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Ellen Lonnquist

Photo of Ellen LonnquistEllen M. Lonnquist, MS, LMFT, a family systems therapist, specializes in helping families, couples, adolescents and children discover their resilience while learning skills and developing capacities to help navigate both ordinary and unexpected life challenges. Ellen also has a strong commitment to working with families of children with special needs, helping them to look at the ways their children challenge families to make new meaning of their lives. She provides guidance and support for parents and siblings helping them understand the challenges and opportunities for growth that a child with special needs can provide.

Drawing from a range of techniques, including hypnotherapy, Ellen works to help negotiate the darker spaces of life, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. She uses her gifts as a therapist to invite individuals and families to explore belief and behavior that hinder the expression of their true selves, thus enhancing their relationship with themselves and with each other.

Ellen can be reached at 847-475-7003, extension 29.

Ellen is available to train, present or consult on:

  • Family Systems and the Special Needs Child
  • The Other Child: Growing Up with a Special Needs Sibling
  • Special Parents: Balancing Life, Work and the Issues of a Special Needs Child
  • Keeping Yourself: Maintaining Identity Throughout Parenthood
  • Understanding Self-Injury in Adolescents
  • Teens and Healthy Relationships

Education and Credentials

  • MSMFT (Masters in Marital and Family Therapy), 1999, The Family Institute at Northwestern University
  • LMFT (Illinois Licensed Marital and Family Therapist)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Marital and Family Therapists
  • Member of the Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy Network


Womencare Counseling Center
1740 Ridge Ave., Suite 201
Evanston IL 60201

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