Kristine Buelow, MSSW, LSW

Personal Statement

I understand that families reach out for support and answers when they are hard pressed for solutions. Unexpected challenges can surface when raising our children and caring for our families. However, seeking help is a courageous step towards taking action to make things easier for your child and family to thrive.  I provide support and empower the best in every child.  I work alongside you to identify the needs and goals of your family.  You can expect me to listen to you non-judgmentally, while giving you concrete skills and homework to implement a wide variety of techniques and resources that will be beneficial to your family.  

Who I Serve

Ages- 6-18

Treatment Areas

  • ADHD Anger Issues and Behavioral Problems
  • Anxiety- Generalized, Social, and Separation
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Anxiety
  • Body Image and Belonging
  • Bullying and developing boundaries and assertiveness
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family and Sibling Conflicts
  • Gifted and Twice Exceptional with Learning Disabilities
  • Grief and Loss
  • OCD
  • Self Esteem/Confidence
  • School Avoidance
  • Social Skills

Approach

My treatment approach to treatment focuses on using play to help children communicate their difficulties and their desires. Because this therapy utilizes toys and play (a child’s natural medium of expression), children can express their feelings more easily than through words. Play therapy is recognized as an effective method for treating children’s emotional and behavioral struggles. 

I also use cognitive and expressive therapies, such as role playing, sand tray and art.  These therapies work well with older children and teens. The child takes the lead in this process, and I facilitate the creation of a new narrative in their therapeutic work. 

Experience

I spent many years in program development and running of community and volunteer programs.  I would describe myself as a dedicated and passionate licensed social worker with advanced skills in providing multilayered direct services to diverse populations. As a social worker, I prefer helping clients and families on an individual level.  

Also, after taking some time off to be a stay at home mother, I realized the importance of community and positive support families need to overcome obstacles in life. My current mission is to help kids through life’s obstacles: such as anxiety over school, home, or sports, challenges in social skills and friendships, school stress and bullying were the reasons I returned to the field of social work.

Education

Post Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy – MidAmerica Nazarene University, Kansas.

Master of Science, Gerontology (MS) – University of Arizona, Tucson

Master of Social Work (MSW) – University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – University of Wisconsin, Madison

Credentials

Licensed Social Worker in Illinois (LSW)

Affiliations

National Association of Social Work (NASW), member 

Association of Play Therapy, member 

Illinois Association of Play Therapy, member

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