Clinical Counseling Services

Kids First Collaborative provides clinical counseling services in our Wheaton office and virtually (online) for clients who need alternative counseling modalities. We provide counseling for school-aged children as well as adults. We believe it is a great privilege to support our clients. We work with clients who are struggling with a wide range of clinical needs. At Kids First Collaborative, we specialize in working with children, teens, and adults with special needs as well as with parents/caregivers of children with special needs or special circumstances (e.g. foster, adoption). We offer evidence-based treatment approaches including mindfullness-based cognitive behavioral counseling, parent-education, and play-based therapy. 

If you or your child are struggling to manage life’s stressors, or if you are caring for a child with complex medical, emotional, behavioral or learning needs, we are here to help. 


Counseling for children & adolescents

We provide counseling and therapeutic interventions to help children and adolescents increase their coping skills and develop their social and emotional competencies. All our therapists have extensive experience providing counseling services in schools and are dually licensed for practice in both clinical and school settings. Our practice founder, Dr. Kimberly Melton Lechner is also credentialed as a clinical provider with the Illinois Early Intervention system. We use developmentally appropriate interventions including play-based approaches, cognitive-behavioral therapies, and social thinking concepts to help children and adolescents connect, grow, and thrive. We appreciate having opportunities to collaborate with school teams on behalf of children and their families, and we can align our therapeutic services to complement IEP goals.


counseling for adults

Our clinical counseling services for adults are grounded in a powerful, evidence-based treatment approach known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is both a theoretical and practical model designed to help people experience rich, full, and meaningful lives. This approach is based on the premise that, as human beings, we all inevitably experience pain. When we acknowledge and allow ourselves to process that pain through therapy, we can commit to mindsets and practices that promote wellness. The goal of therapy is to increase psychological flexibility and self-compassion. The ACT model has important implication for individuals who have experienced trauma or who struggle with anxiety, depression, or other chronically challenging life circumstances. We offer inclusive services for individuals from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs.

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We offer parent support groups for families who are raising a child with complex medical, emotional, or behavioral needs. These support groups run periodically for six consecutive weeks throughout the year. Our support groups vary in terms of the format; we offer both process-oriented groups focused on supporting the social and emotional needs of parents, as well as educationally-focused groups around topics of interest to families of children with special needs. Our parent support groups are facilitated by highly experienced licensed counselors. Please contact us for more information about the next scheduled parent support group.