Lauren  Daniels

Lauren Daniels

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Registered Art Therapist, ATR
Illinois Accepting Online
Near West Side Accepting In-person
Updated April 21, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Lauren is most passionate about supporting college students and young professionals who feel disorganized, overwhelmed by life stressors or big changes, and want to gain control over their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Lauren will teach you to understand your anxiety to its core in order to overcome it. She will clarify your values/identity, boost self esteem, achieve a healthy work/life balance, and help you better navigate relationships so you can crush adulting!

Lauren is interested in first learning about you as a human and how you fit into the world in order to customize a toolbox designed specifically for you and your needs. If you have no idea why you're anxious or how to make it in the "real world", Lauren is the perfect fit for you. The outcome she sees in her clients includes an increase in confidence, clarified sense of self, uncovered personal strengths, newfound perspectives, and an improvement in overall wellbeing. Her clients begin living life without limitations.

Lauren completed her graduate-level training at Adler University, studying counseling and art therapy. In addition to talk therapy, Lauren has been professionally trained to incorporate creative expression into the therapeutic process- because sometimes words just aren't enough! Through art therapy, you are encouraged to explore your emotions and self more deeply through a new lens. Don't be fooled, this isn't art class and you don't have to be an "artist"! Art therapy uses active art-making, the creative process, and applied psychological theory to enrich your life. Art therapy effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, and reduce and resolve conflicts and distress.

Lauren is available to meet virtually on Tuesdays/Thursdays 11am-4pm or in person in the West Loop on Wednesdays 9am-7pm.

Message to clients

You're a college student or young professional struggling with adulting and the transition to the "real world". I get it, I've been there! No one really prepares you for the stress and confusion adulthood brings. You pretend like you know what you're doing, but really you're overthinking, insecure, questioning your capability, and would rather doom scroll than face reality. You might be thinking, "I want my mom!" Well, rest assured, while moms can be helpful, what you really need to be saying is, "I can do this, but first I need therapy!" That's where I come in.

Welcome, I'm glad you're here! It would be my honor to gift you the tools needed to feel confident, successful, and independent to finally live the life you've been dreaming of- without always relying on mom. I've helped hundreds of people just like you gain control over their emotions and feel understood and empowered. When you enter my therapy room, you can expect it to feel like you're hanging out with a close friend. I love connecting with people on a deep level and creating a non-judgmental space for you to feel safe confessing all your deepest, darkest, or weirdest thoughts. And I'll tell you that everything you're thinking and feeling is totally normal! My favorite thing ever is witnessing the "aha!" moments when the lightbulb switches on and you finally see things clearly. I am so excited to be your therapist and witness your journey to success, peace, and happiness.


ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $150


Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 11am-4pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 11am-4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Near West Side practice
661 W. Lake St. , Suite 2S, Chicago, Illinois 60661
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 9am-7pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 4 years

Lily Counseling and Consulting, Therapist, 2023 - Present
Private Practice, Therapist, 2022 - 2023
Thresholds, Clinical Case Manager & Team Leader, 2019 - 2022
Old Irving Park Community Clinic, Behavioral Health Counseling Intern, 2018 - 2019
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Art Therapy Intern, 2017 - 2018

Adler University, Masters in Counseling: Art Therapy, 2019


Illinois: 178.018071