Hello! Janet Craig here. I come to Betterhelp with 30+ years of social work/advocacy/counseling experience. I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois. I have worked in a variety of settings (child welfare, hospice, and the schools), and am comfortable helping people of all ages explore what makes them tick, what causes them pain, and how they can best take care of themselves. Being a human being is hard work no matter your age or life experience.
I am especially skilled in helping parents with a variety of parenting issues, and have a passion for working with parents of teenagers. Raising a family is one of life's biggest and most important challenges. I'm here to help parents navigate new territory as their kids grow through adolescence.
As a bereavement counselor, I have helped individuals and families cope with loss and it's resulting aftermath. Grief can feel very lonely and overwhelming at times. Sometimes it helps to sort out thoughts and feelings with someone outside the family. That's where I come in.
My approach is one of compassion, careful listening, and guiding individuals toward meeting goals that they set for themselves. I firmly believe that people have the capacity to heal themselves, and that no one has to make that journey alone. My approach to my life and profession is that of acceptance, respect and kindness. The bumper sticker on my car says, “Human kind (be both).” My life's motto.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
IL LCSW 149-000531
Janet listens to me and adds many thoughtful contributions to our talks. I appreciate her very much.
Written on Dec 23, 2023 after therapy with Janet for 2 years and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Incredibly supportive, non-judgmental, and helps me re-frame.
Written on Jun 20, 2023 after therapy with Janet for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes
She’s great! Reassuring and yet willing to challenge your ideas and thoughts when needed. Highly recommend her to any professional who has constraints on their schedule. Everyone else too!
Written on May 05, 2023 after therapy with Janet for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and adhd
Janet is such a kind, amazing soul that makes my day every time we get to talk. She feels more like a friend than a therapist
Written on Feb 08, 2022 after therapy with Janet for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and adhd
Janet is a great listener and I always feel at ease when talking to her about my experiences. She’s been a huge support while going through some challenging moments in my life.
Written on Dec 15, 2021 after therapy with Janet for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
I love her! She makes my life so much better
Written on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with Janet for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem