Counselor in Schaumburg: Interview with Jennifer Budruweit, MA, LCPC, GC-C

Jennifer Budruweit is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Grief Counselor specializing in working with tweens and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic illness, school refusal, self-injury and grief and loss. She believes the therapeutic relationship is essential to the counseling process and feels the purpose of counseling is to help individuals identify their challenges and find ways to cope with their barriers. 

To learn more about Jennifer Budruweit, we have conducted an interview to gain some additional perspective.

What do you enjoy about being a counselor?
I truly am inspired by each individual and family that I have the privilege of connecting with. I enjoy being a counselor because it allows me to build a therapeutic relationship with others and help guide them in overcoming the barriers that are holding them back from living more fulfilling lives. There is no bigger reward then watching people accomplish their goals and become something they always dreamed of.

What specific challenges are you skilled at helping others with?
I have been successful in the treatment of anxiety, depression, chronic illness, self-esteem, self-injury, and school refusal. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with individuals and families experiencing grief and loss and help them work towards finding acceptance.

What is your view on the purpose of counseling?
Counseling is a collaborative endeavor that takes place within an encouraging, empathic and non-judgmental environment so that you feel comfortable in sharing your vulnerabilities. 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.

How has your own life struggles helped you become the counselor you are today?
My own life experiences with grief and loss has guided me to become the counselor I am today. I truly understand the range of emotions one experiences when they move through the stages of grief and loss. Through my own healing I feel that it is important for me to connect with others and help them learn ways to cope with their grieving process. Through counseling you can learn ways to move towards acceptance and inner peace.

What is your primary counseling focus?
My counseling approach is eclectic and tailored to each individual's needs. I tend to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and play/art therapy to help my clients address their challenges and alleviate uncomfortable symptoms.

To learn more about Jennifer Budruweit or Life Balance Counseling please visit our website at If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Jennifer, please call 888.234.7628, ext. 1 or send an email to