Audrey Wartsbaugh, MS, LPC

DSC_0138WEBAudrey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Audrey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has extensive experience working in community mental health settings.

Audrey utilizes an integrated approach to therapy with her clients which includes; Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Solution Focused therapy, Strength-Based therapy, and Client Centered therapeutic techniques. Audrey incorporates play, drama and art therapy when appropriate for her younger clients. She has obtained specialized training in these types of play therapy and is working toward her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.

Audrey’s therapeutic philosophy is that each person is unique thus may require different types of therapeutic interactions and approaches. Audrey’s view of therapy is that the therapist and client work together to create a solution to the client’s current concern or situation. Audrey recognizes that that change is difficult for most people and she is supportive, encouraging and non-judgmental with all of her clients.

Audrey works with children, adolescents, and young adults. She has experience counseling individuals with a variety of concerns, including (but not limited to), ADHD/ADD, impulse control, general acting out behaviors at home at school, low self-esteem, self-harm, physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, and peer/family relationships.

Audrey believes in establishing a positive client alliance by empowering her clients to be an active part of their therapeutic treatment. She helps her clients to establish goals, set their own counseling pace and she checks in frequently regarding the clients progress and goal adjustment.

Audrey aims to create a safe, non-judgmental space for every person she works with including the family members of her younger clients. Audrey’s goal as a therapist is to help her clients to implement positive lasting life changes in a comfortable welcoming environment.