Kristine Buelow, MS, LSW

Wheaton | Deer Park

I prefer to be contacted by: Phone

Personal Statement:

I understand that individuals and families reach out for support and answers when they are hard pressed for solutions. Unexpected challenges can surface during life transitions, raising our children, and caring for our families. However, seeking help is a courageous step towards taking action to make things easier for yourself and family to thrive. I provide support and empower the best in every client. I work alongside you to identify your needs and goals. You can expect me to listen to you non-judgmentally, while giving you concrete skills and homework to implement a wide variety of techniques and resources that will be beneficial to you and your family.

Who I Serve:

Children ages 5-12 years old
Teenagers 13-18 years old
Young Adults- College age
Adults

Treatment Specialties:

  • ADHD
  • Behavioral problems
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Body image and belonging
  • Bullying
  • Caring for an aging parent
  • Depression
  • Emotional regulation
  • Family conflict
  • Gifted, Twice Exceptional, and those with learning disabilities
  • Grief and loss
  • Highly sensitive child and adult
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Parenting skills
  • Self-esteem/confidence
  • School avoidance
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Social skills

Theoretical Approach:

My approach to treatment focuses on using play to help children communicate their difficulties and their desires. Because this therapy utilizes toys and play (a child’s natural medium of expression), children can express their feelings more easily than through words. Play therapy is recognized as an effective method for treating children’s emotional and behavioral struggles.

I also use cognitive and expressive therapies, such as role playing, sand tray, and art. These therapies work well with older children and teens. The child takes the lead in this process, and I facilitate the creation of a new narrative in their therapeutic work.

My treatment approach with teens, young adults, and adults is also strength based, utilizing a collaborative cognitive systems approach. This approach is based on understanding all the parts of one self, which includes feelings, negative beliefs, internal conflicts, and protective behaviors. Our collaborative therapeutic work will move you towards understanding your self through cognitive problem solving, mindfulness and coping skills.

Education:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy – MidAmerica Nazarene University, Kansas
  • Master of Science, Gerontology (MS) – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) – University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Affiliations/Memberships:

  • National Association of Social Work (NASW), member
  • Association of Play Therapy, member
  • Illinois Association of Play Therapy, member