• About Begin Within Counseling & Coaching Services, Inc.

Mission & Vision

We are passionate about helping people find hope in their lives and peace within themselves.


Staff members at Begin Within Counseling & Coaching Services are a team of skilled and licensed professionals. Although our team helps clients meet goals across a range of presenting issues, it is our common goal to provide quality psychotherapy services to the people we serve.

As professionals, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond to meet the needs of our clients. To help foster healing and growth, we provide an environment that is safe and comfortable. There is nothing we enjoy more than seeing our clients stretch beyond what they thought possible. When you enter our offices, you can be sure that you will be treated with compassion, dignity, and respect.

We appreciate your inquiries about our services. Please call for a free phone consultation. If you think we can help you, you will be partnered with the professional that has the expertise and specialty that is right for you.

Don’t wait! Give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

About Addie W. Anderson, LCPC, Founder and CEO 

Addie AndersonI am a licensed mental health counselor and certified coach with more than 10 years of experience. My journey into the world of mental health and coaching is not your typical story. Just like most young adults, I went to college right after high school selecting a career that I thought was popular at the time. I majored in office administration hoping for a long and rewarding career in managing corporate offices. Like most, I ended up with jobs not closely related to my career. Instead, in my earlier work life, I ended up servicing commercial real estate loans at a major bank to managing corporate gifts at the local PBS television station.

To have the career I really wanted, I went back to school to earn a master’s degree in professional counseling. After graduation, I landed a job at a community mental health center where I provided individual and group therapy to adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Not only was I seeing the positive mental health outcomes of my patients, but I absolutely loved helping other people with their mental distresses. I enjoy listening to people as they talk about their problems – and most importantly, I’m able to empathize with what they’re going through.

I eventually landed a position as the director of outpatient behavioral health at a hospital that is highly recognized in the State of Illinois for its mental health services.  At this hospital, I provided supervision to clinical staff, implemented programming, and made sure we operated according to state standards. As I grew in the profession, I began conducting presentations at organizations around the city of Chicago on mental health issues such as stress, suicide, and domestic violence.

All of this led me to where I am today. I am the owner of Begin Within Counseling & Coaching Services, Inc. in Oak Park, Illinois. I specialize in helping people work through issues dealing with grief and loss.  Any loss that is devastating is a loss worth paying attention to.  This may include the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, or the loss of a job.

I enjoy what I do and I look forward to working with you!


Our Team

Chicago native, with experience working with adults, children and families. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Master’s Community Counseling), I enjoy helping others achieve wellness through mental health. My passion is impacting communities through mentoring, advocacy, workshops, and...

We are passionate about helping people find hope in their lives and peace within themselves.