Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness. - Brené Brown

Lynn Zakeri, LCSW

Hello!

My name is Lynn Renee Zakeri, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Making the first appointment is the hardest step, and I ensure that my clients are comfortable and at ease from the first contact. I feel that my strengths lie in my ability to make connections and foster a warm relationship, even with those who are apprehensive. This is because of the improvements and benefits seen almost immediately.

 

My Experience

I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. My clients have successfully worked through multiple issues, including anxiety, depression, transitions, work ethics/motivation, young adult goal setting, self esteem, anger, family dysfunction (present or past), marital therapy, new mom stress, social skills, trauma, self-harming, and eating disorders, among others. I enjoy assisting in the progress and achievement of attaining goals.

 

Latest Presentations

  • "What is Normal?" (for parents)
  • Social Media: You Don't Know What You Don't Know
  • The Price of Popularity
  • Overweight Adolescents and Bullying
  • Transition to College

My Style

You will leave feeling better each time we meet. Using a cognitive behavioral approach, I have worked successfully with children, adolescents, young adults, parents and families. My style is practical, focusing a lot on coping mechanisms and strategies, but also warm and engaging. Some of my strengths include really seeing who you are, being authentic, and moving at your own pace toward progress. Whether you have anxiety and worry, are feeling sad or depressed, or just want some help setting and reaching goals, I will meet you where you are and help you move forward. I connect well with my clients - men, women, teens and children - and would welcome the opportunity to discuss your concerns. If you want to learn more about me, feel free to read my blog.

 

My Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois
  • In private practice for over 15 years
  • Over 10 years as a school social worker
  • S.A.F.E. (Self Abused Finally Ends) trained to end self-injurious behaviors
  • Elected Board Member of the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter (NASW-IL)

 

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It is when I struggle that I strengthen.  It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am - Steve Maraboli

 

Services

Children

I bring to my practice over 10 years of experience as a school social worker, several of them as the Lead School Social Worker in a district with over 20 school social workers. Additionally, I led my school’s intervention team, served as a case manager, and became well versed in the IEP/504 process.  In my current practice I use all these experiences in the schools, by being a strong advocate for my clients, and by teaching them social skills, executive functioning habits, and other skills that are helpful both inside and outside of the school setting.

Adolescents

Adolescents confront so many issues in our world.  They oftentimes struggle with difficulties such as bullying, social angst, poor study habits, anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, body image/eating disorder behaviors, sexual and gender identity questions ,and school refusal.  Managing school, sports, and other activities on top of everything else is overwhelming.  Developing a clinical relationship with adolescents during this period in their lives, teaching them the strategies they can use, and partnering with their parents is one of my favorite and most rewarding areas of expertise. I have found ways to connect with the most resistant teens and have been a part of their team that celebrates their growth.

Young Adults (17-25)

While the Transition to College is one of my areas of expertise, I think a better description is the whole transition to adulthood.  There are a lot of changes during this time, a lot of emotions, and a lot of “Where am I going and who am I” answers to be found. Drugs, alcohol, self-harm, numbing behaviors, depression, panic, eating disorders… but also self-reflection, growth, problem-solving, movement, empowerment and knowledge. Some young adults have been so busy surviving they don’t even know themselves.  I appreciate the clarity that comes when they begin to really like and enjoy who they are becoming. 

Adults

I have experience with adults who come from all different backgrounds and concerns.  Whether male, female, single, married, mentally ill, caretakers, parents, grandparents, and regardless of their diagnosis, we find a way to move forward.  Possibly they have been to many therapists, and they tell me what they want to focus on, or perhaps the client arrives nervous and unsure and doesn’t know what to say.  I help them figure it out pretty quickly. Sometimes the appointment is triggered by a life event, or by a relationship, or perhaps even by a behavior (an addiction, a disorder, etc.).  Whatever the reason, I enjoy making each session a progressive step towards something better. 

 

Couples

I recognize and appreciate that couples therapy requires a lot of emotion and vulnerability.  Articulating and clarifying where the couple is going and how to get there is something the three of us do together.  I enjoy figuring out what is working and pointing out what is not.  Couples often begin therapy because things don’t feel safe or good.  I try to move them towards safety as efficiently as possible. Some couples are not in crisis and want to make sure that they continue to do what is working.  Not as frequent appointments and tweaks to communication can help both partners feel more secure and fulfilled. 

Groups

I have led multiple support groups in the past, including Transition to College, Social Skills, Divorce, Grief, and Anxiety groups. I have led groups based on the work of Brené Brown, including "Daring Way" for teens and adults, and "Rising Strong" for adults. Contact me to find out about my upcoming groups: Skills Group (Fall 2017) and another Brené Brown Group (Winter 2018).

 

Specialties

  • Addictions

  • Anxiety

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Career Transition

  • Crisis Counseling

  • Depression

  • Divorce Counseling

  • Eating Disorders

  • Marriage/Family

  • Grief/Loss

  • Intimacy

  • Mood Disorders

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 

  • Panic Disorder

  • Parenting

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Relationships

  • Self Esteem

  • Self Harm

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Stress

  • Postpartum Depression

 

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4254 Emerson St., Skokie, IL 60076
778 W Frontage Rd., Suite 114. Northfield, IL 60093