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
    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

    National Association of Social Workers
    American Psychoanalytic Association

    (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.

    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.

    (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.

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

    Jackie Duffy-Hook, MSW, LCSW, Type-73

    Jackie Duffy-Hook is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a PhD candidate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Her areas of expertise include children with emotional and behavioral concerns, parenting children with these concerns, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, and special education consultation.

    Jackie has clinical experience with children, adults, couples, families, and groups. Throughout her clinical career, Jackie has provided crisis intervention, intake coordination, and family therapy. Her work in the special services office of a community college included obtaining accommodations for students with disabilities and providing individual therapy. She has also taught at the college-level.

    For over twenty years, Jackie has been a school social worker participating in play-based assessments of 3-5 year olds; providing parent education, classroom social skill lessons, child therapy, parent therapy; consulting with teachers, administrators, and special education teams; and clinically supervising other school social workers. She recently had a book review published in the School Social Work Journal (Spring 2017).

    University of Illinois at Chicago, M.S.W.
    Northern Illinois University, B.S.

    National Association of Social Workers
    American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
    Illinois Association of School Social Workers
    School Social Work Association of America

    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.

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

    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.

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

    National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

    Shawna Paplaski, MA, LCPC, Type 73 -- Psychotherapist

    Shawna Paplaski is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience working with children, adolescents, parents and families. Shawna has experience providing individual therapy, group therapy, and creating behavioral management plans for children and adolescents. Her clinical experience includes work in private practice as well as in the schools and residential and inpatient settings. She is well versed in school Individualized Education Plan (IEP) development and comes to us with experience from the school perspective.

    Shawna has worked with a wide range of family problems and emotional and behavioral issues including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, school avoidance, psychotic disorders, OCD, oppositional defiance, eating disorders, issues with executive functioning and a variety of other issues.

    She also specializes in working with students on the Autism Spectrum. Shawna created a specific school program to better meet the needs of students with Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum Disorders, and conducted social skills training and daily group therapy.

    Some other areas that Shawna specializes in include Animal-Assisted Therapy, LGBTQ (more specifically, transgender teens), internet safety for teens, social media for teens, body image issues amongst tweens / teens, self-harm, and educating parents on these issues and how they can best support their child.

    In addition to her clinical work at Child Therapy Chicago, Shawna continues to conduct therapy in the school setting. She works with families, teachers, school social workers, and psychiatrists on a regular basis.

    Ball State University, M.A. in Counseling
    Indiana University, B.A.

    Minnie Tao, LPC, MA

    Minnie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and graduate from Northwestern University’s two-plus program with a specialty in working with children and adolescents.

    She has clinical experience working as a child/adolescent and family therapist in various community mental health settings that present with a variety of clinical presentations including depression, anxiety, attachment issues, ADHD, abuse, trauma, and grief.

    In addition, Minnie has clinical training and experience in play therapy, psychodynamic case conceptualizations, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-informed relational therapy, and working with Spanish speaking families.

    During her Northwestern University clinical training, Minnie actively immersed herself in experiences to increase her knowledge of group work and group dynamics that inform her way of showing up for clients and working with individuals, families, and groups. Clinically, she ran psychoeducational and support groups for children and adolescents, which included:

    • Trauma-informed CBT through the SPARCS model (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress), 
    • Rainbows groups (support for all youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss), 
    • Chemical education,
    • Prosocial skill building (skills necessary to succeed in group settings and in society). 

    On campus, Minnie worked as an assistant for two years for undergraduate and graduate group dynamic courses, tutored at the NU Writing Place, and participated in NU’s sustained dialogues exploring different intersectional identities.  She also participated in Mental Health Human Rights Clinic for three years, scribing, conducting, and writing up psychological evaluations.

    Before pursuing her aspirations to be a psychotherapist, Minnie worked in various capacities in the education field and volunteered as an advocate for a rape crisis center in Texas.

    Northwestern University, M.A., in Counseling
    University of Texas at Dallas, Post-baccalaureate
    University of Texas at Austin, B.A., in English