Valerie Ytzen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois

Valerie Ytzen, LCPC, ATR

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I specialize in working with clients who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, and the effects of trauma. My focus is to build confidence, develop a stronger sense of identity, and process through negative beliefs and past traumas. In my work with families, I specialize in working with parents and families to build connection, communication, and structure.

I am a licensed clinical professional counselor and registered art therapist with over 10 years of clinical experience. I have worked with children as young as 3 years old up to seniors at the end of their lives in hospice with a focus on trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment issues, adoption issues, identity issues, and parenting support. I have formal training in Level 1 Theraplay, EMDR, and am a TBRI Practitioner. Some of the techniques that I utilize include EMDR, Art Therapy, Theraplay activities, and TBRI.

Connection is so important throughout the lifespan. People are meant to be connected both with themselves and with others. When we are not connected we can feel alone and isolated. Connection is the core of the therapeutic relationship, family relationships, romantic relationships, and personal relationships with ourselves. I believe that with connection, honesty, and vulnerability each individual and family is capable of healing.

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Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Adoption & Fostering
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Trauma & Ptsd

Therapy Types

  • Art Therapy
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Lgbtqia+
  • Trauma Survivors

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$130.00 - $150.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Cash, Check, Health Savings Account (HSA), Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Out Of Network
Self-Pay Only

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Licensed Professional Counselor
Professional Certification(s)
Registered Art Therapist
American Art Therapy Association
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Adler University
MA in Counseling: Art Therapy