Meet Licensed Professional Counselor, Raquel VanLoon, LPC, CADC, CSAT-C
Raquel VanLoon, LPC, CADC, CSAT-C | Clinical Associate
Raquel has been interested in psychology since high school. Raquel VanLoon, LPC, CADC earned her Master’s degree in counseling psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), with a specialization in treating addiction.
Passionate about helping people in recovery, Raquel is also a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC). She is working towards her LCPC, and supervised by Dr. Kate Balestrieri. Additionally, Raquel completed the University of Michigan’s sexual health track in April 2022, and specializes in working with sexuality. She is a Professional Member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, andTherapists (AASECT).
Raquel specializes in sexual health and intimacy matters such as sexual identity formation, relationship complications, difficulty with orgasm, and other complex, yet common, challenges. In addition, Raquel works with people feeling overwhelmed with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress management, life transitions, trauma, substance use/abuse, building coping skills, body image, lifestyle balance, and much more.
Eager to learn, Raquel plans to enroll EMDR and Sex Addiction Therapist certifications this year.
“We are all human, and everyone deserves to have their voice heard.”
– Raquel Van Loon, LPC, CADC –
Raquel believes that mental health carries such a heavy stigma, and addiction and talking about sexual health topics can be even more difficult for people to address. In addition, when it comes to talking about sex, many people don’t have the proper education or the permission to learn about themselves and their sexuality. Raquel believes that understanding your relationship with sex can be very empowering and is often the start of a big shift in a person’s sexual pleasure potential.
Raquel is currently accepting clients in Illinois.
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What is Raquel's Approach?
Raquel uses an integrated, culturally sensitive approach in therapy employing techniques from different modalities that meets each client where they are in life.
Some of the evidenced based therapeutic models that she uses include, but are not limited to:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),
- Polyvagal Theory of Regulation
- Positive Psychology
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Raquel also conducts therapy using a harm reduction approach, which is used to help minimize harm and aims to reduce problematic effects of compulsive or addictive behaviors.
Utilizing these approaches, the goal is to help support, collaborate, empower, and sustain positive changes in your life. Raquel creates an individualized plan for each client, based on their goals, needs, and identifying what works best for them.
Raquel works well with people from all different backgrounds, who are in the stage of change where they are ready to make things happen.
Raquel is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
Raquel identifies as a cisgender, heterosexual female, and she realizes the privilege that comes with said identities. Raquel is a survivor of betrayal trauma, and believes that healing from traumatic experiences can make us stronger and highlight parts of ourselves that we were not aware of. She is committed to her own growth, and knows that who she is is not static. In fact, the spiritual and sexual domains of who she is are ever-evolving and she welcomes the process.
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Raquel Respects Your Complexity
Raquel believes that every aspect of you intersects with the others. For example, our attachments affect our sexual relationships, our sexual health and view of ourselves affects our self-esteem and mental health (anxiety, depression, etc), and so on.
Everything is so very interconnected. Depending on how we feel about ourselves, the world, and others, all connects with mental health.
– Raquel VanLoon, LPC, CADC
Every person’s understanding about sex and sexual health is different, but it is Raquel’s goal to help folks feel comfortable with sharing and fully experiencing that part of themselves.