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!