Parenting Counselor Westmont 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.

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

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
(630) 708-2804
5133 Washington St.
Downers Grove, IL
Qualification
School: Aurora University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Ms. Ann Randolph Cerney
(630) 733-1328
Effective Therapies4300 Commerce Court
Lisle, IL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Divorce, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Benedictine University
Year of Graduation: 2001
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Center for Contextual Change - DuPage
(630) 233-9717 x1
Center for Contextual Change - DuPage180 W Park Ave
Elmhurst, IL
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Relationship Issues, Parenting, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Univ of Chicago
Year of Graduation: 1999
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$120 - $130
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

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

Ms. Ann Randolph
(630) 733-1328
Randolph Therapy4300 Commerce Court
Lisle, IL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Parenting, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Benedictine University
Year of Graduation: 2001
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any, Asian
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$110 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Patricia Robbins
(630) 640-1885
110 Schiller St.
Elmhurst, IL
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Parenting
Qualification
School: Adler School of Professional Psychology
Year of Graduation: 1999
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Patrick J. Kennelly, Ph.D. & Associates, PC
(630) 462-1925
Patrick J. Kennelly, Ph.D. & Associates, PC528 W. Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Relationship Issues, Parenting, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: Roosevelt University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

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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