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About Deb

Deb Norton MS LCPC NCC
(224) 406-1474

My Bachelor’s Degree is in Child Psychology and Development with an emphasis on Adolescent Psychology from the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities, a top ten nationally ranked psychology program. My studies focused on adolescents, and I have worked with this population in a variety of settings including:

  • Runaway/Crisis Shelter
  • Transitional Shelter Facilities
  • In-Patient Substance Abuse
  • Out-Patient Substance Abuse
  • Juvenile Felony Offenders
  • Adult Corrections
  • Human Services Agencies
  • Private Practice

My Master’s Degree is in Counseling from National Louis University with a Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling. My work experience includes:

  • Adult and Adolescent In-Patient & Out-Patient Substance Abuse Counseling
  • In-Patient and Out-Patient Dual Disorders Counseling
  • Psycho-education for Substance Abuse and Dual Disorders
  • Couples and Family Therapy
  • Men’s Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Welfare-to-Work Counseling
  • Men’s and Women’s Incarceration Transition Counseling
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) and Co-Dependency Issues
  • Clinical Private Practice
  • Life Coaching with Inter-Nationally Competitive Athletes

Deb’s Credentials and Professional Affiliations

  • BS in Developmental Psychology
  • MS in Counseling/Psychology
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois
  • Member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Member of the Illinois Counseling Association (ICA)
  • Member of the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association (IMHCA)
  • Founder and Former President of an Educational Non-Profit Networking Group for Mental Health Professionals¬† (Lake County Behavioral Health Alliance)¬† LCBHA

Deb’s Continuing Education

  • Adolescent Therapy
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Clinical Supervision (three courses)¬†– Qualified to Supervise other Clinicians
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depression/Treatment Resistant Depression
  • Diagnosing & Treating Mental Health Disorders/DSM5 Update
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Distance Counseling
  • Ethical Decision Making in Mental Health
  • Gottman Couples Counseling – Level 1 & Level 2
  • Gottman Art &¬† Science of Love
  • Human Behavior/The Anatomy of Human Change
  • LGBTQ Lifetime Developmental Approach
  • Mindfulness/DBT Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Personality Disorders
  • Practice Management
  • Psycho-pharmacology
  • Risk Management
  • Substance Abuse – Street Drugs and Alcohol
  • Suicide & Self Harm
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Trust & Betrayal in Relationships

Lake County Behavioral Health Alliance (LCBHA)

Shiny Rocks

I am the founding member of a networking group for clinically trained professionals in psychology, social work and counseling. Our mission is to make connections, share information and resources, and provide excellent referrals to our clients in mental health and substance abuse counseling.We are a speaker-driven meeting, so learning is a key component of our group. We share resources, ideas and collaborate in a way that helps each other be the best clinicians we can be, and deliver the best therapy we can to clients who “deserve to feel heard!”

This is my commitment to local mental health – and I’m honored to be a part of it!