An experienced licensed clinical professional counselor and staff clinician at the Center for Children and Families, Cassandra Ward Cassandra Ward has provided therapy to individuals and families with children from birth to adolescence since 2005. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from National Louis University and clinical certificates in Infant Mental Health, and Developmental Individual-Differences (DIR) from Erikson Institute. She is an experienced trauma workshop presenter, and has provided mental health consultation for Head Start programs in Chicago.

Cassandra’s approach to therapy is relationship based. She helps to strengthen the parent-child relationship connection by partnering with parents in a very genuine, caring, empathic, manner. The goal is to help the parents understand children’s distressing behavior as a way to communicate their feelings according to their developmental level. She has worked with children with depression, ADHD, anxiety, childhood trauma, and behavioral challenges.

She is currently a team member of the Center for Children and Families’ school mental health project in a low-income school in Chicago. Her work includes facilitating parent and teacher support groups known as Cafés, as well as classroom group interventions that focus on communication, social skills, and expressing feelings in a positive manner. Cassandra works collaboratively with children, teachers, parents, administrators, and school counselors. She also provides staff consultation on how to best help children who have experienced grief, loss, and trauma.