Therapy Services

Services may include a one-time appointment or ongoing sessions where you can address your particular questions or concerns.


This is an initial session to discuss and answer questions regarding your child or your family's specific situation. Resources and referrals are available to assist your family and your individual needs. Ongoing therapy sessions at Holt-Sunny Ridge are an option after the consultation.

Individual Therapy

These are ongoing sessions based on the progress of your identified goals and objectives. Each individual and family is unique, so treatment plans are individualized and based on your unique needs. Individual therapy is a one-on-one therapy session with the identified client (you or your child) and the therapist.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is a session with all members of the family, or at least one parent/ caregiver, the child and the therapist. These are ongoing sessions based on the progress of your identified goals and objectives.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is an ongoing group session with other identified clients. Arranged by the therapist, groups are based on similar age ranges, the presenting problem/issue and maturity level.

Meet the Therapists at Holt-Sunny Ridge

It is a privilege to offer compassionate, professional support to you or your child and family. We feel it is very important to treat each client individually and look at all aspects of their life in order to help them work towards health and becoming their best self.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Pam Shepard at 630.754.4500 or

Pam Shepard, LCSW
Supervisor of Clinical Services


Pam has over 20 years of experience in child welfare and is extensively trained to provide therapy for adopted children, teens, adult adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and families. Pam sees clients for individual, family and group therapy and she is trained in Theraplay®, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI). "My passion is to assist adoptees in processing how adoption has impacted them and to validate their unique, individual feelings throughout that journey. As a parent, I also understand that we have one of the most difficult and rewarding privileges of teaching, loving and raising our children. I love educating parents on how to balance structure and nurture, how to model for their children and most of all how to have an amazing connection with their children who came to them from a hard place."

Caroline Kritzalis

Here are some areas in which she specializes:

  • Attachment
  • Trauma
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional and behavioral dysregulation
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Coping skills
  • Defiant behavior
  • Depression
  • Family conflict
  • Loss and Grief
  • Parenting
  • Navigating peer and familial relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Birth parent post-placement counseling

Carly Schrimpil, LCSW
Contract Therapist

Carly is passionate about serving and helping adoptees and their families find their best selves. She developed her passion for working with adopted children and their families at The Baby Fold, a child and family services organization in Central Illinois where she also implemented Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) strategies in their residential treatment center. Carly has experience working in high-risk situations with children who have severe behavioral issues and trauma backgrounds, and never loses hope to find healing solutions for both children and their families. Carly has also served as an adoption preservation therapist at Metropolitan Family Services in the Chicagoland area, and she is a huge advocate for TBRI®, Theraplay® and the Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC) model.

She uses her eclectic therapeutic approach to build healthy attachments between parents and their adopted children, and she believes that everyone can find hope and healing through attachment work. Carly approaches each family with empathy and provides tools for more peaceful, healthy relationships.

Caroline Kritzalis

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  •      Northern Illinois,
  •      Central Illinois,
  •      & Southern Illinois