Jenny Shully is a child & family therapist, and an experienced postpartum & birth doula. She comes to The Haven Group with a wide variety of experiences relating to kids and families. Jenny is originally from Chicago, where she first trained as a doula (with DONA) in 2004.
What was meant to be an interesting day job soon turned into a passion for supporting moms and babies. Jenny became the sole proprietor of her own postpartum doula business, The Baby Sherpa, where she worked with newborns and their families, providing emotional and logistical support to those in need. Her philosophy was and has always has been that new moms sometimes need “sherpas” to help them climb up the mountain of parenthood. This work led Jenny to acquiring her Master’s of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, where she specialized in child and family therapy, as well as medical social work.
Jenny then relocated to Cape Town, South Africa, in order to help provide services to communities in urgent need. She worked with a shelter for female street children, Ons Plek, and then moved to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital of Cape Town, where she co-founded and implemented mental health services for chronically and terminally ill children and their families. Jenny worked with many infants and their families, focusing on infant mental health and parent-child relationships. Jenny has also participated as a therapist for Operation Smile, working on several medical missions within Sub-Saharan Africa.
Once back in the USA, Jenny worked with at risk youth, providing individual, group, and family therapy, while also pursuing perinatal mental health work. Jenny has solid experience supporting clients who have dealt with anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Throughout her career, Jenny has seen firsthand the need for early and strong attachment, despite the variety of struggles parents may face. She feels lucky to witness the commonality all parents share—the desire to love their children and provide a good life for them. It is a value that crosses any racial, religious, or cultural barrier. Jenny most enjoys working with women and couples, helping them face the challenges that they may experience through parenting, or any roadblocks that life presents!
Amanda joined The Haven Group with years of experience as a teacher, counselor and doula. She graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a masters degree in Clinical Psychology, and from Miami University with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and DONA trained Doula.
Amanda began her professional career as a preschool and elementary school teacher in Colorado, where she was able to see the fruits of strong parent-child connections, and understand early childhood development in a very hands-on manner. Amanda also volunteered at The Denver Children’s Hospital. During her time there she was fortunate to be able to provide a variety of services to the families who were undergoing treatment. These included easing the nerves of and providing entertainment for children in the hospital, providing emotional support to parents, and physically nurturing newborns in the infant care center. These combined experiences led Amanda to have the desire for a deeper understanding of children and families. She relocated back to Chicago, where she pursued her counseling career. Amanda worked intensely with mentally ill youth in a hospital setting, gaining the tools to be a strong diagnostician. She then moved to working with teenage boys in crisis, first as a therapist, then as a program manager.
Through teaching young children and while counseling at-risk teens and families, Amanda discovered the importance of children having a healthy start. She then went on to become a doula in order to support women as they become mothers and adjust to the many changes that are brought on by parenthood. She is honored to have been a birth doula for a variety of women, having provided them with psycho-education, and both emotional and physical support throughout their pregnancies and into motherhood.
Amanda believes in a well-rounded approach, providing supports for mothers and families in whatever capacity they need. Amanda is a strong proponent of empowering women through education and by connecting them with the resources that will allow them to be confident and self-aware mothers.
The Haven Group
3139 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
"It takes a whole village to raise a child but we need to remember that it was the mother who had the baby, and she needs our help, too."