Amy Schillinger

620 wing st
Elgin , Illinois 60123
United States
Office Phone: 847-450-0524
Member since 2019
Membership Type: IACP


Mental Health Professional

Early in Balance founder Amy Schillinger’s career, she worked with foster children who were “level 14,” a step away from juvenile hall. Staff were trained to respond to their extreme behavior with holds, restraints and heavy medication. They were then asked to do therapeutic work, the effectiveness of which Schillinger questioned even as a young therapist: how much progress could patients make if they’re so drugged up they’re not themselves? Why weren’t they digging into the trauma at the root of the children’s behavior? Schillinger began exploring alternative treatments, from neurofeedback to EMDR—and the philosophy behind Balance Stress Management was born.

Area(s) of Practice: Marriage, Family, child, adolescent therapy
License(s): LMFT IL

Professional Activities

BNI American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy EMDRIA Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy CYT-200

Undergraduate Education

Alverno College, 2007

Postgraduate Education

Norte Dame de Namur University, 2009

Professional Education

EMDR- Trauma
Art Therapy