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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, Pre-teens and Teens
Working with distressed teens, pre-teens, and their frustrated parents is my specialty. I enjoy working with hard-to-reach kids, and have experience addressing issues such as: oppositional behavior, social problems, anxiety, depression, high functioning autism, mood disorders, high conflict, divorce, and other difficulties in the family.
College Students and Adults
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 professional life, and faith-based problems.
Artists and Creative Types
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 families, teens, 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 older 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 Deer Park 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 Deer Park office.
Brendan has years of counseling experience working with children, families, and parents/couples. He is well respected in the field and is warm, friendly, caring person and exactly who I would bring my son or daughter to see. If you are in need or just looking to find out more, you will be so glad you reached out. Highly recommend!!
Thank you for restoring my daughter's childhood. She is thriving! God is so good.
When I talk to Brendan, I know that he’s truly listening to me, and even though I might be nervous or embarrassed by things I’ve told him, I never feel judged. Our sessions are often the one calm, safe spot in my week. Meeting with him feels natural, he’s not an awkward “shrink,” but he knows his stuff and has helped me out of many messes. Thank you, Brendan!
Just when you think everything has gone downhill, set in stone, has no ounce of hope left, or become an endless battle of continuity, think again. Brendan Bell has given me all hope, desire, and much MUCH more to live with and to apply everyday to accept myself and what I can become tomorrow and on.
After just a few sessions, I quickly found that I could be myself around Brendan and there was no need to hide my feelings or keep secrets. He was the first adult person – not just the first therapist, but the first person – to truly listen to what was happening in my life and how much I was struggling with it, and I found such release and relief after every appointment.
It gives me great confidence to refer patients to Brendan Bell. I have had the opportunity over the years to make referrals both professionally and personally to him. I have heard nothing but high praise for his accessibility, demeanor and treatment skills. I am pleased to highly recommend Brendan Bell.
You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.
– Brene Brown
How to Find Me
620 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite C-2 Wheaton, IL 60187
Deer Park Office
21925 W. Field Parkway, Suite 215, Deer Park, IL 60010