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Ms. Leslie Sann

Profession(s): Counselor
License/Credential: I am a licensed professional 

About Me & My Practice

Change and growth are often preceded by some difficulty, personally or in relationship. I congratulate your willingness to get support in overcoming the challenges you are facing.

My intention is to assist you in living from genuine strength and authenticity. I will help you resolve problems and achieve happiness. In our work together, you will discover that difficulties and obstacles in life are often blessings for in reality we grow through adversity. This process of growth liberates energy bound in unresolved issues, so that energy can be used to create a life of your own design.

I employ a learning paradigm. A learning paradigm does not presume anything wrong with you--it simply presents things you can learn to make your life more easeful and productive.

I utilize a spiritual psychological approach that is based on the understanding that our true essence is spiritual and that our body, mind and emotions are vehicles for spiritual expression. This essence is present in every moment and we have the opportunity to connect with and respond to its guidance.

You will discover that every psychological limitation or difficulty provides a special kind of opportunity--to see where you have lost touch with essential aspects of your being and to recover these lost parts of yourself. Once recovered these energies can be directed toward creating a life that is rich and satisfying.

COUPLES: I help troubled couples improve their lives, shifting from behaving like enemies to becoming friends, so you are better able to successfully and happily share life together. Before we get married no one teaches us how to be successful in an intimate relationship. Counseling works because you learn skills so you can be successful and happy with you partner.

More About My Practice:
I am a Board Certified Professional Counselor and an experienced teacher, coach, and guide. I have been helping people since 1986 and am the founder of Living by Design offering services to assist you in achieving life changing, positive outcomes. I have supported thousands of individuals and couples create greater harmony and fulfillment in their lives.

I earned my Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the U. of Santa Monica, with an emphasis in Spiritual Psychology and a Bachelor's from Northwestern U. I also have a Master's of Theology in Practical Spirituality.

In addition to ongoing training to enhance and support my work, I have completed two intensive training programs in coaching and am a certified ontological coach. My approach draws from almost thirty years of study in traditional and non-traditional programs in the art of coaching, psychology, ontological design, and communication, as well as more than thirty years of personal spiritual practice.

I am an experienced professional and have been in private practice for over 25 years with offices in Chicago and Geneva, IL.

I am a self-pay provider therefore do not accept insurance.

I was depressed and stuck thinking what I needed was to find an idea and make it happen. I see that is not what it is about. It's about finding out who I really am and living from my essence, bringing my creativity into the world. Leslie helped me realize that I don't have to wait for other people in order to be myself. I feel empowered and in charge of the direction of my life. I have made great strides, and it's been worth the effort! Leslie B, Artist & Business Manager

Leslie helped me to focus on what I wanted to change in my life and taught me the skills and techniques to do it. Frank N, Restaurant Manager

I now have a greater understanding of myself and my needs in love, work and friendship. I am living a more balanced, nurturing lifestyle integrating these areas of my life. Patty D, Advertising Marketing Director

It is truly a gift for me to have you in my life...I feel heard and honored in your presence. Therese T, Flight Attendant

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Concerns & Issues I Help With

  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Gay / Lesbian Issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Healthy Living
  • Life Purpose/Meaning/Inner-Guidance
  • Life Stages
  • Lifestyle Balance
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counse
  • Online and/or tele-sessions

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Seniors

Languages I Speak

  • English

Therapy Approaches I Use

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Possibility Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Soul-Centered Psychiatry