Having been raised to value service to others, Clinical Social Work is not only my profession, but my calling. During my years of supporting the social and emotional well being of others, I have developed an understanding of the importance of connection and the value of self-compassion and self-care. I strive to create an environment in which my clients can feel safe and supported in exploring their struggles free of judgment, knowing that they don’t have to carry their burdens alone. I believe that the foundation for effective treatment and development of mental health and wellness begins with the therapeutic relationship. I draw upon an eclectic mix of treatment modalities to address a variety of issues including the following: anxiety, depression, self-harm, ADHD, executive functioning and sensory concerns, neurodiversity/ ASD, self-esteem, life transitions- including adjustment into and out of high school/college and other life changes during adulthood, as well as dealing with trauma history, grief/loss, identity concerns, including those specific to LGBTQ+ individuals, and women’s issues.
Through my background in crisis work, I have learned that often a difficulty or crisis can be a motivational opportunity to create desirable changes in one’s life; to choose a healthier path and form healthier connections going forward. It can be a turning point through which one seeks out and secures support to make changes that may otherwise be difficult to make on your own. Through my education and experiences as a social worker in schools and community settings, I recognize that we all exist in multiple contexts. Our interactions with the systems in which we live both shape our experiences and are impacted by our actions. This includes our family, school, work and broader community systems. I strongly believe that each of our lives matter, and that, though we are all imperfect, we are also worthy of love and belonging. Right now. Just as you are. It is my life’s purpose to help my clients find their way through whatever challenges life has offered them, to move toward the life they choose to create for themselves. If you or your loved one are struggling and ready to seek support, and would like to explore whether I may be a good fit for your treatment needs, feel free to contact our office and request to schedule a time for us to meet. Wherever you find yourself in life, I warmly wish you peace, comfort and joy.
Jean’s Experience/ Educational background includes:
BA in Psychology from NIU (1996)
MSW from Aurora University (2003)
Licensed for Clinical Social Work (LCSW) and School Social Work (PEL)
15+ years School Social work experience
5+ years experience providing crisis/mental health support in schools, residential facilities, in home, hospital/PHP/IOP and nursing home settings
Ages 12+ dealing with anxiety, depression, non-suicidal self harm, ADHD, executive functioning/ sensory issues, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), self-esteem, life transitions- adjusting into/ out of high school/ college/ parenthood, trauma informed, grief/loss, women's issues, identity concerns including those specific to LGBTQ+.
If you're ready to schedule an appointment with Jean, call (217) 471-4229 or email email@example.com today!