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Natasha Schnell


Assistant Professor
Wheeling and NorthShore MS Counseling Program Coordinator

Programs/Classes Taught:

M.S. in Counseling

Fundamentals of Counseling in Human Services
Professional Practice & Ethics in Human Services
Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling
Theories of Counseling
Counseling and Human Development in a Multicultural Society
Clinical Techniques of Counseling
Clinical Practicum
Counseling Internship

Areas of Expertise:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Clinical Counseling Skill Development Professional Counselor Identity Development Individual and Group Supervision


Natasha Schnell is currently an Assistant Professor at National Louis University in the Department of Counseling and Human Services. She serves as the Counseling & Human Services Program Coordinator at Wheeling and North Shore. Natasha has a wide range of teaching and supervision experiences, and enjoys working with counselors-in-training. She has taught at Northern Illinois University and National Louis University, focusing on student development, professional counselor identity development, and clinical skill development. Included in these facets of development, Natasha encourages her students to gain self-awareness and interpersonal skills.

Natasha is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and worked as a counselor at University Resources for Women (URW), at Northern Illinois University. Her clinical work at URW included individual, couples, and group counseling. She has expertise working with a variety of client issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders/body image, self-harming behaviors, LGBT sexual identity development, transitions, stress management, relationship/communication issues, time management/study skill training, career indecision/exploration, and substance abuse.

Additionally, while at Northern Illinois University, Natasha interned in the Office of Orientation, teaching courses and offering support groups working with students and parents on issues related to college adjustment/transition to university living. Natasha has presented in areas of Emotional Eating, Career Indecision, College Transitions and Adjustments, and LGBT identity.

Natasha has served on the following university committees: National Louis University Faculty Standards, Evaluation, and Appeals Committee, Chairperson School Counseling Committee Clinical Mental Health Counseling Committee Practicum/Internship Committee Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Counseling Association, President College of Education Student Advisory Committee, Chairperson NIU C.A.R.E.S (Collegiate Awareness Regarding Eating Smart), Co-Chairperson Unity In Diversity Natasha holds membership in the following professional organizations:

  • American Counseling Association
  • Illinois Counseling Association
  • Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors
  • Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi, Educational Honors Society


B.A. in English and art history, Lawrence University M.S.Ed. in Counseling, emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education, Northern Illinois University Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Northern Illinois University (anticipated December 2014)

Research and Interests:

Student Development
Counselor Education and Supervision
Counselor Identity Development
Gatekeeping within the Counseling Profession

Contact Information:


phone: 847-947-5331


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