Joan O’Neill, MA, LPC
Adults of all ages.
Trauma, Grief, Adoption, Illness, Disabilities, Anxiety, and Depression.
Joan brings significant life experiences into her practice. Prior to becoming a therapist, she worked at an international consulting firm in both the United States and Germany, raised two adopted children in the North Shore, and volunteered at numerous nonprofits throughout the Chicago area.
Joan’s work with her clients is trauma-informed, helping individuals recognize how various events from their past might impact how they think, feel and act today through talk therapy and EMDR, when appropriate. She also incorporates mindfulness techniques into her work to help individuals learn how to regulate their emotions. Her goal is for every client to leave therapy feeling more balanced and empowered to direct their own lives.
Grief, Loss & Trauma
Joan has a deep desire to help individuals who have experienced negative life events through the difficult processes of recovery and building resilience. She has a particular gift in helping people heal through grief and loss, whether it is a result of divorce, illness, the loss of a loved one, or another event. She also understands the intergenerational effects of trauma-related to experiences such as child abuse, bullying, sexual molestation, and combat, and how it impacts both the individual and the family.
Parenting & Special Needs & Adoption
Joan appreciates the challenges many parents face in raising their children, especially when a child has special needs due to physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. She has helped numerous parents of children with learning disabilities and ADHD navigate the school system and access other resources in the community. Joan also understands the unique challenges facing many adoptive families, especially those related to early childhood trauma and attachment disorders.
Illnesses & Disabilities
Joan has a special interest in working with individuals with serious illnesses and/or disabilities, as well as their caregivers. She understands the emotional stress that comes along with long-term illness and living with physical disabilities. She aspires to help people with disabilities navigate through life while acknowledging their unique challenges.
For fun …
Joan has raised five Leader Dog puppies for the blind, one of which was “career-changed” to work as a therapy dog, visiting schools and hospitals. She is currently raising a Golden puppy that is a therapy dog-in-training! Joan has a passion for yoga and earned her teaching certificate during the pandemic. She also loves the outdoors, spending most vacations hiking, skiing, bicycling, kayaking, and swimming.
To reach Joan directly, call (847) 919-9096 ext. 49 or email email@example.com.