Sasha von Varga, LCSW is the founder of Collaborators, Inc. Sasha is a therapist specializing in children, teens, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private clinical practice in Northfield, IL serving all the communities in and around the North Shore area. His clients are as young as 5, up to as old as they feel.
With over 23 years of experience in community mental health practice in hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, clinic, agency and therapeutic school settings, Sasha currently specializes his practice working with a broad range of people using a combination of relationship-based, psychodynamically informed therapy that is mindful of the benefits of cognitive-behavioral concepts and mindfulness (after all, we are what we think and feel). Sasha also works with parents who seek guidance in their parenting process to effect positive change.
Sasha is an interactive, process-focused therapist. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion, understanding, and when it fits-humor, he works with all his clients to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
In addition to being a respected relationship therapist, Sasha also works with divorcing or separating couples to help parents minimize the negative effects of divorce by engaging them in a conscious frame of problem-solving that keeps the children and their futures at the heart of their process. Sasha is a Divorce Consultant, Collaborative Divorce Coach, Divorce Child Specialist, and mediator in Cook and Lake Counties.
Sasha is a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois,and serves on the faculty of educators who teach attorneys, certified divorced financial analysts (CDFA's), and mental health professionals the paradigm of the collaborative divorce process in Illinois. Sasha is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals( IACP), and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
1996 Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work
1989 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Psychology Major
DePaul University, Chicago Illinois.
License, Certifications & Awards
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (IL LIC# 149-008505)
Trained Divorce Mediator 40hr
Divorce Mediation- Advanced Training Internship- 30 hrs.
Trained Collaborative Divorce Professional 16 hr
Professional Activities and Memberships
Member National Assicoation of Social Workers (NASW)
Member Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII)
Member International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
Member Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (AFCC)
Member Collaborative Practice Professionals of Illinois (CPPIL)