Therapists for Teens in Chicago, IL

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Nathan Dougal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
Professional, yet comfortable physical setting in a charming Chicago apartment building of 1910 vintage which has been converted to offices ~ I have been adjunct faculty at Loyola University's MSW program, teaching "Clinical Diagnosis and Therapeutic Communication" and "Adolescent Diagnosis and Treatment".
During the lifespan people can experience suffering or emotional pain. Some are in need of relief from the manifestations, or even symptoms, of emotional pain. Others are curious to understand the source(s) of the suffering. Exploring emotional pain and its origins can lead to knowing oneself more deeply (including talents and other positive qualities). Some considering therapy are seeking to enhance their abilities to relate to significant people in their life. Any of these are good reasons to consult a well-trained and experienced therapist. I am available for such consultation, which can lead to a collaborative plan tailored to you in order to explore and ease any of the above impedances to leading a more satisfying and meaningful life.
Professional, yet comfortable physical setting in a charming Chicago apartment building of 1910 vintage which has been converted to offices ~ I have been adjunct faculty at Loyola University's MSW program, teaching "Clinical Diagnosis and Therapeutic Communication" and "Adolescent Diagnosis and Treatment".
During the lifespan people can experience suffering or emotional pain. Some are in need of relief from the manifestations, or even symptoms, of emotional pain. Others are curious to understand the source(s) of the suffering. Exploring emotional pain and its origins can lead to knowing oneself more deeply (including talents and other positive qualities). Some considering therapy are seeking to enhance their abilities to relate to significant people in their life. Any of these are good reasons to consult a well-trained and experienced therapist. I am available for such consultation, which can lead to a collaborative plan tailored to you in order to explore and ease any of the above impedances to leading a more satisfying and meaningful life.
(773) 669-7987 View (773) 669-7987
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Kelsey Suglich
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647
No matter what challenges you may be experiencing, you are valid in seeking support. Being a child, teenager, young adult, or parent is hard. Every stage brings new obstacles, relationships, hopes, and fears. I am here to hold a space for you, your child, and your family to explore and process whatever you need. You can count on me to provide an environment that encourages honesty, vulnerability, and resiliency. I am passionate about supporting my clients in their pursuit of growth and connection.
No matter what challenges you may be experiencing, you are valid in seeking support. Being a child, teenager, young adult, or parent is hard. Every stage brings new obstacles, relationships, hopes, and fears. I am here to hold a space for you, your child, and your family to explore and process whatever you need. You can count on me to provide an environment that encourages honesty, vulnerability, and resiliency. I am passionate about supporting my clients in their pursuit of growth and connection.
(312) 626-7219 View (312) 626-7219
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Michele Dubuisson LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60625
I specialize in adolescent and women's mental health across the lifespan and have additional training in these areas.
My practice prioritizes women and femmes. My therapeutic approach is collaborative and relational from both a trauma informed and feminist orientation. I believe that we are all resilient, each of us has unique strengths. I work with my clients to build on these strengths, increase their insight, and develop the trust needed to achieve their goals. I do this by providing a safe space in which you may process your experiences, express your feelings, challenge unhealthy relationship patterns, and develop self-awareness.
I specialize in adolescent and women's mental health across the lifespan and have additional training in these areas.
My practice prioritizes women and femmes. My therapeutic approach is collaborative and relational from both a trauma informed and feminist orientation. I believe that we are all resilient, each of us has unique strengths. I work with my clients to build on these strengths, increase their insight, and develop the trust needed to achieve their goals. I do this by providing a safe space in which you may process your experiences, express your feelings, challenge unhealthy relationship patterns, and develop self-awareness.
(630) 233-9533 View (630) 233-9533
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Matthew Harings
Psychologist, PsyD, MSCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60642
I received my doctorate in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology and am trained to work with individuals across the lifespan. I specialize in treating challenges that occur during critical periods of development, including neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD and learning disorders), anxiety, depression, and social challenges. My approach to treatment is active, present-focused, and based on established and effective interventions for psychological disorders and transitional challenges.
I received my doctorate in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology and am trained to work with individuals across the lifespan. I specialize in treating challenges that occur during critical periods of development, including neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD and learning disorders), anxiety, depression, and social challenges. My approach to treatment is active, present-focused, and based on established and effective interventions for psychological disorders and transitional challenges.
(224) 470-3182 View (224) 470-3182
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Trevor Pontillo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCATP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647  (Online Only)
My specialities include adolescent issues, young adult transitions, anxiety, and stress management.
As a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), I am committed to helping adolescents and young adults navigate the challenges and transitions of life. My approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, respect, and understanding, creating a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their thoughts and emotions freely. In my practice, clients are the experts of their own lives. I collaborate closely with adolescents and young adults to set personalized goals, explore their values, and work towards creating positive change.
My specialities include adolescent issues, young adult transitions, anxiety, and stress management.
As a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), I am committed to helping adolescents and young adults navigate the challenges and transitions of life. My approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, respect, and understanding, creating a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their thoughts and emotions freely. In my practice, clients are the experts of their own lives. I collaborate closely with adolescents and young adults to set personalized goals, explore their values, and work towards creating positive change.
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Jessica A Sweet
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
Currently have immediate day time appointments. Waitlist for evening. If you have a child or adolescent that feels depressed, anxious, worried, disconnected from relationships, or struggling with a certain issue, I can help. I also have experience working with self-harming, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, or bullying. I also work with family dynamics like parenting struggles, issues with divorce, couple counseling, parent/child relationships. If you are an adult struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problem, work conflict or other issues, I can help create solutions for these problems.
Currently have immediate day time appointments. Waitlist for evening. If you have a child or adolescent that feels depressed, anxious, worried, disconnected from relationships, or struggling with a certain issue, I can help. I also have experience working with self-harming, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, or bullying. I also work with family dynamics like parenting struggles, issues with divorce, couple counseling, parent/child relationships. If you are an adult struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problem, work conflict or other issues, I can help create solutions for these problems.
(847) 380-3222 View (847) 380-3222
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Penny McGrath
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60604
Penny McGrath LCPC PLLC is a Chicagoland-based counseling services center that works with child, adolescent, and adult individuals using a relational, mindfulness based approach that aligns with neuroscientific principles.
Penny McGrath LCPC PLLC is a Chicagoland-based counseling services center that works with child, adolescent, and adult individuals using a relational, mindfulness based approach that aligns with neuroscientific principles.
(312) 878-5176 View (312) 878-5176
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Daniel Laluna
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
Laluna received a BA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and PsyD with a concentration in child and adolescent mental health from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Daniel Laluna, Regional Clinical Director, is a licensed clinical psychologist, who has extensive experience and expertise providing neuropsychological/psychological testing, as well as therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults. He specializes in providing comprehensive testing evaluations (e. g. ADHD, Autism, IQ, Learning Disorders, Personality Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Memory, and Pre-Surgical).
Laluna received a BA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and PsyD with a concentration in child and adolescent mental health from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Daniel Laluna, Regional Clinical Director, is a licensed clinical psychologist, who has extensive experience and expertise providing neuropsychological/psychological testing, as well as therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults. He specializes in providing comprehensive testing evaluations (e. g. ADHD, Autism, IQ, Learning Disorders, Personality Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Memory, and Pre-Surgical).
(872) 266-3719 View (872) 266-3719
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Linda Brown-Jackson
Counselor, MA, NCC, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60619
I enjoy the opportunity of working with children, adolescent and teens.
My ideal client is the person that knows they need help. They do not have to know what kind of help, but open to talk therapy and exploring possible forms of relief. I have worked with children and adults with issues such as; anger, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Modification, depression and anxiety. It is most comforting to help someone find relief from discomfort. I provide individual, group and family therapy. The counseling scope includes parent coaching, anger management, trauma, and school guidance.
I enjoy the opportunity of working with children, adolescent and teens.
My ideal client is the person that knows they need help. They do not have to know what kind of help, but open to talk therapy and exploring possible forms of relief. I have worked with children and adults with issues such as; anger, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Modification, depression and anxiety. It is most comforting to help someone find relief from discomfort. I provide individual, group and family therapy. The counseling scope includes parent coaching, anger management, trauma, and school guidance.
(773) 669-5935 View (773) 669-5935
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SFC Searching For Change
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSAT-S, SE-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
My practice works with a diverse population. I specialize in addiction, both Sex Addiction and a range of other addictions. I run groups for sex addicts and for the partners of sex addicts. I also specialize in trauma and work with adolescent and adult trauma survivors, both male and female. The practice also works with the LGBTQ community.
My practice works with a diverse population. I specialize in addiction, both Sex Addiction and a range of other addictions. I run groups for sex addicts and for the partners of sex addicts. I also specialize in trauma and work with adolescent and adult trauma survivors, both male and female. The practice also works with the LGBTQ community.
(917) 746-5114 View (917) 746-5114
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Jacqueline Salazar
Counselor, PsyD, LCPC, CADC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607  (Online Only)
I work with children, adults, and families, and utilize psychodynamic and family systems therapies to increase resiliency and self-awareness in order for direct changes to occur in your daily life. I specialize in child/adolescent therapy, play therapy, family therapy, trauma, child sexual abuse, anxiety, addiction, diagnostic assessments for children 0-5, racial/cultural stress and acculturation, grief/loss, attachment difficulties, and parental stress.
I work with children, adults, and families, and utilize psychodynamic and family systems therapies to increase resiliency and self-awareness in order for direct changes to occur in your daily life. I specialize in child/adolescent therapy, play therapy, family therapy, trauma, child sexual abuse, anxiety, addiction, diagnostic assessments for children 0-5, racial/cultural stress and acculturation, grief/loss, attachment difficulties, and parental stress.
(312) 663-8102 View (312) 663-8102
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Riley Brennan
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
My main priority is to create a strong, safe relationship for you to share and grow. I approach therapy as a collaborative process where you are the expert on your life. I work with families, relationships and individuals with a particular interest in working with teens and parents with children of any age. I am especially interested in addressing teen mood instability, parenting, relationship issues, harm to self or others and gender dynamics.
My main priority is to create a strong, safe relationship for you to share and grow. I approach therapy as a collaborative process where you are the expert on your life. I work with families, relationships and individuals with a particular interest in working with teens and parents with children of any age. I am especially interested in addressing teen mood instability, parenting, relationship issues, harm to self or others and gender dynamics.
(312) 313-7698 x1 View (312) 313-7698 x1
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Maria Zdunek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60618
My ideal client is a teen, young adult, or adult facing challenges related to life transitions and change. These individuals may be feeling overwhelmed by the changes they are experiencing and struggling to find their footing in a new stage of life. They may be dealing with anxiety, stress, and depression, and feeling unsure of how to move forward. They want to feel confident in their abilities and empowered to take on the challenges of change and transition with greater success. I am here to help them achieve these goals, and provide a safe and supportive environment where they can explore and address their thoughts and feelings.
My ideal client is a teen, young adult, or adult facing challenges related to life transitions and change. These individuals may be feeling overwhelmed by the changes they are experiencing and struggling to find their footing in a new stage of life. They may be dealing with anxiety, stress, and depression, and feeling unsure of how to move forward. They want to feel confident in their abilities and empowered to take on the challenges of change and transition with greater success. I am here to help them achieve these goals, and provide a safe and supportive environment where they can explore and address their thoughts and feelings.
(773) 985-2495 View (773) 985-2495
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Alana Muriel
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60622  (Online Only)
Are you looking for assistance managing ADHD for yourself or your teen? My approach is warm and non-judgmental, I approach therapy from both a practical and emotional lens. I want to help you achieve your goals and offer a space to express and make sense of emotional experiences. I have vast experience working with the neurodivergent population, and enjoy assisting those with ADHD and Autism as they navigate relationships, life responsibilities, and transitions. I am queer-allied and body-neutral.
Are you looking for assistance managing ADHD for yourself or your teen? My approach is warm and non-judgmental, I approach therapy from both a practical and emotional lens. I want to help you achieve your goals and offer a space to express and make sense of emotional experiences. I have vast experience working with the neurodivergent population, and enjoy assisting those with ADHD and Autism as they navigate relationships, life responsibilities, and transitions. I am queer-allied and body-neutral.
(630) 793-4899 View (630) 793-4899
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Tobi Wyld
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
Are you or your teen struggling with navigating your identity? Have you experienced trauma, bullying, communication issues, self-harm, or suicidal ideation? Has your gender and/or sexuality impacted your mental health and you are wanting to learn how to embrace your most authentic self? Knowing how to navigate your own identity, or knowing how to support your child as they discover parts of who they are, can be a scary process. In order to embrace authenticity we need safety, security, and an ability to communicate. We will work together on finding healing, cultivating healthy communication, and creating a sense of safety.
Are you or your teen struggling with navigating your identity? Have you experienced trauma, bullying, communication issues, self-harm, or suicidal ideation? Has your gender and/or sexuality impacted your mental health and you are wanting to learn how to embrace your most authentic self? Knowing how to navigate your own identity, or knowing how to support your child as they discover parts of who they are, can be a scary process. In order to embrace authenticity we need safety, security, and an ability to communicate. We will work together on finding healing, cultivating healthy communication, and creating a sense of safety.
(872) 266-7922 View (872) 266-7922
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April Lacey
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
Often the clients I see are adult and teen populations that are working through life transition concerns, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, depression, relationship concerns, defiance issues, grief, and work stress.
Hi there, I’m April! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and work with clients statewide via telehealth. There are times in life when we hit a rough patch, lose direction, or encounter difficulty adjusting and coping with changes that occur in life. These experiences can be overwhelming and often can cause us to doubt our ability to overcome them. I decided to become a therapist because I wanted to help people rediscover their strengths, and the tools they have within themselves to cope with life's challenges.
Often the clients I see are adult and teen populations that are working through life transition concerns, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, depression, relationship concerns, defiance issues, grief, and work stress.
Hi there, I’m April! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and work with clients statewide via telehealth. There are times in life when we hit a rough patch, lose direction, or encounter difficulty adjusting and coping with changes that occur in life. These experiences can be overwhelming and often can cause us to doubt our ability to overcome them. I decided to become a therapist because I wanted to help people rediscover their strengths, and the tools they have within themselves to cope with life's challenges.
(224) 328-2636 View (224) 328-2636
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Mary Clare McGraw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647
For all people who set out to begin therapy, it can be difficult to know what to expect. This may be especially true if you are seeking support for your child or teen. I approach therapy with a unique focus on empowerment, knowledge, and engagement. My sessions create a dynamic space for clients to not only address their challenges but also to have fun, resolve roadblocks, discover, and continuously contribute to their unique toolbox of coping skills.
For all people who set out to begin therapy, it can be difficult to know what to expect. This may be especially true if you are seeking support for your child or teen. I approach therapy with a unique focus on empowerment, knowledge, and engagement. My sessions create a dynamic space for clients to not only address their challenges but also to have fun, resolve roadblocks, discover, and continuously contribute to their unique toolbox of coping skills.
(773) 906-4686 View (773) 906-4686
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Ben Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60643
While I enjoy working with a diverse range of adolescent and adult clients, most of my social advocacy has focused on Older Adults and PLWHIV.
One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the time and space for healing and growth. In therapy, my goal is to help you find and nurture your authentic nature, and to honor the wisdom gained from your lived experiences. Our work will consider the various intersecting aspects of your identity and the social, professional, and other cultural contexts in which you exist. I believe that as you experience yourself holistically, on your own and with guidance, you can naturally open yourself to more opportunities for healing, connection, growth, and other meaningful change.
While I enjoy working with a diverse range of adolescent and adult clients, most of my social advocacy has focused on Older Adults and PLWHIV.
One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the time and space for healing and growth. In therapy, my goal is to help you find and nurture your authentic nature, and to honor the wisdom gained from your lived experiences. Our work will consider the various intersecting aspects of your identity and the social, professional, and other cultural contexts in which you exist. I believe that as you experience yourself holistically, on your own and with guidance, you can naturally open yourself to more opportunities for healing, connection, growth, and other meaningful change.
(331) 253-4657 View (331) 253-4657
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Shira E. Saville, PSY.D
Psychologist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
Specialties include interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, sexuality, gender matters, adolescent development, parenting, life transitions, career issues, trauma, ADD, PTSD, attachment and personality disorders, self-injury, culture, and identity formation.
Psychotherapy is an effective way for individuals to make significant personal life changes. I partner with my clients to identify the concerns and experiences that have led them to seek psychotherapy. Together we create a treatment plan that identifies ideals and sets goals and realistic expectations for change. Fostering resilience in the face of adversity, through a confidential therapeutic relationship we collaborate to break unhealthy patterns and create newer, more adaptive coping skills. With mutual commitment, honesty, trust, and humor, psychological, emotional, and functional personal change is achievable and sustainable.
Specialties include interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, sexuality, gender matters, adolescent development, parenting, life transitions, career issues, trauma, ADD, PTSD, attachment and personality disorders, self-injury, culture, and identity formation.
Psychotherapy is an effective way for individuals to make significant personal life changes. I partner with my clients to identify the concerns and experiences that have led them to seek psychotherapy. Together we create a treatment plan that identifies ideals and sets goals and realistic expectations for change. Fostering resilience in the face of adversity, through a confidential therapeutic relationship we collaborate to break unhealthy patterns and create newer, more adaptive coping skills. With mutual commitment, honesty, trust, and humor, psychological, emotional, and functional personal change is achievable and sustainable.
(773) 295-0214 View (773) 295-0214
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Sharonslaba 'Sharon' Davila
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60618
I strive to meet each child, adolescent, and parent as a unique individual in need of support and understanding.
Is your child struggling with mood or behavior issues? Is your young one experiencing school or family stress? Do you feel like you have tried everything, but nothing seems to be working? You are not alone. I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker and together we can work to understand and address your child's behavioral needs. All behavior has meaning and together we can work to understand the meaning behind your child's behavior. We will work as a TEAM to help you enjoy being a parent again.
I strive to meet each child, adolescent, and parent as a unique individual in need of support and understanding.
Is your child struggling with mood or behavior issues? Is your young one experiencing school or family stress? Do you feel like you have tried everything, but nothing seems to be working? You are not alone. I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker and together we can work to understand and address your child's behavioral needs. All behavior has meaning and together we can work to understand the meaning behind your child's behavior. We will work as a TEAM to help you enjoy being a parent again.
(773) 364-6630 View (773) 364-6630
Teen Therapists

What does therapy for teenagers look like?

When a therapist works with a teenager, the pair will talk about what the teen is struggling with and explore solutions, which may involve interpersonal skills, coping strategies, medication, or lifestyle changes related to sleep, diet, and exercise. Different therapists employ different modalities, but most involve a combination of conversation and skill building.

How long does therapy for teenagers generally take to work?

There’s variability in teenagers’ experiences and challenges; some may begin to improve from therapy within a few weeks while others may take several months or longer. Teens can discuss their progress with their therapist periodically to assess how they’re improving and any changes to the treatment plan that could potentially accelerate that progress.

How do you encourage a teenager to go to therapy?

It’s helpful to express your concern and love while framing therapy as an opportunity to explore a tool that could help improve their life; just like they practice baseball or dance, now they can practice their emotional skills. Give your teen control over the process where you can—maybe by weighing in on choice of therapist and signaling that therapy involves confidentiality, so a parent need not know all that is discussed in sessions.

How do you prepare teens for therapy?

You can prepare your teenager for therapy by describing what the process will look like and setting expectations for timeline, if requested. You can explain that the first session may begin with an assessment phase, that they can describe their experiences but that the therapist will ask questions too, and that it may take time to feel comfortable opening up. Ask how they’re feeling about the process and answer any questions calmly and supportively.