Marilyn Andrew is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, couples, families and adults struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit, Oppositional Defiant, trauma histories, and Adjustment Disorders.
She has worked in agency and community based settings and uses a variety of cognitive behavioral, play therapy, relational therapy, and solution focused treatment starting where the client is. Additionally, Marilyn has worked with foster children to help stabilize their placements, has supervised Master’s level interns, and has worked with adults and families in a non-profit mental health agency.
Marilyn uses a relaxed relational, client centered approach to treatment. She uses a variety of techniques to help clients recognize and build on their inherent strengths while helping clients identify and problem solve ways to regain social, emotional, physical, and spiritual balance in their lives. Marilyn also uses a trauma sensitive strength based focus when working with clients who have a variety of abuse, neglect, and abandonment issues and likes to utilize a combination of play therapy and family systems approaches to help children, adolescents, and families identify areas of strength as well as areas of potential growth to improve communication, teamwork, and cohesiveness within families. Marilyn specializes in working with couples of all ages, and utilizes the latest techniques of the internationally renowned Gottman approach to couples counseling. Marilyn also enjoys working with individuals of different faith and ethnicity, and is able to incorporate Christian values into counseling upon request. However, she does not provide pastoral counseling.
Marilyn received her Masters degree through Loyola University in 2000 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University and enjoys working with a variety of clients. She enjoys spending time outdoors, volunteering with her church, camping, bicycling, playing volleyball, and spending time with family and friends.
What people are saying about Marilyn:
“I clicked with Marilyn quickly during my first visit. She is very kind, warm and easy to talk to. Marilyn has been such a big help to me. I was stuck in a relationship which was past my capability of handling it alone. She has taught me tools to help communicate and navigate my way through this relationship. She is wonderful and I would highly recommend working with her.”
Marilyn’s Recommended Readings:
- The Me I Want to Be – John Ortberg
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey
- Inside out and Outside In – Berzoff, Melano-Flanaghan & Herty
- The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman
- Crucial Conversations – Patterson, Grenny, McMillan & Switzler
- Boundaries – Henry Cloud
- Co-Dependent No More – Melody Beattie
- Hazelden Meditation Series: The Language of Letting Go – Melody Beattie
- The Marriage Clinic – John Gottman
- Parenting with Love and Logic – Cline & Fay
- The Explosive Child – Ross Greene
- Helping Hyperactive Kids: A Sensory Integration Approach – Lynn J Horowitz