JESSICA BOWEN, MSW, LCSW

Contact: Jessica@amkcounseling.com or 312-502-1736

Jessica is dedicated to working with clients in a warm, nonjudgmental and collaborative space. Jessica specializes in working with children through young adults. She is motivated to help clients make meaningful changes through a strength based approach using a variety of methods to identify counterproductive patterns and address maladaptive behaviors. Over the course of treatment, these patterns and behaviors are explored and replaced with new strategies and skills that better serve the client.Jessica also readily supports the parent-child/parent-infant relationship via assessment, intervention and consultation using an infant mental health framework. She implements a relationship-based approach to support and mentor clients while strengthening attachment, understanding and communication between parents and children. Jessica is also versed in a wide array of modalities focused on helping young children better process their feelings and engage in the world through play.

Jessica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of South Florida and her Master’s Degree in social work from Loyola University-Chicago. She continued on to graduate from the Erickson Institute’s Infant Mental Health program.

Jessica has experience in a range of different areas including child development, infant mental health, premature infants, postpartum depression, trauma, anxiety, medically fragile/complex children, divorce, grief/loss, life transitions, attachment and self-esteem. She has experience working within hospital, residential and outpatient settings. She draws from psychodynamic, narrative, emotionally focused, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based therapy models.

POLLY DEBRON, MSW, LCSW

Contact: Polly@AMKCounseling.com or 312-438-3135

Polly believes in helping people help themselves. She does so by helping clients build off of their existing strengths and developing new means to relate to themselves.  Additionally, she works to assist clients through developing self-awareness, practicing helpful communication, and fostering a supportive therapeutic relationship. Polly helps clients use learned skills, tools, and resources to face challenges in a healthy and productive way. Polly also implements different approaches and uses shifts in thinking as a way to help clients grow, navigate struggles, and develop a better sense of self.

Polly specializes working with kids through young adults.  Polly has experience working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, stress, anger management, ADHD, and trauma. Polly has experience implementing a variety of therapy modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy,
dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-based therapy, and strengths-based therapy to help client’s achieve progress toward their goals.

Polly received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Oklahoma and her Master’s of Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore.

NATALIE GOLDSTEIN, MA, LCPC

Contact: Natalie@AMKCounseling.com or 312-995-0391

Natalie is dedicated to helping her clients gain a deeper sense of self and learn effective means to cope with the challenges that they face. She believes that a trusting, collaborative therapeutic relationship can facilitate healing and allow for meaningful, sustainable change to take place.Natalie received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English literature from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Natalie has experience in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, career identity, college transitions, managing stressors, eating disorders, ADHD, self-esteem, grief/loss, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. Natalie’s approach is integrative and strengths-based, and she draws from psychodynamic, existential/humanistic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based therapy models.

Natalie offers individual supervision to professionals.  You may contact Natalie directly or at info@amkcounseling.com for more about these services.

ABBIE KELLEY, MA, LCPC (Director)

Contact: Abbie@AMKCounseling.com or 312-485-3669

For over twelve years Abbie has worked with kids/teens, young adults and families. She is passionate about her work and enjoys empowering clients to see real changes in their lives. Whether it’s helping clients decrease problematic symptoms or adjust to life changes, Abbie works together with her clients to define the course of treatment. Abbie helps clients build off of their existing strengths and incorporate new skills to better manage their struggles.  She readily utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and strength-based approaches to treatment. Abbie received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Illinois and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Abbie works with clients who struggle with a variety of symptoms including, anxiety, depression, career exploration, stressors with emerging adulthood, emotional struggles, behavioral concerns, ADHD, body image, self esteem and overall adjustment to life stressors. She has also assisted parents with children who struggle with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder/attention deficit disorder, LD, and other behavioral concerns. Abbie is skilled at creating an environment in which children and families feel comfortable and supported.

Abbie is the author of the Grit Up Series.  The Grit Up Series includes 8 books and a full curriculum to help children develop the social emotional skills needed to be successful and well adjusted. This series is geared towards children in grades 1st-4th. It is user friendly for educators, parents and community organizations.

Abbie offers individual supervision to professionals.  You may contact Abbie directly or at info@amkcounseling.com for more about these services.

LAUREN PLUSH, M.Ed, LCPC

Contact: Lauren@AMKCounseling.com or 312-414-9654

Lauren believes in a collaborative approach to therapy and her style is grounded in positivity and empathy while offering direct support and feedback to clients who are struggling with a variety of stressors. Her approach is to assist clients and families to identify their strengths and incorporate interventions to reduce their presenting concerns. Lauren actively integrates creative interventions and utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, a strengths based approach, mindfulness and play therapy. Lauren is also trained in theraplay techniques which helps children and parents build and enhance attachment, self-esteem, trust in others and joyful engagement.Lauren received a Bachelor’s Degree at Elon University in North Carolina and her Masters of Education, in Community Counseling at Loyola University Chicago.

Lauren’s clinical experience includes outpatient settings, inpatient settings and residential treatment. She has worked with a large range of diagnoses and symptoms such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood disorders, eating disorders, self-esteem, grief/loss and psychosis.

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