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Jen Underwood
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

Jen Underwood

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

Verified by Psychology Today
4 Endorsed
34121 Hwy 45, Ste 224, Grayslake, IL 60030
Let's Connect (847) 380-7170
I enjoy helping people to feel more control over their lives. I am very curious about people’s stories. How can we edit our thoughts to feel better? Is there a different way to think about this problem? Sometimes I use humor to lighten the mood, but I will always uphold professional boundaries. In fact, I love to teach ways to set clear boundaries in our families and our workplaces. I have worked with many trauma survivors, and they describe feeling less trapped in shame spirals, with more confidence and fewer flashbacks.
I originally trained as a play therapist with a focus on family dynamics and trauma treatment. Over the years, I trained in CBT and more advanced trauma work with adults. I still work with many young people — but now that I’m in my 40s, I can offer more wisdom to adults, too. I believe my personal experiences with life’s struggles have enriched my work.
It’s OK if you feel “awkward” about the first call or appointment — once you listen to my own awkward voicemail recording, you will feel instant relief. I love to laugh and put people at ease. In my personal life, I’m married, with two kids (elementary and jr high ages), and I love to run, eat cheese, and play with my kids and pets.
Call Jen Underwood now for a free 15 minute consultation - (847) 380-7170

My Practice at a Glance

Available both in-person and online

Jen Underwood LCSW and Associates, PC

34121 Hwy 45

Ste 224

Grayslake, IL 60030

(847) 380-7170
Updated December 2023: My office is open for in-person sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Telehealth is available on Thursdays.
I specialize in Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety and Parenting 
$150 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals, couples and families  
If you're nervous about starting therapy, that's normal. I'm here to help. We can sit and be curious, together.
Jen Underwood
Let's Connect (847) 380-7170

My Practice at a Glance

Available both in-person and online

Jen Underwood LCSW and Associates, PC

34121 Hwy 45

Ste 224

Grayslake, IL 60030

(847) 380-7170
Updated December 2023: My office is open for in-person sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Telehealth is available on Thursdays.
I specialize in Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety and Parenting 
$150 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals, couples and families  
If you're nervous about starting therapy, that's normal. I'm here to help. We can sit and be curious, together.
Jen Underwood

Finances

Fees

  • Individual Sessions $150
  • Couple Sessions $150
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible
  • Pay by Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa

Insurance

  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna and Evernorth
  • Out of Network
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I work with a billing company, and we will submit claims on your behalf. Client's portion is expected at each visit.
Call for a free consultation now - (847) 380-7170
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
"
I work with a billing company, and we will submit claims on your behalf. Client's portion is expected at each visit.
Call for a free consultation now - (847) 380-7170
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

Qualifications

  • Verified by Psychology Today Licensed by State of Illinois / 149.014172
  • In Practice for 18 Years
  • Certificate from National Association of Social Workers 2007
  • Attended University of Michigan School of Social Work, Masters, Graduated 2007
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I trained with the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) at the University of Michigan.
Call for a free consultation now - (847) 380-7170
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
"
I trained with the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) at the University of Michigan.
Call for a free consultation now - (847) 380-7170
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

Specialties and Expertise

Top Specialties

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Parenting

Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • LGBT-friendly
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
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I help clients who may be suffering from anxiety or trauma symptoms. Sometimes people need help with their children. I ask a lot of questions for the first three sessions. After I begin to understand your goals, we create a treatment plan together. Many clients start to feel better after the first six weeks, but therapy takes time, and most people continue on a weekly basis.
Call for a free consultation now - (847) 380-7170
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
"
I help clients who may be suffering from anxiety or trauma symptoms. Sometimes people need help with their children. I ask a lot of questions for the first three sessions. After I begin to understand your goals, we create a treatment plan together. Many clients start to feel better after the first six weeks, but therapy takes time, and most people continue on a weekly basis.
Call for a free consultation now - (847) 380-7170
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

4 Endorsements

Ariele Riboh
Ariele Riboh
CounselorMSLCPCR-DMTNCC
Jen is a highly professional and seasoned therapist. She utilizes evidenced based treatment modalities to help people heal and find their best selves.
Brenda Marwede
Brenda Marwede
CounselorMALCPCCMHIMP
Jen has a gift for understanding people. Her expertise in family systems and trauma is a powerful tool for her clients.

Client Focus

Age

Toddler
Children (6 to 10)
Preteen
Teen
Adults

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Body Positivity
Cancer
Gay Allied
Lesbian Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother

Age

Toddler
Children (6 to 10)
Preteen
Teen
Adults

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Body Positivity
Cancer
Gay Allied
Lesbian Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-based
  • Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Narrative
  • Play Therapy
  • Sandplay
  • Strength-Based
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Trauma Focused
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I'm an active listener with a focus on facing our truths and our fears with bravery and compassion. That might mean revisiting the past, or we might actively practice in the office with exposures to triggering thoughts and phobias. We are always "challenge by choice" in my office, and clients set the pace. We will always practice feeling calm and grounded before we explore scary topics.
Call for a free consultation now - (847) 380-7170
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
"
I'm an active listener with a focus on facing our truths and our fears with bravery and compassion. That might mean revisiting the past, or we might actively practice in the office with exposures to triggering thoughts and phobias. We are always "challenge by choice" in my office, and clients set the pace. We will always practice feeling calm and grounded before we explore scary topics.
Call for a free consultation now - (847) 380-7170
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

Location

Primary Location

Jen Underwood LCSW and Associates, PC

34121 Hwy 45

Ste 224

Grayslake, IL 60030

(847) 380-7170
"
Updated December 2023: My office is open for in-person sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Telehealth is available on Thursdays.
Call for a free consultation now - (847) 380-7170
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
"
Updated December 2023: My office is open for in-person sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Telehealth is available on Thursdays.
Call for a free consultation now - (847) 380-7170
Jen Underwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Last Modified: 1 Dec 2023