April K Robinson, M.A., LCPC

April Robinson, LCPC

Therapist: April Robinson, LCPC Director Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

After graduating from Southern Illinois University with two Bachelors degrees (B.A. Psychology, B.A Theater Arts), April completed her Masters Degree at New York University graduating with M.A. in Applied Psychology: Counseling. Additionally at this time she attained a specialization in drama therapy. She completed her internship at Greenhope Services for Women in Harlem area of New York, NY. She later completed doctoral coursework towards her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and is ABD status. She has other complimentary training that supports the use of narrative techniques, body/somatic techniques, arts based therapies, play therapies, in addition to standard talk therapy when appropriate or useful.

April has over a decade of experience in research and rendering direct services within counseling & psychology. April has a distinct background of work experience spanning from diverse communities, including Bronx NY, Harlem NY, Cairo IL, Chicago, IL (and several other smaller suburban regions of Chicago). She has served internationally in Thailand and in various cities throughout the United Kingdom. Having had the opportunity to train in New York City, one of the larg‚Äčest and multifaceted metropolitan cities of world, she has gained a level of diversity that speaks beyond measure.

She has an extensive background rendering crisis intervention counseling with individuals who may have suffered from a major trauma or recent onset of overwhelming circumstances, such as death of a loved one, rape, loss of child, loss of home, loss of job, or onset of new mental health diagnosis. She has familiarity with rendering services in various service domains such as in ER settings, community agencies, psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, youth agencies, and crisis centers. In addition to direct service provision, she has a background in program evaluation, and working as a surveyor/ auditor or inspector of Illinois mental health agencies to conduct post payment reviews, clinical practice and guidance reviews, and accreditation and licensure reviews. She has experience working for two mental health insurance companies, including the largest behavioral healthcare network in the United States of America. She is trained and works as a Counselor Educator, educating and mentoring new counselors- in- training.

While she has clinical skill with various populations including, young adults, senior adults, and adolescents, she enjoys working with career exploration, life adjustment issues/developmental transitions, women's issues, men's issues, identity issues, relationship traumas, spiritual issues. She works from a wholistic frame and strives to help individuals reach a healed and more whole and integrated version of themselves.

Clients often include but are not limited to those seeking treatment for stress, mood disorders, interpersonal conflict, trauma responses, career transitions, normal developmental personal transitions, and those seeking a clearer version of themselves or peak performance enhancement . Focus is on facilitating healthy development during these key stages and transitions. She operates with a commitment to education, wellness, and positive growth. This is embodied in her programming and outreach. April's approach to service manifests a commitment to and understanding of a vast array of arenas within mental health and wellness.

Currently, April works full time in practice at Hyde Park Counseling & Therapy and teaches counseling courses at New York University.