Maria Catanzaro, MA, LPC

Deer Park

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Personal Statement

I strive to provide a safe place where clients can address significant parts of their lives. I believe it is important to consider each person holistically including the mind, body, and soul. The story of where you have been, where you are now, and where you want to go matters to me and I am here to first listen and then help.

Who I Serve

Working with children and teens is a specialty of mine. I also enjoy supporting parents with resources and skills to help them bring healing to the family. Shame holds us back in life and it can keep us trapped. Conflict makes it hard for us to feel at peace. Not knowing what to do next in helping those we love can create frustration and hopelessness. Together we can identify the problems and create solutions to facilitate positive change, restore relationships, and foster healing.

Many parents have difficulty finding a counselor that connects with the child or teen. Most clients enjoy my down to earth approach to therapy. I am trained in treatment approaches specifically designed for this age group. To learn more about play therapy, a specialized approach to working with children, read my blog post on our website. I make counseling a unique and beneficial experience for each individual including those who have tried therapy before and feel that it was not productive.

Treatment Specialties and Competencies

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Emotional regulation
  • Identity, Self-esteem, body-image
  • Developing healthy boundaries
  • Behavioral problems and anger
  • Self-injury/harm
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior
  • Sexual abuse and sexual trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Family conflicts

Theoretical Approach

My therapeutic approach is eclectic, using techniques that will address each client’s needs specifically. Some of the research based techniques I use include client-centered therapy, play therapy, family therapy, Sandtray therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), attachment-based therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and meditation techniques. I love creating an atmosphere where people can develop skills, feel comfortable, and experience growth in their lives.

I use creative methods to help my clients articulate their feelings and solve problems. With pre-teens and teens I often use expressive forms of therapy such as sandtray, art, music, and creative writing. Creativity is also important when working with younger children. A child’s natural language is play. Play therapy can be successful in ways traditional talk therapy cannot.

Professional development is important to me and I am continually pursuing how I can become better at what I do through trainings, research, literature and other professional guidance.

Treatment Approaches

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy
  • Attachment-based Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Client-centered
  • Motivational Interviewing

Education

  • Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Governors State University

Affiliations/Memberships

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, in the state of Illinois
National Certified Counselor, NCC