Vicki Lavick,MSEd, LCPC, CRADC, PCGC,Counseling Services
Vicki Lavick, MSEd, LCPC, CRADC, PCGC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor who received her Master of Science in Education degree from Eastern Illinois University.
Vicki has been working in the helping professions for over 20 years, serving people with disabilities, addictions and other mental health concerns. She works with individuals, couples, families and groups who suffer from addictions, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, grief & loss issues, anger & stress management, chronic pain & pain management, self esteem, body-related issues and social/peer relationship issues. She works with children ages 8 and up, using play and sand therapy for the younger clients.
Vicki’s specialization is in addictions and codependency, including chemical, gambling, food, internet, and shopping/spending. She is a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol/ Drug Counselor and a Certified Problem/Compulsive Gambling Counselor through the state of Illinois with over ten years of experience working with individuals and families dealing with addictions. She has discussed sexual addiction, gambling addiction and chemical addiction in the media, written an article on co-dependency and has extensive work experience with process (non-chemical) addictions. She has provided education to the community and other practitioners on various addiction-related topics and currently consults with a company that provides continuing education to other counselors.
Vicki uses an integrative therapy approach to address her client’s issues and to help them problem solve in a way that is comfortable for them. She believes in meeting the client where they are, but also in guiding the client to reach their goals in a directive way when necessary. Vicki provides a calming environment, free from judgment where clients feel at ease in fully expressing themselves. She excels at helping clients put their worries and concerns into a more manageable perspective. She has a genuine interest in others and shows compassion for her clients and their situations. She believes that clients have the tools and ability to manage their struggles, but sometimes need encouragement, support and reminders to implement those tools. She helps clients find their own strengths and looks forward to joining her clients in their journal to better overall health.