Forward Counseling Care by Hoyleton

Programs & Services

Our breadth of services is inclusive of all clients and their needs

Our focus is on the whole well-being — mind, body and spirit — rather than solely addressing independent challenges. Our holistic approach digs deep into all important aspects of health and wellness, and our breadth of services and interventions allows us to deliver care that meets our clients’ needs — whatever they may be.


From one-on-one counseling to family counseling, we work with clients ages 2 to 92 to address a range of mental and behavioral health issues, including ADHD, adjustment disorder, anxiety, depression, grief / bereavement, PTSD and other relationship and social issues.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term therapy technique that can help people find new ways to behave by changing their thought patterns. CBT can help individuals reduce stress, cope with complicated relationships, deal with grief and face many other common life challenges.

CBT is a problem-specific, goal-oriented approach that focuses on present-day challenges, thoughts and behaviors. Our team works with individuals to develop their plan, ultimately enabling them to address their own behavioral needs in the future.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) helps individuals cope with difficult emotions that can lead to eating disorders, self-harm, depression and substance abuse.

Our team works with individuals dealing with emotions that influence risk behaviors by helping them build four major skills — mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotional regulation.

EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is included in several evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This therapy is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors are the result of unprocessed memories. The treatment involves standardized procedures that include focusing simultaneously on spontaneous associations of traumatic images, thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations and stimulation that is most commonly in the form of repeated eye movements.

Family-Focused Therapy (FFT) is focused on treating bipolar disorder. Research suggests that a positive relationship with family members can prevent or treat the disorder. Our FFT specialist works with individuals dealing with the disorder and their family members to identify difficulties or challenges triggering the illness; then, they help educate the family on effective ways to present positive, healthy behaviors in the future.

Family counseling is designed to address specific issues affecting the health and functioning of a family. It can be used to help a family through a difficult period, a major transition or mental or behavioral health problem. Our team helps families identify problem areas and develop techniques to remedy the issues.

We provide counseling services to intact families referred by caseworkers at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and it comes with a wide variety of loss such as death of a loved one or pet, divorce and job transition. Our therapists work with individuals and families to ensure they have support during their grief journey and offer additional resources, as needed.

Person-Centered Psychotherapy allows individuals to take a greater lead in discussions during therapy so that, in the process, they will discover their own solutions. The method is intended for individuals looking to build self-confidence, establish a stronger sense of identity or create healthy interpersonal relationships.

Our therapists act as a compassionate facilitators, listening without judgment and acknowledging experiences without moving the conversation in another direction. We are present to encourage and support the process of self-discovery.

Play and Art Therapy techniques are offered to children to help them express feelings, heal from traumatic experiences, learn social and relational skills or develop good decision-making skills. Playing and being creative helps children express emotions they can’t communicate verbally, and it develops a safe emotional distance from problems to bring feelings to the surface.

Play and Art Therapy allows our therapist and parents to gain understanding into the child’s inner world, and our playrooms are designed to facilitate quality interactions with children. They are comfortable, safe and allow parents to observe sessions.

Trauma-Focused Care recognizes and emphasizes understanding of how an individual’s traumatic experience impacts mental, behavioral, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

Our team provides skills and strategies to assist individuals in better understanding, coping and processing emotions and memories connected to traumatic experiences, so they can create a healthier and more relevant meaning of the experience that took place.

As part of our Trauma-Focused Care service and in partnership with the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), we provide therapy to individuals that have been victims of a crime, including but not limited to domestic violence, sexual assault or financial exploitation.


We’ve extended our mental and behavioral health services to organizations and businesses in our community. We serve students in schools, and we work with government and nonprofit organizations to serve vulnerable children, adults and families in southern Illinois. Our team can support businesses interested in offering these services as a benefit for their employees as well.

We provide therapy services to at-risk youth, ages 12 to 24, that live in St. Clair County as part of the Juvenile Justice Council program. This program focuses on addressing trauma and reducing factors that can lead to entering the juvenile justice system.

Mental Health First Aid trains everyone from members of the community to first responders about mental health issues and how to address youth, adults. and communities faced with mental health crises.

The education addresses the recognition of mental health issues, or crisis; tactical approaches on how to deal with them such as de-escalation and other approaches that provide a faster, more effective response to those suffering from mental health issues.

We offer a variety of counseling services to children and youth in elementary, middle and high school settings. We work with parents, teachers and administrators to plan a care program that’s best suited for the student’s situation.

Currently our school-based team is embedded into all 10 schools of the East St. Louis School District 189.

Our Wraparound Program serves individuals and families with open Illinois Department of Child and Family Service (DCFS) cases in Madison and St. Clair Counties.

The overarching goal of this program is to help families and/or individuals with additional support or services they may need in order to achieve or maintain permanency. Our Wraparound team works to fully understand the needs of the whole person or family; then they can provide necessary support such as stabilizing basic needs for everyday living, mental and behavioral health services and assistance with legal, spiritual, cultural, educational or vocational needs

Our Wraparound Program is also available for DCFS foster families. Services for families include budget planning, organizational skills, identifying local resources and any services that help maintain a family’s mental well-being when involved in DCFS care.

A mental health first aid certification program.

Learn about mental health issues and how to address youth, adults and communities faced with mental health crises.