Dori Mages, MSW, LCSW

Dori Mages, MSW, LCSW

Dori J. Mages, MSW, LCSW

Dori, a licensed clinical social worker, is the founder of North Shore Family Services.  She earned her Master of Social Work from The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work in 1997. She also has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dori has been utilizing effective strategies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), and play therapy with children, teens, parents, and families since 1994. She has worked in various areas of social work including: foster care, schools, hospitals, and private practice.  Dori earned her Type 73 school social work certification in 1997 and has worked with children of all needs in the public schools for 7 years, so she understands the 504 and IEP process.  She collaborates with school staff and other professionals/therapists working with her clients to provide the most beneficial services. Dori has appeared on ABC and NBC news as an expert discussing therapeutic topics and articles she has written. She earned the coveted title of Amazon best selling author for her chapter in the third book in the Amazon Best Selling Series, Overcoming Mediocrity: Strong Women.


As a wife and mother of three, she understands the challenges and rewards of raising children and is compassionate about helping children and families navigate the difficult times. Dori strives to give children, teens, parents, and families the tools they will need to improve their quality of life long after therapy ends.


Dori is a professional speaker who offers presentations to businesses, professional groups, parent organizations, school-based programs, continuing education, and in-services. She speaks on topics related to building better relationships and productivity within the workplace and home. Some examples of topics she presents:


For businesses, schools, professional groups, and business owners, Dori speaks about: effectively marketing your small business, from pajamas to power suits: networking made easy, having difficult conversations, productivity, motivation, and hiring and keeping the best employees for your company.


For parents, children, teens, families, and parenting groups, Dori offers presentations on bullying: how to spot it and what to do, appropriate consequences for kids and teens, addressing behavioral concerns, stress and the middle schooler/high schooler, helping your child manage school work and time management, social skills training, and much more.