Shelley Skas, Counselor/Therapist

Shelley Skas - Counselor/Therapist, Consultant, YourTango Expert Partner - Orland park , IL


15127 S 73rd Ave Suite C
Orland park , IL
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About Me

 Making a decision to enter therapy is something that most people take on with a great deal of thought.  Who needs help? Everyone needs help at some point in their lives. When? Well that depends on how you feel about what’s happening to you. Some people ponder issues for a long time before they’re ready for something to change.  Other people are incredibly impulsive and look for help as soon as the warning signs show up.  We’re all different in this regard.

But what I know is that the moment you’re ready, you’re ready.  And that’s where I come in.  Lots of people ask me why I got into this field: You want to listen to people’s problems all day long?  Actually yes, I do.  I see myself as someone who is trained to listen to just the right parts of a conversation so I can help you pinpoint what’s really causing your pain, and take some quick steps to change things.

My specialty is kids and families.  I’m a mom; I know what it’s like to live in a chaotic environment with no time for you and more to do that you can imagine.  And I know what happens when families start to break down; when one person becomes the “problem” and everyone tries to fix it.  Working with families means understand the glue that holds everyone together and how it gets fractured when there’s pain in one person’s life.  I help families get back together, whatever that ultimately ends up looking like.

I’m also a wife who knows the complicated nature of marriages and relationships.  Look, none of this is easy; if we had working manuals to tell us what to do most of us would follow them.  Working on dating, marriage and relationship challenges is critical to keeping families intact and modeling healthy examples for our kids.

So if you’re struggling, I’m here.  My team is here.  And we do it all.  Families, individual work, couples you name it.  If you’re looking to feel better; to stop suffering and start living the life you know you deserve take a moment and give us a call. 

Oh and we’re qualified too… licensed in counseling, offices in Orland Park (outside of Chicago) and holding Type 73 certification in school counseling. We take insurance and work with private pay clients as well and if you’re asking clinically, our areas of expertise are emotional and behavioral problems.
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Curious if your needs are covered in our practice?

Here’s our list of areas of expertise:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Adjustment Disorder
Anger Management and Aggressive Behaviors
Asperger’s and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Behavior Modification
Bipolar Disorders
Coping Skills
Cutting/ Self-Mutilation
Developmental Disabilities
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Panic Attacks
Relapse Prevention
Self Esteem
Social Skills and Communication Skills
Stress Management
Training for Life Skills
School Advocacy for Students with Disabilities
Providing services for:
Individual Therapy
Couples Therapy
Family Therapy
Group Therapy
School Advocacy for IEP's/504 Plans

Methods of practice include:

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
• Reality Therapy
• Solution Focused Therapy

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The Reason I Became A Helping Professional

If you’re the parent of a troubled teenager or youth, we can help you.

Kids are amazing. From the moment they are born, they change our lives forever.  They also have the power to affect the entire family unit with one mood swing or belligerent comment.  For struggling families, trying to make sense of a troubled child can be incredibly frustrating.  But there is hope; help your kid find a solution to their issues, and the family as a whole can get back to normal. 

How can you tell if your child is in need of help?  Kids in pain have an uncanny way of showing us that something is wrong.  For younger children, we often see behavioral challenges:  potty training, inability to keep to school routines, challenges learning to listen, sit still or follow directions.

For older kids, we see emotional challenges as well: sadness or dramatic mood swings, trouble fitting in with friends, struggles to be popular or find a boy/girlfriend or even manipulative behaviors with parents and teachers. 

As a parent, it can be overwhelming to manage and understand it all.  That’s where we come in.

At The Healing Center at Silver Lake Gardens, we specialize in counseling services for children, teenagers and families.  Healing Center kids not only learn to make sense of their feelings, they also learn how to manage their behaviors so they can reconnect their families and get back to the joy of being a kid. 

As you explore getting help, please know that we are a highly qualified and professional practice.  On our staff you’ll find Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PsyD) and a Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist.

Each provider has their own unique therapeutic style. Many of the providers in the office also have a Type 73 Certification in School Counseling. This allows us to collaborate with your child’s school on academic, behavioral or emotional issues. We also have an independent educational consultant to help with more severe situations regarding IEP’s and 504′s.

We are available 7 days a week to accommodate your schedule and would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your family’s needs.

Please contact us at (708) 586-9303 to speak to us about our counseling services for children and their families and to schedule an appointment with one of the providers.

Located at:
15127 S 73rd Avenue Suite C
Orland Park, IL 60462 – 3463

CredentialsLCPC, NCC
Time in Practice6-10 years
I practice inMy state/province only
Additional ExpertiseConsultant
YourTango Expert Partner
I offer my servicesAt my office
I am fluent inEnglish
Licence informationExpiration 3/31/15
Number 180007474
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