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Pediatric & Family Psychotherapy

Relationship and connection are the most powerful elements to support healthy development.

We Can Help!

Reaching out for help and inviting a new person into your story takes enormous courage. Through that strength and commitment to change, things will get better.

Psychotherapy at Amy Zier + Associates in Chicago partners with Occupational Therapy in a multidisciplinary development approach.

In addition to pediatrics, AZ+A has a growing base of teen and adult therapy clients seeking refuge outside clinical settings. Our coach house in Lincoln Park offers a comfortable and safe space to explore your emotions – whether you have a child at AZ+A or not.

This collaborative approach supports the mind and body and can help whether an Occupational Therapist is already seeing your child at AZ+A, you think your child would benefit from Occupational Therapy and Psychotherapy, or you feel your child would benefit from Psychotherapy alone.

Childhood, its joys, and challenges lay the foundation for the rest of our lives. Because this is a critical time, it’s vital to give children the support they need before further problems manifest.

Pediatric and family therapy at AZ+A allows your child to express themselves in a child-centered space. At  AZ+A, we meet children at their level and follow their lead. We work with parents directly to help navigate their responses to challenging parenting moments.

Congruently, we work with parents to guide them toward a deeper understanding of their child, how he interprets the world, and how best to build a relationship based on that knowledge. Parenting, like child development, rarely takes a straight path. Parents discover vulnerabilities, perhaps residual from their childhood during their journey. We work one-on-one with parents to heal their wounds and empower them to build the relationships they yearn for within their families.

Psychotherapy at AZ+A can help with the following diagnoses and mental health issues associated with the following challenges:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression or other mood disorders
  • Sensory processing differences
  • Trauma, including intergenerational trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Self-esteem/confidence
  • Learning delays
  • Parenting mismatches
  • Social pressures
  • Behavioral health
  • Eating disorders, including “picky eating”

Schedule a FREE consultation and find out how we can help your family.

Strong relationships within families help support the trajectory of the child’s development. The approach at AZ+A is to include the parent(s) in the therapy process so they can:

Experience for themselves the power of play and what happens during their child’s therapy sessions

Learn that how they interact and respond has a significant impact on the child’s unfolding development

Understand how they can impact their child’s development, especially when social, emotional, or learning vulnerabilities are present

A New Way to Connect

AZ+A’s Psychotherapist, Eliana Sigel-Epstein, MSW, LCSW, specializes in working with children and families in various contexts. She works collaboratively with parents to help understand their child’s emotional needs and what their behavior is communicating. AZ+A psychotherapy values relationships with the families we work with, above all else, through a lens of cultural humility, acceptance, and anti-oppressive practices.

Psychotherapists apply specialized training in emotional development to help childhood be joyful for all children and their families. The mental health experts at AZ+A focus on the influences that may deter normal child development. Psychotherapists can identify when children need additional coping skills and support behavioral health by understanding the typical maturity rates and the specific milestones at each stage.

Psychotherapy may be appropriate for your family if :

  • your child seems to be having “big feelings,” and you don’t know how to help.
  • you and your child can’t get out the door without a meltdown.
  • you find yourself wishing you could be calmer and measured as you set boundaries with your child
  • you worry about leaving your child with others for fear that adults other than you won’t know how to “handle” them.
  • you suspect that a difficult past event or significant loss impacts your child’s or family’s current difficulties

Aligning with AZ+A’s holistic approach, psychotherapists attune with the child’s emotions to build an enriching relationship. The ability to form healthy relationships and regulate emotions helps children (and adults) live to their full potential.

Have questions?

We can help.

Feel free to:

1. Email us at operations@amyzier.com

2. Call us at 773-755-7793

We looking forward to hearing from you!