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Divorce Counseling Wood Dale IL

Regardless of whether children grow up in one home or two, parents provide a model for conducting important relationships. Part of every important relationship is mutual respect, civilized interaction, problem solving and conflict resolution, compromise, appreciation and gratitude, patience and forgiveness. Read on for more.

Mrs. Kristen Pryor
Northwest Community Counseling Services
(847) 551-9779
514 Market Loop Suite 104
West Dundee, IL
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LCPC, CDVP
Licensed in Illinois
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Self Abuse, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Gary Schochet
Perspectives LTD
(866) 296-5262
20 N. Clark #2650
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
32 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Men's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Patricia Anderson
Possibilities in Healing, PC
(847) 323-4798
1580 N. Northwest Highway Suite 10A
Park Ridge, IL
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LCPC
Licensed in Illinois
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Donald Bensing
CONSULTANT
(847) 698-1772
1716 Park Ridge Pt.
Park Ridge, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, DCSW
Licensed in Illinois
42 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transiti
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Disabled, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Susan Schiff
(708) 829-6023
1541 Clinton Place
River Forest, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Illinois
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Pain Management, Parenting
Populations Served
Disabled, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Susan Thorne-Devin
Choices, Inc.
(630) 858-1353
500 Roosevelt Road. #205
Glen Ellyn, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com

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Ms. Caroline Reitenbach
Caroline A. Reitenbach, LCSW
(847) 545-0400
2025 S. Arlington Heights Road Suite 112
Arlington Heights, IL
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Maryann Shepard
(847) 259-8685
637 E. Golf Road Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LMFT
Licensed in Illinois
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Katherine Juozaitis
Patrick Kennelly Ph D and Associates
(847) 310-8578
1340 Remington Rd Ste N
Schaumburg, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCPC
6 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Barbara Hayes
Barbara Hayes, LCSW,ACSW
(630) 668-5700
2100 Manchester Rd. Suite 975
Wheaton, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW,ACSW
Licensed in Illinois
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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11 Quick Questions about Divorce

11 Quick Questions About Divorce


1. How does the quality of one's relationship with their ex-spouse influence the psychological adjustment of their children?

Regardless of whether children grow up in one home or two, parents provide a model for conducting important relationships. Part of every important relationship is mutual respect, civilized interaction, problem solving and conflict resolution, compromise, appreciation and gratitude, patience and forgiveness. When parents model angry, selfish and bitter interaction with one another, their children learn that these disrespectful behaviors are the protocol for how people should be treated. It is no wonder that children from high conflict divorce have a higher incidence of failed relationships later in life. I believe this is why.

2. You write, "Smart parenting is all about trading the momentary relief of venting anger and frustration at your co-parent for the benefit of raising healthier, more productive, and less stressed children." How can a parent deal with their anger in a healthy way that does not cause more pain to their children?
Break a clay pot, scream into a pillow, make a voodoo doll out of modeling clay. Do what ever you want (as long as it is legal and outside of your children's presence) but do not expose your children to toxic emotion. Oh yes, and read my book.

3. How can a person de-escalate the conflict between themselves and their ex-spouse?

It takes two people to fight. The key to de-scalation is ignoring insult and offering reasonable compromises. This takes practice because often, in poor co-parenting relationships people cannot resist the urge to fight fire with fire. Actually to continue the imagery, it is best to fight fire with water. Parents often ask, "Why shoud I give the co-parent what he/she wants?" The answer to this is "because when you can, and when it doesn't much matter one way or the other (i.e. an extra few minutes here and there) the reduction in conflict benefits the kids."

4. What is the "package" that can make a difference in the quality of communication between the ex-spouses?

Resist the urge to "dig" or "poke" with sarcasm and direct insults. Understand that if you hate the co-parent, it is more difficult to love the part of your child that came from the co-parent. Take relief in the fact that any communication you have with the co-parent has a beginning and an end (at least for the moment) and when the contact is over you don't have to go back home and sleep with them.

5. Can you share with us some practical tips for negotiating with a former spouse who is a jerk?
Again, realize that giving in on minor issues is not a sign of personal weakness; on the contrary it is s sign of strength. Understand that what makes people as difficult as they are is that they "enjoy the fight." Fighting, bickering and nitpicking is feeding a part of them that they enjoy -- and that most likely y...

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