Gloria Cockerill

Phone: (855) 543-7687 x703

Clinical Focus: Child Therapist

& Play Therapist 

“Our daughter was really struggling. Gloria’s patient, calm presence has helped all of us to manage anxiety that caused us to seek help. She is a talented clinician and is really great at what she does. 

– A.S. (Parent)



Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor: Certificate
Certified Theraplay® Therapist
Certified Theraplay® Trainer
Certified Theraplay® Supervisor


Booth, P., Cockerill, G.M., and Lindaman, S. (2018)  Theraplay: Creating Felt Safety, Emotional Connection, and Social Joy in RelationshipsIn Buckwalter, K. D., & Reed, D. Attachment theory in action: building connections between children and parents(pp 93-104). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Cockerill, G. M., Bunnyfield, S., & Bushala, A. (2017, June & July). Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: The Theraplay Intesnive Protocol . The Theraplay Institute Newsletter, 7-15.


M.A. Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

B.A. Specialization in Child Study & Child Development, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Licensed Clinical Social Worker: Illinois License
Licensed Social Worker: Illinois License
Licensed Child Welfare Specialist


Being a parent is the hardest job anyone can work at; it is a constant process with no sick days, breaks or training manuals. Every day each and every parent is doing the very best they can for their family. When a child is struggling a parent’s job becomes even more challenging and complicated as they strive to relieve their child’s pain.

I’ve spent my career working with children from birth through their teen years and their families. Whether impacted by trauma and attachment issues, behavioral concerns or managing difficult emotions, my goal is to help you and your family get back on track sharing laughter, joy, and connection.

Your relationship with your child is central to their healing process. Informed by child development and current research, we will utilize the most fundamental language of children, Play, working as a team to understand what is happening for your child, while helping you manage the day to day struggles of parenting them through this difficult time.

Together we will start a process and I will guide you as you integrate change into your child and family’s experience; strengthening and enhancing your relationships along the way.

Give me a call and let’s get started today!

Call me (855) 543-7687 x703 or e-mail me: Gloria {at}

Mind blowing parenting and child development articles are currently being written by Gloria.


“Our son was internationally adopted at 5 years old and has a significant trauma background. Gloria has been an integral part of his healing process, working closely with our family to strengthen his attachment and teach him how to give and receive genuine love.

Through her therapeutic play-based work, Gloria has brought a sense of hope and light into our family.”

  S.R.  Parent 


201 E. Ogden Ave, Suite 106, Hinsdale, IL 60521

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