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Shruthi Rao, M.R.C., LPC

Shruthi Rao



  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety/Panic Disorders
  • Trauma/Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Substance Abuse
  • Communication (Assertiveness, Social Skills Training)
  • Grief/Loss
  • Relationships (Couples, Families, Parent-Child)
  • Work-Related Issues
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Health Management
  • LGBTQ+
  • Transitions of Life Issues/Adjustment
  • Coping and Stress Management

Educational Background

“My life and my experiences have always been my greatest teacher. However, I am deeply grateful for the institutions and academic professors that have imparted invaluable knowledge and guidance, allowing me to be the clinician I am today.”

  • Licensed Professional Counselor: Illinois
  • Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology With Distinction: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • Additional Concentrations: Molecular Cellular Biology and Neuroscience

Continuing Education

“My adaptability and ability to push myself outside of my comfort zone have always been my greatest strengths. The determination to refine my therapeutic skills and continually educate myself on effective evidence-based techniques is priority as well as ambition.”

Areas of Interest:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • Chemical Dependency and Addictions Counseling

  • Trauma Recovery and Nervous System Regulation

  • Counseling and Assessment related to

  • Domestic Violence and Assault

  • Couples Counseling and Support Groups


  • American Counseling Association
  • Illinois Counseling Association
  • Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association

Professional Experience

“I find a great sense of purpose working in the field of mental health and being an advocate for my clients. My diverse professional experiences have provided me the opportunities to understand the needs of different populations, develop my skills, and gain wisdom that I have been able to utilize both personally and professionally.”

  • Lead Therapist Adult In-patient Psychiatry: Ascension Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health
  • Mental Health Therapist: 515 Fitness Inc. (Adolescents (Ages 6-17) and Adults)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor: Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Community Mental Health Case Manager: Seattle Downtown Emergency Service Center-PACT

Therapeutic Approaches

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Skills Approach
  • Vocational Coaching
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Somatic Attunement and Regulation
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Skills Training and Behavior Modification
  • Holistic and Integrative Approaches
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment-Based Therapy