We offer Early Intervention psychotherapy services to children ages birth to three in the state of Illinois. The Birth to Three Program is primarily a home-based service and addresses the developmental needs of children with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays, or substantial risk of significant delays.
HOPE – Child and Family Counseling and Family Wellness Center has counselors on staff credentialed through the DHS-Illinois Department of Human Services/Early Intervention Program. We offer therapeutic interventions to children with social, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
What is Play Therapy? “Play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the ‘language’ of the child – play. Licensed mental health professionals therapeutically use play to help their clients… to better express themselves and resolve the problems.” (www.a4pt.org)
Improved outcomes for children:
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ― A.A. Milne
Individual therapy is for those who wish to improve their quality of life. It is a process through which individuals work one-on-one with a trained counselor in a safe, compassionate, and confidential environment. During this time, they are able to explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and identify aspects of their life that they would like to change.
People often find that therapy gives them a new perspective of their problems, enriches their personal development, improves their relationships, and alleviates some of the challenges of their daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen and understand is beneficial. Our counselors at HOPE are here to guide you through the process of self-discovery, goal-setting, identifying solutions, and applying problem-solving skills to improve the quality of your life.
Today’s teens are facing a multitude of life experiences that are unique to this generation.
Teens have the opportunity yet also the challenges of navigating through the unknown territory of rapid technological change. Change that comes with great opportunities, yet change that can result in vulnerability, lonliness, confusion and dispair.
It is more vital than ever, that adolescents feel connected and supported. They have knowledge available at their fingertips but having face to face connections builds the structure needed for emotional health. The developing brain of an adolescent is at a remarkable speed of neural growth, a crucial time in one’s life with “windows of opportunity” to develop strong emotional foundations. Mental health counseling to adolescents bridges this gap.
The following services are available to address the needs of adolescents:
Teletherapy is the online delivery of mental health therapy services via high-resolution, live video conferencing.
Teletherapy sessions are very similar to traditional mental health sessions with one major exception. Instead of sitting in the same room, you interact via live video conferencing.
During therapy sessions, you and your therapist can see, hear, and interact with one another in real time, using webcams, headsets, and a live, synchronous online learning environment.
The therapy is the same as the therapist would deliver face-to-face, only teletherapy is done in the comfort of your home! Licensed therapists use therapy techniques and activities and enhance those techniques through innovative software and tools and have the technology literally at their fingertips to plan and deliver high-quality services.
The power of positive interactions amongst family members is foundational for emotional health and development of the individual within the family system. Family therapies are a strong component of our work at HOPE – Child and Family Counseling.
PARENT/CHILD INTERACTIVE THERAPY
Child and Family interactive therapies are available to strengthen the parent/child bond and to develop more appropriate parental authority and healthier child responses through the use of play-based activities.
The counselors at HOPE share the belief that parents know their children best. We take a team approach with parents to guide and develop healthier parent/child interactions and to increase positive behaviors.
Our counselors use several therapeutic approaches to best meet the needs of your child including: Theraplay, Filial Play Therapy, Family Play Therapy, and more.
Family Therapy is utilized to guide couples, parents, and family members to increase healthier interactions and improve upon their family dynamics.
Family therapy is an avenue for improving communication and resolve conflicts.
Family therapy can soften the overall atmosphere of the home.
Family therapy sessions focus on developing interactional skills and increasing more appropriate and healthier relationships.
“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” ~Virginia Satir
Beginning a new relationship, for the most part, is with the intent of finding a partner to share your life with. When a couple finds themselves wondering what makes being together so difficult, it unfortunately may lead to the end of their relationship. The heartache of what happens when relationships fall apart can be immense. The pain that the couple, children, friends, and their extended family experiences are often similar to the grieving process and can have life long ramifications.
There are times when relationships are so toxic, that it is not healthy to continue. However, for many relationships, when both parties are willing to work towards developing healthier interactions and are given tools to succeed, change for the better is inevitable. The process of change takes time and work and our counselors at HOPE are here to guide you through that process.
The counselors at HOPE are passionate about helping couples and families heal from emotional conflict and find means for a peaceful and loving home. When there are children involved, our staff is cognizant of how the relationship between the couple has a high impact on the mental health of their children.
We are committed to working with many dynamics of a couple’s relationship including:
stages of relationships and discovering how to successfully master a stage or how to heal from unmet needs during a previous stage
individual personalities that are compatible or in opposition
shared values and beliefs or conflict in core values and finding common ground
individual struggles such as medical or mental illnesses that impact the relationship
grief and loss
family of origin issues that may not have been resolved and are brought into the relationship developing coping skills that aides in withstanding trials and stressors
Group therapy meets the needs and challenges that individual therapy may not address. A sense of belonging and being a part of a group is a way we can fulfill this need. Group therapy addresses fears assist with feelings of being alone and provides emotional support which can often be more powerful when there is a group of people experiencing the same struggles.
Current groups at HOPE:
Please see our event calendar for scheduled groups.
TEEN ART GROUP - Ages 13-17
Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:00
Teens will learn how to express themselves creatively while interacting with one another in a positive environment that supports growth and self-awareness.
DBT GROUP Ages 13-17
Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00
DBT teaches people how to cope with everyday life experiences in a healthy manner. Teens will learn how to focus on their wise mind, communicate effectively, tend to their emotions, and practice mindfulness.
SOCIAL SKILLS SUPERHEROS Ages 5 - 8 Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:30 and 3:30 to 5:00
SOCIAL SKILLS SUPERHEROS Ages 9-12 Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:00
Everyone has a superhero within - Groups will focus on feelings, friendships, problem solving, anger management, self-esteem and confidence.
*Our group therapies range from mental health specific topics to cultural trends and supportive needs. Topics will vary according to interest and needs. We welcome input and interests for group topics. We will make efforts to create a group that fits the needs of the community. Please contact us at (815) 601- HOPE with ideas.
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG THERAPY SERVICES
There are a variety of evidence-based approaches to treating addiction. Drug treatment can include behavioral therapy (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or contingency management), medications, or their combination. The specific type of treatment or combination of treatments will vary depending on the patient’s individual needs and, often, on the types of drugs they use. Several of our counselors at HOPE are Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselors and they will guide you through healthier life styles and advocate for you with your physician to best meet your needs and reduce your dependencies on unhealthy substances.