Jean Walbridge is a clinical social worker with a private practice in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Jean sees adults, children, and families. Communication--how to talk to each other and how to listen--is almost always a key issue for people who come into psychotherapy, as it is for people in general. Jean helps people to hear themselves, to hear others, and, ultimately, to speak to others in ways that give them a chance to be heard.
Parents of teens and preteens write to Jean at www.parentingadolescents.com. Teens also write to Jean. The questions sent in and Jean's responses are posted at the site and may be read there for free.
Jean has been interviewed by NPR, and her Q&As at the website excerpted and quoted by many school counselors and other parent consultants.
Jean is the mother of two grown daughters and has a delightful grandson. She is continuously relearning her own lessons and revising her thoughts and views thanks to new experiences with family, clients, and friends.
Teaching learning disabled children as well as office work are in her past. She has two master's degrees, one in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University, and one in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. She has always loved learning and especially learning about language, children, and psychology. She loves to sing and dance, to cook and to read and write. She is learning Tai Chi; she may end up loving that too--stand by.
Jean and her lifetime partner psychoanalyst Karen Martin live with their dog Jasper in their home in Highland Park.
Where to find Jean Walbridge online
Surviving Your Child's Adolescence
Parents have come to Jean's web site for years for insight into living with teens. Attitude, chores, grades, mood swings, lying, sex, drugs, power struggles: she covers it all while helping parents understand the whys underlying teen emotions and behavior (and their own).
"Jean Walbridge has written an incredibly useful book for both clinicians and parents." --Constance Kintzler, LCSW, Chicago
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