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Personal Statement

I value your story and your unique experience in the world. I work hard to set aside my own biases, interpretive concepts and diagnoses to take the time to really listen. I consider it an honor and privilege to support and guide others through the many challenges of life. I believe interventions and interpretations become relevant after first taking the time to really listen.

Who I Serve

Working with middle-schoolers, teens and their families is a specialty of mine— accounting for about two thirds of my practice. I particularly enjoy counseling those who may have had trouble connecting with professionals in the past. As such, I work to provide an environment that is safe, productive, and yes, even fun! I also spend time with parents equipping them with the skills they need to address long-standing conflicts and to rebuild their family relationships.

As someone who also studied the arts and sculpture, artists and creative types greatly interest me. Many artists have found therapeutic power in the process of creating and/or performing art––which can provide the artist with a great deal of emotional resiliency. Artists often see life in unconventional ways––something I knew as an asset for most creative types.

Specialty Treatment Areas

  • Adolescent behavior problems
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Peer conflict and bullying

Additional Treatment Areas

  • Family Conflict
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Sandtray therapy
  • Mood disorders
  • Divorce support
  • Social skills deficits
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Anger & aggression
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Difficulty with motivation

Theoretical Approach

My treatment methods are highly eclectic–typically adjusting my approach to the needs of each client–involving behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, religious, existential, and certain dynamic theories of change. It’s not uncommon for me to use play therapy, art therapy, and other expressive forms of treatment. I also look to professional research and incorporate ‘best practices’ to help decide what approach may be most effective for a particular client. I view each person holistically, and believe that many other forms of professional care can help facilitate change.

Education/Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois
  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
  • B.A. in Philosophy at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL

Client Testimonial

"We have been coming to Brendan for a while now. He has a great way with my son. Brendan can influence him without my son even knowing he is being taught. There is a lot of fun brought to the learning sessions. This keeps my son engaged and open to learning. I would recommend him to any one who needs help or keeping up with daily life. Brendan is a wealth of information. Brendan is also very patient with the kids."

- Mother of middle-schoolers

"To say that your impact on my two boys has been beneficial is an understatement. You’ve acted as a sounding board, mentor and friend to them. The impact that you’ve had on their psychological well being and development has been amazing. Seeing them apply the skills you’ve offered to overcome adversity and life’s daily challenges is allowing them to grow into the men I hope them to become. THANK YOU for your continued dedication to their individual success and know that you’ve been a blessing to our family. "

- Mother of teens

"I have referred family, friends, and my pediatric occupational therapy patients along with their families to Brendan for 6 years and have consistently received positive, even glowing, reactions. Brendan possesses a rare combination of approachability and winsomeness that doesn’t compromise his professional expertise. "

- Local Occupational Therapist