Brenda Snyder, LCSW

Peoria Illinois 61615


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  • Work With

  • adolescents, adults, adults, Coaching, couples, families, Office Visit, Telephone/Online Video Counseling
  • Message from Therapist

  • You deserve to feel better!  It is my responsibility and privilege to help you find your way back to HOPE. You probably know why you feel bad, but you might not  know how to live without your issues negatively affecting your daily moods and reactions.  

    My Catholic faith informs every part of my life, and nowhere is this more true than in my counseling practice. I treat people just like you with anxiety, depression or in the midst of relationship issues or crisis. Together, we can allow the Holy Spirit to direct our work so that you are able to identify your options, make good choices and feel better.

    In addition, I specialize in family and relationship issues, and pre-marital and marital counseling to those in blended family situations. I  provide services in coaching stepmoms and their families locally in Peoria, Ill., and remotely on the web. (I write for an online magazine for stepmothers and have a website for them at

    I believe that no person finds their way to my office by accident, and view every new client as a person whom I am privileged to help find the way back to HOPE.

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  • Bio:
    I completed my Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1995. With a specialization in mental health, I began my career with the Family Counseling Program at Catholic Charities in Peoria, IL.

    Having developed into a competent therapist, I spent several years working in and supervising various programs in the Agency. Eventually wishing for more direct client contact, I worked as a therapist for 6 years in the behavioral health service line at a local hospital, before finally going into private practice in order to return to my first love - counseling individuals, couples and families.

    I currently enjoy the benefit of a sacramental marriage to my husband of 19 years, but I have been through the annulment process and have personally experienced the painful separation and joyous reunion with the Sacraments that my choices have wrought. I am a stepmother to his four children, and I have developed expertise in helping stepfamilies and especially stepmothers. I write for an online magazine for stepmothers and have a website for them at

    I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the treatment of:
    depression and anxiety, couples issues and pre-marital counseling, stepfamily issues, grief and loss, social anxiety, crisis situations, self-improvement or growth.
    I also work with adolescents.

    "Hope" is the idea that things will get better eventually, no matter how dismal life seems right now. My clients learn to notice that light at the end of the tunnel, and together we figure out how to keep them moving towards it.I am passionate about helping people find the understanding and self-acceptance that comes from a willingness to experience, explore and feel emotions, all of which are vital to the healing process. Unexamined or unresolved feelings can often lead to painful symptoms or poor decisions and judgment. The process of understanding your own emotions allows you to mindfully make choices instead of passively accepting circumstances or using the same unconscious behaviors that created your current situation.

  • Credentials, Training, Qualifications:
  • What licenses do you currently hold?:
  • Licensed Clinical Social Work
  • Are you in private practice?:
  • Yes
  • Are you available to provide supervision services?:
  • Yes
  • Do you participate in any insurance plans?:
  • Yes
  • If yes, please list:
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Alliance, HealthLink, Caterpillar Health plans, Medicare, United Healthcare, many others
  • Telephone/Video counseling:
  • In certain circumstances
  • Please list all languages that you speak:
  • English
  • I treat the following:
  • Individuals, Married Couples, Adolescents, Families, Chemically Dependent/Mentally Ill, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Sexual Abuse Victims, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Child Bearing Loss, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Scrupulosity
  • Other Specialties:
  • stepmothers and blended families
  • I use the following methods:
  • Prayer, Behavior Techniques, Cognitive Techniques
  • Are You A Practicing Catholic?
  • Yes

More About Brenda Snyder, LCSW

God has abundantly blessed me with the privilege of having my own counseling office.  I have worked with and for various others in the field of mental health for over 20 years, but it is with great pleasure that I open my own office door and use hours spent with clients just like you to invite the Holy Spirit into a healing space. I firmly believe that HOPE is the opposite of whatever ails you, and my goal is to help you find it. HOPE is the ability to see the light, and have some idea that you are moving towards it. Stress, depression, and anxiety come from obstacles that we put between ourselves and that LIGHT.  Together, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will identify your specific obstacles, and disempower them so that you can live your life as God intended. Blog Archive - Articles on site written by: Brenda Synder, LCSW

Healthy Boundaries: What They Are and How They Save Stepfamilies 

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