Allison Pater

Email me: allison {at}

Clinical Focus: Children & Adolescents Ages 2-12

“I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for taking care of my son and for the amazing work you’ve done with him! Not only did you manage to calm him down so he could get some school in, helping him make and share the children’s book was so therapeutic for him. I never thought he would have the confidence to be so brave and excited to share something like that with his class.”

– Parent


ADHD | Anxiety | Divorce | Self-Harm | Depression | School Concerns | Anger Management | Eating Disorders | OCD

M.A. in School Counseling, Concordia University, Chicago, IL
B.S. in Theater Education, Illinois State University

Children facing big life transitions, anxiety, or depression often struggle in silence. These challenges can impact their well-being, their education, and overall development, creating complex obstacles that can be hard for both children and parents to navigate.

But when children receive targeted, compassionate therapy, their mental and emotional health can transform. They become better equipped to handle life’s ups and downs, leading to improved self-esteem, healthier relationships, and a brighter outlook on the future.

Hi, I’m Allison Pater, a Child Therapist at Kid Matters Counseling and with my background in school counseling, play therapy, visual and performing arts, and music, I offer a unique toolbox of therapeutic techniques to help children express themselves and heal. 

Getting started with counseling is easy: 

First, click the link below this video to schedule an appointment

Second, together we’ll assess your child’s needs and create a tailored treatment plan

Third, Start the journey toward healing and growth

Navigating a child’s mental health challenges can feel overwhelming. The therapists at Kid Matters Counseling partner with the whole family to provide education & tools to help your child during the week and personalized one-to-one care that meets your child’s specific needs. 

You’re not alone in this difficult journey. I’m here to support you every step of the way. Reach out and schedule an appointment today. 

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As a parent, it can be tough to see your child struggling. But there are steps you can take to help them navigate these stressful situations and build resilience.

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3 Ways Role-Play Helps Heal Emotional Hurts

Have you ever noticed how kids naturally gravitate towards make-believe? Whether it’s dressing up as a superhero or creating elaborate stories during playtime, role-playing is more than just fun and games.

For children struggling with trauma, anxiety, or depression, it can be a powerful tool for emotional release in therapy.

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“Allison Pater is extremely kind and truly cares for helping children of all ages. Allison has the natural ability to connect with children and understand their unique needs. I would highly recommend Allie to any parent looking for a compassionate and effective children’s counselor!”

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