.

What self care techniques or activities do you do?

Journaling, walking, photography, listening to music.

What made you become a therapist?

When I was in college I originally wanted to become a teacher. Quickly after I began student teaching I realized I really just wanted to talk to the students and get to know them better. I decided to stop student teaching and focus on becoming a therapist instead.

What are your specialties?

I specialize in treating anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?

I started my career working with children who were deaf or hard of hearing who also lived in a group home due to behavioral problems at school. After my time there I began working with mentally ill substance abusers in a methadone treatment program.

Why do you believe that counseling can help?

I believe therapy can help because it is an opportunity to look inside yourself and become a better version of yourself. Therapy can give you the tools to live the rest of your life as a happier person and to be able to reach your goals.

Why is it important to seek counseling?

It’s important to seek counseling to gain a new perspective of yourself and your life.