Parenting Counselor Bridgeview IL

Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day'to'day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses.

Ms. Jolene Altman
(773) 219-1015
Jolene Altman, LCSW3245 Grove
Berwyn, IL
Specialties
Parenting, Relationship Issues, Trauma and PTSD
Qualification
School: Loyola University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Kelly Huggins, LCSW
(630) 358-4293
Kelly Huggins, LCSW1010 Jorie Blvd.
Oak Brook, IL
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Family Conflict, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Aurora University
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Dr. Mark Sharp
(630) 733-1854
Aiki Relationship Institute1010 Jorie Blvd
Oak Brook, IL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Child or Adolescent
Qualification
School: University of Houston
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$120 - $140
Payment Methods
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Dr. Anjali N Polan
(312) 789-5431
715 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Parenting
Qualification
School: DePaul University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Steve Spaccarelli
(708) 402-8984
6551 W. North Ave.
Oak Park, IL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: DePaul University
Year of Graduation: 1989
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Rev. Linda Brown-Jackson
(773) 669-5935
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Thinking Disorders
Qualification
School: Chicago State University
Year of Graduation: 2006
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American, Latino
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

L Philip River
(630) 557-6814
Heritage Professional Associates120 East Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, IL
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Parenting, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: The University of Chicago
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Judy Rudny LCSW
(630) 708-2804
Judy Rudny LCSW18 W. 1st St.
Hinsdale, IL
Qualification
School: Aurora University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$120+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Mr. Michael Fleisher
(708) 620-2783
1103 Westgate #200
Oak Park, IL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Domestic Abuse, Parenting, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Illinois Chicago
Year of Graduation: 1974
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$110 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Keri A Morrison
(708) 406-2416
LifeSpan Counseling & Psychological Services137 N. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Depression, Parenting, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Loyola University
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$120 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

No Child Left Bananas

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By Elizabeth Marglin

Just like adults, children can feel completely out of control when they get stressed. Teaching them, by example, to stay present, quiet their minds, and check in with their gut feelings will help them learn to contain their emotions safely so temper tantrums don’t become their default mode of expression. With all the stimulation that bombards children, the new three Rs—rest, relaxation, and reflection—may prove to be as important as reading, writing, and ’rithmetic.

In response to the traumatic events of September 11, Linda Lantieri, author of Building Emotional Intelligence (Sounds True, 2008), developed a curriculum to help strengthen children’s ability to cope with stress. The following exercises can be taught to children 5 and older.

Create a peace corner.
Organize a special area where she can go to be quiet. You can include a photo of her favorite place, elements from nature, calming pictures, chimes, and quiet instrumental music.

Make room for silence.
While silence and kids may be a contradiction in terms, you can still try to
include silent breaks in your daily routine. For example, if you always listen to the radio or music when you drive, make it a family practice to have a few minutes of silence at the beginning and end of the car ride, and ask children to notice what they see, hear, and feel during that time.

Honor nature.
Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day-to-day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses. For example, pick a place outdoors, and then observe, together, how that spot changes through the seasons.

Check in.
Young children are quite adept at tuning in to their bodies’ signals, but as they get older, cultural conditioning often diminishes this innate ability. Help your child recognize the signs of stress—jumpiness, fast breathing, tight feelings in the chest, tense muscles, and upset stomach—as a first step in teaching him how to release it.

—Elizabeth Marglin

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

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