About Me

Compassionate Counseling

Deborah L. Wilke, Ed.D, LCPC, NCP, FAPA


Deborah L. Wilke is a noted guest speaker at international conferences and workshops. She has been interviewed for publications and television specials, particularly as it relates to treating the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Dr. Wilke has been featured in a documentary entitled “Ladies and Gentlemen,” and has served as a guest lecturer to medical students in the area. She has taught various seminars to clinicians and members of the community alike.

Dr. Wilke was a psychology department faculty member at the College of DuPage for sixteen years, as well as a visiting professor at three other universities during her tenure in higher education. She has maintained an active private practice serving largely the LGBTQIA populations since opening the practice in 1998. She received her Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University in 1995 and her Doctoral Degree from Argosy University in 2011.

She is formally trained in clinical hypnotherapy, art and music therapies, guided imagery, play therapy, psychosynthesis, and voice dialogue, as well as the more traditional talk therapy.

Compassionate Counseling

Dr. Wilke is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Nationally Certified (Master’s Level) Psychologist, and a Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Wilke is also an active member of the American Counseling Association, the Illinois Counseling Association, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Dr. Wilke is a member of WPATH- World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

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