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Natalie Sum, LPC

The Allender Center Trauma Therapist

Please note: The most secure way to contact me is here or through my email. I am not an emergency provider. If you are in an emergency, dial 911. Or, contact the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

Finding a therapist can be a daunting endeavor. As you search for the right therapist, you invite someone to peer into the internal landscape of your heart. I do not take that lightly. In building trust, I seek to understand why it makes sense that you show up in the world as you do. The struggles in both past and present relationships are likely what brought you to the place of seeking therapy. 


My approach is based on several modalities, recognizing the significance of environment, culture, community, faith, and family of origin. I also currently work as a group facilitator at The Allender Center for their Narrative Focused Trauma Care training sessions.

I specifically explore how to integrate parts of ourselves that we have banished due to emotional/sexual/relational/

racial/spiritual trauma and its impact on current relational dynamics. I am currently seeing new clients - adults and young adults - and work to create a safe, healing, empowering, and inclusive environment for all. 

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Capella University
Master of Arts in Teaching, National Louis University
Fellow at The Allender Center
, Seattle (trauma group facilitator)

Therapeutic Framework
Attachment Theory, Relational Psychotherapy, Trauma-based Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Licensed Professional Counselor (Illinois #178.019135)
American Counseling Association Member

As a licensed professional counselor, feel free to ask me about the weekly supervision and other orders of professional responsibility of which I am under with an LCPC clinical director.

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523 W. Old Northwest Highway, Suite 202B

Barrington, IL 60010


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