The Therapy Tree is a comprehensive adult and pediatric wellness center located in the heart of downtown Lake Villa that has been helping families in Lake County since 2003. The center has been at its current location in a beautiful, historic building since 2010, and will be joined on the block in the future by the Busy Brains Children’s Museum. I had the opportunity to meet with one of the four owners of The Therapy Tree, Zaida Medina, who spoke passionately about the center’s programs.
The Therapy Tree provides services for the whole family, and Medina is most proud of this feature. According to Medina,
The family is considered the expert on a child’s presenting issue, and The Therapy Tree truly respects the amount of research and knowledge parents have put into their own or their children’s difficulty.
A client may come in with needs for one service, such as physical therapy, and as further needs are noticed–like psychotherapy for a stressed parent, a support group for a sibling, or simply relaxation or yoga as positive self care–these therapies are suggested additions to a treatment program.
Medina was also excited to talk about how collaborative the efforts are at The Therapy Tree, and emphasized that,
there is no ‘standard plan.’ Every treatment plan is individualized to the specific needs of the family and the well-trained therapists collaborate to direct families to wholeness.
Many of the employees have been at the center for over 10 years, and they all have a vested interest in the growth and success of their work. Therapists also work side-by-side to to help meet each child and family where they are and to reach their goals.
The Therapy Tree started in 2003 as Birth to Three Therapies, LLC in Grayslake, addressing the need for pediatric early intervention. As needs beyond the therapy room were discovered, programs to address additional needs were slowly added, such as children’s and family psychotherapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and self-esteem groups. The name was then changed to The Therapy Tree to better reflect their expanded services beyond the age of three.
The concept of wellness has constantly been reevaluated and redefined within the organization as new services have been added to address the growing needs of the community. The Therapy Tree looks forward to introducing more unique offerings to their already comprehensive services, and is always open to new and creative ideas and therapies. On the agenda for the near future is a group for children of divorce, a group for young teens, and additional screenings
The historic building they occupy is about 18,000 square feet. The building from the outside is deceiving, it does not look nearly this large. The lower level of the facility houses the pediatric and adult therapies including psychotherapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and feeding therapies. There are over 10 therapy rooms and one very spacious motor therapy room as well. More than 20 employees carry out the mission of The Therapy Tree each week.
The upstairs of the building is where much of the wellness practices take place. The upper floor contains a large open area where yoga, day camps and martial arts classes are held. There is a serene spa area for massages and facials, and even a full kitchen for classes, workshops and other needs.
This summer they are also hosting day camps. The first session is currently in progress, but session two starts in July. Camps are designed to increase social, speech and developmental skills in elementary, school and high school aged children. Camps offered this summer include Exploring with Friends, Summer Pen Pals, Summer Buddies Therapy Group and Social Skills Club. I was able to observe the three-to-six year old camp, and the children were extremely engaged. Most impressive to me was that the ratio of children to adults was almost 2:1., so each child is incredibly and individually supported throughout the camp experience.
The Therapy Tree is a one-stop shop for wellness, providing a wide array of services and programs for the whole family, just to mention a few:
- Speech Therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Feeding Therapy
- Adult and Children’s Psychotherapy
- Life Skills Groups
- Summer Camps
- Developmental Screenings
- Martial Arts
- Spa Services (massage, facials and esthetician services)
The Therapy Tree hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday – Closed
Disclosure: The Therapy Tree is a Little Lake County paid advertising partner