Joan Lloyd Guest, MSW, LCSW
630-357-2456 x 30
Joan’s passions are saving marriages and helping seniors. Joan has been married for over 40 years, but when her siblings went through divorce, she saw how the children were affected. She decided to do what she could to help others create mutually satisfying relationships. In addition, having been a caregiver herself, Joan wanted to aid older adults and those who care for them.
She loves helping people deepen their faith and use their spiritual resources to improve their relationships, manage emotions and face challenges like terminal illness. As well as seeing individuals and couples, Joan also leads groups for caregivers.
Joan holds a Master of Social Work from George Williams College at Aurora University and her Bachelor in Philosophy from Gordon College in Massachusetts. In addition, Joan has been certified in “Geriatrics for Non-Physicians” by the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Recognizing that her master’s degree did not give her much background in couples’ work, Joan has also achieved certification as an Imago Relationship Therapist and is pursuing further training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Both of these methodologies are among just three research-proven therapies for couples. Joan is also the author of Self-Esteem and Forgiving Your Parents.
Joan is semi-retired due to battling recurrent cancer. On the days that she is not working, she is caring for her aging mother or her pets, reading, writing, leading a church group, riding her trike or trying to regain her skills in playing the harp. These are her bread and butter. Traveling—virtually anywhere—is her dessert.