Counseling: I provide an accepting, encouraging space in which you can explore thoughts and feelings and get clear about next steps. With support, you can feel at ease and take time for yourself to heal from difficult circumstances, reflect on transitions, honor emotions, or take positive steps to cope with challenges and feel better. A trusting relationship, careful listening, and genuine feedback are most important to me. I admire the way my clients use the process to care for themselves, grow, and be proactive about their lives.
Education and Training
Dr. Erin Leyba is an integrative counselor who sees adults and couples in her private practice in Oak Brook, IL and Naperville, IL (currently telehealth due to COVID-19). She specializes in working with new moms who are adjusting to significant life changes, experiencing grief/loss, caring for a child with special needs, and/or feeling anxious.
Dr. Erin Leyba completed her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her doctorate (Ph.D.) in social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and specialized in strengths-based social work. She has taught Social Work courses at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, the Institute for Clinical Social Work, and University of Illinois at Chicago, (as well as Aurora University where she currently teaches Social Work Practice and Group Work courses).
Dr. Leyba is trained in Internal Family Systems and is also a Program Educator for the Gottman Institute’s Bringing Baby Home © and Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work © seminars. She speaks to parent groups, agencies, and other groups about mindfulness, parenting, partnering, and self-care. She has been a presenter for the Target Corporation, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Victories of the Heart, The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Illinois Association of School Social Workers (IASSW), School Social Workers of America (SSWA), La Leche League (LLL), Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Parenthesis Family Center, the Northside Parents Network (NPN), the School for Little Children (SLC), pediatric therapy clinics, twins groups, support groups, and a variety of other parent groups. She has also been a guest on radio shows including the Kim Pagano show, Uplift Your Life with Paula Joyce, Positive Parenting show with Armin Brott, Linda Joy / Aspire Magazine show, The Full Life podcast, Ethan Bearman of KGO radio, George Whitton of Life is Meant to Be Good, and more.
Dr. Leyba has written a number of journal articles and book chapters on strengths-based social work that have been published in Children & Schools, School Social Work Journal, and School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research Perspectives. She is a contributing author to the newly-released book This is Motherhood and is the author of Joy Fixes for Weary Parents: 101 Quick, Research-Based Ways to Overcome Stress and Build a Life You Love. She writes regularly about parenting and partnering with presence and joy. Her articles have been featured on Psychology Today, Your Tango, Working Mother, Blog Her, Positive Parents and Kids, Hello Dearest, The Elephant Journal, Great Moments in Parenting, Motherly, Giggle Magazine, Psych Central, and other sites.