MaryLu Halperin,MA, MPH, RN, LCPC

MaryLu Halperin,MA, MPH, RN, LCPC

Professions: Counselor, Nurse, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor


Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061

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My Approach to Helping

Every aspect of your life is affected by your state of psychological health and well-being. For that reason, psychotherapy is one of the most profound and important journeys you will ever pursue.

My approach to psychotherapy treatment is holistic, integrative and collaborative. I treat the whole person, working closely with adults and adolescents in a nonjudgmental, compassionate way. With extensive training and experience in psychotherapy and professional nursing, I am especially attuned to mind-body connection; I combine psycho-dynamic theory, evidence-based research and a deep empathic capacity with knowledge of physical health and wellness to assess and understand the roots of your emotional distress and help you find ways to improve your sense of psychological well-being.

Treatment is tailored to your unique needs. In a safe and confidential therapeutic space, I invite you to talk with me about your concerns. We will work together to increase your self-understanding, examine your thoughts and feelings, identify and reflect upon your relationship patterns, explore your life experiences, alter unsuccessful behaviors and enhance your personal strengths and coping skills. We work together to help you achieve a clearer sense of self, strong connections with others and an overall sense of life satisfaction.

More Info About My Practice

I am currently offering teletherapy via or phone session.

Sessions last up to 55 minutes and take place one or more times weekly for short or long periods of time, as needed.

I accept private pay clients and those who have insurance through Blue CrossBlue Shield PPO and Cigna.

For other insurance plans and out-of-network insurance, please contact me for further information.

A sliding scale is available for low-income clients, students and those who suffer financial hardship.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Choosing the right therapist is important to a successful therapy treatment. I suggest starting by reflecting on what you need help with, then doing some research on the web, beginning with reputable counseling websites, organizations or individual listings. Search for therapists in your target location who have a skill set that match your particular needs. You might also ask for recommendations from friends, family or other trusted sources.

Once you have gathered some information, make some phone calls and speak to one or more therapists. In this way, you will get a sense of the therapist and have an opportunity to ask questions. As with any good relationship, it is important to choose someone you feel is a good fit (i.e., good chemistry or good 'vibes'); someone who might be able to 'get' you.

If it seems as though there is a good connection during the initial call, set up an appointment and meet with the therapist as soon as possible. Pay attention to how it feels to talk with and be with that therapist during the first session. If it continues to feel like you are making a good connection, begin the process. If something feels 'off' or it does not feel like the right fit, let the therapist know. A good therapist will be sensitive to issues of fit between client and therapist and will have no hesitation making recommendations to other therapists, if necessary.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

It is normal to feel anxious or concerned about starting therapy! For those who have never been in therapy, it may seem like a mysterious process. Some people have difficulty imagining that talking about their concerns with a therapist can be helpful. Others have been so wounded in relationship that they are afraid to reach out. Many have had little or no experience with being heard and deeply understood. Still others have no clear idea what is wrong; they just feel bad and don't know where to turn.

If this describes you, be assured that therapy can help! Therapists are experts in identifying problematic patterns and can help you clarify, understand and work through your issues. Working collaboratively with your therapist as an expert guide, you will be helped to understand how therapy works, to feel safe in the therapeutic relationship and to trust the process. In therapy, you will come to know yourself in deep and meaningful ways, while tackling the problems that concern you and prevent you from living a satisfying life.

It is so unnecessary to live your life in pain and unhappiness, although it is hard to believe this when we are anxious, depressed, traumatized, stuck in self-defeating patterns, struggling in our relationships andor overwhelmed by the challenges that life inevitably brings. Choose peace of mind and soul. Choose therapy.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    In addition to mood and anxiety disorders and relationship issues, I specialize in treating survivors of post-traumatic stress and acute stress disorders, difficulty coping with acute and chronic physical illness, loss of a parent, partner, sibling andor friend and griefbereavement.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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