Counseling

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John guilfoile, MA, LSW

John is a social worker who has a passion for working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their partners, and their families. He also specializes in ADHD, the LGBTQIA population, anxiety, and depression.

As someone with extensive experience working in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA therapy) and also believing in social work, John has a unique understanding of the behaviors many may overlook as well as a deep belief that we must also address the emotional aspects of life. With this perspective, John is able to see a fuller picture of the whole person(s) he works with. 

            His approach is highly relational as he believes establishing the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect to any client-therapist interaction. He works with an empathic yet directive lens where his highest concern is making the client(s) feel safe, comfortable, and heard so they are able explore problem areas that may be difficult to address in other environments. John utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a family systems approach, mindfulness, and/or other techniques depending on your individual/family’s needs. 

            John has his Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and his License in Social Work from the state of Illinois. He has worked with the ASD community for over five years and has worked one on one with LGBTQIA youth. As for personal experience he identifies as queer and is actively a part of the LGBTQIA community. He has had a lifetime of experience living and working in a world where not everyone is always accepting of differences. Therefore, he always comes to every individual client relationship with empathy no matter your background or experience. 

            If you and/or your family feel like you may be lost, are struggling with difficult life transitions, or simply need a little extra support in your day to day life feel free to contact him for a consultation. John loves nothing more than doing this work and being an active support person to help others achieve their goals and overcome difficult situations.