The therapists at Life Balance Counseling have more than 20 years of combined experience in helping individuals, couples, families, teens and children overcome a variety of different life struggles. Our success is rooted in our highly individualized approach that pairs clients with our expert therapists who are experienced in a wide range of specialties, such as anxiety treatment, bilingual counseling, adolescent counseling and grief therapy. While all of our therapists have unique personalities that they bring to sessions, they also tailor their style as well as the tools and techniques offered during counseling to best suit their clients’ needs.

Our flexibility even extends to providing therapy in multiple languages (English and Croatian) and offering two convenient locations open seven days a week that serve the Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Roselle, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows Streamwood, Oak Brook Terrace, Wheaton, Naperville, Lisle, Villa Park, Lombard, Downers Grove, Elmhurst and Oak Brook areas in Illinois.

When you begin counseling sessions with us, you will notice our comfortable, safe and nonjudgmental environment. Our therapists take pride in establishing a solid foundation of trust with all of their clients. No matter what brings you to Life Balance Counseling, you can feel confident that your therapist will guide you through your struggles in a down-to-earth and healing manner.


Jennifer Budruweit, MA, LCPC, GC-C

Jennifer is the Founder and Director of Life Balance Counseling. Jennifer is a dedicated Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Grief Counselor. Jennifer earned a Master's of Arts degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology as a member of Chi Sigma Iota. She also received certification in Grief Counseling through the American Institute of Health Care Professionals. Jennifer is advancing her skills in Trauma and working on receiving certification in children and adolescent trauma and family trauma. 

Jennifer has a goal-oriented, person-centered, direct style of therapy that is intended to help you make the changes you want to make. She believes that therapy is a collaborative endeavor that takes place within an encouraging, empathic and non-judgmental environment. She strongly believes in tailoring a treatment plan to each client's needs while applying a variety of therapeutic and holistic techniques from her clinical training and experiences. Jennifer believes that every person has the potential to be successful but at times may not have the skills to accomplish their goals. Therefore, the aim of therapy is to work with the individual or family to identify obstacles, strengths and goals while providing guidance, support and empowerment. Counseling is intended to help you gain understanding, find meaning and make changes to obtain a better quality of life that you envision for yourself.

Jennifer specializes in children, tweens, and teens who are experiencing various challenges and has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, chronic illness, stress, and grief and loss. As a Certified Grief Counselor, Jennifer understands how difficult it can be working through the stages of grief and can help you process your experience and teach you tools to help you cope during this challenging time.

Phone: 888.234.7628 ext. 1
Email: info@lbcounseling.com

Practicing at the Schaumburg Location
*Offering Online Counseling*


Lauren Buetikofer, MA, LPC

Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor that graduated in Sports and Health Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Lauren understands that change can be hard, even if you are initiating it and want it to happen. Lauren specializes in treating clients looking to lose weight by addressing the various mental and emotional factors that contribute to weight gain and impede weight loss.

Lauren has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and low self-esteem. Lauren will work with you as a team to discover the underlying physical, mental, and emotional factors behind your difficulties and identify patterns of negative thoughts and behaviors that may be interfering with you achieving your goals. She believes that every person and situation is different. Understanding where you're coming from and where you want to go is my first priority. Lauren adjusts her approach to therapy based on your needs and works collaboratively with you.

Phone: 888.234.7628 ext. 2
Email: lauren@lbcounseling.com

Practicing at the Oak Brook Terrace Location
*Offering Online Counseling*


Lana Rukavina, MA, LPC

Lana is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing counseling services in both English and Croatian. She graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology where she studied Counseling and Sport and Health Psychology.

Lana has extensive experience working with and counseling individuals, groups, and couples regarding various concerns such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress management, effective communication, life changes, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Lana has also worked with many athletes regarding sport performance issues such as enhancing individual performance, motivation, focus, goal-setting, imagery, arousal control, performance anxiety, and teambuilding.

Lana utilizes a collaborative and individual approach to therapy whereby she works with her clients in order to develop and tailor treatment plans to fit each client’s personal needs. Lana understands that change may be extremely difficult and works with each client at their own pace to process and understand their concerns, as well as move towards becoming more self-aware and empowered as an individual. 

Phone: 888.234.7628, ext. 4
Email: lana@lbcounseling.com

Practicing at the Schaumburg Location


Lauren Fallon, MSW, LCSW

Lauren Fallon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Lauren graduated with her Masters Degree from Syracuse University in 2002. Upon moving to Illinois, Lauren received her Type 73 certificate in order to work in the schools. She has been a school social worker for 8 years. She has worked with students at all levels-elementary, middle and high school. Lauren specializes in working with children with Emotional Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder), Autism Spectrum diagnoses, ADHD, as well as helping families and their children through tough times including suicidal ideation, cutting, hospitalization, and navigating medication issues.

Lauren also has a great passion for working with mothers or soon to be/hoping to be mothers. Lauren has personal experience with fertility issues and as a social worker, saw her experience through the lens of how she could help others during that difficult time. In the same vein, her postpartum experience also taught her that there are numerous women out there who need help with the transition from having their baby to still maintaining their own life. Lauren wishes to help women and couples be the best parents they can be!

Phone: 888.234.7628, ext. 5
Email: lfallon@lbcounseling.com

Practicing at the Schaumburg Location
*Offering Online Counseling*


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Melisa Laman, LMFT

Melisa is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist who received her Masters Degree from Northwestern University.  She has over 8 years experience working on an inpatient psychiatric unit. She has worked extensively with both adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders, self injury, depression and anxiety.  

Melisa works to empower each individual by utilizing their strengths and helping them determine their goals for change. Individuals often possess the ability to move forward, but they need non judgemental, compassionate coaching to take the steps required. Therapy will address the barriers to change that are unique to each person.  This may include learning ways to cope, challenging ones own beliefs about their self worth, learning to reduce the intensity of experienced emotions, and managing other emotional and environmental  stressors. Melisa wants to help each person learn to become the best, healthiest version of themselves.  

Change can be very difficult but it can help if someone's loved one understands the process. Melisa strives to educate families and loved ones about the process of change,communication, boundaries, and support. Families may not be the cause of a problem, but they can be a very influential part of the solution.

Phone: 888.234.7628, ext. 3
Email: melisa@lbcounseling.com

Practicing at the Schaumburg Location


Trisha Johnson, MSW, LCSW

Trisha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in working with children and teens experiencing various challenges such as anxiety, behavior issues, depression, school refusal, and self-injury. Trisha is currently a school social worker and understands what concerns may arise in the school setting and can help your child/teen identify helpful tools to make your home and school experience less stressful. 

Trisha approaches her work with an interpersonal lens that focuses on the power of relationships. She believes that a compassionate, warm, and non-judgmental atmosphere can allow you the opportunity to remove barriers and make positive life changes. Trisha believes in empowering individuals by encouraging them to challenge their unhelpful believes and reframe their thinking to decrease symptoms and live a more balanced life.

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Phone: 888.234.7628, ext. 6
Email: trisha@lbcounseling.com

Practicing at the Schaumburg Location


Kathryn Migliorisi, MA, LCPC, CRC

Kathryn is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Kathryn graduated with a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Kathryn looks to meet challenges head on with her clients. By working together, she seeks to help clients build strength and become the best version of themselves. She looks forward to working with individuals to set goals and overcome life obstacles.

Kathryn has a variety of experience including, individual, group, and family/couples counseling, with both males and females. She has worked with clients on issues of extreme depression, overwhelming anxiety, stress-management, low self-esteem, psychosis, and general life obstacles. She also has experience working with trauma, from childhood to sexual to military related. Kathryn has had the privilege of working with a multitude of populations including Veteran’s/military, adolescents, low income, different ethnicities, criminal background, and different religions. Kathryn has also done crisis work for several years in a community and inpatient hospital setting. 

Kathryn has a special passion for working with Military members and their families, as well as First Responders and their families. She has both professional and personal experience with this outstanding population and wishes to help those who have helped so many others. Kathryn believes that every individual deserves to have a beautiful and meaningful life, and she can work with you towards that accomplishment.

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Ben Murray, MSW, LSW, CFLE

Ben is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Family Life Educator. He graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from Aurora University and a Bachelor's of Science in Family and Child Studies with an emphasis in Family Social Services from Northern Illinois University. Ben has extensive experience working with individuals and families that are experiencing addictions and substance abuse. Ben is going to be taking his exam to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.

Additionally, he enjoys clinically working with children and teens and really connects with this specific population.  Ben also has experience working with people who have encountered traumatic events and may suffer from post-traumatic stress and other anxiety issues. Ben uses his personal history as well as professional experiences to inform his practice as a warm, empathic therapist.  His passion is working side by side with clients to help them overcome any obstacles preventing them from living a healthy, happy life.

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Phone: 888.234.7628, ext. 702
Email: ben@lbcounseling.com

Practicing at the Schaumburg Location