About the Therapist

Debbie Conley graduated from Valparaiso University, IN with a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree and from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana with a Masters in Social Work. She has been a Licensed Social Worker since 1993.

Her primary focus is in helping young children and families who have experienced emotional and behavioral problems, via the medium of play therapy, individual and family therapy and parent training and education.

Debbie is a member of The National Association of Social Workers, The Association for Playtherapy and the Illinois Association For Infant Mental Health.

National Association of Social WorkersAssociation for Play TherapyIL Association for Infant Mental HealthNational Center for Missing & Exploited ChildrenGeneva Chamber of Commerce

Debbie L. Conley, LCSW

Issues Addressed

  • Academic Underachievement
  • Adoption/Bonding & Attachment 
  • Developing Schedules & Routines
  • Sleep Difficulties 
  • Behaviorial Issues 
  • Attention Deficits (ADHD) 
  • Depression 
  • Family Conflict
  • Parenting Concerns 
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Physical & Sexual Abuse 
  • Trauma 
  • Self-Esteem 
  • Grief Issues 

How Does PlayTherapy Help Children?

  • Playtherapy has been utilized to help children express feelings and fears.
  • Playtherapy helps children manage their behavior and develop better strategies.

“In Playtherapy toys are a child’s words, and play is their language.”
-Dr. Gary Landreth

Safe Environment

Debbie Conley provides a safe environment where your children are drawn to her.

Art Therapy Room

Debbie L. Conley - Art Therapy Room
Debbie L. Conley - Art Therapy Room


I’ve known Debbie for over 15 years and in that time I have seen her dedicated to helping children heal who have suffered traumatic events in their young life to physical and sexual abuse. She has years of experience working with young children and trauma and has a gift when it comes to working with kids. Not only in her professional life but also in her personal life caring for a child in the foster care system now for 7 years. Debbie is a caring, compassionate woman who is driven to help children rebuild their lives and overcome life’s biggest challenges they face helping them pave the way to a better brighter future.
Debbie Conley was referred to my family and I through NCMEC. At the time we met my ex-wife had absconded overseas with one of my sons leaving behind his twin brother with underlying health issues. Almost 2 years later my sons were reunited. From the moment we started working with Debbie she has been selfless with her time, always making herself available when something unexpected arises, and putting our needs first. Debbie is clinical in her methods, but very compassionate and genuine in her counseling. Her passion for helping children and their families creates hope in otherwise untenable situations. My children have just turned an age where their world view is of heroes in constant battle; about the struggle between good guys and bad guys. I often ask them what do heroes do, or what is a hero? Invariably I am told by them “heroes help people.” It is comforting to know we have a hero like Debbie to help families heal.
As a psychologist I found it to be very difficult to find a therapist for my child but when I met Debbie I knew immediately that she was an extremely skilled clinician. I thought her training and skills in Play Therapy surpassed my expectations. She related to my son with kindness and respect. She challenged him to make the changes that he needed to make and integrated the family into the process. We are very grateful to Debbie and the work that she did. I would recommend her to my friends and my colleagues.


Office Location:

825 West State St. Suite 117E
Geneva, IL 60134

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December 22nd, 8:04 am

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This holiday season you might be feeling a little bit more fragile or out of sorts. Every year we hear how the holidays affect us. This year, even more so. Children are also affected by all of this change. If your children are having a meltdown over the holidays or just do not seem themselves keep in mind they have had a difficult year as well. They have had many changes and losses this year. Many have not seen classmates and friends regularly this year. They have had to adjust to online learning.
In addition, they pick up on our stress at home. Some kids tell me they’ve lost a cherished family member and we’re not able to say goodbye or participate in a funeral service due to Covid. Many children already had ongoing situations at home or school that were difficult and the extra isolation has compounded there anxiety and sadness.
The very best thing we can do for our children this week is connect with them. They need us to be there calm. For some of us that is a tall order when we already feel like we are tapped out. We are there safe space even though they may have a funny way of showing it. We get the worst behavior because they feel the safest around us. Children are still figuring out how to manage big emotions.
So maybe this week and going forward, we can do more connecting and less judging. Invest more time in our children and less time on social media, model patience and forgiveness, and empathize with our children’s feelings. 
Take time to enjoy your children this holiday season.
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