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Megan McGruder

MSEd, LCPC, EMDR Certified





Online Services

Telehealth counseling for residents of Illinois

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A Bit About Me

Megan graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education in Counselor Education with an emphasis in clinical mental health. She has worked in the mental health field since 2008 and has been a licensed counselor since 2013. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.  

Megan is an experienced counselor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and healthcare industries and has received extensive training in working with trauma. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCPT) and is certified in EMDR. She is also trained in Brainspotting and Hypnotherapy. She is skilled in providing clinical supervision, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), crisis intervention, and national award winning outreach programming. She has worked with all ages and has provided couples, family, and group counseling.


Megan also has experience working with diverse populations. She understands the importance of being a culturally competent counselor and is dedicated to facilitating mental health treatment, education, and awareness while utilizing an inclusive lens. 

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Adjustment difficulties

  • Academic difficulties 


  • Body image & eating concerns

  • Depression

  • Dissociation & depersonalization

  • Identity concerns

  • Gender Identity Support

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Life Transitions

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Self-Esteem 

  • Social anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Substance abuse

  • Survivors of abuse

  • Trauma

Pet -"Therapist" in Training!

Appa was born on November 1, 2021 and is currently in pet-therapy training! 

Pet therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal. It also involves the animal’s handler. The purpose of pet therapy is to help someone recover from or cope with a health problem or mental disorder.

Pet therapy can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state.

Pet therapy can help both children and adults with a variety of physical and mental issues. It can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and increase positivity and socialization. 

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