Stacey Belmonte is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor; graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Masters of Arts Degree in Community Counseling. She received a Bachelor degree from Eastern Illinois University with a Sociology major/ minor in Psychology. Stacey has worked with families that have children with developmental delays for many years; supporting and advocating for special needs within the community. She is experienced in promoting healthy coping skills and social relationships with children and teens, and helping adolescents improve self-esteem and mood. Stacey utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, guided imagery, client-centered, mindfulness, and other creative approaches (i.e. music, art, and relaxation exercises) to encourage client understanding and participation. She is intrigued by the unique qualities of each person; believing each individual comes with unique strengths and challenges. Thus, she feels it’s important to understand where an individual is coming from and what motivates them in order to help clients resolve conflict, overcome difficult situations/life challenges, attain their goals, and reach their full potential. Stacey builds trusting relationships with an empathetic nature; getting in touch with the thoughts and feelings of others and helping them give voice to their emotional life.