Practitioners

Virginia McDonough, LCSW
Virginia has an interest in the Spiritual aspect of the Mind/Body/Spirit connection. Having led Vision Quests in Canada and Indiana, Virginia has a varied background. Specializing in trauma recovery, personal growth and couples counseling, she facilitates growth through life’s challenges by helping adults achieve their full human potential, by knowing and honoring their deepest selves.

Virginia is trained and certified in several cutting edge therapies. She is trained in levels one and two of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma recovery. Additionally, she is Certified in, and has been using in her therapy since 2005, Emotional Transformative Therapy (ETT). ETT is a breakthrough therapy for trauma recovery and anxiety reduction using light. Virginia also sits on the National Board of ETT International Association. Another breakthrough therapy Virginia uses is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for anxiety reduction, a revolutionary therapy for trauma recovery and anxiety.

Relationships and couple work have also become an important part of Virginia’s work. Relationship work is very different than individual therapy and requires additional training. Virginia uses the format of Life Innovations – Prepare and Enrich as a framework for working with couples. This is a blameless approach which allows the couple to really examine their relationship from a more neutral place. It is very effective for all sorts of couples – those who are living together, those who are blending families, those who are married a number of years, and also for “new” older couples.

She is also trained and certified in several different types of Mediation, including Pre- and Post-Divorce Mediations, Transformative Mediation, Postal Employee Mediations and Americans with Disabilities Mediation for the US Department of Justice.

Virginia graduated from Jane Addams College of Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by the State of Illinois. After working in schools for emotionally disturbed children, Virginia began her private practice in 1989 in Naperville, Illinois.

Virginia primarily works with adults.


Cheryl Petersen, LCSW, CADC
Cheryl focuses on the Mind aspect of the Mind/Body/Spirit connection. She practices from a strengths perspective and works with her clients to identify and build on their strengths to create Wellness and Growth.

Having completed training and education in several therapeutic disciplines, Cheryl is comfortable working with her clients from a variety of treatment approaches. She is trained and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma recovery, anxiety and grief. Additionally, she is trained in Emotional Transformational Therapy (ETT), a breakthrough therapy that utilizes light to assist with the resolution of trauma, mood disorders, anxiety and pain reduction. Cheryl is also trained in, and practices, mindfulness meditation, as well as several other treatment practices.

After extensive volunteer work with adolescents in the 1990’s, Cheryl became aware of the very special needs often present with LGBT individuals. This has translated into an area of expertise for her that she has had great success with. Because of her dedication to the LGBT community, Cheryl has continued to study ways to help individuals facing challenges within this community. She has presented on the topic of addressing specialized needs within this group at professional seminars.

Assisting older adults with renewing purpose after retirement, adjusting to life changes and coping with loss is another passion for her. She works with older adults and their family members to address the challenges that often accompany aging.

Another area that Cheryl specializes in is as an addictions counselor. As a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC), Cheryl works primarily with spouses and family members of people struggling with addictions. She helps them to create supportive boundaries and enhance their own health and well-being. She has taught an advanced addictions counseling class at College of DuPage.

Her areas of expertise are mood disorders; life transitions; coping with illness, grief and loss; and addictions.

Cheryl graduated from the George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and has been employed as an Employee Assistance Counselor prior to seeing clients in her private practice.

Cheryl works primarily with adults.


Wendy Sadler, BSN, CranioSacral
Wendy focuses on the Body aspect of the Mind/Body/Spirit connection. As a Neonatal/Pediatric ICU and Labor and Delivery nurse, Wendy has felt the importance of healing touch and comforting words in her practice of compassionate nursing care.

Always intrigued by alternative therapies and their proven healing properties, she has been drawn to study CranioSacral Therapy. This ‘gentle touch’ technique is beneficial in releasing restrictions and imbalances within the craniosacral system. This technique has been shown to alleviate a wide range of illness, pain and dysfunction in infants, children and adults. Continuing to expand her horizons, she is presently studying Ancient Indian Head Massage and Yoga for the Special Child concurrently with the Upledger Institute.

Wendy works with both children and adults.

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