TESTIMONIALS

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“I’m more calm in dealing with my ex.”

L.N. Teletherapy April 27, 2021

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Things have been much, much better and calmer at home. The tantrums my daughter was having almost daily have become mostly nonexistent, although we are still working through some issues with respect, accepting no for an answer the first time, etc. My daughter has become more self-aware, and she is able to identify some of her own behaviors, such as when she is overreacting, or unable to be flexible with a change in plans. On a whole, her demeanor has been more calm, reasonable, and understanding, and less rigid/argumentative… She enjoys meeting with Annie, and I have found my conversations/emails with Annie to be very helpful in navigating different situations at school and overnight camp, when third parties have been involved. Annie has been instrumental in reaching out to those third parties and helping put measures in place to best help my daughter [succeed] in those environments. This has been her first experience with therapy, and I cannot say enough good things about Annie. I think the most important piece in all of this was finding the right fit for both my daughter and our family, and Annie could not be a more perfect fit. I feel like I used to have to deal with obstacles/difficulties alone or with my husband, but now we have a great resource to help get through tough issues. I have enjoyed time with my daughter more since we have started coming, and I feel that I am spending less time disciplining her, though we are still working through issues as noted above.

Anonymous Northbrook Office September 23, 2019

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[My son] has improved or learned better skills to cope with his anxiety (nerves) with new things and loud sounds. I believe our whole family has benefitted from Amber’s suggestions. He often talks about his sessions at dinner and it opens doors for the rest of the family to talk about situations and different coping strategies.

W.S. Skokie Office September 16, 2019

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We have really connected well with Annie. She has been an incredible resource and support in helping us navigate through our divorce while co-parenting. This process has truly been a team effort and Annie has assisted in guiding us to change the way divorce looks and create a different approach to it all, especially keeping the kids #1. We are so grateful to have her as a part of our support team and recommend her to anyone!

C.B. Northbrook Office September 12, 2019

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Since we started working with Annie, it is the first time I truly feel like my son has a therapist who understands him and his needs. I also feel like Annie understands us, his parents, and what we need. She has been very responsive to emails and phone calls. Best of all, she has been super proactive in problem solving both with the school (behavior plans) and us (recommending who we get in touch with at our son’s new school, what should be in place for him, what book we should read to try and understand him and his issues).

We have been through so many therapists and I was tired of introducing my son to yet another therapist who was supposed to help. With Annie, I think he’s found his person…

M.T. Northbrook Office September 12, 2019

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Wow – so much I could say! Communication between the siblings has improved. The kids share strategies when faced with big emotions. The children all feel more empowered and most importantly, they feel safe and supported. They are doing really well, despite their traumas and less than ideal circumstances.

I say “all of the children” even though only 3 of the 5 are currently treated at NSFS because so much of what comes out of the sessions is shared by the kids with the other kids. At times, Julia has included everyone in sessions as well. The “team” spirit and encouragement of each other is the greatest gift.

NSFS providers have helped give me the strength, courage, and validation to stand up to abuse and keep the children safe. I could not have done this without the amazing support found here – in many ways, NSFS is our home away from home. I can never thank you all enough.

L.L. Northbrook Office September 12, 2019

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I’ve seen my child improve on expressing herself.

M.K. Northbrook Office September 12, 2019

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I have learned a lot about myself. I have opened up about my trauma. I have built skills to combat my anxiety/depression. I have learned coping strategies to help me in dark times. I have processed much of my past. I have analyzed the present. I have set goals for the future. I feel stronger. I feel smarter. I feel like I am ready to move forward. I am a better person, and I am so grateful.

K.M. Northbrook Office August 9, 2019

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I have felt better talking about my emotions. It is expressing and sharing how I feel to solve these situations. It has made me a little more in peace. Over time I can see this having a big impact on me for the better.

M.G. Skokie Office July 17, 2019

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I have noticed significant emotional growth in myself. I feel that I handle my anger better and I am able to communicate my feelings more effectively. I have a more healthy home environment and I can communicate my feelings better with my mom and dad.

E.H. Libertyville office July 15, 2019

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My mental health has truly improved. My NSFS therapist is thoughtful, honest, flexible, and practical. She is willing to do anything to make me comfortable. She is transparent, trustworthy and understanding. Not to mention, my NSFS therapist has a great sense of humor. She uses many different strategies to help her clients, including art, mindfulness, taking walks, exposure therapy, geeky references, and more.

A.A. Libertyville Office July 12, 2019

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I have seen my son grow more and more confident and capable managing his anxiety and feelings… Theresa is amazing with my son… He enjoys coming to therapy.

S.M. Skokie Office July 11, 2019

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We have made enormous strides. My daughter saw Theresa for anxiety and then I started joining and now see Theresa as well. I am much more aware of what triggers both of us, taking a deep breath, and focusing on what really matters. My daughter and I are learning more about ourselves in a positive way. Theresa is outstanding and has been a blessing to our family.

M.S. Skokie office July 10, 2019

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I am continuing to feel better about myself. Courtney helps me every week by listening, understanding, and giving me ways to cope. I am so happy that I made the choice to come to North Shore Family Services and I am so lucky to have the chance to work with Courtney.

C.P. Libertyville office July 10, 2019

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I feel better. I have an objective person to talk to. We are new so still working on progress. My teen is also responding well. Samantha is so insightful and professional.

M. Northbrook Office June 9, 2019

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She has had less fear about seeing her father. She has been able to express how she is feeling without being afraid. She has developed better ways of coping with fear and anxiety.

I have learned very effective ways of helping my daughter work through situations that are difficult even for an adult, let a lone a 3 1/2 year old.

Libertyville office May 23, 2019

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Our daughter has had less fear about seeing her father. She has been able to express how she is feeling without being afraid. She has developed better ways of coping with fear and anxiety.

I have learned very effective ways of helping my daughter work through situations that are difficult even for an adult, let along a 3 1/2 year old.

J.L. Libertyville Office May 23, 2019

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Julia has helped me to overcome some of my fears. She has also helped with ways to stop panic attacks or to calm me down if I am having a panic attack. Julia has also helped with my stress management, how to deal with stress, and how to eliminate stress. She has overall helped me learn useful tools to use during stressful times, when I’m having a panic attach, and when I feel angry.

E.S. Northbrook Office April 8, 2019

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Our daughter has been more verbal with explaining how she is feeling and better able to stand up for herself when there is a disagreement. She enjoys coming and talking to Julia and I know she feels Julia is helping her. It is nice for our daughter to have someone to talk to about things going on in her life.

A.L. Northbrook Office April 2, 2019

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