Ms. China Oughton, LMFT


China Oughton, LMFT

Education: Masters of Science in Marital and Family Therapy, The Family Institute at Northwestern University; training in The Family Institute's Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic and the Parents In Charge (PIC) Clinic, Chicago, IL.  She is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Client Base: She has previous training and experience working in crisis intervention from a therapeutic day school focusing on children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral and emotional constraints. Ms. Oughton enjoys working in a relational context with couples, co-parents and families looking to de-escalate conflicts, build connection, emotionally regulate and progress through life-transitions. She eagerly welcomes clients from a diverse range of ethnic and religious backgrounds and identify as a LGBTQ affirmative and informed therapist. She is a National Clinical Fellow member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of EMDRIA.

Therapeutic Approach:  Ms. Oughton believes in using the strengths and values each individual carries to create a platform for change and accomplish co-created goals.  She works with clients collaboratively, uses an empirically informed treatment model and prioritizes the client-therapist alliance. Additionally, she is trained in EMDR therapy, which she can use supplementally to traditional psychotherapy or as a stand-alone treatment method. She has a nonjudgmental, validating and directive style and focus on creating safety and transparency. Theoretically, she uses an integrative, systemic model and gravitates towards cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), experiential techniques, as well as, mind-body connection and mindfulness strategies. Problem sequence identification, exploration and reformation are also key pieces of her work.

Office Location

Vernon Hills