Merve Senalan, LPC , MHP 

Counseling Expertise Across Lifespan

Children (5-10), Early Adolescents (11-13), Middle Adolescents (14-18), College (18-21),Young Adults (20-30), Middle Age Adults, Seniors, and Parents. 

Behavioral Issues, Anxiety and Phobias, School-Related Challenges, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Family Transitions, Trauma and Abuse, Grief and Loss, Social Skills Development, Relationship Issues, Parenting Concerns, Work-Life Balance, Trauma and PTSD, Life Transitions, Eating Disorders, Self-Esteem, Identity Issues relating to gender, sexuality, relationships, career, and spirituality/religion.


Doctoral student trained in several modalities

Merve, a dedicated student continuing her doctoral level training, specializes in a wide range of age groups, from children and adolescents to adults and seniors. She completed her degree in clinical mental health counseling at Northwestern University, bringing a wealth of knowledge to her practice. Trained in diverse modalities, including Psychodynamic Theory, Neuroinformed Counseling, Virtual Reality and Biofeedback integration, Creative Expression in Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy, Merve offers a comprehensive and research-backed approach.


Virtual Reality and Biofeedback

Merve operationalizes the use of Virtual Reality and Biofeedback technologies to help guide clients from frustration to appreciation. Her innovative approach creates a dynamic and engaging therapeutic experience allowing Merve to tailor her counseling strategies to meet the diverse needs of her clients.


Parental Partnership in Counseling

With a keen understanding of the unique challenges faced by children in our community, stemming from her background as an Art and substitute teacher, Merve not only works directly with children but also places a strong emphasis on actively collaborating with parents throughout the entire therapeutic process. Recognizing the vital role parents play in their children’s well-being, she ensures open communication and involvement, fostering a supportive environment for both children and their families.


For Fun

Beyond her counseling expertise, Merve infuses joy into her life by playing piano (as a dedicated Swiftie). Cherishing moments with her kids through outdoor adventures, beach days, camping, and bonfires, she brings a vibrant colorful and musical energy to her personal life. Merve’s love for animals, demonstrated through her work with zoo exotics, including marine mammals at the Shedd Aquarium, adds a unique and compassionate dimension to who she is at heart.

To book an appointment with Merve, call (847) 919-9096 ext. 1 or email [email protected]