Stephanie Willis, LCPC, CADC
As the founder of Willis CC, Stephanie Willis has maintained a strong emphasis on accountability, innovation, collaboration, and global citizenship within the practice. At WCC therapy is more than just being listened to. It is about being pushed to challenge oneself to take the steps needed to get uncomfortable in life in order to live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling.
Her experience in the Chicago-land area included work in Non-Profits, Hospitals, & Wilderness Programs before establishing WillisCC. Her passion to lead her team is strong and grounded in the challenge that the industry of therapy and psychology has often been stuck leaving consumers with few modern, accessible options for pursuing therapy services and often with little emphasis on customer service. WCC is changing that every day with how it operates on all levels.
Early in her career, she specialized with high risk adolescents addressing self-injury, gang involvement, and drug use. She has significant experience doing Wilderness Therapy & leading World Cafe consultations for communities. Her expertise with adults focuses on perfectionism, stress relief, addiction, cultural struggles, faith & spiritual development as well as relationship stress.
Stephanie works to view her guests through an open and respectful lens by understanding how their cultural, sexual orientation, and spiritual or political preferences may have an influence on the guest’s world view. Her technique style is broad utilizing interventions that are evidence based to show effective from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Directive Observant Feedback.
She often works with business owners, senior management professionals, and other health care providers. Her work ranges from helping those with major life decisions, supporting young professionals trying to navigate corporate life stress, and educating other leaders on evidence based approaches to improving their industry.
At WillisCC she has led her team to using innovative ways to bring the therapy process into our modern culture. This means establishing a group approach that is all inclusive and one that integrates technology as well as feedback. As a practice, all staff work as a team asking our guests for regular feedback about the fit they have with their therapist, the smoothness to our clinical process and the overall effectiveness of their work towards life change in therapy. Stephanie believes that if therapy doesn’t get uncomfortable at some point and challenging risk taking isn’t happening outside of session then the therapy or therapist needs to change.
The team at WillisCC also works openly with one another so that guests can get the benefit from all staff including the opportunity to obtain skills from another therapist when beneficial to the guest. We see our guests’ needs and values as our priority. Therefore, we don’t believe we need to see them the rest of their lives, rather WillisCC wants to inspire radical change so that guests can move forward with living that life change.
Her strong passion for supervising and developing other clinicians led to the WillisCC training program in which staff and other professionals can be observed while having formal experiential training. Our training program graduates have been exposed to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, & World Cafe style leadership & gain both clinical investment and personal development of the clinician as well. Stephanie travels internationally presenting and consulting other professionals and organizations & is currently accepting proposals for collaborative work.