Melinda Gronen is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who received her Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Melinda has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, children, and families. She specializes in supporting individuals and families who are coping with loss, have experienced a traumatic event, chronic illness, relationship conflict, divorce and co-parenting, job stress and many other life challenges. 
Melinda also specializes in working with first responders (police, fire, paramedics, emergency department staff, military personnel, etc.) who may be experiencing job and family stress due to the nature of their work.
Throughout her career, Melinda has worked in school based health, residential treatment, community child welfare agencies, as a medical social worker at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, and in an intensive outpatient pediatric mental health setting (PHP/IOP).
Melinda provides individual and group therapy in schools specializing in grief and trauma.
Melinda is a leader in her field and provides extensive training and consultation across the country on the assessment of child maltreatment and response to trauma.
Melinda is an adjunct professor in the graduate programs at the University of Illiniois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work and the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
In her free time Melinda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, listening to her favorite jazz musicians in concert, and traveling.


Catherine Marquard, MSW, LCSW

Catherine Marquard is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who received her Master's degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Chicago's Jane Addams College of Social Work.


Catherine has over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in school, juvenile justice, and cancer support settings.  


Catherine is dedicated to providing individualized interventions that fully support every child and family.


Good Guidance, LLC and Melinda Gronen Counseling, LLC are excited to collaborate in providing innovative programs, trainings, and services to children, families, and  youth serving professionals.


Buster, Therapy Dog in Training

Buster is a one year old charcoal labrador retriever who has recently begun his training to become a therapy dog. 

As part of his training, Buster loves to participate in groups and some individual sessions to work on his therapy skills and manners. 

In his spare time, Buster loves to chase blowing leaves, play with friends at the dog park, snuggle his human family, and get into mischief at home.

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Melinda Gronen, MA, LCSW