Chicago/Northern Suburbs Support Groups

December 31, 2022, Chicago, IL
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Support in Chicago/Northern Suburbs

Support Groups

Type 1 Diabetes Lounge in Wilmette, IL:
Type 1 Diabetes Lounge offers monthly supportive and educational programs provided by medical and technical professionals with topics such as research updates, cutting-edge technologies, management techniques and lifestyle issues. Members find supportive peer connections in which to exchange information, feelings, ideas and creative problem solving.

We offer educational conferences with renowned researchers sponsored by JDRF and the University of Chicago along with product expos where all the diabetes medical companies come to exhibit the latest in technology.

Type 1 Diabetes Lounge, Inc. was founded as a personal endeavor in 1997 and is a federally registered 501c3. Type 1 Diabetes Lounge provides T1D support services throughout the entire Chicagoland area.

Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of most months at the Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091. Check our website for meeting dates and details or call Merle Gleeson 847-338-2634.


Type None – Chicago, IL:
This group for parents of children with type 1 diabetes is just being formed. The group will meet on the 4th Tuesday evening of every other month on the North side of Chicago. If interested, email Carrie Carlson for more information on her support/connection group.

Northern Suburbs, IL:
This group is comprised of families from the northern suburbs (Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, and Glencoe communities) and typically meets every other month. Meetings take place in group member’s homes on weekday mornings. Occasionally there is a guest speaker, but the majority of the meeting time is spent focusing on group problem solving. Many of the issues that this group focuses on concern children who are in grade school (12 years old or younger). For more information, please reach out to Liesel Jankelowitz at

Sweet Moms – Arlington Heights/Mt. Prospect
A support group for mothers of children with type 1 diabetes in Arlington Heights and Mt. Prospect.  Meetings take place in group member’s homes every other month.  For more information please call Wendy Dunnington at 847.342.1956 or


Individual Support

Dr. Joyce C. Bookshester | Chicago, IL:
Dr. Joyce C. Bookshester is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience in child and adolescent psychology and individual, couples and family therapy. Dr. Bookshester specializes in helping families experiencing challenges related to children’s behavioral and academic problems, the effects of an acute, chronic or terminal illness and other family issues. Dr. Bookshester has extensive expertise in treating children, adolescents, adults and their families. She specializes in addressing the issues related to diabetes.

For more information, please contact Dr. Bookshester at (312) 943-0950 or visit her website at

Emily Dohm – Barrington, IL
Emily Dohm is a licensed social worker with more than a decade of combined experience in the school and hospital settings. Ms. Dohm was diagnosed with T1D in early childhood and specializes in working with adolescents and adults with chronic illness. She strives to empower individuals in their wellness journey and help develop self-awareness and self-acceptance. Ms. Dohm works with individuals to process difficult emotions and problem-solve areas in their life that may need change. For additional information, please call Catalyst Therapy & Consulting, Inc. at (224) 339-4921 or email

Lesley Fisher/Family Institute:
Lesley Fisher is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with offices in Evanston and downtown Chicago. Ms. Fisher was diagnosed with T1D at a young age, and uses personal and professional experiences to help individuals, couples, and families make space for changes, learn to communicate about problems, and cope together. She uses her relational training to help all members heal in a caring, compassionate way. For more information, please call 847-733-4300 x616, email, or visit

Manya Treece, LCSW | Chicago, IL:
Manya Treece, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with offices in Lincoln Park and Wicker Park. Ms. Treece has lived with T1D for over 25 years and specializes in treating clients who struggle with the disease. She sees children, adolescents and adults, and offers a sliding scale therapy fee beginning at $120/session. For more information, please contact Ms. Treece at (615) 948-8939 or by email at

Dr. Claudine Liss | Deerfield IL
Dr Claudine Liss is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in working with children, adolescents and their families. Her husband has had T1D since he was nine years old and therefore has an interest in supporting children, teens, and families who struggle with this disease. Dr Liss strives to enhance the emotional functioning, self-care, and well-being of her clients by strengthening their self-awareness, emotional resilience, self-esteem and coping skills. For more information, please call (847) 267-0001 (ext 224) or visit

Candace Fleischmann, LCSW | Highland Park

Candace Fleischmann is a psychotherapist with over 20 years experience helping children and families with a diagnosis of T1D. Candace’s undergraduate studies were at Boston University and Northwestern University.  She is a graduate of Loyola University School of Social Work and the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute where she currently serves on the faculty. For more information she can be reached at 773 965 9601 or by email,

Ben Shabad, LPC, Ed.S.

Mr. Shabad is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with people of all ages and from all walks of life. He specializes in treating individuals with Type 1 Diabetes. Mr. Shabad is devoted to the well being of his clients and works diligently to help them realize their goals. He listens carefully and works with his clients to improve their lives in meaningful ways. Mr. Shabad understands that each client is different and brings with them a unique set of experiences, perspectives, and abilities. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Shabad is an experienced School Psychologist who has worked with students and families from diverse backgrounds with various needs. His services include individual and group therapy and school consultation. Mr. Shabad can also be found on Psychology Today and the American Diabetes Association Mental Health Provider Directory. His office is located in Chicago, but he offers tele-therapy services so he can support people from all locations in Illinois. For additional information, please contact Mr. Shabad at (872) 246-7263 or by email at



Our support groups are located throughout Illinois and do not meet at our chapter office. For more information about our support groups, contact Lindsey McCarthy.

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