Stephanie Bell


Stephanie is a dedicated and compassionate social worker committed to making a positive impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities. A school social worker with 10+ years of experience, Stephanie has enjoyed working with preschool and elementary age children and their parents along the north shore and surrounding communities of Chicago. Whether short or long term problem-solving, Stephanie believes in solution-focused therapy with realistic goal setting that meets a family where they are at. Her approach is grounded in evidence-based practices and a deep commitment to tailoring interventions to meet the unique needs of each client. Stephanie recognizes and celebrates the natural strengths and talents of those she meets with, incorporating them into therapy in order to create positive change.

With a focus on family systems, CBT, and play therapy, Stephanie works collaboratively with parents and thoughtfully with children to gently guide them in practicing healthy coping strategies related to behavior modification, social struggles, and family changes. She enjoys providing support, guidance, and education to parents in order to enhance their parenting skills and improve the parent-child relationship and overall family dynamic. She believes a child as young as 3-4 can benefit from aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by simplifying concepts and promoting social-emotional awareness and expression.

Her passion for social work extends beyond the therapy room, as she actively engages in therapeutic work in school settings and ongoing professional development in best practices. By integrating a holistic approach, she looks forward to fostering a lasting transformation and meaningful impact along one’s life journey so her client’s and their families can enjoy well-rounded and fulfilling lives.

Locations: Highland Park and virtual


  • Graduate Degree: Masters in Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Undergraduate Degree: Bachelors in Science, Human Development and Family Studies- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign