img_0004Evelyn Connelly, LCSW

Children, Adolescents, Marital and Adults

Evelyn Connelly, LCSW, has over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families.  She works out of the St. Charles office. Evelyn received her Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University and is a Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. She also has a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy and has worked in private practice providing individual, marital and family counseling.  

One of my specialties is working with preschool and elementary age children.  I have advanced training in play therapy techniques and I like to adapt my interventions to the child and to individual family needs. A major focus for me is using a child-centered, strength-based approach.

My areas of expertise are in anxiety, ADHD, behavior challenges, peer relationships, parenting, emotional regulation, impulse control, trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, attachment and family issues. I have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, and private practice to help children impacted by social, emotional, behavioral, environmental and developmental challenges. 

I have also worked with a lot of adults and children who are experiencing the disruption of the family unit with divorce and other issues.  It is important for me to help the family with achieving positive outcomes with parenting, communication, conflict reduction and emotional regulation.

Evelyn has worked with chronically ill and hospitalized children and their families facing the challenging experiences related to critical and terminal illnesses.  Taking care of a chronicle ill child is one of the most draining and difficult tasks a parent can face.  Beyond handling the physical challenges and medical needs, you have to deal with your child’s emotional needs and impact that a prolonged illness can have on the entire family.  However, this tough balancing act does not have to be done alone.

I help the family and the child deal with tackling tough emotions, such as, “Why me?”, “Am I going to die?”.  For many questions there won’t be easy answers and you can’t always promise things will be fine.  But you can help your child feel better by listening, saying it is okay and completely understandable to have those feelings and explaining that you and your family will make him or her as comfortable as possible. Just like any adult, a child will need to know that there are people who love them and will be there for them.

Working with families, Evelyn partners with parents to develop consistent, practical interventions that will assist their child with emotional and/or behavioral needs. She believes families are their own experts, and provides tools and strategies families can use to find insights and paths to healing.

Marital

There is no question that marriage can be challenging.   Much like a new set of dishes that gets scratched from constant use, relationships can also show wear and tear over the years. If you still love your spouse, really want to make things work, and have not been successful on your own, then you need to seek advice before things escalate and you truly despise the other person.  I have found that people seek counseling over disagreements with finances, endless discussions that never seem to get resolved, poor communication (whether it is too frightening to even bring up issues or just annoying habits that are blown out of proportion), or children adding stress to the marriage when you are not a united front or disagree with each other’s parenting styles. Whether you choose to seek help or continue down your current path, be aware that counseling does not ‘break couples up’ or even ‘hold them together’.  Couples counseling is about helping the couple communicate better and understand what is going on.

Locations

St Charles | 405 Illinois Avenue, Ste. 2C

Oak Brook | 1200 Harger Road, Ste. 220

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