227 N Main Street, Wauconda, Illinois 60084

Our Team

Lori Corrigan, MA, LCPC

Founder & Clinical Director

Lori is a licensed clinical professional counselor with twenty-plus years of experience helping people learn, heal and grow in their personal and professional lives.  She holds advance training in mindfulness skills and treating anxiety, depression, relationship & trauma-related issues. Lori facilitates individual, group and family counseling as well as mindful living workshops, seminars and presentations in the community & for local businesses.

Lori provides her clients with an open, safe, non-judgmental environment to address important life issues.  She offers  support, motivation, guidance, education and empowerment to help them experience enhanced health, wellness & functioning.  Lori utilizes a holistic approach to help her clients – strength & mindfulness based interventions that focus on building success one step at a time.  Lori is a humanist to her core & she believes we are all complex human beings living in a dynamic world & we learn and grown in different ways, so she employs both traditional and alternative interventions experiential arts and mindfulness training in her clinical practice.

Lori’s mission in life is to be healthy & happy & to give back where she can. Lori treasures her family and experiencing all that life has to offer. Lori is an avid traveler, volunteer and a nature and animal enthusiast. She enjoys learning about new things and being outdoors. One of Lori’s favorite motivational life quotes is by retired professional hockey player Wayne Gretzky – “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.

You can contact Lori directly by phone (847) 497-0524 x2 or email [email protected].

Samantha Ruda, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Samantha Ruda is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in clinical private practice settings with adults, children, and families since 2018. She earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University. Samantha has experience in treating and working with a variety of concerns including mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral issues, dissociative disorders, relational issues, parenting, grief and loss, identity exploration, and life transitions. Samantha has a special interest in attachment and working with clients through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period, separation and divorce, and exploring meaning and identity after becoming an empty nester. Samantha has completed basic and advanced training in the psychotherapeutic treatment of perinatal mental health disorders through Postpartum Support International. Samantha believes that everyone should have access to comprehensive screening, treatment, and support throughout the pregnancy and postpartum period and beyond.

Samantha provides a genuine and authentic space where clients are validated and seen, putting them at ease to explore and be vulnerable. Understanding that the therapeutic relationship is the biggest predictor of successful outcomes in healing and growth, she strives to build a warm and sincere rapport with each and every client. While her training was rooted in psychodynamic theory, Samantha’s style is integrative and modalities utilized may include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, multi-cultural, feminist, existential, and person-centered approaches depending on the needs of each individual client. Samantha believes that through exploration, and connection to inner self and their unique story, clients can begin to identify, notice, and work through limiting beliefs to invite growth, healing and peace into their lives.

Originally from the UK, Samantha came to the US in 2001 and appreciates the insights that come from discussing cultural differences between the two countries. She enjoys socializing and spending time with friends and family, but is equally as happy in her own company with a good book or watching a historical drama series on TV. She is an avid dog lover and believes that there’s nothing in life much more satisfying than seeing happy dogs run free and play! Samantha likes to be active and enjoys spin classes, walking, kayaking, and yoga.

Samantha is a member of the American Counseling Association, Postpartum Support International, and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

You can contact Samantha directly via email [email protected] or phone 847-497-0524 x3.

Nell Langner, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Nell is a licensed professional counselor and earned her master’s degree in counseling at DePaul University. She specializes in helping her clients address and strengthen their mental, physical, emotional, and social needs that exhibit in the form of anxiety, depression, trauma, challenging life transitions, low self-esteem, inner child wounds, and relationship with self and others. While she has the knowledge, skills, and experience to serve clients of all ages and backgrounds, she has a special interest in helping adults who are struggling with patterns of toxic relationships.  She is also passionate about helping adult women to strengthen their self-love, embrace their power, cultivate healthy relationships, and discover the beauty of their journeys. 

Nell strives to create a safe and friendly space for her clients and to build genuine and compassionate therapeutic relationships in order to fully support them in their healing. She has a holistic and person-centered approach and uses techniques and interventions based on each unique client and their needs. Her framework is eclectic and borrows from various approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and psychodynamic. She believes that everything is connected and seeks to nurture the mind, body, and soul so that clients can free themselves from the ropes holding them back from living beautiful, joyous lives.

Nell enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and finds joy in both exploring the world and in relaxing at home with good company. She is passionate about fitness and loves the mental and physical benefits of a long, peaceful run or walk outside on a beautiful day. Nell loves nature and enjoys doing anything outdoors, including hiking, paddle boarding, enjoying live music, and spending long days out on the lake during the summer. Nell is also a huge animal lover and grew up with dogs, cats, horses, and other farm animals. One of her favorite quotes is “Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but is still standing.”

You can contact Nell directly via email [email protected] or phone 847-497-0524 x4.