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Darlene G. Stevens, LCPC


Darlene G. Stevens is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor specializing in children, adolescents, adults and families.She brings experience helping clients overcome depression, anxiety, anger, self-mutilating behaviors (cutting), low self-esteem, past trauma, suicidal thoughts, OCD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other mental health problems that impact development. Darlene has also helped clients coping with life changes, such as chronic illness or divorce.

A former award-winning journalist for the Chicago Tribune, TV producer and researcher, Darlene chose her second career on the basis of her drive to help others. She is a graduate of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and has written extensively about family issues.

In 2009, she received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University and began her counseling career at Gateway Foundation in Aurora.

Darlene is a Chicago native and a 12-year resident of Naperville, where she also serves on the Naperville Sister Cities Commission.

Her counseling style is active, with an emphasis on the “wrap around” approach. This means that she engages not only the client, but the family and other supportive people in the client's life. Darlene’s goal is to help clients feel more confident after each session, with immediate coping, communication and emotional regulation skills. She works toward helping clients and their families get the appropriate medications and other interventions such as school IEP’s and other services.

Since 2009, she has helped clients achieve their goals and go on to develop an extensive support system, and the tools to improve their emotional health every day. She has worked extensively in the Geneva, Oswego, Aurora and Naperville school districts, and has volunteered in the Naperville 204 District, where her two sons have attended.


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