Our highly dedicated and professional counselors provide a safe and non-judgmental environment where children can talk about the complex feelings associated with loss and grief. Barr-Harris provides over 2000 hours of counseling annually.

Our Staff

Benjamin Garber, M.D., has worked with Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center since its beginning in 1976. He was director for 17 years and now serves as Director Emeritus. Dr. Garber has published many articles on childhood bereavement and loss. He also has a private practice in adult and child psychiatry and psychoanalysis and is a training and supervising analyst at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Judy Schiffman, LCSW, Director of Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center since 2008, received a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania in social work and is a graduate of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, of which she is presently assistant director. She has worked with children and their families for the past 25 years, with a special interest in parent and sibling loss. Judy is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University in the Department of Psychiatry, where she teaches in a graduate program that trains genetic counselors.

Adrienne Eynon, LSW, received a Masters degree in Social Work from The University of Chicago. She worked as a school social worker in various public school and charter school settings for over five years. Prior to becoming a social worker, Adrienne spent several years teaching preschool. She has an interest in the treatment of children and working with schools and families around issues of loss and healing.  She is currently developing a new mothers’ support group to assist women as they transition into motherhood. Adrienne is a therapist at the Deerfield office.

Barbara Hozinsky, LCPC, was trained at Erikson Institute of Loyola University. She trained in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Ms. Hozinsky has been a therapist at Barr-Harris since 1992. Prior to coming to Barr-Harris she was a primary and preschool teacher for 25 years.  Some of Mrs. Hozinsky’s special interests include custody and visitation issues, working with schools to promote the use of curriculum to help children cope with loss, and conducting parent and teacher workshops to support the use of play and to appreciate its role in coping with loss. She is the site coordinator for the Downtown Chicago office. She also maintains a private practice.

Doris Libman, LCPC, received Masters degrees in Special Education and School Psychology from National Louis University. She completed the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Ms. Libman has been a therapist with Barr-Harris for 12 years. She has worked over 30 years as an elementary and special education teacher and as a school psychologist. She works at Family Service of South Lake County and has a private practice in Highland Park, Il.

Johanna Sonnenfeld, LCSW, received a Masters degree in Social Work from The University of Chicago and from Roosevelt University in Public Administration. She completed the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program of The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has been a Barr-Harris therapist for 12 years.  Ms. Sonnenfeld has a special interest in the treatment of adolescents.  She is the site coordinator and therapist at Barr-Harris’s office at LaRabida Children’s Hospital. She also maintains a private practice.

Sarah Vernon, LSW , received a Masters degree in Social Work from The University of Chicago. She is currently working on her Ph.D. with a concentration on children and adolescents at The Institute for Clinical Social Work. Sarah was an intern at Barr-Harris and has been with the Center since 2009. She has a special interest in parent loss. Sarah is the site coordinator for the Evanston office.

Sharon Williams, LCSW , received a Masters degree in Social Work from The University of Chicago. She is a graduate of the of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has been a therapist with Barr-Harris and site coordinator for the Little Company of Mary Hospital’s location for the past 16 years. Ms. Williams developed an internship program, now in its tenth year, for advanced graduate students at the Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center. She has a special interest in working with trauma, children of military parents, and with Grandparents Raising Grandchildren families. She is on the faculty of Loyola University and maintains a private practice.