Garrett Pluhar-Schaeffer, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Erikson Institute

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Park Ridge
Teletherapy

Garrett is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who received their Masters in Social Work from Erikson Institute, where they specialized in working with children and their families. They believe that therapy is a space for nonjudgmental exploration of feelings and emotions in order to get to the root cause of the issue.

Garrett has advanced training in treating trauma in children, adolescents and adults. Currently, they are receiving training in child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.

In their clinical practice, Garrett uses psychoanalytic and attachment theories. They believe that growth and development occurs through the context of relationships.

Garrett is passionate about working with people who identify as LGBTQ+ of all ages.

Garrett specializes in working with children and adolescents who struggle with trauma, anxiety, self-regulation, and familial issues. They utilize play therapy when working with children in order for the child to best express their lived experience.

With adults, Garrett enjoys working with people who have personality disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, relationship issues, and mood disorders.

“Therapy is a microcosm of life, where we can explore issues that cause distress, work to lessen that pain, and work with our strengths to build a better understanding of ourselves.”