Shelly Scamardo

Psychologist PsyD

Shelly Scamardo

Psychologist PsyD

Professions: Counselor, Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychologist - 071007174
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


330 E. Main Street
Suite 216
Barrington, Illinois 60010

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My Approach to Helping

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS IN Barrington, IL!! Do you have an angry or anxious child? Are you a frustrated and lost parent? Feeling stuck, like no one understands and nothing works? Are you worried about changes in your child's mood or behavior? If this sounds familiar, you have come to the right place. I help parents, children and everyone else with depression, anger, anxiety, fears, OCD, separation anxiety, and acting out behaviors. I collaborate with kids, teens and their families to develop goals that are achievable and solutions that work. Interventions are geared toward each individual child so that they are able to easily transfer what is learned in session to their world outside of therapy. It is an important part of therapy because it is that process that ensures successful outcomes.

I use parent consultations in all of my work with kids and teens to work within the family for lasting change. Consultations can be used at the beginning of a session to gather updated information or at the end of the session to foster the process of transferring what is learned in session to their outside world. Or some combination, thereof. The exact plan will be developed together and can change depending on the needs of your child and family. Parents are frequently interested in full session consultations without their child present, which can be very helpful. However, these sessions would be an out of pocket expense if not covered by the parent's own insurance.

Children and teens are working on developing their communication skills and often need help to find the right words or means to express how they feel. In psychotherapy, this is accomplished through a variety of methods, including play therapy, sand tray therapy, creative arts, narrative therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Utilizing expressive interventions allows young people the opportunity to learn healthy ways of identifying and expressing intense and often frightening emotions. It also easily lends itself to your child developing coping skills that they can take with them in to their world and throughout their life.

I have over 20 years of experience working with kids, tweens, teens and adults in community, inpatient, residential and day treatment settings, providing individual, group and family therapy. I know that reaching out is difficult and you probably have a lot of questions. Please check out my website drshellyscamardo.comkids-spot where many of your questions can be answered, or call for more information at 224-707-0156. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

More Info About My Practice

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy: Traditional psychotherapy utilizes weekly 50 minute sessions, which is ideal. However, our lives are complicated and busy these days, making such a commitment difficult for some families. I offer a flexible scheduling calendar that can accommodate bi-weekly appointments, every 3rd week, monthly, college break openings and variable weekly appointments. In order to offer this flexibility requires that appointments are cancelled as soon as possible so that the time can be used by others and that full fees are assessed when no one shows for an appointment.

Additionally, appointments are scheduled on a first come first served basis to accommodate varying scheduling needs. Those able to commit to a regular weekly time agree to schedule appointments for at least 3 weeks in advance to hold their time slot. In this way I am informed about vacations and other conflicts and then I can allow others to use the time while preserving your time slot for when you are available.

The Importance of Collaboration In Psychotherapy: I may be an expert in the field of psychology, but I am not an expert in your child, yet. I need to partner with both you and your child to first understand the nature of the problem. This includes a detailed assessment of your child's history, including: medical, family, school and psychosocial information, from both your perspective and your child's understanding. During the interview, I am observing how your child relates to the world, to me and to you; how they handle frustration and other emotions; how they manage time and rules.

Once we have an understanding of the problem, we will work to develop a treatment plan that addresses both what you and your child are hoping to accomplish in therapy. If there is a discrepancy, we will talk until we come to a shared agreement to ensure success. Not only is collaboration important in making sure everyone is on the same page, it assists your child in successfully transferring what is learned in session to their world.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • School issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sand Tray Therapy
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