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In the wake of the tragic 4th of July shooting in Highland Park, Audrey spearheaded the mobilization of a team of therapists to provide free counseling services to the community. In partnership with School District 113, the City of Highland Park, the FBI and the Red Cross, and over the course of five days (July 5-July 9), the pop up Community Counseling Team (CCT) saw survivors and individuals at a rapid rate. The following are the outcomes of our service.

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Audrey Grunst, LCSW & CEO founded Simply Bee in February 2018 with a vision to create an impact in mental health. 

Audrey earned her MSW at Loyola University Chicago in 2011 and is certified in Change Management from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She combines over 12 years of clinical experience with her business background to help others improve mental health. She specializes in anxiety, perfectionism, eating disorders and mental performance coaching for athletes and professionals. She is the former mental performance coach for the Northwestern Women’s Volleyball Program, as well as a former D1 Volleyball player.

Audrey has presented at over 100 different schools, nonprofits, and conferences, impacting thousands of students, parents and educators. Speaking topics include her keynote presentation: Growing A Resilient Mind, Reconnecting As A Team and Practicing Failure. She often uses a workshop model approach and her philosophy is always to provide tangible mental health and wellness skills founded in evidence-based practices and infusing her five-step Growth & Resiliency Model©

Audrey has extensive training in skill-based therapy including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Family-based Therapy for Anorexia, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She uses these skills in her strategy formula to promote change.

Prior to Simply Bee, Audrey was a director at Eating Recovery Centers.  While at ERC Insight, Audrey built several programs and managed a team of over 20 employees and two locations. She participated in a three-year study with University of Chicago, measuring the outcome of eating disorder treatment using FBT and DBT. 

Creator of the Growth & Resiliency Model©

The Growth & Resiliency Model© was created and copyrighted in 2021 by Simply Bee CEO Audrey Grunst, LCSW. It is the foundation of the work we do here. This comprehensive five-step model is designed to fuse theory, skill, and knowledge into people's understanding of their personal growth and emotional development. 

The theory behind this model is that a growth mindset occurs when you are aware of your internal world, can observe it without judgment, know how to respond instead of react, and can integrate all of that information into the external world effectively. The final step is to reflect on the process, celebrate what went well and learn from what didn't. Through the use of this model, we believe you can learn to intuitively overcome life's daily challenges and appreciate them as opportunities for positive change.


Hosted by Audrey Grunst, LCSW

Our biggest lessons in life come from imperfect moments. That is why “well, not perfect” is an honest yet encouraging phrase often heard inside Audrey Grunst's therapy practice, Simply Bee. Everyday we face messy, difficult and real life problems and striving for growth rather than perfection is the healthiest mindset to have.

On this podcast, you will hear experts share their personal and professional experiences that aim to inspire and humble listeners to examine their own mindset through a therapeutic lens that only a mental health expert can offer.

Join us and learn how our guests are breaking stigmas, raising awareness, providing support—and overall taking action to make this world a more mental health inclusive place, despite the process being…well, not perfect.

Published Works

5 Steps To Grow A Resilient Mind

“Therapy in between therapy” is how many are describing 5 Steps To Grow A Resilient Mind. Written by experienced therapist Audrey Grunst, LCSW for clients who need a little more support than what traditional once-a-week therapy provides, Audrey put her knowledge on paper to teach anyone how to grow themselves anytime and anywhere. This book takes an in-depth look at each of the five steps of Audrey's Growth & Resiliency Model©, providing background information, tangible skills, and journaling template pages to practice what you've learned.

4 Ways To Cope With Uncertainty E-Book

Uncertainty is a major stressor and barrier for many. Through the topics of growth mindset, mindfulness, the grief and loss process and confidence, Audrey Grunst, LCSW provides tips on how to stay motivated and grounded during times of change.


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