We are an independent group of experienced clinical therapists and school social workers who are passionate about our work and value the partnership we develop with families, schools and other providers to support growth and change.
We provide individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults; parent education and support and offer unique group programs for social cognitive learning and emotional regulation.
We specialize in the treatment of:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Emotional and Behavioral regulation differences
Colleen has over 20 years of experience working in private practice, and in public, therapeutic, and private schools. She works with children, adolescents, adults and families specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, Asperger’s Disorder, ADHD and social cognitive learning challenges. She also works with academically gifted and twice exceptional to develop coping skills and improve social-emotional functioning.
Colleen has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Master Degree in Social Work. In addition to being an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker she is also an Illinois Licensed Professional Educator, School Social Worker. Her experience and advanced training have guided her therapy approaches which include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Social ThinkingTM, Mindfulness and Dan Siegel's work in Interpersonal Neurobiology applying neuroscience to therapeutic interventions and parenting. She completed training in The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ curriculum based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW.
Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator(CDWF)
Level 2 Advanced Clinical Internship Program, Social Thinking® Clinic, San Jose, California, Michelle Garcia Winner, Stephanie Madrigal, Pamela Crooke, November 2011. Level 1- Assessment - Mentor Training Program Social Thinking Clinic, San Jose, California, October 2009
At present, Shawn is a full time School Social Worker of 17 years who has also been practicing privately for 10 years. At Shawn's school, she began a clown program, which morphed into a sketch comedy program. She utilizes a theatrical approach in therapy, which creates an outstanding way for small groups of kids and teens to interact and practice social skills together.
Shawn's background is in clowning, but has taken these skills and created an improv and sketch comedy group therapy program called Social Theatre. Social Theatre's purpose is to teach social skills through improv games and the collaborative writing process. Through collaborative writing, Shawn has found that kids can benefit by learning how to work through the process of producing a common product. Moreover, being able to laugh at our social fails can help heal and reflect while also creating scenarios that demonstrate social success with more effective social skills.
In Shawn's multitude of experiences, she has worked in the areas of domestic violence, child welfare, and in education. In Education, I have served children of many populations, including children with learning disabilities, across the spectrum autism disorders, communication disorders, emotional and behavioral difficulties, and multi-needs.
Shawn's education includes a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from North Central College, A Master Degree in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC, and a second Masters Degree in School Administration from North Eastern Illinois University. Since 2005, I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Along my professional journey, I have collected many different therapy tools including Social Thinking®, Mindfulness Training, Assertiveness Training, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Jessica has worked full-time in the school setting for 10 years. She has worked in both regular education and special education programs with children ranging in age from 3 to adolescence. She specializes in working with children with Anxiety Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
As a Clinician, Jessica focuses on each child’s unique strengths and talents to engage them in the therapy process. She has a passion for helping kids increase their emotional awareness and coping strategies.
In addition, she helps kids learn to Think Social ™ and better navigate their social worlds. She has an interest in incorporating yoga and mindfulness strategies into her work with clients. She has attended several professional workshops that have greatly influence her practice including: Zones of Regulation®, Social Thinking®, and YogaKids. When not at school or running therapy groups, Jessica spends time with her family.
Jessica earned her Master in Social Work degree from Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and English from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Courtney Brown, MSW, LCSW
Courtney is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has experience working with children, teens, and families, specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and has extensive training in suicide prevention for pre-teens and teens.
Courtney is passionate about helping others build emotional resilience, through developing enhanced problem solving and coping skills. She believes in the connection between mind and body and uses mindfulness exercises and movement in her work. Courtney utilizes a strengths-based approach and emphasizes working with the entire family unit to promote growth and positive change. Throughout the last decade, Courtney has been trained in, and utilizes Social Thinking techniques, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy/Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Informed Practices.
Courtney has worked for the last 13 years as a school social worker with general education and special education students. Throughout her career, Courtney worked in specialized classrooms to help students with developmental delays develop social skills, coping skills and functional life-skills. In the last four years, she has provided services to students in English Learning (EL) and Dual Language classrooms. Courtney values the importance of providing culturally competent services.
Courtney earned her Master in Social Work Degree from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University.
Amy Malone has a depth of experience working with children, adolescents, and families following a career as a school social worker. She focuses on building relationships with her positive energy and empathy. She is diligent and creative in helping her clients find solutions that work for them. Amy has particular strengths in addressing issues related to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, self-esteem, anxiety, and grief/loss. Helping adults cope with life transitions is another special interest of hers. She assists her clients in developing goals, new disciplines, proactive behaviors and healthy activities. She employs practical strategies, humor, and activities in sessions to help clients develop confidence and achieve positive change. Rather than clients defining themselves by their limitations, she helps them develop identities built on strengths, interests, and skills. Ongoing evaluation of sessions will be instrumental to her practice in order to enhance effectiveness.
Amy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and has certification in School Social Work in Illinois. She has completed training and postgraduate classes on multiple topics, including Social Thinking.
Jackie is a licensed clinical social worker and has 10 years’ experience working as a full-time school social worker. She has worked with children and adolescents, ranging in ages from three to eighteen, particularly those with needs related to anxiety disorders, development and cognitive disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.
Jackie has been trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is particularly interested in the use of mindfulness techniques and yoga in therapy. Previous experience has included training as a Non-violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Certified Instructor, to provide training to educators in various school districts, on how to best deescalate challenging behaviors in the school setting.
Jackie has a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, specializing in Cultural Studies and Sociology from DePaul University. In her free time, she enjoys running, watching movies and spending time with her family.
Jamie Wiora, MSW, LCSW
Jamie is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience working in public and therapeutic schools, hospital programs, and home based services. In addition to private therapy, Jamie is a school social worker. Jamie’s focus area is working with children, adolescents, teens, and young adults who struggle with social, emotional, developmental, and behavioral challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, adjustment problems, depression, and learning disabilities.
Jamie believes whole-heartedly in cross collaboration with families and other disciplines to find the best solutions to intervene and support the whole child. She aims to provide a supportive and nurturing atmosphere to grow, while remaining solution focused. Jamie uses many tools in therapy including, cognitive behavioral strategies, mindfulness, principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Social Thinking®, and direct social skills training.
Jamie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jamie also received her Illinois Type 73 School Social Worker Certification from Aurora University. When Jamie is not working with students, she can likely be found on a family adventure with her husband and young children, reading, or trying new recipes.