Gwen Ginski, MEd, LCSW

Couples Institute Developmental Model

Everyone faces challenges in life. Seeking help for yourself, your child or relationship when experiencing difficulty is a strength which leads to creating a more fulfilling, healthy and happy life. With 17 years' experience, I create a safe space with empathetic and nonjudgmental listening while focusing on your strengths and desired outcomes. I have helped many to overcome and manage anxiety, trauma, depression, anger, panic, loss, etc. I have helped couples restore intimacy and connection that has been damaged by years of conflict or a lack of communication. Children and teens learn ways to cope and manage their emotions, daily habits, social problems and school stress. Families heal from loss and grief, parenting struggles, mental illness, trauma, alcohol/substance abuse, divorce, empty nest, etc.

I specialize in treating couples/families using the Gottman Method (Level 2), Emotion Focused Therapies, Family Systems, & Developmental Models. I integratively use humanistic, neuroscience, cognitive behavioral, & evidence- based trauma therapies. 

I have specialized training in treating trauma/PTSD with Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT); Eye Movement Desensitization/Reprocessing(EMDR); Trauma Focused-CBT. Check out our Special Programs page for therapies to improve feeling safe and improving focus for those suffering from anxiety, PTSD or ADHD here.  

I use play, game, art activities to engage children and teens in therapy and introduce new skills. I also work with the family system and parents to help their children and heal any unresolved issues or losses. I have a special interest in ADHD, women's issues and helping blended families. Please check out our group page for offerings specifically designed for the needs of children and women here. 

As a young girl, I always wanted to grow up and be a therapist. I used to read issues of Psychology Today and was always curious about why people act the way they do. I earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduated from Purdue University. While there, my professors noticed my curiosity and assigned me roles of teaching and researching.  Shortly after I graduated, I became the proud mother of a little girl whom became very sick with cancer. After her death, I went on to speak up about issues pertaining to the environment and cancer. My work was featured in the book, “Taking Action, Saving Lives: Our Duty to Protect the Environmental and Public Health”.  I went on to obtain my Clinical Social Work degree at Loyola University Chicago. I also obtained a Master’s degree in Education while working as a School Social Worker. My experience was gained in community mental health, therapeutic schools and public schools.  In 2015, I was recognized as Social Worker of the Year by the NASW Calumet Region.  Fast forward to today, I feel very privileged to live out my passion of helping others. I am happily married and have four children whom are all grown. I enjoy reading, gardening and cooking in my spare time. 

I invite you to take the next step of your journey to improve your life! I’m here to support you!

A New Day Family Counseling in Plainfield, IL  believes in healing individuals and the whole family. Our family relationships are the most important human connection we have and have the power to hurt or heal us.  We take a collaborative, family-centered approach and use brief, solution-focused and evidence-based treatment methods.


Main Location

23908 W. Main Street,

Plainfield, IL 60544.

Second Plainfield Location

14722 S. Naperville Road, Suite 108, Plainfield, IL 60544.