Our Passion Is Helping Families
We offer individual services to you and to your family to meet your specific needs. We meet you where you are and help you on your journey.
“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind.”–Lilo & Stitch
I am Wendy Cohen, Founder of Family Matters Therapy, and my passion is helping families. That is my life's work.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and have served in the mental health field in Chicagoland for 25 years. For 15 years of my career, I worked at Misericordia Home with individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Later, I worked at The Cradle, serving families through the practical and emotionally agonizing pre- and post-adoption process.
Before establishing my practice, I worked for five years in North Shore schools with K-12 students, learning their social-emotional and executive-functioning needs. I helped children and adolescents set goals, learn skills to manage their moods, and regulate their behavior for success in and out of the classroom. At the high school level, I practiced college and career counseling. As a counselor in a school with a large caseload, I saw many students in crisis or post-trauma and helped them and their families heal from difficult experiences.
Personally and professionally, I learned how to navigate the school system to gain support through IEPs and 504 plans. In addition, my school experience enables me to converse with teachers and administrators—and advocate for children.
No client is an island but a connected member of a family, so I often practice therapy with parents or spouses, and siblings.
My style is practical, focusing on solutions. I am creative and find it essential to evaluate each client’s unique needs in the therapy office. For example, I often use hands-on therapy, such as making art or playing, to help with expression and focus.
I have walked in the shoes of a single mother, breast cancer survivor, and co-head of a blended family. Currently, I am married to my incredibly supportive husband and am a stepmother of three college-aged daughters. My daughter is college-bound. In my home, I know the sounds of the slamming doors and stomping feet. And I know how eye rolls can change the mood around the dinner table—and more. Parenting does not come with instructions. It is mysterious. But, the smallest successes can produce a profound sense of accomplishment. Helping parents find their way through counseling and walking along side of you through that journey is my mission.
My practice offers individual counseling, family and couples counseling, parent coaching packages, and executive functioning coaching.
If you are interested in taking the first step with a free 15-minute phone consultation, please send an appointment request. I look forward to talking to you about how I can help you in your search for support.
I am Dan Stribling, and my passion is creating spaces that promote healing and community.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have devoted my career to supporting young people and their families. I am entering my eighth year in the mental health field.
I believe that every person is an expert in their experience. Therefore, my work centers around the hopes, dreams, and needs of each person’s journey. I believe that the role of a therapist is to be the co-pilot on the journey—we will work as a team to navigate life and reach your destination.
While a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, I developed mentoring programs, and my work was recognized with the Catalyst Award. There, I earned a Bachelor and Master of Social Work. My studies emphasized helping youth and aging populations. I focused on proven therapeutic systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which I have employed throughout my career.
Every child deserves the support they need. I worked with Head Start to promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children.
During my career, I have been focused on centering those that have been often pushed to the margins—the LGBTQ+ community, young people, and those who have been impacted by the justice system. I have collaborated with queer youth and adults to develop plans for their growth, independence, and success.
I have supported clients through crises and developed safety plans when necessary.
I am deeply committed to building bridges over barriers and creating webs of support around those I have the honor of working with.
All people deserve a life filled with joy, love, and dreams. I cannot wait to be your co-pilot on this journey together.
Free Initial Consultation
Our initial consultation helps match clients with the right therapist for their needs. A consultation allows clients to ask questions of us. In addition, we can help clients understand what to expect in their fist session.
We take most major insurances, private pay, and can provide a super bill if requested.
“We are very grateful to have found Wendy Cohen! She is a phenomenal therapist and her compassion is unprecedented. Wendy helped both our kids learn some valuable coping skills that aid them on a continuous basis!”
We are experienced in working with patients with these conditions
Child or Adolescent
Marital and Premarital
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Executive Function Coaching
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
Structural Family Therapy