Lindsey Mikols, LPC, NCC
I believe that every behavior is purposeful and helps people achieve their goals, which is why the basis of my work with families is Adlerian theory. When working with parents in regard to their children, my focus is identifying the child’s goal of misbehavior in order to educate the parent on how to better communicate with his/her child.
When working one-on-one with children, I use a non-directive play therapy approach to avoid pushing a professional counseling agenda onto the child. Children communicate through play and in entering their world through play of their choice, I can see areas of concern. When I see an area of concern, I take a more engaging approach in play therapy in an effort to help guide the child in self-discovery. Play is a form of expression for children and can also be therapeutic in itself, which is why educating parents in the non-directive technique can be beneficial to the family as a whole.
I graduated from a Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) in 2010. For the past twelve years I have had the privilege of working with students ranging in age from early childhood through adulthood having been a school administrator, a career facilitator, a special education coordinator, an educator, an assistant to an educator, a professional school counselor and counseling intern, and in many positions of guidance. In addition to experiencing the field of education from many different perspectives, I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified K-12 School Counselor in Illinois.