Christine Manuel, LCSW

Preferred Name: Christine

About Me

As a licensed clinical social worker, I find fulfillment in helping Individuals improve their quality of life and navigate their personal path. I have over fifteen years of clinical experience and something I have learned along the way is that people desire to improve their quality of life, but often don’t know how. We can become distracted by day to day monotony, comparing ourselves to others or feel held back by things from our past. Balancing responsibilities and meeting the expectations placed on us can cause us to lose our way at times, but finding your own way to not just live but thrive is possible. In my practice I enjoy walking side by side with and providing support to Individuals as they set personal goals to work towards their authentic journey.

Education & Experience

I earned my Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University, and then went on to earn my Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago. In undergraduate school I started gaining experience through an internship with the Department of Children and Family Services where I gained a wealth of knowledge around breakdowns in family systems and the impact of ruptured attachments. I am also so grateful to have grown up in a family that found value in giving and serving the community, so my desire to help others started from a very young age. In graduate school I had two internships where I gained experience in providing psychotherapy and community support to various populations, including at an Adolescent Substance Abuse Agency where I developed a passion for engaging youth and adults in the community. Following graduate school I worked in the Renal Dialysis Unit at Northwestern Hospital, supporting Individuals experiencing Renal Failure as well as their loved ones. Most recently, I worked with families formed through adoption for ten years with a focus on Adoptees with behavioral and emotional issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment difficulties, identity issues, grief and loss, and parent support. I have provided clinical supervision for six years and find a lot of joy in helping new Clinicians hone their skills. I am a trained in EMDR, a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Practitioner, and have formal training in Level 1 Theraplay® In my personal life, I am married and a mom of two elementary school aged children. I enjoy being outside in nature, and reading on the couch. I love to travel and experience new things, and I have found that physical exercise is one of the most impactful ways I manage my own mental health.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

NASW emdria

Specialty Area

  • Adoption
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Stress Management

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults


  • English


  • Does Not Accept Insurance