Elizabeth Krotser is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in work with young children and their families. Elizabeth earned her Masters of Social Work at the Jane Addams College of Social Work (UIC) in 2003. She began her career working in the public school system, where she specialized in working with children with Emotional Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Seeking to work more alongside families, Elizabeth began working in the Early Intervention system (birth to three), where she earned her Intermediate Theraplay certification.
Elizabeth Krotser currently specializes in children birth through elementary school who struggle with family relationships, emotional regulation, social skills, and behavioral challenges. Elizabeth is a Certified Theraplay Therapist, and also trained in Greenspan Floortime Techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Strengths-Based Solution Focused therapies.
Elizabeth’s strengths lie in her ability to connect with children using a nurturing, playful approach and connect with parents on a parent-to-parent level. She uses feedback-informed therapy which allows her to constantly adapt her practice to be most helpful to parents, the first and best professionals of their child. As a former school social worker, Elizabeth’s strength also lies in her ability to connect with the school system, to problem solve ways to strengthen the connection between home, school, and community to best meet the whole child’s development.
Sara Panke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in work with adolescents, teens, and their families. Sara earned her Masters of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2006. Sara has 11 years of experience in connecting with families in an energetic, empathetic, and welcoming way. Her focus is using a strengths-based perspective to optimize the positive attributes that clients already possess while developing skills that may be lacking. Working together to identify issues that may limit a client’s potential, Sara uses an approach that then helps to build a skill base that is reasonable, practical, and action-oriented. Sara enjoys problem-solving alongside clients and families while working through concerns in a compassionate manner. She has experience working with adolescents who present with various needs such as: anxiety, depression, mood regulation issues, autism, oppositional behaviors, LGBTQ+ needs, trauma, and more. While using strengths-based approaches, Sara teaches clients to practice mindfulness techniques, social skill strategies, and empowers them to build lasting and effective coping techniques.