Mediator's Profile


Ellene Lammers

Phone: 847-421-6827

Ellene Lammers provides discernment counseling, collaborative divorce coaching, and divorce mediation services in a caring and compassionate way. Ellene is good listener, who wants to help couples find constructive ways of communicating so that they can focus on the future and the children. Ellene offers both pre- and post-divorce services for married and unmarried couples of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Ellene is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience, and is in private practice in Vernon Hills, IL.

Ellene provides discernment counseling for couples who are not sure if they should pursue a divorce or should work more intensely on pursuing their marriage. Ellene also provides divorce coaching for couples who have chosen collaborative divorce or divorce mediation as opposed to litigation. The benefits of collaborative divorce and divorce mediation are many. During the mediation process, Ellene functions as a third-party neutral to help the divorcing couple make the necessary decisions with guidance and support.

Ellene has been employed on an inpatient psychiatric unit, as well as an inpatient general medical unit in the past. She has also taught communication skills to parents and their children for the National Institute of Health (NIH). In addition, Ellene has worked with families experiencing many different types of crises including physical illness, psychiatric illness, and drug and alcohol abuse.


  • Sandra Rosenbaum School for Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master’s degree, 1980
  • Northern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Family Services and Sociology, 1976

Additional Training and certifications

  • Discernment, Discernment Counseling, 2017
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Collaborative Practice, 2012
  • DePaul University, Family and Divorce Mediation, 2012

Professional Activities

  • Practice Group Leader for the Lake County Practice Group of the Collaborative Divorce Illinois
  • Board Member for the Mediation Council of Illinois
  • Member of NASW-National Association of Social Workers
  • Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

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