Robin Poage, LCSW

Social Worker

Areas of Expertise

Adoption
Trauma
Depression
Anxiety
Grief
Life Transitions

Location

Willowbrook
(630) 269-2886

Professional Summary

Hi, I’m Robin Poage, I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Life Counseling Institute.  My goal is to build a trusting and unconditionally positive relationship with you.  We can work together and focus on your strengths to figure out how you can move forward toward your goals. I will respect where you are while also working with you to meet your full potential in all aspects of your wellness journey. Humor will be part of the process too!

I believe that mindfulness-based and insight-oriented approaches can be very helpful in dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and big life changes. It is said that people get depressed when they live in the past and anxious if they are living in the future, so one of the skills we will work on is to live in the present as much as possible to invite calm and peace. 

I also take a trauma-informed approach that recognizes how trauma can leave an imprint on one’s mind and body. I have experience using expressive therapy interventions such as sandtray therapy as this incorporates both. Sandtray therapy, a fun and effective way to get to the root of what has been holding you back from living a full life, can be used with kids and adults.

In my work with children, teens, and families, I incorporate art and play therapy to teach self-regulation and self-confidence. I help kids who struggle with depression, anxiety, social skills, anger management, school concerns, and many other issues.   I also teach and support parents in using therapeutic parenting techniques for them to have the best relationship with their children. 

In my free time, I like to travel, watch movies, eat spicy food, be outside as much as possible, and spend time with family.

Robin works with children, teens, adults, and families. She has specialized experience working with adoptive families and using attachment-based therapies. She is trained in Theraplay (level 1) and has experience using TBRI (Trust Based Relational Interventions). She was also certified in TARGET (Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide For Education and Therapy). When using mindfulness-based approaches, she uses principles from ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). 

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