About Us

Child Therapy Chicago & Naperville is the
#1 child counseling psychotherapy practice in Chicago and the western suburbs.

Offices in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood and downtown Naperville.

Our mission is to help children and families with difficult life situations. 

Our practice is dedicated exclusively to helping families, children and parents who are facing emotional, behavioral, relationship, family and school problems.

Unlike other local practices, we do not see numerous types of clients. We focus on children (even very young ages) and families.

Email or call us today to discuss how we can help.

We are experts in:

  • helping children understand their experiences
  • helping children work through what troubles them
  • helping children with issues at school or with friends
  • helping children manage their behaviors
  • helping parents better understand their children
  • helping parents support their children
  • helping parents and children have better relationships
  • helping families through divorce and other events

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    Our Psychotherapists
    The therapists at Child Therapy Chicago are very experienced in the areas of child development, child mental health and behavior problems, family issues, parent coaching, and parent-child relationships.

    Denise Duval Tsioles, PhD, LCSW -- Founder of Child Therapy Chicago

    Dr. Duval Tsioles is an expert in children's issues and behavior. She is a psychodynamically oriented child psychotherapist who founded Child Therapy Chicago, a private practice that focuses on understanding the meaning of children's behavior.

    Dr. Duval Tsioles works with infants, toddlers and children, adolescents, young adults, parents and expecting couples‎‎. She has worked with children and families since 1994 as a clinician and researcher in child welfare, counseling agencies, educational institutions, and private practice.

    Dr. Duval Tsioles has worked as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, instructor, and researcher in a variety of settings including private practice, educational institutions, child welfare services, and community counseling agencies. She has experience working with behavioral problems, mood issues, emotional regulation, school problems, divorce, sleep difficulties, aggression, parent-child relationships, attachment and adoption, social skills, and parent coaching.

    Dr. Duval Tsioles is also on faculty at the Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW) where she teaches and consults with doctoral students on their clinical cases and dissertations.  She also conducts trainings in early childhood mental health and development, is a practicing clinician, and is involved in several clinical research projects with other advanced clinical institutions. She is a published author, has presented at several conferences, and is a peer reviewer for a major clinical social work journal.

    Courses Taught at ICSW:
    • CF 550: Development I: Infancy and Toddlerhood
    • CF 560: Development II: Early Childhood and Latency
    • RM 621: Quantitative Methods
    • RM 741: Dissertation Seminar I
    • ESRM 800: Advanced Research Seminar
    Education:
    Institute for Clinical Social Work, Ph.D.
    University of Illinois at Chicago, M.S.W.
    The Ohio State University, M.A.
    Erikson Institute, Infant Mental Health Certificate Program
    Cathedral Counseling Center, Clinical Fellowship

    Memberships/Organizations:
    National Association of Social Workers
    American Psychoanalytic Association

    Publications/Presentations:
    (2006). Affect and Behavior Regulation Among Homeless Young Adults Formerly Involved with the Child Welfare System.
    Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal,Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 155-173.
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10560-008-0162-9

    Centralized Assessment of Early Developmental Delays for Children in Foster Care: A Program that Works, May 2008, Child and Family Services Review

    Trainings on Clinical Assessment of Social-Emotional Development in Young Children, Positive Discipline and Guidance, and Assisting Young Children and Parents Adjust to Out-of-Home Care for the Professional Development Series at the Erikson Institute, 2007, 2008
     
    Training on the Importance of Consultation when Treating Trauma for the Professional Enrichment Program at the Institute for Clinical Social Work, 2007
     
    (2008). Evaluation of Services and Barriers to Delivery of Rehabilitative Services to Infants and Toddlers in the Custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Child and Family Services Review – May 2008, Volume 30, Issue 5, pages 536-545. http://ideas.repec.org/a/eee/cysrev/v30y2008i5p536-545.html

    (2013). The Experience of Remarried Couples in Blended Families.
    Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Volume 54, Issue 1, pages 43-55.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10502556.2012.743828?journalCode=wjdr20#preview

    (2014). Psychoanalytic Training Experience and Post-Graduate Professional Development: A Survey of Six Decades of Graduate Analysts. International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

    (2017). Psychoanalytic Training Experience and Post-Graduate Professional Development: A Survey of Six Decades of Graduate Analysts Part 2. International Journal of Psychoanalysis.
     
    Analytic Identity, Poster Presentations, American Psychoanalytic Association Annual Meeting, 2009, 2010

    Analytic Identity, Poster Presentation, International Psychoanalytic Association Annual Meeting, 2009

    Peer Reviewer for the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal



    Vicky Oliver, PhD, LCSW


    Dr. Vicky Oliver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience as a psychodynamically trained therapist. Dr. Oliver has expertise in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families with a wide range of issues including attachment difficulties, issues related to adoption, behavioral problems, ADHD, anxiety, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, and other problems.

    Dr. Oliver also specializes in the treatment of trauma, such as physical and sexual abuse, witnessing violence or other traumatic experiences. She has completed the first phase of training to become certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), a method used to treat trauma.

    Dr. Oliver’s experience includes working as a psychotherapist in a private practice, a residential setting for adolescents and an outpatient child and family therapy clinic. She was also the Director of an outpatient therapy clinic.

    Education: 
    Institute for Clinical Social Work. Ph.D.
    University Of Chicago M.A. in Social Work
    George Williams College B.S.W.




    Lynette De Dios, MSW, LCSW

    Lynette De Dios is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nine years of experience working with children, adolescents and their parents.

    She has provided services in private practice, homes, hospitals, schools and other multidisciplinary settings. She has extensive training in early child development, the facilitation of developmental assessments for young children, infant/child mental health, traumatic stress, play therapy and parenting support and coaching. 

    Lynette's areas of expertise include: infant/parent psychotherapy, bonding, attachment, post-partum depression and anxiety, working with toddlers and preschoolers to address emotional dysregulation and tantrums, excessive clinginess, aggression and sleep disturbances.  She also is experienced in working with older children to manage feelings and behaviors, childhood depression, stress and anxiety. 

    Lynette is influenced by psychodynamic and relational theories.  She also incorporates family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, child-parent psychotherapy and parent management training into her work with children and families.

    Education:
    University of Illinois at Chicago, M.S.W.
    DePaul University, B.S.

    Memberships/Organizations:
    Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health
    Postpartum Support International



    Sarah A. Stephens Ramani, MA, LCSW -- Psychotherapist

    Sarah Stephens Ramani is a psychodynamically-oriented therapist specializing in the treatment of children and families. Sarah has a profound respect for the inherent worth and individuality of each child. Sarah works collaboratively to discover the meaning of challenging behaviors and areas of difficulty in the life of a child.

    She is especially interested in how current research on the brain informs how to address stress and trauma, as well as the importance of creating and nourishing strong relationships through attachment-based interventions.

    She has a wide range of clinical experience with childhood emotional behavior problems such as anxiety, depression, loss, ADHD, social and relationship problems, blended families, and parenting concerns.

    In addition to her work at Child Therapy Chicago, Sarah provides therapy in a school setting. She works regularly with parents, teachers, school counselors, and administrators.

    Education: 
    University of Chicago, M.A. in Social Work
    Macalester College, B.A.

    Memberships/Organizations:
    National Association of Social Workers (NASW)




    Tricia Sybesma, LCSW -- Psychotherapist

    Tricia Sybesma is a licensed clinical social worker whose fifteen years in the field have been devoted to working with children, adolescents, parents, and families in a variety of settings. She has extensive experience with developmental assessments, attachment work, assisting families with stressful adjustments, including divorce, co-parenting, and step family systems, and interpreting challenging behaviors as meaningful communication. Her experience and education have centered around infant and early childhood mental health, with emphases on attachment and childhood stress, as well as grade school age childhood and adolescent emotional, behavioral, relational, social and school related issues.

    She has also worked with families experiencing adoption, children and adolescents with medical conditions, parents and children recovering from intimate partner violence, children in a psychiatric hospital setting, and foster families.

    Tricia is influenced by psychodynamic and relational theories, with a special interest in the importance of early experiences and their effect on behavior and brain development. She has training in psychodynamic play therapy, child-parent psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and others.

    Tricia’s goal in her work is to help children and parents understand one another, enjoy one another, and have nurturing, safe relationships that provide the foundation for a healthy and fulfilling future. Tricia seeks to hold the child and adolescent’s experience at the forefront of the treatment experience and allows them to guide the process, giving voice to the exceptional and important work it is to learn and grow.

    Education: 
    Erikson Institute, M.S.W
    Dordt College, B.S.W

    Memberships/Organizations:
    Zero to Three (early childhood development organization)