Allison LobelTreatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: As a licensed clinical psychologist, I have a deep background in working with children, adolescents and families, and providing individual and family therapy. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, from early childhood through adulthood. My special focus, though, centers on helping children and families, especially children who are on the Autism spectrum, have developmental delays, sensory and regulatory issues, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), caregiver-child attachment issues, peer relational difficulties, anxiety and depression, adjustment issues, and grief and loss. I also provide support for their parents, who may be overwhelmed, anxious and stressed, as well as consultation to schools to support a child’s optimal educational functioning.

No matter what challenges a person faces or at what stage in life, there is always tremendous potential for hope and change. I have seen this time and time again. Therapy is driven by a person’s readiness to tell his or her story and heal the broken and fractured parts. It is about strengthening relationships and facilitating a client’s ability to find a voice.

It is a privilege to be trusted with the stories and struggles of my clients and to help empower them to become stronger and healthier people. I seek to honor that trust by creating an accepting, empathic and confidential space, full of warmth and insight.

Clinical Approach: I follow a developmental and relational approach to understanding and addressing the underlying difficulties people can experience throughout their lives.

I believe that the whole family is the core, and a family is only as happy as its unhappiest member. There are various sources of pressure on children and families. When a child is not developing according to the norms and expectations in our society, this puts stress on the entire family, especially the parents. Thus, supporting parents and helping them understand their child better is an important part of the therapy process.

When parents initiate therapy, they are giving their child a gift that will enable him or her to develop the tools for coping with the stressors of childhood and to establish better connections with their families and friends. Even a child who is unable to communicate through conventional means can form close attachments. But when these relationships are fractured, the family is at risk for experiencing further distress.

Education: I received both my Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago, and have more than 10 years of hands-on experience working with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings, including outpatient mental health clinics, pediatric developmental centers, special needs clinics and a therapeutic day school. In addition to my clinical practice, I have served as psychological consultant for numerous agencies for special needs children, including Aspire Children’s Services and Easter Seals of DuPage County and Fox Valley Region, where I served on the Medical Advisory Board. My training includes the Circle of Security © Parenting Model, which helps develop healthy, secure attachments early in life, and I am certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). The ADOS is a standardized semi-structured assessment tool used to aide the appropriate diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Along with evaluating and diagnosing, I have received specialized training in the DIR/Floortime™ method, which through play helps unlock the potential for social, emotional and intellectual skills in children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays.

Personal Interests: I value the importance of self-care and relaxation. Cooking, traveling, exploring Chicago, exercising and spending time with my family and friends are some of my favorite things to do.

Services Offered

Family and Child