Welcome to my practice!  My name is Sheila Hynes, and I am a faith-based marriage and family therapist, highly experienced in working with Couples, Families, and Parenting.  I have extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and provide couples with a map for understanding the path to healing their relationship.  Based in Attachment Theory, couples learn to emotionally attune to one another and repair disconnection through the goal-oriented steps and stages of EFT.  

EFT is a scientifically researched and highly effective method of counseling that provides couples with an understanding of the conflict cycle that leads to disconnection. Couples learn how their attachment style contributes to the cycle and can lead to pursuing or distancing behaviors.  Through listening, validation, and empathy, couples learn to accept one another, heal attachment wounds, and restore emotional connection. Emotionally Focused Therapy can help heal the lost connection with your partner and create a secure bond in your relationship.

Drs. John and Julie Gottman, and Dr. Sue Johnson have helped couples focus on being more emotionally vulnerable and receptive to one another for decades.  The Gottmans have studied couples' relationships for over 40 years and provide tools for couples to recognize the "Four Horsemen" that lead to disconnection; tools for communication, a thorough relationship assessment, and a series of videos that provide a blueprint for success in marriage.   I also utilize these tools in my sessions, as they are effective in maintaining a secure bond in marriage relationships.   

Please note:  I am not accepting new clients at this time.  Feel free to contact me if you would like to be placed on a waitlist.

You may also contact the Chicago Center for EFT @ 

In-office sessions or HIPPA-compliant teletherapy sessions are available. 

Parent coaching services are also available.  

Connected Hearts Counseling was recently featured by CBS for their program, "Different Drummers". The CBS series showcases faith based parenting programs offered in the Chicago area.  To schedule your parent coaching sessions or series of workshops, contact Sheila @ [email protected]

"Where no counsel is, the people fail, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety". 

Proverbs 11:14 KJV

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  • Couples Counseling
    Couples Counseling

    Emotionally Focused Therapy is based in attachment theory, which is the concept that people are healthier when they have emotional closeness and need to feel safe in their connection to their partner.

  • Depression And Anxiety
    Depression And Anxiety

    Diagnosing depression involves a psychiatric evaluation and physical tests to determine whether a person’s symptoms are actually being caused by a different disorder.

  • Family Counseling
    Family Counseling

    Family counseling can help open up a line of dialogue and communication and can help family members understand each other’s perspectives.


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9:00 am - 5:00 pm


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


9:00 am - 5:00 pm





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