Tori Cullen, LCSW
Tori brings over twenty years experience working with individuals and families in multiple practice settings. Tori meets with adults and adolescents with a wide arrange of issues. Tori often meets with clients on the Autism Spectrum as well as those with eating disorders and ADHD. When meeting with clients, Tori strives to genuinely learn who they are and what they want so that she can help them reach their objectives. Tori approaches counseling as a partnership where together counselor and therapist find and build internal strengths and develop new skills and paradigms to improve life and solve problems. To Tori, the counseling relationship is a true collaboration where therapist and client work together, not a situation where the counselor is seen as the expert in all things and the client is seen as broken or helpless. Since creating a strong foundation is crucial in effective therapy, Tori strives to earn the trust of each client by offering a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental space that allows clients to focus on change. To effectively support the differences in each person and situation, Tori utilizes a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies as well as Solution Focused, Client Centered, and Problem Solving interventions.
Tori is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Illinois. She received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from St. Louis University. Tori began her career over twenty years ago working with children and families involved in the foster care system. While there she learned that people facing immense challenges can thrive with the right combination of supports. Since that time she has been privileged to work with individuals and families struggling with eating disorders, substance addictions, depression and anxiety. She has helped individuals in both outpatient and inpatient settings with issues ranging from mild symptoms affecting their happiness to living with disabling and severe mental illness. Many years as a school social worker and counselor provided Tori with valuable experience working with adolescents in both regular and special education. Tori has professional and personal experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum and a special interest in helping those families with the many challenges they face.
Phone: 618-248-2040 x25
Areas of Focus (Bold Denotes Special INTEREST)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Confidence / Self-Esteem
Intellectual and Learning Disabilities
Individual counseling in an agency and private-practice setting.
School social worker to grades 7-12 providing crisis intervention, short-term counseling, assessment, resources, and groups.
Individual, group, and family counseling at an inpatient behavioral health hospital.
Clinical Consultant for the Lawyers Assistance Program
Education and Credentials
L.C.S.W. in Illinois (What's This?)
M.S.W. from Saint Louis University
B.A. in psychology from Saint Louis University