Lisa Marie Dydo, MSW, LSW, QMHP

At times in our lives, we may be presented with challenges that we may need professional assistance to assist in overcoming those challenges.

Lisa Marie Dydo is a Licensed Social Worker and Qualified Mental Health Professional. She is married and has three adult sons and three rescue dogs. After 25 years plus as a volunteer within schools and various mental health service organizations, a career in marketing as a corporate account executive, and raising her biological and “bonus” sons, she decided to follow her passion and a lifelong dream to devote her life to the betterment of others as a professional therapist.

Therapy Specialization: DBT and ACT
Lisa Marie specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Both are empowering, empirically based psychotherapy approaches that assist clients of all ages, including children, in meeting their therapeutic goals in ways that are tangible and measurable while validating the client experience. DBT recognizes emotion as a valid response to experience, perceived or otherwise, with a focus on the development of skills that improve function and well-being. DBT skills include Mindfulness; Emotion Regulation; Distress Tolerance; and Interpersonal Effectiveness. ACT focuses on increasing mental flexibility and resilience through acceptance, mindfulness, and behavior-change strategies.

Therapeutic Approach
Meeting individuals where they are while developing an authentic, respectful therapeutic partnership is the foundation of Lisa Marie’s approach in working with clients. The development of goals is client driven while being therapist guided. She believes healing and growth are reliant on a warm, safe environment built on mutual trust and respect where individuals are truly heard and validated.

She has experience working with:


  • Relationships and Family

    • Trust and & Intimacy

    • Divorce

    • Joint Parenting

    • Blended Families

    • Marital and Pre-Marital Counseling

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Domestic Violence: Individual Victims/Survivors, Children, and Families

  • Chronic Illness

  • Grief and Loss

  • Eating and Mood Disorders

  • Substance Use  and Addictive Behaviors

  • Personal Development

  • Life Stages and Changes


Therapeutic Modalities, Certifications, and Formal Training

  • DBT: Intensive Certification Training

  • TF-CBT: Children and Adolescents Certificate

  • ACT: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and Personality Disorders Certificate

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s 12 Core Concepts Certificate

  • Domestic Violence: Illinois Certified 40-Hour Training

  • Attachment Styles

  • Life Stages

  • CBT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

Location: Gurnee