Tara_M_HindsTara M. Hinds, LCPC, NCC

Children, Adolescents, Families, Adults, Couples, Groups

Tara M. Hinds is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and nationally credentialed counselor (NCC) practicing in our Oak Brook office specializing in children, adolescents, families, adults, couples and groups. She earned her Masters in counseling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and her Bachelors from Loyola University New Orleans.

Having worked in private practice, schools, residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, non-profit organizations and community-based mental health, she has a wide range of experience and particular interest in treating eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, Asperger’s, ADHD, and life adjustment issues, such as, divorce, grief, and job loss. Therapy approaches include CBT, DBT, experiential, and creative interventions customized to suit the needs of each client, being mindful of their developmental stage and unique set of circumstances.

It is so easy to be frustrated when we feel like everything we are trying is not working.  I see the therapy process as an opportunity to develop a connection with the client, identify what they would like to be different in their lives, and, working together, offer ideas, strategies, tools, resources, and skills that will empower them to reach a new level of satisfaction in their daily life. 

Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s struggle for years to meet other people’s expectations of “suitable behavior.”  We see children, adolescents and the parents of those children with Autism and Asperger’s here in the office who are struggling to come to terms with their child’s behavior, such as becoming obsessed with dinosaurs and wanting to talk about that all the time. Some of this lack of awareness leaves them vulnerable to bullying.  Folks on the autism spectrum don’t behave in a self-centered way to be mean or take advantage, they do it because they don’t get the signals others are sending.  They can seem oblivious to others. They typically lack the ability to understand the perspectives and feelings of others; but they can often benefit from sustained training in social awareness, such as learning how to read facial expressions and social interaction skills.  In my work with children and adolescents with Asperger’s I connect with them on things and areas in which they have an interest, such as, movies, songs, art, television shows, whatever they want to talk about.  When positively encouraged to cope with their difficulties, many with Asperger’s capitalize on their intense interests to become very successful in a specific field of work.

Therapeutic Style

I believe that one of the reasons for my success as a therapist comes from my ability to empathize with others, to understand the experience of another person’s feelings. It is important to feel understood and not judged.  There is a personal joy I experience as I see individuals understand, confront, and surmount their problems.  My style is very interactive; I’m not big on the idea of therapist as a blank screen.  My job is to help nourish the conviction in my clients that they are not crazy, but that the demands of life often are, and that navigating life successfully requires resilience, patience, and an open mind

One of the primary benefits of counseling is that you will walk away from the experience empowered.  Once you’ve developed new ways of seeing, thinking, feeling, and doing, you have a whole new world ahead of you.  Instead of feeling trapped or stuck with the same old way of doing things, you will appreciate what you’ve done in the past and what you can do differently now.  Being in counseling is a positive step towards self-improvement and will have a positive impact on the people nearest to you

Collaboration with Parents 

One of my specialties is working children and adolescents. Most kids will not ask for help and many parents see it as a personal failure if they take their children to a counselor. There can be nothing farther from the truth. It takes a sign of maturity and strength to be willing to acknowledge that as parent, you do not have all of the answers, and to seek professional help, whether for your child or yourself. I like to give parents, children and family members real feedback about how their behavior is impacting those around them. I will collaborate with family members, physicians, and school staff and use a variety of approaches that emphasize different strategies and build off new ideas.

Tara strongly believes in the small group experience to help clients discover that they are not alone and that there are others one’s own age with whom they can share their concerns.  The goal is to work together to develop and practice new skills.

Locations

St Charles | 405 Illinois Avenue, Ste. 2C

Oak Brook | 1200 Harger Road, Ste. 220

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