Helen Elayan enjoys working with children and adolescents and has years of experience as a school counselor. Prior to joining TriCity Family Services, Elayan was a program therapist at Parkland Preparatory Academy in Streamwood, where she performed social services and related functions as required by the student’s IEP. She was also employed as a school-based counselor at Rosecrance Berry Center in Rockford.
Elayan has a particular passion and expertise for working with teenagers as they struggle to define their identities, cope with the rapid physical, emotional and psychological changes that take place within themselves and adjust to the demands of peers, schools, families and society. When seeing teenagers, she tends to work collaboratively with parents, the family, school counselors, pediatricians and others to provide an optimum level of care. Elayan incorporates a varying amount of family work when seeing adolescents as she finds this to be a powerful medium for lasting change. Her other passion and area of expertise lies in dealing with relationship issues, grief and trauma, and all that it encompasses, working to provide clients with tailored treatment plans that can be integrated into their daily lives.
Elayan received her B.A. in psychology from DePaul University and her M.A. in counseling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.
Outside of counseling, she enjoys spending time with her family, running and being outdoors.