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“There is no such thing as a singe issue struggle because we do not live single issues lives.”

-Audre Lorde

About Regina Verhelst

About Regina Verhelst

Regina Verhelst is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), specializing in working with clients with eating disorders and disordered eating. Regina provides counseling at the South Barrington location.

Education and Training

Regina received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her master’s in clinical mental health counseling at National Louis University. Her studies focused on cultivating an integrated approach to understanding and treating mental health challenges, particularly eating disorders, to explore how emotional, relational, and societal factors influence the development of these disorders and the path to recovery.

Regina completed her clinical internship at The Renfrew Center of Chicago, working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and self-injury issues. As an intern, she provided individual and family therapy in addition to facilitating many groups and meal support therapy. Collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team, Regina administered evidence-based treatment centering the underlying emotional factors that influence eating disorder symptoms. Through this whole-person approach, she was able to work with clients to find the factors influencing their eating disorders as well as their individual recovery journeys.

During graduate school, Regina also volunteered with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) on their Helpline, providing resources and support to individuals and their loved ones impacted by eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image issues. In this role, Regina enjoyed connecting clients with longer-term supports to continue their healing journeys. In addition, Regina worked as a tutor for junior high and high school students, supporting them through test anxiety, executive functioning challenges, and difficulties focusing. 

After receiving her master’s in clinical mental health counseling, Regina has continued to work with clients experiencing eating disorders and disordered eating in PHP/IOP programs and in private practice.

Clinical Interests and Approaches

Regina is passionate about working with adults and adolescents experiencing eating disorders and disordered eating and providing therapy related to body image issues, life transitions, perfectionism, self-esteem, identity development, anxiety, and depression. Regina incorporates multiple modalities for an integrated approach including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She strives to provide care from Health at Every Size (HAES), intuitive eating, and intersectional feminist perspectives and loves to help clients strengthen the mind-body connection through mindfulness.  

Regina believes in the power of growth-fostering relationships to bring about change and prioritizes creating a compassionate space in which clients can show up as their real, true selves. Regina collaborates with each client to decide on goals for treatment and ways to incorporate their individual strengths. She is grateful for the opportunity to be present with clients as they explore connecting with their values and building a meaningful life. 

On A Personal Note

Regina grew up in the Chicagoland area. She enjoys sewing and exploring creative pursuits, choral singing, reading novels, and spending time with family and friends.