Marcia O'DonnellLCSW

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Were there lessons in your professional or academic career that left an impression on you, and how has that informed your work today?

Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that makes the difference - Winston Churchill This quote captures the life lessons I learned in my professional and student experiences that I also saw reflected in the stories of my clients. The most resilient and successful people are such, not because of noted accomplishments, but because they choose to continue forward, one step at a time, on this amazing journey of life.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I approach treatment with you as I would want someone else to approach me: with kindness, compassion, and skill. We will work in collaboration in a nonjudgmental and positive environment.

What does a first session with you look like?

During our first session together, we will explore your personal history, treatment goals, and immediate concerns. You will leave knowing where we will be heading and armed with some coping strategies to start your healing process right away.




Relationship Issues


General Expertise


Aging related concerns

Attachment issues

Bipolar disorder

Caregiver stress & support

Chronic pain

Drug addiction & abuse

Mood disorders



First Session


Couples Therapy


Group Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session

Group Session



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Attachment-Based Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy


IL, LCSW, 149009081


MSW, Social Work, Jane Addams, University of Illinois at Chicago

BA, History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Work History

I am an LCSW, psychotherapist, and professor. I earned a Masters degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago and completed advanced clinical training at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. I primarily work with college students and adults experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, breast cancer, and trauma. I have worked with institutions such as Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, Illinois State University, The Cancer Center of Normal Illinois, and in private practice. My passion is helping people find themselves even in the midst of life's most difficult challenges.


Home office, Normal, 61761, IL