Stephanie Grunewald, PhD

I am dedicated to exploring the layers of shame, guilt and fear that have prevented you from living the life you desire.

Have you ever been kept up at night replaying the events of your day or anticipating what lies ahead tomorrow?

Maybe you are having a hard time turning off the replay of all the things you wish you had said.

Your thoughts continue to race, and you feel worse and worse.

Sometimes, our anxiety makes it seem like nobody understands, which leads to feeling lonely, isolated, and frustrated. It might feel like you have tried everything – and nothing is working.

Fear of failure locks you in, makes you feel frozen, and inhibits reaching for help.

You hold the power to overcome within you.

You are not alone during this journey.

Creating an alliance of trust in a safe, non-judgmental, and relaxed environment is my commitment.

My goal is to understand your unique situation to promote growth and healing. Working together, we will gain a deeper understanding of your current stressors, develop a plan for change, and achieve positive life changes.

I help people who feel completely overwhelmed and inadequate resolve feeling anxious or “not good enough.” Through compassionate exploration, we will work to focus on all that lies within your control to empower you to live the life you’ve always wanted.’

We will work to find the tools to manage your emotions, to embrace them rather than try to control them. Finding unique solutions will help you feel better about yourself and to realize the version of you that you’ve always imagined.

Areas of Focus

I have experience working with individuals across the lifespan. My training has provided opportunities to work with a wide range of mental health issues. I have continued to hone my expertise to specialize in several areas:

Counseling is tailored to suit your unique needs, so thoughts and feelings can be safely integrated into meaningful change.

I utilize interventions from a variety of approaches, including Solution Focused, Strengths-Based, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Family Systems. This allows us to identify the barriers preventing the growth you desire while continuing to focus on the strengths you possess to overcome those barriers.

A Bit About Me

It takes courage for you to share about yourself, so I am going to take the first step here and share a bit about me…

  • I absolutely hate cleaning, but I love a clean environment.
  • My “must-read” book list continues to grow exponentially, and I am committed to someday reading them all!
  • I like to think that I am a genius with using analogies, but I will let you be the judge of that.
  • I have a love of knowledge and often share random facts in sessions.

Qualifications & Certifications

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and School Psychologist in the State of Illinois. I obtained a Doctorate Degree in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. My professional experience includes working in private practice, schools, and medical facilities.

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
  • Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • School Service Personnel (Type 73) – School Psychology
Stephanie Grunewald, PhD

Stephanie Grunewald, PhD



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Recent Posts

What is Virtual Counseling?

Written by Stephanie Grunewald, PhD Many of us have jam-packed schedules. Between work, family, friends, and all the necessities to function, who has time to take care of themselves? Often, we struggle to manage the [...]

  • Is Self-Care Selfish?

Is Self-Care Selfish?

Written by Stephanie Grunewald, PhD The debate has raged on for centuries: Is taking care of yourself critical or conceited? Is self-care selfish? Take the case of Tanya as an example. Tanya is a mother [...]

  • Managing and Preventing Anxiety

Managing and Preventing Anxiety

Written by Stephanie Grunewald, PhD Have you ever felt tense, restless, or on edge? Perhaps you cannot stop your mind from considering endless “what-if” scenarios. You feel your body getting warmer, your heart beating faster, [...]

  • Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues

Written by Stephanie Grunewald, PhD The sun is shining and summer is here! You’re feeling great...or are you? Many people expect that with Summer comes better moods. However, that is not the case for everyone. [...]

  • Silence your inner critic

Silence Your Inner Critic

Written by Stephanie Grunewald, PhD Whether you compare yourself to others or set unrealistic expectations, your inner critic can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Consider Susie, your typical 30-something trying to make [...]

  • The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

Written by Stephanie Grunewald, PhD “Sleep is overrated”, is the comment that John made to his friend over dinner. Unfortunately, John has been struggling with sleep for a while now. Some nights, he tosses and [...]

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