Counselor in Schaumburg: Interview With Lana Rukavina, MA, LPC

Lana Rukavina is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in anxiety, depression, perinatal and postpartum anxiety and mood disorders, relationships, and sports performance. 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 individuals. 

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

What do you enjoy about being a counselor?
I enjoy seeing growth in my clients throughout our sessions. Clients may come to me in a very bad and unstable place in their lives, but throughout our sessions, I can see them grow stronger, more aware, and eventually get to a much happier and healthier place. I enjoy being part of a positive and impactful change in my clients’ lives, and I love being a part of my clients’ journey to better mental health.

What specific issue(s) are you skilled at helping with?
I am skilled at assisting with a bunch of different issues, but I typically work with clients on issues relating to depression and anxiety. I also work with many couples on better communication and any issues that go on within a partnership. I am also skilled with assisting athletes on sport performance related issues.

What is my role as a counselor?
My role as a counselor is to help clients understand what is going on in their lives, as well as learn how to cope with issues and evolve from difficulties and barriers in their lives. My role is to work collaboratively with my clients to figure out the best course of treatment for their lives.

What is your view on the purpose of counseling?
I believe that people generally have a good grasp on their life and can deal with problems and adversity. However, sometimes people become stuck and need extra help to get back on track. That is the purpose of counseling-helping people isolate what is making them feel “stuck” in life, as well as what they can do to get back on track.

How have your own life struggles helped you become the counselor you are today?
Everyone goes through unique struggles in life that shape who they become and how they think and view life. Mine have made me more aware of my surroundings as well as how people operate and function. From an early age, I was interested in what made people “tick,” and through my own struggles I have learned more and more what people need and how to help people get to where they want to be.

What is your counseling focus?
My counseling focus is on creating a collaborative and trusting relationship with my clients. The more open and trusting a relationship we build, the greater the opportunity for growth and awareness. Therapy is not a “one size fits all” process, and I believe in tailoring my therapeutic approach to each client’s individual and unique needs.

To learn more about Lana Rukavina or Life Balance Counseling please visit our website at If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Lana, please call 888.234.7628, ext. 4 or send an email to