Counseling at Response

Response offers youth and their families an opportunity to address some of life’s most challenging issues in a safe, professional and welcoming environment. For 40 years Response had provided individual, group and family counseling to thousands of people.

Some of the more common challenges that we work with at Response include family conflict, relationship issues, anxiety, and depression. However, there are many reasons why people seek counseling services at Response and we welcome the opportunity to try and be helpful.

We also provide several group therapy options:

THEFT Prevention

The THEFT (Tools to Help Educate Families and Teens) Prevention group helps participants to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy risk-taking behaviors. Participants discuss attitudes towards shoplifting or theft, personal triggers, and feelings following the incident. The group establishes consequences for behavior, identifies personal pictures of success and outlines positive coping skills.The group meets once per week for 5 weeks and parents are required to attend the first group session. The fee for the group series is $100. Currently, this group is only offered at the Skokie office location.

Alternatives to Violence (ATV)

The Alternatives to Violence (ATV) group seeks to help teens understand and manage anger constructively, exploring healthy expressions of frustration and anger commonly experienced in life. The group meets one hour per week for 6 weeks. The fee for the group series is $120.

Alternatives to Suspension (ATS)

The Alternatives to Suspension (ATS) is a group family therapy service offered to students who are suspended from high school or high school sports activities.The ATS program is offered by a school to the student’s family as a means of reducing, but not eliminating, the suspension. The group consists of four mandatory family sessions. The cost of the program is $80.

Meet the staff:

Siegal Eli-Gers, LCSW, Clinician
Siegal is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters degree from the University of Michigan. She has been working for Response since 2005. Her specialties include working with adolescents experiencing depression, self-harming behaviors, relationship problems, including problems with peers and families, parenting work, anxiety, trauma, body image, and self-esteem.
Siegal has had additional specialized training in working with adolescents and adults who are survivors of dating or domestic violence or unhealthy relationships, as well as utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy within treatment.
Siegal works with Individuals, Families and Groups.

Eric Crabtree-Nelson, LCSW, Assistant Director
Eric is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Science in Social Work Loyola University.  Prior to coming to Response, Eric worked for 10+ years with Jewish Child and Family Services.  Over the course of those years Eric has been working in the field he has focused on working with youth that are facing such challenges as multiple living placements, mental health issues, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral challenges, trauma and relationship difficulties.  Eric provides individual and family counseling.

Anna Buckingham, LCSW, Teen Clinic Coordinator
Anna Buckingham received her BFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2001 and her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2007. Anna is the newest member of the Response Teen Clinic, serving as its Coordinator.  Prior to working at Response, Anna worked with teens in residential treatment facilities, school programs and homeless shelters. Anna has provided counseling and case management for teens facing issues such as: teen parenting, trauma, homelessness, abusive relationships, body issues and mental health concerns

Carolyn Hart, LSW, Clinician and Teen Clinic Counselor
Carolyn Hart is a licensed social worker and obtained her graduate degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2005. Carolyn began working at Response in 2008 as a clinician and a teen clinic counselor. Carolyn has experience working with both adolescent and adult populations suffering with mental health issues. Carolyn’s areas of focus include adolescent, adult and family counseling –more specifically with substance abuse, anxiety, depression and family issues. Carolyn additionally is one of the facilitators of the Alternatives to Suspension program offered at the Response.

Julia Wall, LCSW Clinician & Intake Coordinator
Julia received her bachelors of science in Psychology from John Carroll University and worked at Boys Hope Girls Hope as a residential counselor for sic teenage girls in Cleveland Ohio. Julia moved back to the Chicago area to attend Loyola University. She graduated with her MSW in 2008, with a concentration in children and families. Upon graduation, she worked at the Community Counseling Center of Chicago as an outpatient therapist and crisis clinician until November of 2010, when she joined the Response team. Julia has received extensive training in family therapy and believes it is crucial to the therapeutic process. Julia also has experience in working with adolescents and young adults dealing with depression, attachment issues, self-harm, and those in crisis. Julia works with individuals, families, groups, and supervises clinical interns.