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Green Hills with Blue Sky

Gale Nienhuis, MSW, LCSW

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Gale's main areas of practice include depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, and coping with chronic illness.  Gale specializes in grade school children, adolescents, young adults and older adults.  Additionally, Gale is a Medicare provider.

Gale has been in the behavioral health field for 15 years in Arizona and Illinois.  Gale became a social worker in 2007, receiving her Masters degree from Governors State University.  Gale does ongoing study at the C.G. Jung Institute in Chicago, which allows her to continue to expand the depth and breadth of her understanding on the therapeuotic process.

My Approach to Therapy
My philosophy and approach to therapy are based in helping individuals and families identify and use their personal and collective strengths.  I provide a safe and supportive environment where, using empirically supported techniques and a collaborative relationship, we develop insights and solutions to the situations with which you are struggling.  My goals as a therapist are to help build coping skills, foster a sense of self in children as well as adults, enhance relatiohsips with others, and sort through and face difficult life decisions and situations, while honoring each individual voice in the process.  I use an eclectic mix of Cognitive Behavioral, Solutions Focused, Narrative and Psychoanalytical techniques.

Life is complex and very difficult at times, but if we are wiling we can find the ability to move forward in a positive and meaningful way.

Areas of Practice
Anxiety                            Divorce/Blended Families
Depression                       Adolescent and Childhood Issues
Stress Managment            Career Issues
Grief and Loss                  Retirment Transisitons
Chronic Illness                  Later Life Transitions
Women's Issues

Insurance Network Provider for*:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Medicare Part B
(*Network participation is subject to change.  Please contact the therapist for information on current insurance networks.) 

Important Forms
Intake Forms
Credit Card Form

Office Hours:
Monday Evenings & Fridays

Office Number (815) 469-6480 ext. 118 or (708) 837-3319
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