Laura McDonald, LCSW

Office Locations: Buffalo Grove Office,
Phone: 847-913-0393 x 130

Laura McDonald, LCSW, received her Master’s in Social Work in 1986 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. She has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. For many years she worked for a social service agency where she received extensive training and experience.

Clients Served:
Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families.


Laura McDonald received her M.S.W. from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986. She worked many years in an outpatient setting providing therapy to a wide range of clients. Before coming to Arbor Counseling Center, she worked for several years in another outpatient setting, again providing therapy to a wide range of clients. Laura joined Arbor Counseling Center in 2006.

Laura has over thirty years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and families. She works with clients starting at age 17 to end of life. She utilizes and integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches and tailors these to the specific needs of her clients. These approaches focus on identifying and building on her clients’ strengths. These are also used to set appropriate goals that will assist clients in making positive changes in their lives. She believes that each client has their own journey and path to follow, and is respectful of the unique needs of each client. She is warm, empathetic, and compassionate. As a therapist, she sees herself as having an active role in the therapy process.

Treatment Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life-stage issues
  • Adjustment issues
  • Stress Management
  • Couple/Family conflict
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Issues related to Aging
Treatment Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Brief Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • EAP counseling

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Location & Phone

Office Locations: Buffalo Grove
Phone: 847-913-0393 x 130