People of all ages experience pain and emotional distress. There is no age requirement for distress – experiences such as anxiety, family issues, trauma, disappointment, and feelings of depression can happen to anyone at any time. Through therapy, children can get the support they need to learn to manage their emotions and behaviors as well as create lifelong skills and strategies to cope with life’s toughest experiences.
I offer a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and collaborative approach when working with children, adolescents, and adults on their journey of mental and emotional health. I believe in working closely with families to implement strategies to help the whole system function more smoothly and help alleviate disconnection within families that often arise during a trying or traumatic time. I believe children offer honesty through play, expressive arts, and in talk therapy and it is my joy to help children find their voices and become more of themselves.
To best serve my clients, I use an integrative, evidence-based approach with an emphasis on person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and narrative-based therapies. I believe in the power of play in changing a child’s life and I am certified in both Experiential Play Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I specialize in working with children and adolescents who have been impacted by trauma, divorce, addiction and substance abuse, grief and loss, social anxiety, adjustment issues, ADHD/ADD, reintegration as well as general anxiety and family issues. I recognize the importance of honoring the unique cultural background and personal values of the individual to facilitate empowerment and growth. I strive to empower children to understand themselves and their situations better while at the same time providing resources for coping skills, developing healthy relationships, self-regulation, and instilling a positive self-image.
Blue Cross Blue Shield • Self pay • Humana • Aetna
Addiction/Substance Abuse • Adjustment Disorder • Adolescent/Child Psychotherapy • Alcoholism • Anxiety • Child Psychotherapy • DBT/CBT • Depression • Divorce • Domestic Violence • Family Psychotherapy • Grief and Loss/Bereavement • LGBTQ • Life Transition • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Trauma • Relationship Issues • Sadness • Self Esteem • Social Anxiety • Stress/Worry
Education and training
- Denver Seminary , Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Maryjane Reilly, LPC
Clarity Clinic - Arlington Heights