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“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received ... but only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”
— St. Francis of Assisi
Sometimes bad things in life open up your eyes to the good things you weren’t paying attention to before.
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Jennifer Ahrens LPC, NCC

So much of your time and energy is spent working through life challenges.  You are doing your best but you still feel stuck.  There is a way to move forward and feel whole and balanced.  You can address those old fears and patterns getting in your way.  I will work with you to break down obstacles to your healing.  I can help you decrease the behaviors that are getting in your way such as trouble with sleep, low energy, keeping secrets, avoiding people and just not feeling great.  I can help you heal.  I use practical approaches that can help start the healing immediately.  I am compassionate and accepting and know that together we can help you feel more energetic, fulfilled and happy.

As a retired police officer with 30 years of experience in the field the challenges, strengths,  and sacrifices of those in public safety and service are known to me.  I work with a wide range of clients, including individuals and couples.  My passion and my primary focus is providing counseling, support, and therapy for 1st Responders (LE, FF/EMS and related fields.)  I understand the struggles and my work includes critical incident stress that may be acute or post-traumatic stress which can lead to cumulative stress or “burn out.”  I  provide support in the area of health and wellness maintenance and developing the psychological resiliency necessary in these stressful lines of work. 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Board-Certified Counselor (NBCC).  I hold a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from National Louis University.  My counseling philosophies are based on person-centered and reality theories.  I use a variety of techniques such as solution-focused brief therapy and trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy.  Each technique is fitted for the individual needs of the client. 

I have been an active member of the Northern Illinois Critical Incident Stress Management Team for more than 11 years, helping hundreds of 1st Responders deal with critical incident crises.  I also offer counseling for the spouses/significant other and families of 1st responders. 

I have engaged with the youth in my community as a mentor for the Law Enforcement Explorer Post making me uniquely qualified to address the issues and concerns of teenagers whose parent or parents are 1st Responders. 

A significant amount of my time has been spent facilitating support groups for spouses and families of 1st Responders and for families of victims of violent crimes and homicide.  There is nothing you can throw to me that I can’t handle and work with you to heal.

Please schedule an appointment with me by using the button below or calling 847-220-1442.