Greta Nielsen has been providing psychotherapy to children for over 25 years. She is considered a preeminent expert in the field, whose reputation travels beyond the Chicago Northwest suburbs in which she has worked. Her commitment, passion and expertise are recognized by referral sources, fellow colleagues and other professionals who interface with her child therapy work.
Greta is educated, trained and in some cases certified in a wide-array of child therapy techniques, some of which include: Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral, Role-Playing, Art Therapy, Family Therapy, and Distress Tolerance Skill Building. These techniques are research based and have been proven to be effective as the gold standard for solving some of the most difficult child and teen related psychological challenges.
Greta is an expert child psychotherapist whose education, training, and experience enables her to help children, some as young as three years old, with Impulse Control Deficit, Autism Spectrum, Sensory Integration, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Communication Disorders. The very long list of childhood specific disorders she provides counseling services for continues with: Major Depression, Developmental Delays, Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety, Childhood Anxiety, Rumination, Social Communication and Attachment Disorders.
In addition to psychotherapeutic techniques, Greta uses specific strategies and tools to reach into her client’s world in order to better understand what they cannot say or are unable to say. These approaches help to identify and solve problems that are beyond their capacity to solve by themselves. Some of the tools include: therapeutic games, traditional toys and games, art supplies, sensory tools such as: rice tray; fidgets; & mind jars, puppets, dolls and doll house play, as well as evaluations and assessments for executive functioning, depression, anxiety, social skills and ADHD.
Greta not only connects and forms highly therapeutic relationships with her younger clients, she also facilitates a bond with their parents. By including the parents in the treatment process, she maximizes the potential for positive outcomes. Whenever possible, she seeks weekly updates; via email, phone and/or in person. They touch base after each session to include them in helping their child follow-through on their weekly goal at home. Examples of her home based assignments include, journaling, behavior modification, practice in the expression of feelings versus acting out, or the utilization of anger management techniques.
To further her clients’ progress, Greta also works with her client’s parents to establish goals for them to be able to increase their effectiveness as a parent to their child. Whenever appropriate, she provides the parents with resources to help them understand their child’s struggles which would typically include: articles, book suggestions, web based apps, etc.
As a result of Greta’s collaborative and inclusive approach, early on, she established communication with other professionals associated with her client’s care and well-being. With her client’s written permission, she attempts to coordinate services so that the additional skills of other professionals working with her clients can be included or considered in her treatment approach. Aside from the letter she sends informing these individuals about her services and her psychotherapy role, she seeks to coordinate a phone meeting to ensure a unified collaboration that accentuates her treatment methods. Examples of other professionals she works closely with include: school personnel, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, dieticians, psychologists for neuropsychological testing, discharge planning from hospital settings, etc.
Greta strives for positive outcomes for each and every one of her clients. Such outcomes are determined through discussions with the parents, other treatment or associated professionals, and, of course, the child. Greta aims for a reduction in symptoms, increase in use of positive coping strategies, & improvement in overall functioning at home and school. This can be seen in grade improvement, less consequences at school for behavioral issues, increase in self-esteem, increase in pro-social relationships and the ability to assert needs in positive, non-aggressive ways.
To track her outcomes, while motivating her clients, Greta and her clients, along with their parents, create short-term and long-term goals, which are regularly reviewed, and if necessary, modified. Monitoring these goals assure the success of any given strategy, while also motivating and affirming the client’s success in them. To that end, Greta seeks feedback and reports from her client, the parents, and from other associated professionals involved about such goals.
It is common for her to receive comments like, “You are like ‘gold’ for my child, they respond to you better than they ever have to me”. “ We always say “What would Greta say/do?” - “ We want to make a sign or bumper sticker – WWGD”! “My child is finally able to function in the classroom and make friends because of your work with her/him.” “I tell everyone about you and that they should go see you too.” “I have all the confidence in the world about referring to you and recommend you as their first go-to”. “Any of my students who see you just love you.”
Greta works out of Clinical Care Consultants’ Inverness office. For more information about Greta and Clinical Care Consultants: Click Here
Clinical Care Consultants specialize in and offer a range of counseling, behavioral health, addiction and psychological services to fit your needs. CCC provides counseling / psychotherapy from a variety of disciplines, theoretical orientations, and styles. Each of our clinicians, who average 19 years in the field, specialize in several counseling modalities, client populations, and problem types, including individual counseling, marriage / marital counseling, couples counseling, and group therapy. CCC is proud of its diversity, clinical depth, and broad range of services in therapy and counseling in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Inverness, Palatine and the surrounding communities.