Welcome to Individual and Family Connection

We’re an independent pediatric therapy practice located in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, in Chicago, IL. Our therapists Abbie Kelley, MA, LCPC, and Julianne Neely, MSW, LCSW, dedicate their careers to helping children ages 18 months through young adulthood, effectively navigate the challenges before them. These may include a bully on the playground, self-esteem issues, peer relationships, a traumatic event, family transition (such as divorce or new sibling), and domestic violence. We also help children experiencing grief, attachment issues, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, some medically complex conditions, and other issues.

Click here for a list of conditions we treat.

Each child is unique. At IFC, we don’t believe there’s a one size fits all solution for the children we see in our practice. So we offer a unique approach called Through the Eyes of a Child℠, where we become part of a child’s world, working with parents, teachers, coaches and other persons of influence in your child’s life. This allows us to build trust with a child, teen or young adult; deepen our understanding of your child’s struggle; and create an effective, customized treatment plan that works in a compassionate and timely manner.

Parents are truly grateful for the personal attention we show their children. We have an ease with children, making them feel safe, heard and comfortable. We help children articulate their struggle, and relate to them on a level that’s meaningful to them. This helps us build rapport with them, while gleaning keen insights into who they are, and their struggles, so we can restore balance in their life.

Choosing a counselor for your child is an important decision. We invite you to contact us for a complementary phone consultation, during your search process.

Making children’s lives better

Community Involvement

Because we believe it’s so important to help make a child’s world even better, we actively participate in many forums and meetings, offering our expertise on pediatric and adolescent issues, and parenting concerns.

Click here for recent and upcoming speaking engagements, and other activities and events.

Publishing and Professional Activities

IFC also contributes articles on parenting and pediatric behavioral health issues to various professional and consumer audiences.

Click here for an article we co-authored on negative self talk.