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Mary Sosalla, MA, LCPC

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Professional Licensure:
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Specializations:
Trauma-Focused Treatment
Depression & Mood Disorders (all ages)
Anxiety Disorders (all ages)
Self-Image/Self-Esteem Concerns
Play Therapy
Autism & Neurodevelopmental disorders
School Related Problems

Locations and Hours
Oakbrook: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays (afternoon & evenings); By appointment on Mondays and Saturdays (schedule varies)
Chicago (downtown): Fridays (daytime)

My Approach to Therapy

I take a strength based approach to therapy. I work closely with my clients to establish clear treatment goals and then work collaboratively with my clients to monitor their progress. My therapeutic approach with children draws heavily on Play Therapy while my work with adults emphasizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. However, I work closely with my clients to determine a therapeutic approach that is the best fit and will draw on other treatment approaches if/when a different approach is needed. It is also important to me to create a positive and comfortable environment where my clients can express themselves without fear of judgment.

Play Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Children often do not develop the language skills needed to express their feeling until around age 12. Therefore, children who are struggling with a problem will often act out their feelings through their play and other behaviors. Play therapy uses play as a form of communication which allows children to naturally express their feelings. Play therapy can be an effective treatment for children dealing with anger, grief, divorce, crisis, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, social development, problems at school and other concerns. I expect to be fully certificate in Play Therapy in October 2018.

Children and Adolescents with Special Needs

AutPlay Therapy is a play and behavioral therapy approach for individuals affected by Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. I work with children and their families to increase emotional regulation, improve social skills and functioning, improve relationship development and reduce anxiety levels.

Adults

In my work with adults, I focus on helping my clients navigate life changes and daily stressors such as, divorce, infidelity and family and workplace stress. I work with adults to address issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, identity issues and self-esteem concerns. My focus is to help my clients develop more effective coping skills and build on their strengths.

Professional Education

Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lewis University (2014)

Mary Sosalla can be reached at 630-586-0900 ext. 31.

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