Gretchen Lewis, Counselor

Gretchen Lewis, MA, LCPC, NCC, PHD-C

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I am an experienced counselor and psychology professor who is dedicated to helping children, adolescents and adults cope with concerns related to sports performance, executive coaching, anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment disorder, stress and overwhelm.

Namaste Wellness Center was created to be a place for healing and to be a positive change in the world. Namaste specializes in mental health and wellbeing, mindfulness, processing trauma and loss, sports performance and business coaching. Our clinicians work with you to help you define and achieve your goals with compassion, understanding and a strengths based approach. "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." Francis of Assisi. Reach out to us to book your first session and get started on the path towards whole health wellbeing.

Gretchen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois, as well as a researcher, and adjunct professor. I am passionate about helping people become more mindful, present and aware. As a counselor, I help clients heal from past experiences, to create space for growth and change. I also help clients who "feel stuck" work on their true purpose and meaning in life. Before working in the psychology and counseling field, I worked in media and entertainment, in sports marketing, live events and advertising for over 5 years. I then went on to earn my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Counseling Psychology from Adler University in 2015. I am now currently finishing my Ph.D. dissertation research on mindfulness, evaluating the effect of gratitude on resilience and wellbeing. My clinical training has been comprehensive and diverse in hospital, school and corporate settings.

Research shows that the connection between a therapist and client is one of the biggest factors for success in achieving objectives and goals. Whether you have had previous experience with therapy or not- it is my goal to meet you where you are in this moment and work to build a collaborative treatment plan to help reach your unique goals. My approach is strengths-based and is rooted in positive psychology. As far as therapeutic interventions and techniques that I use, I combine Existential, CBT, DBT, ACT, Adlerian, MI and Gottman approaches. I will work with you individually to clearly define the goals you desire to work on and then determine how I can best support you.

In my work with children ages 4+, adolescents and adults, I specialize in treating a variety of concerns including those related to: trauma, relationships, anxiety, depression, executive coaching, sports psychology, chronic illness, LGBTQ, ADHD, addictions, and self-esteem.

At Namaste our overall goal is for you to feel heard and empowered. We hope that the ease of access to having therapy at your fingertips will make this process convenient and allow it to be a part of your week that you look forward to.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Alcohol Or Drug Use/Addictions
  • Alzheimer's & Dementia
  • Anxiety
  • Binge Eating
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Fertility, Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Gambling
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
  • Internet/Social Media Addiction
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Coaching
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Neuropsychological Issues
  • Nutrition
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pet Loss
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sexual Identity
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Suicidality
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Complementary Or Alternative Medicine
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Music Therapy
  • Play Therapy & Sandtray
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • 12-Step Programs
  • American Indian Or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Autism
  • Biracial
  • Black
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Hispanic Or Latino
  • Immigrants
  • Lgbtqia+
  • Military Families
  • Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander
  • People With Disabilities
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Veterans

Faith Based Specialties

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$150.00 - $450.00
Sliding Scale
Yes
Pay By
Cash, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
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Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
9
License(s)
License #
state
Counselor
180012535
Illinois
Board Certification(s)
National Board Certified Counselors (NCC)
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Adler University
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
2015