Robyn White, AM, LCSW
Since children do not always have the words to communicate their feelings, I enjoy using an eclectic, individualized approach, incorporating both evidence-based and creative therapies. My treatment philosophy is strength-based and collaborative, empowering people to attain a greater level of happiness and fulfillment in life. I have a passion for working with children and families experiencing a variety of challenges, including: social, academic, behavior, and mood disorders.
I encourage individuals to develop a plethora of ways to express themselves in a warm, nurturing environment. Parents are an integral part of the therapy process, so I welcome families to attend sessions to learn positive coping skills to use within their home environment. As we know, human beings exist in a complex system, so I am happy to collaborate with professionals within their school, medical, and any other relevant setting.
Areas of Expertise & Interest
As a pediatric therapist, I offer therapy services for children, adolescents, and families dealing with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and other psychosocial challenges. I have specialties dealing with grief, self-esteem issues, family challenges, life transitions, social skills development, and anger management concerns. In my work with clients, I utilize a combination of evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems, and Positive Psychology modalities incorporating creative Body-Centered, Mindfulness, Music, Art, and Play Therapy approaches.
While working with children, I assist them in creating a “toolbox” of coping skills to use and encourage families to practice these techniques each week. I hope to help children deal with a wide-array of issues, such as: dealing with peer pressure, school stressors, mood fluctuations, bullying, self-esteem, developing healthy boundaries, and maintaining positive relationships.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, including my husband, son, and dog. I love to stay active by taking nature walks, playing sports, and traveling to new destinations.
Experience & Training
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and parents. First, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then received my master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Social Service Administration Program. During my studies, I conducted research on the effects of depression in the parent-child relationship, studied social psychology abroad in Italy, and specialized in the effects of trauma in low-income communities through a comprehensive wrap-around approach.
Over the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to provide mental health services in various agencies, hospitals, schools, and health centers across the Chicagoland area with certifications in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Domestic Violence, and Play Therapy, along with receiving my Illinois Child Welfare Licensure.
Most recently, I worked at a multidisciplinary setting as a supervisor and psychotherapist working with children with a variety of diagnoses, from autism spectrum disorder to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and developmental disabilities. I love being a therapist and feel grateful to be able to work with such diverse and wonderful families.
Client Age Range
Age 3 & up