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Encouraging Children

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Engaging Teens

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Empowering Families

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Enlisting Partnerships with Schools

Welcome To North Shore Family Services

When a child or teen struggles, parents want to do everything in your power to help. North Shore Family Services believes helping children is a collaborative effort, so we work closely with parents and any other professionals involved in the child’s life, so the best results can occur, in a timely manner. Our goal is for children and teens to learn the skills needed to be successful in school, with peers, and within the family long after therapy has ended.
As an adult, we often find ourselves struggling to keep everyone around us from falling apart- our spouses, our aging parents, our boss, our coworkers, and our kids. Sometimes, in the midst of taking care of everyone else, we forget to take care of ourselves. We start to feel stressed, overwhelmed, and frustrated. North Shore Family Services offers individual, couples, and parenting counseling to help you feel empowered to take on the daily challenges by offering effective tools and strategies to help you juggle it all.


We help parents, children, and teens in:

  • • Developing and maintaining friendships and understanding social cues
  • • Managing undesirable behaviors, distractibility, and frustration tolerance
  • • Creating and enforcing meaningful consequences


My grade-school aged son has been working with Dori Mages and the progress he has made is phenomenal. Dori's approach is very hands-on, which works very well for my child. She has helped him how to be more flexible, more patient, to manage his anger more appropriately, to recognize important social cues, etc. She works one-on-one and in small groups, and utilizes all sorts of games to get the kids thinking about their behavior.

Dori has been a strong advocate for my child's success at school, and has worked closely with me and his teachers to make sure that what he learns with her is carried over to the school setting.

She responds to her emails and phone messages at all hours, and has always gone the extra mile for our family.

Winnetka, IL