Counseling Services, LLC

New Directions


We provide telehealth counseling in Illinois for individuals of all ages, couples, and families.


Counseling is sought for a variety of reasons, including stress management, relationship concerns, school or work concerns, depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment difficulties, and so on. 



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences.

Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional and body pain.


We believe in the power of community engagement and stigma reduction.


Outreach events provide communities the opportunity to increase awareness of mental health and decrease the stigma of reaching out for help. 


Clinical supervision is a requirement in Illinois for providing clinical mental health services.


We are qualified to provide supervision and appropriate documentation that is needed for state licensure. 

Our Approach
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We use a holistic approach to counseling, which encompasses all aspects of a person's life. Rather than treating just the symptoms, this approach looks deeper and tries to uncover underlying causes. This allows us to focus on the connections between mind, body, and spirit.


We are also dedicated to facilitating mental health treatment, education, and awareness while using an inclusive lens. While it is important to explore individual experiences, we also recognize the need to be aware of historical and current structural systems of inequality.

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Megan McGruder
MSEd, LCPC, EMDR Certified

Megan received her MSEd in Counselor Education, with an emphasis in clinical mental health, from Western Illinois University.

She is currently a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois and is certified in EMDR therapy.

Moving You Toward Better Health

Mental health not only impacts our life satisfaction, it impacts our overall health and wellness. Research has shown that our mental health has a great impact on our physical health. 


Chronic stress has been shown to impact the following:

  • Brain & Nerves - headaches, memory problems, chronic pain

  • Skin - acne, flare up of skin issues such as eczema or psoriasis

  • Muscles & Joints - aches and tension (which impact bone density)

  • Heart - rise in blood pressure, high cholesterol, risk of heart disease

  • Stomach - nausea, heartburn, weight changes, cramps

  • Pancreas - increase risk of diabetes

  • Intestines - diarrhea, constipation

  • Reproductive System - reduced sexual desire

  • Immune System - lowered ability to fight & recover from illness

Have any questions or want more information? We offer free consultation calls!
If interested, please complete the form below.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
—James Baldwin