Ms. Riley, M.A., L.C.P.C., C.A.D.C. is a licensed clinical counselor. She completed her Masters degree in Community Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University in 2000 and achieved her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling license soon thereafter. The majority of Ms. Riley’s clinical work has been with those who present with co-occurring mental health and substance (ab)use issues/MISA. Ms. Riley’s treatment focus has grown to include areas of chronic anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.  She has special interest in working and speaking within the area of trauma treatment.

Ms. Riley has worked in the area of trauma therapy for ten years.  In early 2014, she completed her initial training and supervision in EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing as a means to extending her trauma care work.  EMDR is a treatment modality which assists trauma survivors toward safe review of earlier traumas and the development of more constructive and positive core beliefs. Please refer to our website in the “Services” area to learn more about EMDR.

Ms. Riley’s counseling style is open, attentive and collaborative.  She assists her clients in rediscovering their character strengths so that they might seek what they most desire… a stronger and more capable sense of self.

Ms. Riley has been actively involved in advocacy for expanding options for mental health and substance use treatment for those who have little resources in their lives. Ms. Riley has been a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, and the American and Illinois Counselors Association.  She has volunteered with the National Runaway Switchboard in Chicago and has been a volunteer board member for the United Way.