About Kelly Meeneghan, LCPC
Kelly is an experienced therapist working with individuals and families including extensive experience with children, adolescents and parents. She has worked in the field since 1999 and in a variety of community and private institutions including Linden Oaks Hospital, Community Counseling Center, Downers Grove Social and Health Services and her private practice in Downers Grove. Kelly uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients develop emotional regulation and interpersonal skills.
I work with a lot of children and teenagers coping with life transitions and traumas such as the divorce or death of a parent. I use play therapy and individual and family sessions to help young kids and teens struggling with depression, anxiety, anger, school problems, self-injury and self-esteem issues. The side effects of trauma, depression and anxiety have an incredible toll on not only the child or teen, but on their relationship with peers and family members. I think it’s critical to address all these areas to help them live happy and productive lives.
I also enjoy working with women who are going through life transitions in their private or professional life. I believe that we all have the ability to better ourselves throughout our lifetime and challenge ourselves to truly become authentic human beings. I help women and men struggling with relationship issues with friends, significant others or family members. Whether it’s a parent struggling with their young or adult child or a woman entering the world of dating after a breakup, I try to empower and help clients explore their values, wants and needs through self-advocacy and assertiveness.
I believe that each of us has our own journey and as a therapist, it is my job to help people find their purpose and their own life goals and needs. I believe in the power of mindfulness in what we say and do and how we interact with the world around us and the people within it. I use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients accomplish this. I also believe in challenging negative and destructive thinking patterns through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the ability of people to better their lives and enrich their relationships by having a better understanding of their thoughts and actions.
I have a special interest in working with caregivers as they navigate taking care of ill spouses, children or family members. I believe this is an under-treated and often forgotten population. I strive to provide caregivers with an understanding of their emotions and thoughts and provide a safe place where they can be heard, understood and nurtured. I also work extensively with people struggling with grief issues. This includes not only the death of a loved one, but also the grieving of other traumas such as divorce, relationship loss and the significant grief that accompanies being a caregiver.
I work with adults living an alternative lifestyle and provide an outlet for them to talk about their struggles and challenges they face in the vanilla world.
I believe that understanding and coming to terms with our past is an important piece in the choices that we make today. And that people have an amazing ability to be resilient and create the life they want by understanding the past but not allowing it to control their present. I strive to create an environment where patients feel safe and understood. A place where they can be educated on their issues such as depression or anxiety and the symptoms that accompany them. I believe in the importance of having a well balanced life and the power of using healthy coping skills. I strive to help people identify, explore and expand their positive ones while replacing their negative ones. It’s important to me to equip clients with coping skills they can use outside the office so they can create better and more fulfilling lives for themselves.
Kelly Meeneghan, LCPC earned her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University and her B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University. She is an experienced therapist with an expertise in working with individuals and families including children and adolescents. She has worked in a variety of community and private institutions including Linden Oaks Hospital, Community Counseling Center, Downers Grove Social and Health Services and her private practice in Downers Grove. Kelly uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients develop emotional regulation and interpersonal skills. Kelly is also a part of the Community Crisis Response Team through Linden Oaks Hospital which responds to traumatic events in the community through focused debriefing to minimize harmful effects. The crisis team also provides strategies to relieve acute stress, crisis intervention counseling, referrals and linkage with behavioral health services to help the individuals involved return to their usual level of functioning as quickly as possible.