Jean is an experienced licensed clinical social worker and staff clinician at the Center for Children and Families. She has provided therapy to individuals and families with children from birth through adolescence since 1996 and has served as a clinical supervisor in various settings.
Jean has extensive training in supporting healthy parent-child relationships, helping parents understand their children’s behavior as a way of communicating their needs, feelings, and areas of distress. She brings this collaborative approach to children who experience issues of anxiety, depression, behavior problems, and childhood trauma.
She also has worked with children in school settings, providing individual, small group, and classroom group interventions with a focus on communication, social skills, peer relationships, self-esteem, and academic confidence. Her work also includes parent and teacher consultations related to these issues. Prior to her career as a clinical social worker, Jean was an elementary school teacher.
Jean has served as a clinical liaison at a local children’s hospital consulting with medical personnel on child psychological and developmental concerns and on supporting the parent-child relationship in the context of medical needs. She is trained in using the Developmental, Individual-Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR) (Floortime) approach with children with sensory and communication challenges and is also an experienced presenter at parenting workshops.
Jean earned her Master of Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago and her education degrees at the University of Illinois and Northeastern Illinois University. She has received clinical certificates in Erikson’s Infant Mental Health Program and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis’ Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, and she is a parent educator in the Circle of Security parenting approach. Jean works with couples and is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist.