Therapeutic Orientation & Techniques
Mindfulness & Acceptance
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Areas of Specialty
Anxiety & Depression
Sexuality & Gender Identity
Dating & Relationships
Life Transitions & Personal Development
Clinical Residency, June 2022-May 2023
Supervising Clinician: Alexandra Hoerr, LCPC 180.010561
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL, Conferred May 2023
BA of International & Global Studies, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Locations: Virtual Illinois, In-Office Chicago
Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Clinical Residency Dates: June 2022 – May 2023
Throughout life, you might find yourself living through seasons of immense pain, heartache, or uncertainty.
Sometimes it feels like your experiences are too heavy for you, or for anyone else to carry. In moments like these, you might find yourself feeling isolated and without a clear path forward. It might feel like the map you once had to navigate life no longer takes you where you’d like to go. Regardless, choosing to trust another person with the heaviness of your experiences demonstrates great strength and courage.
Beginning therapy can be an important and vulnerable step towards change or a new perspective. In therapy sessions, we will work together to form a trusting relationship that is built on curiosity and authenticity. From there, we will work together to identify your goals and better understand your concerns and experiences that have brought you to counseling. Working holistically, we will explore different paths that might help you move towards mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health and wellness. I believe that the counseling room is sacred, and there is room for profound sorrow, great joy, and every emotion in between. As we create space to understand your past and present, we can then work towards achieving your goals and discovering pathways that lead towards meaningful connection, change, and wellness.
A big reason why I chose to become a counselor came from my own time in therapy. Before starting therapy, I was in many ways living the life I had always imagined. I felt like I had it all: the partner I had always hoped for, a close circle of friends, a job I cared deeply about, and a family that loved and supported me. Suddenly, things shifted and it was left feeling isolated as I tried to make sense of my new reality. I started seeing a therapist during this transitional time of life, and over the months I realized that my past experiences and relationship had impacted the way I viewed myself and the world around me in unhelpful and even harmful ways. Through that therapeutic relationship, I realized how important it was for me to have a caring and impartial person in my life to talk with.
My time in therapy also helped me recognize the lifelong joy I have found in lending a supportive, listening ear to those around me. Naturally, it felt like the next step was to go back to school to study Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on trauma work. In my spare time, I love to play around with film photography, drink coffee, go to shows, spend time with my family, and laugh with my friends as often as possible.
I know firsthand how intimidating and vulnerable it can be to reach out for help, and I also know how transformative and life-giving it can feel to be known and encouraged to grow. My hope is to create a welcoming and safe space where you can show up as your full self, without fear of judgment. We all deserve the time and opportunity to be seen, loved, and listened to, and I am looking forward to being able to offer you that space. Consider reaching out to our team if you are ready to begin this journey, or if you have more questions about therapy—give us a call today!
“I was nervous to start counseling, but Annmarie has been a calming and safe presence in the counseling room from the beginning. She is a great listener and has helped me navigate through some difficult experiences. I am so grateful for my time with her and would recommend her to anyone!” -GT
“Annmarie gives space for my big feelings through validation, and she tells me the truth about myself when I can’t see it. I feel comfortable sharing honestly with her because of how she reciprocates vulnerability. All of this contributes to my feeling safe with Annmarie and being able to count on her honesty. Overall, she has helped me feel more comfortable being myself. I am a better person, more forgiving person, and a less shame-filled person for knowing Annmarie.” -DB
“Annmarie has been a safe space where I can freely express how I am feeling. She sits with me in my vulnerability and asks appropriate questions to help me better understand myself and emotions. I am much more gracious with myself thanks to her tender care.” -MY
“During my darkest days, Annmarie met me with empathy and understanding. She was an incredible listener and gave intentional and thoughtful guidance. She strikes a wonderful balance of meeting you where you are at while gently and compassionately pushing you towards growth, healing and inner understanding. She showed me kindness, great insight, and maintained a hopeful presence of the goodness to come.” -HS
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