Therapists at TTI

Our therapists are experienced, licensed clinicians with expertise in complex trauma, attachment disorders, developmental disorders, grief, loss, and medical trauma. All of our licensed social workers, counselors, and psychologists have advanced degrees and many have training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Sensory Integration, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and other therapy modalities.

 


Dafna Lender, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker
Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Supervisor, and Trainer

Dafna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist. Dafna’s area of expertise is helping children with serious psychological problems caused by histories of abuse, neglect, trauma and/or multiple placements. By focusing on developing a child’s secure attachment with his/her caregivers, Dafna helps resolve issues in the child’s traumatic history. Dafna’s other interests include working with siblings of children with special needs, adult attachment issues, teenagers, and the effect on couples of raising children with special needs. Dafna aims to help people believe that there is hope in their relationship and that they can experience happiness and connections that they thought weren’t possible. Dafna earned a Bachelor degree in Political Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Bachelor degree in Social Work from Tel Aviv University in Israel, and a Master in Social Work from Yeshiva University in New York. Dafna co-authored two chapters of in the 3rd Edition of the book Theraplay, Building Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play. Contact Details


Andrea Bushala, MSW, LCSW, RPT

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therpaist
Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Trainer

Andrea has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Miami University with an emphasis in Child Development. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago with a dual specialization in School Social Work and Children and Families. Andrea previously worked at a community mental health clinic focusing on children and young adults experiencing anxiety and depression. Additionally, she has experience in the public school system providing individual and group therapy for children ages 2-6. In her clinical work, Andrea uses a strength-based perspective, incorporating the learnings from trauma, attachment theory and brain development to help families optimize relationships and their sense of connection.  

Andrea has just completed a two-year postgraduate fellowship in Infant Parent Mental Health at the University of Massachusetts/Boston in November 2019.

Andrea is a Theraplay Trainer and Supervisor as well as a Registered Play Therapist. She has held a role on the IL Association for Play Therapy Executive Board since 2017.  

 

 


Mandy Jones, LCSW, RPT, JDmandy

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Attorney

Mandy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and attorney. She has worked almost exclusively with adoptive and foster families since she began her career. Mandy takes a particular interst in helping families with young children form strong attachments and work through sensory concerns. Mandy is also experienced in helping adopted individuals with identity, loss, and anxiety concerns throughout their lifespan. She is also adjunct staff for The Ties Program, Adoptive Family Travel. In this capacity, she provides logistical and mental health support as adoptive families re-experience birth culture. While in country, she assists with orphanage visits and provides support during birth/foster family reunions. Through her legal work, Mandy has advocated for children in both Illinois and Michigan's child welfare systems. She continues to use her legal knowledge and advocacy skills to help families gain Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and other essential resources for children. Mandy earned her BA in Political Science and her BS in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She earned her Masters of Clinical Social Work and Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University. She is further trained in TBRI and ARC. 


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Julianna L. Wesolowski, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Ms. Wesolowski is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been a part of the Theraplay community since 2013. She’s experienced in providing therapy and support for children of all ages, and particularly enjoys working with young children and their caregivers to encourage healing and growth as well as bonding and resiliency in relationships. Ms. Wesolowski views therapy as a space for children and their parents to experience the connection, understanding, mutual joy, and attunement necessary for positive emotional and behavioral change.

In addition to Theraplay, Ms. Wesolowski uses a variety of interventions adapted to achieve the desired goals of the children and families with whom she works, including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), TF-CBT, and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). Ms. Wesolowski has received extensive training on child development, early attachment, self-regulation and parenting, as well as issues of child trauma and exposure to violence. She has specific training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and has a special interest in supporting families following the addition of a new child to the family. Ms. Wesolowski received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marquette University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 

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