patti criswell 2015Patti Criswell, LMSWvideo-icon

Licensed Master's Social Worker

“I am committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment where clients can heal or move through developmental or transitional difficulties."

Patti specializes in working with girls and young women, and their families. In addition to her practice, she is an award winning author and speaks nationally on topics related to girl aggression, body image and self esteem. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Western Michigan University, teaching Graduate coursework on the treatment of children and adolescents.


• Therapist, Child & Family Psychological Services, 1994-Present
• Award winning author of several self help books published by the American Girl Library, including: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles, related to friendship and relational aggression; What Would You Do?, regarding ethical dilemmas; Friends, Making Them and Keeping Them, which teaches basic relationship skills; The Book Club Kit, which teaches group dynamics and using books for character development, and Go For It!, which deals with performance psychology and stress management.
• Consultant to the American Girl Libraray for over ten years. Projects include HELP! A Girl's Guide to Divorce and Step Families (1998); Real Beauty, a book on developing a healthy body image (2004); and Real Spirit, related to managing stress and anxiety (2005); as well as assisting on the Girl of The Year ficition books (2007-present) and numerous others.
• Contributing writer for the American Girl Magazine, and editor for the syndicated advice column which appears in Knight-Ridder Newspapers.
• Speaker at both American Girl Place and numerous national conferences dealing with bullying and body image issues in girls.


• M.S.W., Social Work, Western Michigan University, 1991
• B.S., University of Wisconsin Platteville, 1987