Michael Schumann, LPC is known by his authentic, approachable and compassionate personality. His philosophy of counseling is client-led and rooted in support, encouraging clients to take ownership and autonomy in the process, all while working together with each person to figure out what is needed, how to develop goals and most importantly—how to get there.
Relationship-oriented and gifted in hospitality, Michael genuinely invites clients in and enjoys the dedicated time he gets to meet with people, knowing each session is specifically meant for each person to share and to build a relationship.
Michael’s typical clientele includes students (from children to adolescents and teens), young adults, men and couples. He works on issues ranging from anxiety, panic, mood-disorders, relationships, educational and executive functioning, as well as career and post-secondary planning, to help clients thoughtfully process what their next step is.
With more than a decade of experience as a professional counselor in north shore public high schools, Michael offers a wealth of experience in working with students, and offers a refreshed perspective about what counseling can be. Having navigated the complexities and challenges of life for today’s modern student, Michael is equipped to not only come alongside clients, but also work well with parents.
As a Christ-lover and Christ-follower, Michael is passionate about doing his part in God’s great purposes in the life of his clients without them feeling judged or like something is wrong with them—he loves to usher people into a place of genuine hope. As a husband, father and dedicated church member himself, Michael uses his creative gifts and empathy to serve his family and local church body. He sings on the worship music team and also leads a life group.
Michael earned his Master’s from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, completing a Dual Master’s Program in Education and Counseling with a focus Psychotherapy and Community Therapy. He completed his undergraduate studies from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a double major in Communications and Spanish. Michael is bilingual in English and Spanish.