Samar Hindi
Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
Samar’s clinical experience includes community counseling/non-profit, college counseling, adolescent group therapy, and private practice settings.
Samar believes that positive change can occur when we are given the space to explore the ways in which we cope with our life experiences. Seeking therapy is an honorable step towards living a more purposeful and balanced life. Samar prioritizes creating a safe, caring, non-judgmental environment , which enables us to explore ourselves through our own unique story. Samar’s goal in therapy is to facilitate healing for individuals by looking at each person through a holistic, culturally sensitive, and strength-based lens. She is passionate about embracing inclusivity and working with diverse populations encompassing all backgrounds.
(847) 242-2498
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Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
Samar’s clinical experience includes community counseling/non-profit, college counseling, adolescent group therapy, and private practice settings.
Samar believes that positive change can occur when we are given the space to explore the ways in which we cope with our life experiences. Seeking therapy is an honorable step towards living a more purposeful and balanced life. Samar prioritizes creating a safe, caring, non-judgmental environment , which enables us to explore ourselves through our own unique story. Samar’s goal in therapy is to facilitate healing for individuals by looking at each person through a holistic, culturally sensitive, and strength-based lens. She is passionate about embracing inclusivity and working with diverse populations encompassing all backgrounds.
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Mallory Rose
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Lastly, I work with adolescent girls and their families around self esteem and social skill concerns.
I believe change happens through the relationship and connection in the room. It is important to me to provide a warm and non judgmental environment to explore your relationship with others and yourself. I am a very active therapist and believe in the true value of collaboration. I received my degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Northwestern University, and I believe people are most impacted in their relationships with others. I work with anxiety, depression, and self esteem issues in the family, as well as transition to parenthood. Please visit me at www.rosefamilytherapy.com for more information.
(847) 380-8783
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Northbrook, IL 60062
Lastly, I work with adolescent girls and their families around self esteem and social skill concerns.
I believe change happens through the relationship and connection in the room. It is important to me to provide a warm and non judgmental environment to explore your relationship with others and yourself. I am a very active therapist and believe in the true value of collaboration. I received my degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Northwestern University, and I believe people are most impacted in their relationships with others. I work with anxiety, depression, and self esteem issues in the family, as well as transition to parenthood. Please visit me at www.rosefamilytherapy.com for more information.
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Jason Price
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
I also work with adolescent boys who haven't been interested in therapy.
In my practice, I specialize in providing therapy to couples, men, and teenage boys, especially those who have been resistant to therapy. Once in therapy, I help individuals and couples devleop new strategies to improve their relationships, become more successful in their career/school, and live more satisfying lives. It is my role to actively help my clients identify the patterns in their lives that keep them stuck and give them solutions to help them change. I feel my style is direct and interactive and that clients are pleased that I do more then "just listen"
(847) 512-8343
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Northbrook, IL 60062
I also work with adolescent boys who haven't been interested in therapy.
In my practice, I specialize in providing therapy to couples, men, and teenage boys, especially those who have been resistant to therapy. Once in therapy, I help individuals and couples devleop new strategies to improve their relationships, become more successful in their career/school, and live more satisfying lives. It is my role to actively help my clients identify the patterns in their lives that keep them stuck and give them solutions to help them change. I feel my style is direct and interactive and that clients are pleased that I do more then "just listen"
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Kathy Solk
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
My professional experience includes working as a clinician at OMNI Youth Services, group clinician for SPARCS (stress and anxiety) and Seven Challenges (adolescent substance abuse group).
Together we can make positive change. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, young adults and families exhibiting with a wide range of symptoms such as anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, school refusal, adjustment disorders, life transitions, anger management, trauma, and substance abuse.
(224) 261-7956
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Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
My professional experience includes working as a clinician at OMNI Youth Services, group clinician for SPARCS (stress and anxiety) and Seven Challenges (adolescent substance abuse group).
Together we can make positive change. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, young adults and families exhibiting with a wide range of symptoms such as anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, school refusal, adjustment disorders, life transitions, anger management, trauma, and substance abuse.
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Aldona Marchese
MSEd, CAPT Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
As a Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, I provide a psychodynamic approach to help young individuals function more effectively in social, emotional, and academic domains, while empowering them to build confidence. I bring compassionate curiosity while encouraging individuals to open a window onto their life narrative.
(224) 571-9085
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Northbrook, IL 60062
As a Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, I provide a psychodynamic approach to help young individuals function more effectively in social, emotional, and academic domains, while empowering them to build confidence. I bring compassionate curiosity while encouraging individuals to open a window onto their life narrative.
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Rachel Fischer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
With past experience working on an Adolescent and Young Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, as well as numerous years in the PHP/IOP levels of care, goals for my clients have often included stabilization (mood, symptoms, and overall functionality) and ultimately, reintegration into family, school, and community life.
I am passionate about working closely with children, adolescents, and families struggling with a range of issues. I strive to provide a safe emotional environment to help clients feel at ease discussing their concerns. My therapeutic work is interactive and engaging, with the goal of meeting clients where they are ready to do some of their hardest and most meaningful emotional work. I have been described as authentic, direct, empathic, and pride myself on being a strong advocate for my clients. I often work collaboratively with parents & schools to help my clients attain the necessary tools to grow, heal, and achieve their goals.
(847) 325-5569
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Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
With past experience working on an Adolescent and Young Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, as well as numerous years in the PHP/IOP levels of care, goals for my clients have often included stabilization (mood, symptoms, and overall functionality) and ultimately, reintegration into family, school, and community life.
I am passionate about working closely with children, adolescents, and families struggling with a range of issues. I strive to provide a safe emotional environment to help clients feel at ease discussing their concerns. My therapeutic work is interactive and engaging, with the goal of meeting clients where they are ready to do some of their hardest and most meaningful emotional work. I have been described as authentic, direct, empathic, and pride myself on being a strong advocate for my clients. I often work collaboratively with parents & schools to help my clients attain the necessary tools to grow, heal, and achieve their goals.
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Ally Bremer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
For the children and adolescents I work with we teach the parents how to learn positive ways to help their child/teen at home, so the progress continues long after therapy has ended.
When you work with me, it doesn't feel like "therapy". We work together to problem-solve and find strategies to ease their stress and improve behavior. I help you learn positive coping skills, so they feel more at ease mentally and physically. Knowing how to face difficult situations is a skill taught throughout life, but when dealing with difficult times we can sometimes forget how to use the skills we have been taught.
(847) 637-0497
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Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
For the children and adolescents I work with we teach the parents how to learn positive ways to help their child/teen at home, so the progress continues long after therapy has ended.
When you work with me, it doesn't feel like "therapy". We work together to problem-solve and find strategies to ease their stress and improve behavior. I help you learn positive coping skills, so they feel more at ease mentally and physically. Knowing how to face difficult situations is a skill taught throughout life, but when dealing with difficult times we can sometimes forget how to use the skills we have been taught.
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North Shore Family Services, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
When you or your child/teen is struggling, you want strategies to combat challenges NOW. At North Shore Family Services, we empower kids, teens, and adults to learn tools, so they can succeed independently. Our goal is for children, teens, adults, parents, and couples to learn skills to be successful with school, peers, work, and family- long after therapy ends. We assist with IEP and 504 plans to help our children/teen clients succeed where they spend most of their day- out of their parents' sight. Parents are our partners in helping kids and teens learn the life skills.
(224) 803-2468 x700
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Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
When you or your child/teen is struggling, you want strategies to combat challenges NOW. At North Shore Family Services, we empower kids, teens, and adults to learn tools, so they can succeed independently. Our goal is for children, teens, adults, parents, and couples to learn skills to be successful with school, peers, work, and family- long after therapy ends. We assist with IEP and 504 plans to help our children/teen clients succeed where they spend most of their day- out of their parents' sight. Parents are our partners in helping kids and teens learn the life skills.
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Bess Surmenkow
Counselor, MS, LCPC Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
I work with adults, adolescents, and couples who are dealing with depression, loss, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, self-awareness, transitions, adolescent concerns and parenting.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice, with offices in Northbrook, Chicago, and Schaumburg. I am passionate about helping individuals and couples consciously resolve the obstacles that keep them from reaching their full potential. I provide a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate space in which we can work collaboratively to explore the challenges you are facing. It is my goal to facilitate a supportive therapeutic relationship in which healing, insight and growth can take place.
(847) 380-2554
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Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
I work with adults, adolescents, and couples who are dealing with depression, loss, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, self-awareness, transitions, adolescent concerns and parenting.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice, with offices in Northbrook, Chicago, and Schaumburg. I am passionate about helping individuals and couples consciously resolve the obstacles that keep them from reaching their full potential. I provide a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate space in which we can work collaboratively to explore the challenges you are facing. It is my goal to facilitate a supportive therapeutic relationship in which healing, insight and growth can take place.
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Daniel R Rizzardini
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSCP, MBA, LPC Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
I work with couples, families, adults and adolescent males. Life stressors from parenting, couple’s relations, family upheaval, and self-worth can be barriers to progress or an opportunity to re-direct our lives into more fulfilling directions. Problems which seem to be insurmountable are often the result of repeated patterns of emotional reaction to the difficulties in our lives. Therapy assists in identifying existing habits and beliefs, accepting yourself and then forming new ways to address life stress.
(224) 261-7817
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Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
I work with couples, families, adults and adolescent males. Life stressors from parenting, couple’s relations, family upheaval, and self-worth can be barriers to progress or an opportunity to re-direct our lives into more fulfilling directions. Problems which seem to be insurmountable are often the result of repeated patterns of emotional reaction to the difficulties in our lives. Therapy assists in identifying existing habits and beliefs, accepting yourself and then forming new ways to address life stress.
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Haley Jossel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, PMH-C Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
Working with youths, adults, couples, and families, Haley has experience treating the following: Adolescent issues, Self-Esteem and Personal Growth, Parent-Child conflict, Couples and family relationship issues, including communication, intimacy, affairs, divorce, and parenting, Postpartum wellness, infertility, pregnancy, loss and and navigating parenthood.
I believe that change occurs through a compassionate and trusting therapeutic relationship. I recognize the importance of exploring negative patterns that pose as barriers in achieving balanced and fulfilling lives. I aim to have clients feel appropriately challenged and nurtured, as I believe clients enter therapy to address emotional burdens and break cycles of internal struggling. This allows us to develop strategies to build meaningful relationships moving forward. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than witnessing the transformation when clients feel empowered to navigate difficult emotions and tackle their problems.
(224) 479-1990
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Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
Working with youths, adults, couples, and families, Haley has experience treating the following: Adolescent issues, Self-Esteem and Personal Growth, Parent-Child conflict, Couples and family relationship issues, including communication, intimacy, affairs, divorce, and parenting, Postpartum wellness, infertility, pregnancy, loss and and navigating parenthood.
I believe that change occurs through a compassionate and trusting therapeutic relationship. I recognize the importance of exploring negative patterns that pose as barriers in achieving balanced and fulfilling lives. I aim to have clients feel appropriately challenged and nurtured, as I believe clients enter therapy to address emotional burdens and break cycles of internal struggling. This allows us to develop strategies to build meaningful relationships moving forward. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than witnessing the transformation when clients feel empowered to navigate difficult emotions and tackle their problems.
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Hollie Sobel
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Hollie Sobel include social skills groups (ages 6 - 8 and 9 - 11), and an adolescent therapy group (high schoolers).
Dr. Sobel received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and completed a fellowship at the University of Chicago. Prior to launching PACT, she was a faculty member at the Family Institute at Northwestern University and Rush University Medical Center. She has specialization in conducting diagnostic, psychoeducational, and personality testing batteries to primarily children/adolescents with a variety of psychiatric and medical diagnoses. She also assists children and their families with school programming issues. Another area of clinical expertise is providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy. She has specialization in using researched-based cognitive-behavioral techniques
(872) 244-6455
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Northbrook, IL 60062
Hollie Sobel include social skills groups (ages 6 - 8 and 9 - 11), and an adolescent therapy group (high schoolers).
Dr. Sobel received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and completed a fellowship at the University of Chicago. Prior to launching PACT, she was a faculty member at the Family Institute at Northwestern University and Rush University Medical Center. She has specialization in conducting diagnostic, psychoeducational, and personality testing batteries to primarily children/adolescents with a variety of psychiatric and medical diagnoses. She also assists children and their families with school programming issues. Another area of clinical expertise is providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy. She has specialization in using researched-based cognitive-behavioral techniques
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Alicen-J McGowan
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCPC, PhD, CAS, CRADC Verified
Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
For many years I have specialized in working with the adult or teen who is struggling with addictions. Whether it is prescription medication, alcohol, gambling, video games, shopping, sex or illicit drugs, I welcome the opportunity to help you. Each session is solution-focused and co-directed. My ultimate goal is to engage the family in the wellness process so that the client has the best chance of managing his/her success. This is a Holistic Treatment process. Weekly sessions are encouraged and homework is required. This is an opportunity to build trust and reconnect with family through education.
(312) 548-9345
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Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
For many years I have specialized in working with the adult or teen who is struggling with addictions. Whether it is prescription medication, alcohol, gambling, video games, shopping, sex or illicit drugs, I welcome the opportunity to help you. Each session is solution-focused and co-directed. My ultimate goal is to engage the family in the wellness process so that the client has the best chance of managing his/her success. This is a Holistic Treatment process. Weekly sessions are encouraged and homework is required. This is an opportunity to build trust and reconnect with family through education.
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Karen Fretzin
Counselor, MA, LCPC, CADC Verified
Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
I have been working for 20+ years with adolescents, young adults, and adults. I am a certified alcohol and drug counselor. I also focus on depression, anxiety, ADHD, adolescent turmoil, adoption issues, healthy parenting, and family/relationship issues. My passion also includes working with young adults and adults on exploring personal growth and life management issues. I have created an alternative to suspension program in numerous local high schools.
(847) 807-1098
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Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
I have been working for 20+ years with adolescents, young adults, and adults. I am a certified alcohol and drug counselor. I also focus on depression, anxiety, ADHD, adolescent turmoil, adoption issues, healthy parenting, and family/relationship issues. My passion also includes working with young adults and adults on exploring personal growth and life management issues. I have created an alternative to suspension program in numerous local high schools.
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William D Gieseke
PhD, LCPC Verified
Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
I have taught child development to post-master degree child, adolescent, and adult clinicians for nearly 30 years.
In my 45 plus years of practice, I have found that most patients, before coming to see me may have tried to the best of their abilities to solve their problems. They may have consulted other psychotherapists or other allied professionals before coming to see me. The central task is for us to identify the nature of their psychological puzzle, and to find ways to collaborate in finding solutions to them. I have a particular interest in people who may have neurocognitive deficits. Also, I have an interest in children and adolescents whose parents are in the divorce process.
(847) 960-3886
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Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
I have taught child development to post-master degree child, adolescent, and adult clinicians for nearly 30 years.
In my 45 plus years of practice, I have found that most patients, before coming to see me may have tried to the best of their abilities to solve their problems. They may have consulted other psychotherapists or other allied professionals before coming to see me. The central task is for us to identify the nature of their psychological puzzle, and to find ways to collaborate in finding solutions to them. I have a particular interest in people who may have neurocognitive deficits. Also, I have an interest in children and adolescents whose parents are in the divorce process.
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Jody Kroll Rotblatt
Psychologist, PsyD, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
I have 25 years of experience in the treatment of issues including: relationship struggles, postpartum depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, marital conflict, adolescent treatment and generalized anxiety and depression.
The therapists in our practice joined together because of our shared belief that our clients, who have reached out for help in managing and overcoming the challenges their lives, each have a unique set of strengths that often need to be better understood and developed. In our own styles, we each use the therapeutic relationship to understand what is interfering with an individual's sense of fulfillment in life. We approach therapy from the perspective that, at our core, our clients are health seeking but may be repeating old patterns that are not serving them well.
(847) 457-0213
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Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
I have 25 years of experience in the treatment of issues including: relationship struggles, postpartum depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, marital conflict, adolescent treatment and generalized anxiety and depression.
The therapists in our practice joined together because of our shared belief that our clients, who have reached out for help in managing and overcoming the challenges their lives, each have a unique set of strengths that often need to be better understood and developed. In our own styles, we each use the therapeutic relationship to understand what is interfering with an individual's sense of fulfillment in life. We approach therapy from the perspective that, at our core, our clients are health seeking but may be repeating old patterns that are not serving them well.
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Center for Relationship Health @The Juniper Center
Psychologist, PsyD, CSADC, BCETS Verified
Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
Life gets complicated. You may be trying all that you know how to do to make things better for yourself or for someone you love but have run out of energy, ideas or both. You may have a relationship with someone you love but just can't seem to get along. You may be a parent trying to best figure out how to help a child or teen who is having problems. You may feel burdened by sadness, fear or stress.Or, perhaps you have old wounds that seem to keep interfering with you creating the life you want.
(847) 603-2246
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Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
Life gets complicated. You may be trying all that you know how to do to make things better for yourself or for someone you love but have run out of energy, ideas or both. You may have a relationship with someone you love but just can't seem to get along. You may be a parent trying to best figure out how to help a child or teen who is having problems. You may feel burdened by sadness, fear or stress.Or, perhaps you have old wounds that seem to keep interfering with you creating the life you want.
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Carrie Carren
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC Verified
Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
Other areas of interest include: adolescent issues, couples, family and relationship problems, LGBT+, mood and anxiety issues, and behavioral concerns.
Finding the right therapist is essential in one's journey toward overcoming obstacles. I believe counseling is a collaborative and creative process where we join together to establish the change you desire. I utilize a direct, honest, and genuine communication style in our relationship. My approach combines psychotherapy and the use of experiential therapy as a means of building communication, trust, and decision-making through individual and family treatment. My treatment also involves the partnership of animal assisted therapy with my Labrador Retriever.
(847) 786-2659
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Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
Offers online therapy
Other areas of interest include: adolescent issues, couples, family and relationship problems, LGBT+, mood and anxiety issues, and behavioral concerns.
Finding the right therapist is essential in one's journey toward overcoming obstacles. I believe counseling is a collaborative and creative process where we join together to establish the change you desire. I utilize a direct, honest, and genuine communication style in our relationship. My approach combines psychotherapy and the use of experiential therapy as a means of building communication, trust, and decision-making through individual and family treatment. My treatment also involves the partnership of animal assisted therapy with my Labrador Retriever.
Faith Ann Rys
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
I trained a number of staff at the agency level in both Family Therapy Approaches and Adolescent Treatment.
I utilize an eclectic approach to treatment. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectal Behavioral Therapies. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters in Social Work. I additionally, underwent an intensive training program to help children, adolescents and young adults heal from sexual assault. I managed an Adolescent Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program after graduate school completion. During this time, I developed several community and school based adolescent groups. I primarily treat depression, anxiety and trauma. I conduct forensic evaluations for child sexual abuse.
(847) 793-1266
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Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
I trained a number of staff at the agency level in both Family Therapy Approaches and Adolescent Treatment.
I utilize an eclectic approach to treatment. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectal Behavioral Therapies. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters in Social Work. I additionally, underwent an intensive training program to help children, adolescents and young adults heal from sexual assault. I managed an Adolescent Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program after graduate school completion. During this time, I developed several community and school based adolescent groups. I primarily treat depression, anxiety and trauma. I conduct forensic evaluations for child sexual abuse.
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Genevieve Nehrt
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
My areas of specialty are child and adolescent therapy, marriage and family therapy, and I have a certificate in substance abuse treatment.
Working with a wide age range of clients & problems requires a unique set of skills. Play, art, & music therapy are often utilized with children as young as 4, while more traditional therapy can be helpful with adults. Concerns address in session may include: anger, attention, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, ect. Psychological evaluations are conducted to evaluate a variety of concerns. Helping each client develop skills to positively cope with current struggles and improve their ability to conquer these problems in the future is my goal.
(224) 347-1897
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Office is near:
Northbrook, IL 60062
My areas of specialty are child and adolescent therapy, marriage and family therapy, and I have a certificate in substance abuse treatment.
Working with a wide age range of clients & problems requires a unique set of skills. Play, art, & music therapy are often utilized with children as young as 4, while more traditional therapy can be helpful with adults. Concerns address in session may include: anger, attention, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, ect. Psychological evaluations are conducted to evaluate a variety of concerns. Helping each client develop skills to positively cope with current struggles and improve their ability to conquer these problems in the future is my goal.

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Teen Therapists
Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. The transitional period can raise questions of independence and identity; as adolescents cultivate their sense of self, they may face difficult choices about academics, friendship, sexuality, gender identity, drugs, and alcohol.

Most teens have a relatively egocentric perspective on life; a state of mind that usually abates with age. They often focus on themselves and believe that everyone else—from a best friend to a distant crush—is focused on them too. They may grapple with insecurities and feelings of being judged. Relationships with family members often take a backseat to peer groups, romantic interests, and appearance, which teens perceive as increasingly important during this time.

The transition can naturally lead to anxiety about physical development, evolving relationships with others, and one's place in the larger world. Mild anxiety and other challenges are typical, but serious mental health conditions also emerge during adolescence. Finding a teen therapist in Northbrook and addressing a disorder early on can help ensure the best possible outcome.