“My years of professional training and clinical experience as well as my life experience led me to focus Next Step Counseling, Inc specifically on working with those I can relate to and have a passion for working with, adults going through life and relationship transitions.”
Ilene Kastel, M.A., LCPC, & Reiki Master
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
CEO & Clinical Supervisor
Ilene has been conducting therapy since 2005 and over the years has worked with a diverse range of young and older adults struggling with various life and relationship challenges including sadness, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, life development, and weight concerns. Ilene’s professional experience began providing supportive and effective short and long term counseling to young and older adults at a community mental health center in Chicago, IL.
Following this, Ilene gained experience with weight-loss counseling while working at a high school residential boarding school, Wellsprings Academy, in California with adolescents and young adults. Here she helped clients develop and gain coping skills, feel “happier” and live healthier life styles both physically and mentally. Through Wellsprings Academy, Ilene also assisted in the creation and implementation of the first family weight-loss summer program in Michigan and provided counseling services to parents, children and adolescents. Ilene has also been a volunteer counselor at Argosy University assisting with various concerns, struggles and phase of life transitions.
Ilene is a certified Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher. Reiki Energy Healing can be used as a complementary treatment upon clients’ requests.
Ilene also spends time volunteering for animal welfare issues and has been lucky enough to work directly with Asian Elephants. Ilene is a board member of a non-profit, Elephant Care Unchained, that helps teach more cruelty-free treatment towards Asian Elephants who work/worked in the tourism industry to reduce stress and trauma symptoms in their native countries. Feel free to check out www.elephantcareunchained.com
Outside of Next Step Counseling, she enjoys live music, practicing yoga, meditation, Reiki and working out.