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Dr. Donna developed CUP and the Children Uplifted Program to promote mental health awareness for children and to guide you, the parent through the process of realizing the potential of your child as well as how to understand how each child is unique.  In the sessions you will discover the many components of behavior that factor into a child’s response (behavior) to his or her environment.

CUP provides workshops, as well as individual one-on-one sessions, for parents who want to gain new insights and begin to overcome some of the challenges that many families face.

As a private consultant, she works with schools, community organizations, city and county agencies to promote parent information and early intervention strategies for child/adolescent well-being.

As a therapist, her clients include adults, children, and families. My experience and training include all aspects of the emotional/psychological developmental issues of children, with an in-depth understanding of the impact of trauma, abuse and neglect.  She created the Children Uplifted Program workshops to provide parents with the information that she believes to be vital to our children’s future.

Transcend Challenges, LLC, her private practice is located in Oak Park, Illinois. In addition to being a therapist and a parent coach, she is a mother of adult sons who have recently furthered their education by completing graduate studies.


Welcoming Helen Gualitieri to Transcend….

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Helen Gualtieri, MSW, LCSW, (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) At Transcend Challenges, LLC, Helen Gualtieri provides therapeutic services to adolescents and adults, in individual, and/or family therapy. She also is available to provide group therapy services.

Her primary experience involves working as a School Social Worker for Chicago Public Schools, from 1990-2021. She has also provided mental health services at agencies and programs such as Catholic Charities, Hull House, the YWCA, and several private practice settings. Her areas of intervention include social skill development, self-esteem, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and stress management, ADHD, PTSD and Trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and grief counseling.

Clients can expect to receive assistance with problem solving, goal setting, and ways to cultivate health and wellness in their treatment plans. Ms. Gualtieri draws from various approaches to therapy. Her theoretical approaches include, client-centered, psychodynamic, and Mindfulness, along with a commitment to use enable empowerment in those she serves.