Therapy Designed for Kids of All Ages
At Upswing, we do therapy that connects with kids and impacts families. A child’s developmental age matters in therapy, and communicating with kids in a language they understand makes all the difference. We work hard to stay at the forefront of family therapy research, counseling techniques, and engage in creative ways to care for the whole family. Whether it’s through play therapy, fun activities with older kids, or exploring personal interests with teens, we are intentional about making therapy engaging, safe and impactful.
Take a closer look below to see how we will work differently to care for your kids!
Second and Third Trimester
For expecting families
During pregnancy, relationships between parents and child are already forming. In the womb, developing brains respond to the experience of movement, sounds, and the emotions of their families, with mother's heartbeat forming the background music of their world.Learn More
Rapid developmental leaps
Infants & Toddlers
At this stage, children are discovering their world and developing a blueprint for what to expect in relationships.Learn More
Separation and Tantrums
Children at this age are establishing their identity apart from mom and dad. This is a period of power struggle where children still lack the cognitive ability to process strong emotions.Learn More
Capability and confidence
As children enter the years of middle childhood, a sense of self emerges and social relationships grow in importance. At this age learning disabilities and social skills deficits begin to clearly emerge.Learn More
During these years children begin to have the ability to process complex situations, gaining a sense of right, wrong, and fairness. Identity development deepens as youth think about their place among peers, racial identity, and their relationship to authority.Learn More
Responsibility and Freedoms
As youth move into their teenage years they face challenges from navigating puberty, dealing with emotional intensity, and increased experimentation. Learning to use healthy coping strategies is important for this age.Learn More
Independence and Goal Setting
Late teens are characterized by a significant increase in independence, challenging the health of family relationships. During this period educational and professional goals start to form.Learn More
Transitioning into Adulthood
Emerging adulthood is a characterized as an age of identity exploration, instability, self-focus, feeling in-between, and possibilities as individuals begin the transition to adulthood.Learn More
What Our Community is Saying
I have known Brendan Bell for almost 30 years and have had the privilege of working with him professionally for over 15 years. Brendan has been my resource for children and adolescents. He is competent, compassionate and committed to the health and well-being of his clients. Brendan and his team of counselors are trustworthy and invested professional therapists. Upswing will be my go-to practice for children and their families.
When I refer my patients to Brendan Bell, I know and trust that they are receiving the best consultative services in the area. He has a unique skill in creating a positive bond with my patients that serves to motivate their work with him. His training and experience have given him the tools needed to help my patients with their behavioral needs.
Meet Your Team
Kristine Buelow, MSSW, LSW
Kristine's background in community development and volunteer programs compliments her clinical training in child and family therapy. She is driven to help kids through life's obstacles, such as: school anxiety, stressors at home, friendships, bullying and many other social challenges. Kristine utilizes play therapy, cognitive and expressive therapies, role-playing, sand tray, and art.View Full Bio
Maga Passos-Hoke, MA, ALMFT
Maga loves to help hurting children, and rebuild family relationships. Her work involves young childhood issues, family conflict, blended families, couples and multicultural families. She has training in several relationship building approaches including Theraplay®, the Gottman Method, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Maga is also fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
Monique Johnson, MA, LCPC
Monique is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has experience working with anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, trauma, family conflict, self-esteem, identity, and play therapy. She believes that the relationship with the client is a vital component in a successful counseling experience. Monique provides a safe space to allow her clients to discover their authentic self.View Full Bio
Tyler Martawibawa, Clinical Intern
Tyler Martawibawa is currently pursuing his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Wheaton College, IL. He was born in Singapore and has lived in Australia and Hong Kong before moving to the United States to complete a B.A. in Psychology at Wheaton College, IL. Tyler recognizes and values that each person and family carries a unique story and experience.View Full Bio
Carissa Van Schooten, MA, LMFT, TBHP
Couples and Family Therapist
Carissa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has experience working with cross-cultural issues, trauma, and loss, as well as identity, emotional regulation, and relational issues. She values the opportunity to come alongside individuals and families and help them discover their strengths in their process of healing and growth.View Full Bio
Melody Cline, MA, LMFT, CCTP
Early Childhood Child and Family Therapist
After working with children, teens, and parents, for over 20 years, Melody completed her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Wheaton College. She actively enjoys volunteer leadership, speaking in the community, and providing innovative strengths-focused therapy for children and families at Upswing Counseling in Wheaton, IL.View Full Bio
Brendan C. Bell, MA, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Brendan Bell, MA, LCPC has over 18 years of experience in private practice working with children, adolescents, and their families. With a background in sculpting, Brendan also enjoys counseling artists. Brendan is founder and owner of Upswing Counseling in Wheaton, IL and also Executive Director of a multi-site practice, Cherry Hill Counseling, headquartered in Lake Zurich, IL.View Full Bio
Start Your Journey Today
Did you just hear your parent say C… C… Counseling?
Sound scary? Awkward? Or maybe just boring? That’s because you haven’t been to Upswing. We work differently here — toys, games, sandboxes, foosball, clay, music, Nerf basketball, and more!
We may even get your parents involved in the fun too! Click the orange button to get started.