CLINICAL COUNSELING

CSC offers clinical counseling for individuals, couples, and families. They also provide specialized services: DUI evaluations, drug & alcohol assessments, partner abuse assessments, anger management assessments, as well as many educational classes.

We help with an array of situations:

Family Reunification

Supervised Visitation (DCFS)

Crisis Intervention

Parent-Child Conflict

Mental Health Outpatient Services

Anger Management

School-Related Issues

Mediation, Divorce

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Teen Behavioral Problems

Marital Problems

Substance Abuse & Addiction

There’s no doubt the struggles you’re facing are painfully real but – the good news is that you don’t have to continue living this way!

Everyone deserves to have gratifying relationships in which their needs are met. Let us help you meet your goals by teaching you the skills and tools you need to get your life back on track!

OUR COUNSELING STAFF

With Master’s level educations and experience, our clinical counselors are committed to helping people improve, solidify, and strengthen relationships. We’re mental health professionals that are specifically trained to work with relationships and that’s why we are uniquely qualified to help you improve relationships in all their forms.

We want to help you with making real and lasting changes. Those changes may entail thinking differently, feeling differently, or acting differently. We’ll work with you to identify obstacles that are keeping you from reaching your goals and will utilize proven tools and techniques to remove those obstacles.

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It all starts with an evaluation.

Call (815) 886-5000 for an appointment

It can be difficult to understand what exactly is troubling an individual, couple, or family. Our counselors begin with a comprehensive assessment – for people of all ages – to help them identify the specific difficulties they are facing as well as how to best resolve them.

We offer a range of services intended to preserve, strengthen, and protect the emotional well-being of individuals within the context of their own cultural identity. We serve individuals who come from diverse racial, ethnic and spiritual backgrounds – with counseling that is sensitive to cultural differences.

Are you feeling stuck due to anxiety, depression or life transitions?

We provide Individual Counseling to those who are attempting to cope with a wide spectrum of life problems:

  • Interpersonal Difficulties
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Grief and Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Addiction and many more…

Is your child or adolescent having behavior problems or struggling in school?

Our counselors are trained in a variety of specialties to intervene with troubled youth who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties:

  • Adjustment issues or school difficulties
  • Attachment disorders or social skills deficits
  • Oppositional and defiant behavior
  • Childhood depression and anxiety

We also offer family counseling in conjunction with our child and adolescent counseling. Note that we provide supervised visitation (according to DCFS guidelines) and work on family reunification.

Are you a senior needing more support to cope with all of life’s transitions?

Counseling for Seniors. Our counseling team supports the beloved seniors in our community (55+ years in age) who are trying to cope with life transitions which may include physical, financial, and emotional factors. CSC counselors offer compassionate and supportive therapy geared towards the losses that inevitably accompany the aging process for our seniors.

Are you and your partner struggling to communicate?

Couples, Premarital & Marital Counseling

Couples counseling seeks to improve the communication patterns between partners and help them to connect with each other’s needs to heal and restore relationship satisfaction.

The reasons couples seek the help of a therapist include affairs, lack of intimacy, trust issues, arguing, misaligned values, parenting differences, poor communication, alcohol or drug issues or a general dissatisfaction with the relationship.

While it’s important to have both partners involved in counseling, it’s not always necessary for a reluctant partner to join us at first. Each individual has power to change the relationship dynamics to create a positive impact. Often, one person can make changes and eventually encourage a spouse to participate at a later time.

Our counselors are also trained to provide premarital support as recommended by local churches and agency partners.

Outpatient Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

CSC honors referrals from mental health or substance abuse treatment facilities where the patient is recommended to see a counselor within 5 days of his or her discharge. Are you facing legal charges due to alcohol and drug use? If so, you may be asked to complete an alcohol or drug assessment. Learn more about how we can help in this area.

Alcohol & Drug Assessments

These are typically ordered by parents, schools, churches, or third parties for a variety of reasons. Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors (CADC) complete an evaluation and then provide you with direct recommendations. The focus of the interview to is gather information about your history of using alcohol and/or drugs, previous alcohol and drug treatment you may have had, and your risk of future problem use. The goal is to not only understand what chemicals you were using and how much, but also the context of why you were using – and how it impacts your life.

If you are facing legal charges, click here to learn more about Court-Ordered DUI Evaluations

Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling is a process that helps people identify effective strategies to cope with difficult situations and to achieve their goals. In this process, you can learn about yourself, your feelings, and your relationships with others. Whether you and your family are struggling with chronic emotional problems or you simply need to talk to someone about temporary difficulties, counseling may be right for you. Clinical counseling is based on collaboration between you and your counselor in a supportive and confidential environment. The sessions are typically scheduled once a week and last about 45-60 minutes.

You may find yourself in a place where you want help processing life’s challenges or relating in emotionally healthy ways. We utilize a relational approach which helps clients learn the skills needed to focus for building healthy relationships. Together, we will work on approaching all of life with mindfulness and self-empowerment. We can help you work on changing the things you can and embrace your life with freedom and confidence!

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

People have many different motivations for pursuing counseling. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which we are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, we will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, we will take further measures without their permission that are provided to us by law in order to ensure their safety.

Disclaimer

The material contained on this website is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute care, treatment or other professional advice. Due to the general nature of the information on this site, should you require specific help, you should seek the assistance of an appropriately trained professional.