This group is for moms and their 5th grade daughters. The group is based on the book "The Mother-Daughter Project" by SuEllen Hamkins, MD and Renee Schultz, MA. The group is a closed group of no more than eight moms and their daughters.
We meet monthly beginning in 5th grade and go through high school together. The group serves multiple functions including providing a safe and confidential community for the moms and their daughters to deal with different developmental and social issues, communication issues and life pressures that occur during the pre-adolescent and adolescent years.
Debra Alper is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Ravenswood neighborhood in Chicago, IL who specializes in working with couples and individuals who are navigating relationship challenges, including those who are going through a divorce or separation. She also has extensive experience working with individuals who are dealing with self-esteem issues or have a history of emotional abuse, including attaching themselves to narcissists.
Debra takes a psychodynamic approach to help her clients gain a better understanding of themselves and past experiences. She also frequently utilizes mindfulness practices to bring awareness to the mind and body and quiet their inner critic. Debra utilizes attachment theory in helping clients to understand their repetitive behaviors in relationships in order to help them break unconscious patterns and replace them with healthier relational patterns. Debra is trained in The Gottman Method and primarily utilizes this treatment approach when working with couples.
Debra loves seeing her clients make remarkable transformations and considers it an honor to support them in making these changes. She has been in private practice for over 20 years and looks forward to meeting you. Her office is conveniently located a few blocks from the Montrose stop.