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Behavioral Health

About Us

When you have concerns that involve your mental or emotional health, we can help. Our psychiatrist and licensed clinical social workers provide compassionate care and support for a wide variety of mental health issues.

Clinical Social Work

A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) is an individual trained in psychotherapy who helps patients deal with a variety of mental health and daily living problems in an effort to improve overall functioning.

LCSWs have a master’s degree in social work as well as additional clinical training in sociology, growth and development, human behavior and social environments, psychology and research methods. LCSWs specialize in mental health theory and practice, and are licensed by the state of Illinois.

Licensed clinical social workers:

  • Act as a neutral party who can listen and understand without judgment.

  • Help you learn about yourself by pointing out patterns and giving honest feedback.

  • Teach specific techniques and strategies to deal with problems.

  • Can refer you to additional resources in the community that might be helpful.

  • Provide a safe place to learn and practice social skills.

  • Use psychotherapy to bring about positive changes.

What can an LCSW help me with?

  • ADHD

  • Adjustment disorders

  • Anger management

  • Anxiety

  • Autism

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Borderline disorder

  • Conduct disorders

  • Depression

  • Eating disorders

  • Low self-esteem

  • OCD

  • Problems related to employment, economic circumstances, social environment, family and/or support group

  • PTSD

  • Stress management

  • Substance abuse

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapy aims to

  • Increase each individual’s well-being and mental health

  • Resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts or emotions

  • Improve relationships and social functioning.

Common types of psychotherapy

There are many approaches to psychotherapy, all of which have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some situations call for a specific type of treatment, but sometimes it’s just about preference.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common and well-supported treatment for many types of mental health issues. The theory is based on the idea that a person’s thoughts influence their feelings, which the individual can learn to control.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a therapy designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation and substance abuse. This approach works to help people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states. It can help a client assess which coping skills to apply in a sequence of events or when experiencing certain thoughts, feelings and behaviors to help avoid undesired reactions.

DBT assumes that people are doing the best they can but are either lacking the skills or influenced by positive or negative reinforcement that interfere with their ability to function appropriately.

Motivational Interviewing

Although typically used for the treatment of addictions, motivational interviewing is an intervention that can be used to help any person who wants to make changes in their life. When it comes to addiction, motivational interviewing has some of the best support.

Person-Centered Therapy

A person-centered therapist will focus on building a strong positive relationship with their client while providing an empathetic ear. The therapist will help the client find areas where the client’s ideal self and actual self differ, and then encourage change or acceptance.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This is thought to help them towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation and trauma resolution.

Psychoanalysis

The traditional image of a bushy-bearded psychotherapist with a couch and a notebook is based on early psychoanalysis. Although this form of treatment has become less popular, it can still be useful in some cases. Psychoanalysis focuses on childhood experiences and unconscious drives.

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