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.