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Counseling Services

Many potential clients are intimidated at the prospect of “psychotherapy.” Others avoid treatment due to poor experiences with “help” in the past. It’s my goal to create an environment of trust, reflection and rest. Give me the opportunity to change your mind about counseling!

Families and Children

Working with distressed children, teens and their exhausted parents is my specialty. I enjoy working with hard-to-reach kids, and have experience addressing issues such as: oppositional behavior, social problems, anxiety and depression, high functioning autism, mood disorders, high conflict, divorce, and other difficulties in the family.

Adults and Teens

I don’t just work with kids! A good portion of my practice includes individual treatment for older teens, college students, and adults. Treatment themes have included: managing anxiety and depression, overcoming addictions, career direction and guidance, interpersonal struggles, launching younger adults beyond college and into a professional life, and faith-based problems.

For Artists

With a background in sculpting and a long history of family and relatives in the arts, I am familiar with the challenges of living the life of an artist. While style, medium and motivations to create art are often unique, almost all artists want to express themselves, and want to feel understood. I have a unique interest in supporting artists who feel stuck or who are looking for their artistic “voice.”

About Brendan Bell, MA, LCPC

Counseling for kids, families and creative types!

My therapy is focused on caring for hurting kids, frustrated teens, and exhausted parents. I also love working with unconventional and creative thinkers–adults and kids alike. My approach to therapy is down-to-earth, respectful, and often fun–especially when working with kids and teens! I place a high premium on really listening, but also value practical help–including strategies, techniques, and skills training for both kids and their parents.

If counseling hasn’t worked well in the past, or if your family is skeptical of therapy, consider a redo–schedule a session here at my Wheaton office or my Lake Zurich office!

Visit my practices below

Brendan is a counselor and founder at Upswing Counseling in Wheaton, Illinois. Upswing is a group practice focused on creative family therapy–designed with a child’s age in mind, research informed, and unexpectedly fun!

Founded in 1976, Cherry Hill Counseling is a multi-site practice in Illinois with a broad range of expertise–devoted to the highest quality of care and serving all ages. Brendan is Executive Director at Cherry Hill and currently sees clients at the Lake Zurich office.

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620 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite D-1 Wheaton, IL 60187