Autism Therapists in Downers Grove, IL

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Jessica K Paganis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
The Center for Hope & Healing is unique in that we are attuned to the impact that autism and related developmental diagnoses places on the family as a whole and seek to provide an interactive and collaborative therapeutic setting that fosters growth and allows families to function at their highest potential.
As a clinical social worker I am committed to providing therapeutic interventions that optimize the social and emotional well being of individuals, children and families affected by autism and related disorders. Support services are tailored to each child as an individual while integrating the unique dynamics that define each family. I support families through *Social-Emotional Assessments + Screenings, *Behavior Intervention Plans, *1 to 1 Play Therapy, * Individual Counseling, *Parent Coaching & Home Consultation, *Therapeutic Social Groups, * Sibling Support Groups, and * School Advocacy & Consultation.
(630) 338-0578
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Bradford Czochara
Psychologist, PsyD, LPC, CGP
Verified
Verified
I specialize in child and adult issues related to neurodevelopmental disorders ( Autism Spectrum Disorder, AD/HD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and neuropsychological issues (attention issues, memory issues).
I take a holistic approach to clients. I work with clients using an integrated approach focusing on symptom management and working towards goals to help clients reach their full potential. I provide neuropsychological assessment and provide neuropsychological services when needed. Please contact me by email for more information regarding my approach to clients and how I can help you.
(815) 261-4035
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Rachel Winborn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MFA, MA, LSW
Verified
Verified
Rachel’s creative background lends itself to an intuitive therapeutic practice and her recent training as a Social Worker brings her grounded in the world of each individual she works with. Rachel is an attuned, empathetic listener, who focuses on her clients’ needs. She has experience working with persons with chronic distress, complex PTSD, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, neurodiversity ( autism , ADHD, learning differences), faith-based injury/inquiry, grief/loss, identity, life transitions, parenting, family, and relationship issues.
(630) 446-6692
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Downers Grove, IL 60517
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Kayla McGill
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, my expertise is in treating adolescents and young adults. I have worked extensively with families and school districts when students require accommodations for emotional, behavioral, or learning difficulties. Many of my school-aged clients are on the autism spectrum. My experience also includes treating those who suffer from anxiety, depression, unstable mood, stress management, and addiction.
(331) 200-3657
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Downers Grove, IL 60516
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Jackie Sprague
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Verified
Hey, how's it going lately? My name is Jackie and here's the thing... I am a nerdy, artsy-fartsy, book worm. There, I said it! Anyway, now that we have that out of the way, I primarily work with children, adolescents, young adults, and women that are not feeling like themselves. I also have experience with ABA and working with children that are on the Autism spectrum. I understand that it can be overwhelming trying to find someone you can trust with your stories and what you are going through - and parents, I know you just want to give your children the resources to succeed. Just know that you are not alone.
(331) 233-1239
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Frederika C. Theus
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Neuropsychology-based assessment services are available regarding a wide range of developmental concerns, including learning disabilities, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and intellectual disability, as well as related complex social-emotional concerns.
During this time of increased stress, counseling is often a valuable source of support. Providing assistance to children, teens, and adults with special needs and their families is the focus of my practice. Beginning as a learning disabilities teacher, and then transitioning to clinical psychology, I have over 25 years of experience. My practice combines a solid foundation in traditional psychotherapy with specialized interventions for individuals with special needs. Whether seeking support for yourself or guidance for a loved one, together we can help you find solutions.
(773) 355-4189
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Julie A Peterson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Peterson's other areas of clinical interest include: Adult Children and Parent Relationship Issues, Autism /Asperger's, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Couples Conflict, Depression/Mood Disorders, Life Stage Transitions, Premarital Issues and Counseling, School Issues, Sibling Issues, Transition to Parenthood, Women's Issues, Work/Life Balance Issues.
Dr. Peterson is a licensed clinical psychologist. In her therapy and testing work with clients, she places a large emphasis on support in addition to symptom reduction. She thoughtfully integrates perspectives from Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Adlerian theory to assist clients through discouragements in their lives that may cause them to feel stuck in life transitions. Her therapeutic interventions encourage the client's assets and creativity to empower his or her ability to enhance every aspect of his or her life. Dr. Peterson also provides psychological testing services as needed.
(630) 686-7152
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Downers Grove, IL 60517
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Derron Johnson Jr
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC, C-LPC
Verified
Verified
I take pride in assisting families with children who are experiencing mood disturbances or having behavioral struggles at home and school. I have years of experience engaging with a diverse youth population with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems, including but not limited to autism , ADHD, defiance (ODD), antisocial behavior (CD and homicidality), and suicidality. Often times, families and youth that are struggling are in need of special attention and instruction that I as a professional offer. Therapy can help to decrease problem behaviors and family conflict while strengthening family bonds.
(331) 256-2592
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Kristen Hall
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I provide in person or virtual treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults including, but not limited to, those struggling with depression or other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, or other behavioral concerns.
(708) 722-7396
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Emily Weber
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC
Verified
Verified
Anxiety, depression, and other symptoms can cause you to feel alone in your journey. Life can be stressful, overwhelming and difficult at time and it takes a lot of courage and strength to take the initial steps to seek help. As a licensed social worker, I would like to welcome the opportunity to work with you in making the changes. I will provide insight,guidance, a safe environment where you can feel empowered to find clarity and self-awareness to make the needed and wanted changes.
(630) 324-4663
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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SamaraCare Counseling
Psychologist, PsyD, LCSW, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Our experienced and diverse team of counselors are ready to work with anyone and everyone who’s looking for things like clarity, understanding, acceptance, calm, courage, hope and change. Counselors use a wide variety of client-focused and goal-oriented therapy techniques in a broad range of specialty areas, so you’re sure to find a counselor who suits your needs.
(331) 254-4282
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Misha Mahadevia
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Verified
I am here to help you prioritize yourself and empower your mind! I am an advocate for the power of therapeutic intervention as a way of uncovering obstacles and moving forward in a healthy mindful way.
(630) 793-0092
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Jessie Lynn Giese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Family life can be where we feel loved and supported, or we feel confusion, overwhelm, and grief. Family life is already complicated, especially when it is impacted by trauma, neurodiveristy, or adoption and foster care, or some combination of all three. Subsequently, you can feel misunderstood, alone, and "othered" by friends and family. And I see you! I provide a safe and compassionate environment through the lens of relational neuroscience, specializing in the care for adults and parents impacted by trauma, neurodiversity, adoption, and foster care.
(618) 753-4996
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Jessica Amedeo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Jessica is a strengths-based therapist that believes progress begins when you feel safe to show up just as you are. She will help you set and strive towards achievable goals. Identifying negative thought patterns, becoming more attune to one’s own internal body cues, and incorporating mindfulness techniques into daily life are examples of skills Jessica has helped prior clients acquire. Jessica worked in the school setting for 15 years, and has worked in the clinical setting for over 5 years. She is knowledgeable about the 504 plan and IEP processes within schools.
(630) 454-9164
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Meghan Ware
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
I work with a multitude of clients to identify and express their emotions in a healthy manner, teaching them various coping skills. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have worked with those suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, grief and loss, addiction and those having a hard time finding themselves. I believe in the importance of building rapport using empathy and compassion to reach clients of all ages.
(331) 244-4973
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Ellie Mental Health- Downers Grove
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC
Verified
Verified
Ellie Mental Health is all about being authentic while providing a safe, compassionate and inviting space for our clients. We strive to provide exceptional ethical, compassionate care that meets people where they are, demonstrates empathy and recognizes whole person care.
(630) 528-0691
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Jeffrey Wapner
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My practice specialties are: child therapy, and adult therapy, including couples. My child therapy practice is devoted to treating children with a variety of emotional and developmental challenges, is respectful of children, valuing highly the views of parents. It uses techniques from Siegel's Interpersonal Neurobiology such as "name it to tame it" and the four S's that create a secure parent child attachment: feeling safe, seen, soothed, and secure. It also draws from Greenspan's DIR Floortime model, with key goals being to increase calmness, attention, and engagement, strengthen the ability to communicate, and develop higher level thinking.
(914) 465-3129
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Downers Grove, IL 60516
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Sara Shotsberger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BS, QIDP, MSW, LCSW, RYT-200
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
There are countless methods for healing & moving forward. Commitment to my clients begins with a firmly held belief in the ability of individuals to advocate for themselves & choose their own path. Emotions & feelings are a gift; they are the natural barometer for navigating our lives. Often we fear or misinterpret those emotions & fall into a holding pattern as to how to move forward. The best work is done when we are honest and open about who we are, and where we want to be. Interventions are guided through your ideals & values.
(312) 313-3396
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Dr. Jenna Gidman-Dutta
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you feeling stuck, alone, or overwhelmed? Are you distressed by emotions of sadness, anxiety, or loneliness? Are you feeling unsupported or lost in your current relationship? I aim to provide a safe space to release your thoughts, process your emotions and behaviors, and heal. For whatever reason, you ended up here—and I am so glad you did! I'm here to help you by providing a warm and welcoming environment for you to be your most authentic you. I provide couples and family counseling, as well as individual psychotherapy.
(331) 259-9078
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Andrew Schnell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
As human beings we learn, develop meaning, and create a sense of purpose through each other and the relationships we form. In the same spirit I believe the therapeutic process is driven by the relationship formed between the client and the therapist. This is why my approach in therapy is guided by the question - "How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for their personal growth?" I strive to create an empathic, nonjudgmental atmosphere where you feel safe and empowered to work toward personal growth and creating lasting change; forming trust and leaning toward vulnerability.
(630) 412-7825
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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What type of Downers Grove mental health professional is right for me?
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What method of therapy is right for me?
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