Child, Adolescent & Family Services

When children and adolescents need help in maximizing their potential and overcoming challenges, we can help them thrive. Our aim is to help children improve in the different contexts of their lives including home, school, and peer relationships. We counsel parents to strengthen families and foster a nurturing environment.

Our Child, Adolescent and Family Program includes a team of licensed staff therapists and post-graduate fellows who are dedicated and passionate about helping children, adolescents, young adults and their families struggling with a variety of challenges. Our therapists are trained to work with a range of child and teen issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, ADHD, self-esteem, adjustment to divorce, and family conflict. We work with families from a wide variety of backgrounds including diverse ethnicities, income levels, educational backgrounds, and sexual identities.

Our treatment approach is collaborative, research informed, and family focused. We treat children with a variety of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional issues across different developmental stages – early childhood through emerging adults. We uses a variety of modalities to help children and families achieve their goals such as individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.

Our process begins by understanding children through multiple environments in order to develop a customized treatment plan with appropriate and attainable goals. When necessary, we collaborate with other TFI programs, such as Neuropsychological Assessment Program and the Psychiatric Services Program, in order to provide comprehensive care.

Our Child, Adolescent and Family Team includes:

Child and Teen Group Therapy Offerings:

  • Adoption Groups. A boys group is held for ages 11-13, a girls group is held for ages 11-12, these are activity-based process groups, open to addressing all levels and phases of growing up adopted on the emotional spectrum. The group provides a safe, productive and fun space for members to connect and share in this common life experience. Mondays from 6:00-7:15 p.m. in Evanston. $45/session. Facilitated by Chaaze Roberts, LMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 630 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Mothers of Adoptive Teens. Facilitated by Marina Eovaldi, PhD, LMFT. Email Ms. Eovaldi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  • DBT Skills Training for Adolescents and their Families. Multi-Family DBT Skills Training Clinic for Adolescents - Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is designed for both adults and adolescents to learn better ways of regulating and managing emotions. This is accomplished by helping clients learn to balance change with acceptance. It has been found to be especially effective in working with adolescents as this is a stage of life when managing emotions can be especially difficult. This group is designed to help teens or adolescents who struggle with issues of depression, self-esteem, anxiety, self-harm, anger or other forms of emotional distress. Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Evanston. The cost is $140 per session, BCBS PPO and Medicare accepted. An initial assessment is also conducted before starting the group ($210). Facilitated by Sydnie Dobkin, MA, LPC, 847-733-4300, ext. 617 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Rainbows. Certified Rainbows facilitators offer Rainbows support groups for elementary school-age children struggling with parental loss such as separation, divorce or death. Groups meet at The Family Institute's Northbrook location. Facilitated by Christie Stiff, MSMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 763 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..