Annie Dinwoodie-Dolan, LPC
Hello, my name is Annie Dolan and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and specialize in Couples and Family Counseling here at LifeWork Counseling. I began my clinical career here as a clinical intern in 2009 while I was pursuing my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Governors State University in University Park, IL. Prior to that I worked in the corporate sector in sales and marketing before finding my true calling as a counselor. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN with a major in Communications in 2002. I am a member of the American Counseling Association, as well as, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
For some individuals, choosing to seek counseling can be overwhelming. One of my main goals is to create an environment that is safe and comforting. I want my clients to feel relaxed, as if they are having a conversation with an old friend. Although my approach is relaxed, I do not sit there quietly. I engage my clients to make positive decisions that are needed to create the outcome that is best for their life journey.
Many of the people I work with are highly motivated, intelligent, and caring individuals who happen to struggle in one or more areas of their lives. Theses challenges often come from loss of a loved one, couple issues, parenting, family or work-life imbalances. I take a holistic view with my clients, looking at all areas of their lives and tailor my counseling approach to accommodate their needs.
As a family systems counselor I believe real change occurs when we work with those closest to us. I have a passion for helping couples and families resolve conflicts that interfere in their relationships. I enjoy working with families from all backgrounds and a have a particular interest in working with those who are grieving.
I believe that when we are the best person we can be, we can be better for those around us!
When not practicing, I enjoy an active life in Chicago with my family and friends. I am married and have two children; a daughter who passed in early infancy and a son who has renewed life’s hope and promise.
Read my latest article on moving forward after a loss by clicking DINWOODIE-DOLAN ARTICLE 2012-1.
Contact me: email@example.com