The People and Issues I work with…

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.  I am also a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist – learn more about what that is and why it matters here. https://gretchenharro.com/eft/

With couples, we work together to identify the pattern underneath the “here-we-go-again” arguments. We discover what leads to feeling disconnected and identify where each person can make positive changes. I teach clients how to have productive conversations that lead to deeper understanding and acceptance of each other. Clear solutions to the issues they face arise as a result of this understanding and acceptance.

In premarital counseling, I help couples identify strengths and address challenges in their relationship so they’re more prepared for life together.

Parents develop a positive discipline that builds respect and cooperation between all family members.

Women of all ages receive wise, objective counsel and support for the challenges they face.

I also teach mindfulness practices to clients who want to keep their attention in the present and worry less about the past and future.

My Christian faith informs my work and I integrate clients’ personal spiritual beliefs into therapy.  I don’t push my beliefs on others, and clients have expressed their appreciation of my non-judgmental approach.

I enjoy bringing my practical approach to relationships to groups and regularly give workshops.  Topics include:

Parenting:

  • Is This Normal?
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Birth Order
  • After the Adoption: 1st Year Survival Guide for Adoptive Parents
  • Understanding Your Child’s Misbehavior
  • Parenting that Works
  • Fostering Emotional Intelligence in Children

Couples:

  • Unpacking Your Bags: Understand How Your Upbringing Affects Your Relationship
  • Forgive the Past to Free the Future
  • What’s Your Poison?: Beyond Anger Management
  • Beyond Happily Ever After

Couples Weekend Retreat

  • Even Better