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Kathy O'Dwyer, MA, NCC

(she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor
Click here to make an appointment with Kathy

Kathy@forSelfActualization.com

708-607-6703

Accepting new clients

  • Sliding Scale: starting at $80 per session 

 

​Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO 

  • Blue Choice PPO, Traditional Blue, or Basic Blue.

  • Out of Network

Do you have a child or teenager who is struggling with self-esteem, anxiety, peer relationships, and/or depression? Though we long for real support, the world instead often tells us to “suck it up,” or “get over it.” With the recent pandemic, fear, anxiety (social and/or school), depression, etc. have overpowered many of our children and teens. They may feel they are the only ones experiencing these struggles, but they are not alone. 

I am here to assist you with those difficulties your child may be encountering through a kind, compassionate, non-judgmental approach. Regardless of the problems they are experiencing, my goal is to provide support, understand the motivations, work with them to set goals for their future, and develop tools to reach them.

 

My specialty is pre-teens and teens, special needs included. In addition to my clinical work here, I am a full time middle school counselor and am familiar with the ins and outs of the school process. I could assist you in getting the help your child may need at school as well. My experience allows me to help in many areas including anxiety, stress management, grieving/loss, behavioral concerns, school motivation, depression, ADHD, self-injury, and LGBTQ+. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in community and school counseling as well as a master’s degree in special education. Please contact me for availability.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl

Top Specialties
  • Anxiety

  • Coping Skills

  • Self-Harming

 
Expertise
  • ADHD

  • Anger Management

  • Asperger's Syndrome

  • Career Counseling

  • Child

  • Depression

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Peer Relationships

  • School Issues

  • School avoidance

  • School refusal

  • Self Esteem

  • Stress

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Teen Violence

Client Focus

Age
  • Teen

  • Preteen

  • Children (6 to 10)

Participants
  • Individuals

  • Family

  • Group

Types of Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavior (DBT)

  • Person-Centered

  • Play Therapy

  • Reality Therapy

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