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Social Services

St. Petronille partners with Alexian Brothers, now called AMITA Health since forming a joint partnership with Advent Midwest, and their Parochial School Support Services program to provide a variety of Social Services to our students and school families.

Ms. Elizabeth Thorness, LPC, is our current school counselor. In addition, St. Petronille is also provided with a counseling intern each year. 

Elizabeth Thorsness, M.Ed. - Counselor

My name is Elizabeth Thorsness and I am your new School Counselor from AMITA Health. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and my credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Child Development Psychology from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and a continuing graduate certificate in Spiritual Formation & Discipleship from Moody Theological Seminary.

I grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois and have become familiar with the western suburbs over the course of my personal and professional experiences. My work in clinical, nonprofit, and ministry settings has focused specifically on children and adolescent mental health and I’m thrilled to continue this work here at St. Petronille.      

I will be at school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:15 am to 3:15 pm. I am available for individual appointments or consultation. A list of some of the services I will be offering include:

  • Individual counseling: Identity formation, grief and loss, behavioral modification, death, divorce, peer relationships, body image, anxiety, stress, depression, and other needs.
  • Classroom programming: Mental health awareness, healthy body image, healthy relationships, social skills, and other needs.
  • Faculty and family consultation: Available for questions regarding any social, emotional, and behavioral observations in students.
  • Other programs and services: Leadership Academy, crisis responsive services, and outside system support.