Danielle Marino (she/her/hers) has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) school social worker as well as family, child, and adult therapist since 2008. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Master's in Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University at Chicago. She has had positions at Northwestern University and Lurie Children's Hospital. At Lurie Children's Town & Country Pediatrics, Danielle was the only social worker and provided parent training and behavioral modification to Chicagoland kids and parents.
Danielle began her career as the Early Intervention School Social Worker at Whittier Elementary in Oak Park, IL and has since worked at Chicago International Charter Schools (C.I.C.S.) Bucktown Campus and MacNeal School, a therapeutic school for children with emotional disorders. Danielle has helped write over 100 IEPs and can help coach families on working with school districts.
Clinically, Danielle’s focus has been on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Parent Management Training and she uses the BalanceMan and Bad Thoughts Gang (BTG) cartoon characters to help children and adolescents develop balanced, healthy thought patterns and healthier behavior.
Phil Garcia (he/him/his) is a Licensed Social Worker, with over 10 years of experience working with young people. Beginning his career in schools and domestic violence shelters, Phil originally focused on social challenges and solutions–from healthy relationships and consent for highschool students, to child sexual abuse prevention (“Erin’s Law”) for 1st–6th graders, to social emotional learning (SEL) for students of all ages, and everything in between. Over the years, Phil has gradually gravitated from short-term, classroom based interventions, to long-term mentorship programs (with a focus on young men and boys addressing toxic masculinity and the unhealthy expectations and behaviors associated with it), and finally to child and adolescent therapy where the deepest and most rewarding relationships and interventions can take place.
Phil received his Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Southern Illinois University and has experience working with children in crisis, with trauma informed practice as well as young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, Down syndrome, non-verbal, and a wide range of social-emotional and developmental challenges. Phil aims to deliver evidenced-based interventions that the family can maintain and generalize to all areas of the child’s life, in a safe and fun space that makes going to therapy not just doable, but enjoyable. In his free time Phil plays video games, board games, and skateboards--and is still a child at heart!