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Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Business Information
Business name: 
Chicago Compass Counseling, LLC
Address line 1: 
333 N. Michigan Ave
Address line 2: 
Suite 704
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United States
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Telephone number: 
312-715-8234 ext. 2
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About Me

Sarah Suzuki, LCSW, CADC, is the founder of Chicago Compass Counseling, LLC – a group counseling practice dedicated to providing evidence-based substance abuse treatment across the lifespan. She received training as a trainer of Motivational Interviewing at the San Diego Training of New Trainers in 2010 and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. In 2017, Sarah participated in developing the MINT Certification Trainer Process. She has been providing Motivational Interviewing training and consultation to students, interns, program administrators, researchers, executives, and direct-level staff since 2009.

At the University of Chicago, Sarah studied Clinical Social Work with a concentration in Evidence-Based Practice. Since then, she has applied her skills in behavior change across a variety of settings. Before going into full-time private practice, Sarah worked at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the Complex Discharge Team consultant, providing feedback and guidelines to doctors, nurses, administrators, and allied health professionals to facilitate some of the most challenging patient discharges. 

Service Information
Services offered: 
Introductory Training
Intermediate training
Advanced training
Training for Groups
Area of practice: 
Criminal Justice
Mental Health
Organisational Change
Trainer Statement

Sarah has consulted with more than 20 Chicago-area workforce development organizations. In 2017, she consulted for Colorado Department of Human Services and spoke at the annual UnidosUS Workforce Development Forum in Las Vegas.  She has also provided MI training for a number of healthcare systems, including UIC Medical Center, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Howard Brown Health Center, Erie Family Health Center, University of Washington in St. Louis School of Medicine, and University of Chicago School of Medicine.

When Sarah became a member of the MINT, she pledged to make Motivational Interviewing accessible to as many organizations as possible. Her hope is that by sharing with others how to incorporate MI into practice, she will provide people with the tools they need to succeed in behavior change in a compassionate, dignified setting. Learn more at  

Training Interests
Healthcare, Opportunity Youth, health behavior change, workforce development
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