Elgin , Illinois 60123
Profession(s)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.
Professional ActivitiesBNI American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy EMDRIA Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy CYT-200
Alverno College, 2007
Norte Dame de Namur University, 2009