Carliann Pentz, Social Worker in Illinois

Carliann Pentz

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I am passionate about working together as a team to assist you in finding peace and making the appropriate changes to improve your well-being. Life can bring us devastating and life-changing challenges, both big and small, and it can also bring us incredible joy. Everyone has different needs and backgrounds, and knowing this, it is important that each person has an individualized therapy experience and treatment plan that works best for them on their journeys. I can support you in building self-advocacy and self-empowerment skills, while also holistically working through your needs together to achieve personal success and accomplish your goals.

I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, childhood behavioral challenges, mindfulness, grief, working with individuals who receive Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans in the education system, and working with families who have symptoms related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, friendships, bullying, conflict resolution, parenting issues, life transitions, environmental trauma, community violence, domestic violence, and other areas of concern. I am also a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher and am currently completing a 500-hour program to become a Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist. These trainings involve trauma-informed yoga, women's health, the nervous system, restorative work, meditation, and specific anatomy courses. I am able to bring this knowledge and experience with yoga to my sessions to support clients with a number of life situations, such as intergenerational trauma, anxiety, spirituality, and chronic pain. I am able to achieve this by using a strengths-based approach that fosters trusting relationships and empowers my clients. I also use an integrative therapeutic approach and use strategies that will best support each client, instead of using only one type of technique. The skill sets I primarily use are evidence-based practices and include CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), mindfulness, play-based interventions, and talk therapy. I have used these techniques while working in elementary and high schools, as well as currently in a private practice setting.

Therapy can be new and scary, even if you have already seen a therapist in the past. You are not alone. No matter your reason for going to therapy, I will provide you with new skills and a safe space to process your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and life events, whether they occurred in the past, are happening now, or are planned for the future. Please contact me to set up an initial appointment, and you can start the first step of healing today.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Betrayal Trauma
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Developmental & Intellectual Disorders
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Neuropsychological Issues
  • Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Relationships
  • School Performance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Violence
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness
  • Play Therapy & Sandtray
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Hispanic Or Latino
  • Lgbtqia+
  • People With Disabilities
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$150.00 - $175.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Zelle, Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Social Worker
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
University of Illinois at Chicago
Masters of Social Worker