What Our Therapists Share
We know some children come hard-wired to run more intense, more sensitive, and more reactive. We all emphasize skill building to promote:
- Anxiety reduction
- Mood stabilization
- Resiliency and flexibility
- Frustration tolerance
- Sustaining attention
- Assertive and effective communication
- Loss and life transitions
- Social learning
- Parent strategies
- Solution focused brief family therapy
Lisa Lowry, LCSW
Lisa has decades of extensive experience working with kids and parents. She promotes only evidence-based therapies that brings about positive changes. Lisa is highly skilled in practicing and teaching CBT, ERP, DBT, and ACT models of therapy. She is deeply involved in training and consulting with all therapists on staff regularly. Lisa is also experienced in couples and parenting work.
“I feel honored to witness the client change process, and deeply enjoy consulting with the therapists on staff. In teaching our therapists, there is an even greater ability to affect more change – reaching and providing support to the kids and families we serve.”
Mia Rosenthal, LCPC
(Clinical Supervisor & Parent Support Specialist)
Mia is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with individuals of all ages, particularly older children, adolescents, adults, and families. Mia utilizes CBT, DBT, ERP, ACT, mindfulness, play, and art therapy in her practice, while taking a holistic view of each individual’s entire life. Mia’s strengths are displayed in her ability to connect with individuals on their personal needs, her warmth and challenging nature in the therapeutic process and ability to use evidence based skill building and processing.
“I believe in building a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship and examining how family and life experiences can impact and shape each person. As your therapist, I can be the person who listens to you, helps you gain skills, and guides you in leading a manageable and meaningful life.”
Arielle Sheinman, LCSW
Arielle is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois. She utilizes strength-based interventions, like Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help clients explore the connection between their thinking patterns, feelings and behaviors. She teaches relaxation and mindfulness techniques, as she believes calming the mind is the first step in coping with stressful situations. In addition to the treatment of anxiety, Arielle has a special interest in child development and specific learning disorders. She previously worked in the early intervention setting providing Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy and enjoys helping families navigate special education services and the IEP process.
“We will work from the inside out to build insight, cultivate authentic relationships with yourself and others, and celebrate the essence of you. I will guide you to connect with your values, purpose, and to transform limiting beliefs and behavior that no longer serve you. Our time together will start by building a relationship founded in trust, compassion, and acceptance.”
Hope Boyd, LCSW
(Clinical Assessment Specialist)
Hope is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with youth of all ages, from 5-6 year olds through emerging adulthood. Hope utilizes CBT, DBT, ACT, mindfulness, art, and play therapy to inform her practice. Hope has experience in utilizing Exposure and Response Prevention and positive coping skills to treat anxiety disorders and OCD. Her ability to assess and apply the best therapeutic tools is a strength.
“I enjoy getting to know each client and family, and then setting collaborative goals that help youth overcome stressors and live up to their full potential. I believe in building strong and supportive therapeutic relationships so as to foster meaningful and lasting therapeutic growth for individuals and for families.”
Andrew Kuderna, LSW
Andrew previous work experience was doing out-patient therapy with kids and teens at a Residential Behavioral Health facility. In this position he successfully treated children struggling with a variety of issues, such as, ADHD, ODD, school refusal, those on the Autism Spectrum, crisis management as well as conducted family therapy sessions. Andrew has had experience with LGBTQ issues and children / adolescents from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. He has real concern for others, and a strong work ethic is demonstrated by his robust academic achievement and past positions in the field of mental health. Andrew has participated in treatment plans and recommendations for multidisciplinary teams regarding treatment goals, progress in therapy, accommodations pertaining to IEPs and 504s.
Mia Garcia, LSW
Mia is a Licensed Social Worker who works with youth of all ages. Mia works from a client-centered approach, utilizing a blend of mindfulness, CBT, ACT, DBT, art, and play therapy within personalized sessions geared to meet the needs of each individual.
Mia’s previous school-based work experience was with children of all ages, with a variety of mental wellness concerns, including ADHD, anxiety, depression, ODD, adjustment issues, and PTSD. Throughout this work, Mia also has experience with treatment plans and advocating for students at interdisciplinary meetings.
Mia’s passion for social justice and mental wellness provides her with a unique perspective, blending culturally and gender sensitive techniques into her practice.
“Through the lens of a strengths-based perspective, I utilize a blend of different evidence-based therapeutic techniques tailored to each person I work with. Primarily, this includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Integrated Body, Mind, and Spirit (IBMS), mindfulness, and meditation. I believe a strong connection to the mind, body, and spirit can promote personal growth and foster emotional wellbeing. Within my practice, it is important to create a safe space and to meet each person where they are. From this space, we can develop skills and strategies that fit each individual’s needs. For the most optimal outcomes, it is essential to build strong, communicative relationships with the individuals and families I work with. Through this foundation, we can integrate the skills and strategies learned in session, so that growth may extend past the boundaries sessions into other meaningful areas of life.”
Catherine Saoud, LSW
Catherine has completed the Contextual Behavioral Practices Program of Study as well as obtained a Certificate of completion for a Trauma-Informed Care workshop series. She has worked with children, adolescents, and their families with a variety of backgrounds and concerns including depression, anxiety, school refusal, ADHD, adoption, emotional regulation, communication, social skills, and trauma histories. Catherine incorporates trauma-informed therapeutic interventions rooted in strengths-based and evidence-based approaches including CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and ACT.
“The core of therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. I strive to meet my clients and their families where they are at to foster an environment of honesty, acceptance, and encouragement to promote growth. I enjoy working together to identify the unique strengths of the individual and their family to create the steppingstones and motivators for change. This collaboration between the therapist, child, and family is what ultimately creates opportunities for self-awareness and self-discovery that offer long term benefits both inside the therapeutic space that we create together and after termination of treatment.”
Christopher Eskridge, LPC
Christopher is an experienced outpatient therapist who has worked with children and adolescents who struggle with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders. He is skilled with the following therapeutic modalities: CBT, DBT, certified in EMDR, motivational interviewing, and Theraplay. His approach to therapy is client centered. Christopher provides counseling for clients with severe behavioral needs, crisis and suicide prevention, and is experienced with LGBTQ youth.
“In life, sometimes we go through different life-changing events that are more difficult to get through alone. I consider myself a therapist who will walk this journey with you. As we walk through this journey together, I am a person who can offer insight and perspective to help you overcome any challenge that life throws at us.”
Liesl Schwarten, LCPC
Liesl is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. She has experience working with anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Liesl is a trauma-informed therapist and has additional experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. Liesl has a calm demeanor and gently challenges clients to promote change.
“I enjoy getting to know my clients and connecting with them so that I can tailor my approach to best fit their needs. I aim to help clients recognize and build on their own strengths, and learn skills to help manage emotions and overcome challenges.”
Sarah Neuland, LPC
Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children, adolescents and young adults. She provides an integrative treatment approach utilizing CBT, DBT, ERP, Relational Psychodynamic, mindfulness, art therapy and play therapy, depending on the client’s needs.
Sarah has experience treating mood and anxiety disorders, as well as ADHD, ASD and other developmental disorders. She has the unique ability to tailor therapy to support the various developmental and multisensory needs of the client.
“I believe that individuals derive meaning through their relationships. I emphasize the development of a collaborative and trusting therapeutic relationship as it lays the foundation for long-term growth. I find it important to meet an individual where they are at and, together, we can build towards a collective goal. Additionally, I value the importance of communication with family as a means to further facilitate change.”
Nelly Meyer, LPC
Nelly has experience as a school social worker providing services for kids PreK-8th grade. In this role, she worked with PreK-8th grade students struggling with challenges such as anxiety, depression, self-injurious behaviors, emotion regulation, social skill development, trauma, as well as grief and loss. She has provided both clinical mental health services and social emotional learning support to students individually as well as in small groups, general-education classrooms, and diverse-learning classrooms. Prior to obtaining her master’s degree, Nelly worked as a Direct Care Professional providing support to children with developmental disorders and their families. This experience has provided Nelly with a unique perspective in counseling children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and related disorders.
“I approach treatment from a strength-based and relationship focused perspective. Through this lens, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques to foster growth and promote emotional well-being. I believe that all children have strengths and abilities that are unique to them. I explore and integrate the client’s personal, familial, and cultural strengths into their treatment plan. This builds the client’s sense of self-worth and competency in utilizing their strengths to overcome the challenges they are facing. When working with children, it is imperative to build a strong and communicative relationship with the client and their family as a whole to create an environment of growth that will be able to flourish outside of the therapy room and throughout the child’s life.”