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, teens and parents and has enjoyed watching positive changes emerge with her clients in a solution focused – brief therapy context. She earned her master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Her style is warm and supportive, yet challenging when needed. Lisa views sharing her experience and knowledge base as the way to help more families achieve peace and flexibility.
“I believe that everything we do in the therapy room should be guided by evidence based – best practices. I make myself readily available for ongoing case consultation with all therapists in our practice and have trained or supervised each individual. I feel very fortunate that our team of therapists has their heart in this work and the specialized clinical skills necessary to be effective with children and families.”
Lisa’s most recent post-graduate experience was a Fellowship at the University of Chicago and recently completed the year of study in the “Contextual Behavioral Therapy – Psychological Flexibility Model”. She also trains Resident Pediatricians at Rush Medical School to better understand childhood behavioral issues and what model of therapy best lend themselves to a variety of clinical issues. She conducts trainings for other practices and presentations in the community as well. Lisa was the recipient of the Oak Park Health Provider of the Year in 2011.
Mia Rosenthal, LPC
Mia obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Family and Marriage from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She previously served as a therapist at Youth Services of Glenview and Northbrook, where she received training in child and adolescent treatment with individuals, groups, and families. At Youth Services, Mia engaged in process work and expressive arts to connect with the specific needs of each client. With young adults and adults, Mia has experience exploring family of origin attachment patterns and communication in close relationships. She has an innate ability in finding creative ways to teach coping skills.
“Sometimes we may need someone to listen, gain skills from, and learn how to lead a manageable and meaningful lifestyle. I can be that person to guide you and truly make you feel heard. I believe in building a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship in this way. I also emphasize how family and life experiences can impact a client and form the person as a whole.”
Arielle Sheinman, LCSW
Arielle is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois. After graduating from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, she went on to work in the private practice setting treating kids, “tweens,” teenagers and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and ADHD/executive functioning challenges. She has since completed the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training program specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders. 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, LSW
Hope obtained her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Prior to receiving her degree, Hope worked as a milieu therapist at the Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital and on the inpatient psychiatric unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, Hope worked as the Clinic and Research Coordinator at the University of Chicago’s Eating Disorders Program. During her time at the University of Chicago, Hope interned on the inpatient psychiatric unit at Lurie Children’s Hospital, working with three to seventeen year olds on crisis management. Hope has worked with youth of all ages and with a wide variety of diagnoses. She incorporates mindfulness, art and play therapy, and positive coping skills into sessions in order to create a safe environment for youth of all ages. 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.”
Kelsey Diederich, LSW
Kelsey earned her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University and has several years of experience working with families in a variety of contexts. She most recently provided individual, family, and group therapy at AMITA Health to children, adolescents, and adults with a range of diagnoses. Kelsey has also worked with an after-school program meant to deter self-sabotaging behaviors. Prior to earning her master’s degree, she worked as a parent educator with SGA Youth & Family Services, guiding parents with young children through the appropriate growth milestones and parenting techniques. Her additional training includes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and she has a passion for working with children through play therapy, mindfulness, and positive coping skills to improve emotional regulation throughout daily life.
“I believe a strong therapeutic connection between the client and clinician is critical to fully utilize the benefits of therapy services, and I enjoy building that relationship through genuine connection and facilitating a positive therapeutic environment. Balancing the needs of the child with the needs of the family, while working toward therapeutic goals is the focus and joy of my work.”
Andrew Kuderna, LSW
Andrew received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois – Chicago Jane Addams school of Social Work. His previous work experience was practicing out-patient therapy with kids and teens at a Residential Behavioral Health facility, Allendale Association in Lake Villa. In this position he successfully treated children struggling with a variety of issues, such as, ADHD, ODD, school refusal, autism spectrum disorder, and crisis management, as well as conducted family therapy sessions. Andrew has had experience with LGBTQ issues and with children and 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.
“Therapeutic intervention is most effective when everyone works together. I believe in creating space for individuals, and their families, to be heard in a comfortable and judgement-free environment, fostering open and honest communication amongst all parties. Together, we will build a positive therapeutic relationship, and create client-centered goals that will lead to a valuable therapeutic process.”
Catherine Saoud, LSW
Catherine received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago. She also completed the Contextual Behavioral Practices Program of Study as well as obtained a Certificate of completion for a Trauma-Informed Care workshop series. Catherine worked as a counselor at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, working with children and adolescents in the residential program. She also worked as a behavioral health therapist at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, providing individual and group therapy. Catherine 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 earned his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Counselling Psychology from Lewis University. He 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, and motivational interviewing. 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, LPC
Liesl received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from National Lewis University. She recently completed training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She has several years of experience working with young children with behavioral and developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, and parents in a variety of clinical settings. She was responsible for treating grieving children and adolescents as a group facilitator at Willow House, a non-profit organization supporting those who are coping with a significant personal loss. At Youth Services of Glenview and Northbrook, Liesl co-facilitated social skills groups for first to second graders and teens, co-facilitated prevention groups for third to fifth graders, and provided individual counseling to children and teens. Liesl has a calm demeanor and gently challenges clients to promote change. Liesl is a trauma-informed therapist and has additional experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. She has a natural talent with young children who struggle with flexibility.
“I enjoy getting to know my clients and connecting with them so that I can tailor my approach to fit their needs and interests. 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 received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a concentration in Latinx Mental Health. Her training offered a lens for working with individuals from various backgrounds to provide racially and ethnically informed treatment. Sarah previously served at SGA Youth & Family Services where she worked with children and adolescents struggling with challenges such as grief and loss, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, emotional regulation, social skills and attention difficulties. Prior to obtaining her masters, Sarah worked as a developmental specialist supporting the unique needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related disorders. She has experience working with children and adolescents around social and emotional growth and providing the tools and strategies needed to navigate various social experiences. Sarah has the unique ability to tailor therapy to support the different 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 obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She previously served at SGA Youth & Family Services where she provided clinical services to children and adolescents within Chicago Public Schools. 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. Nelly continues to serve PreK-8th grade CPS students. In this dual role, she provides 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.”