Therapy needs to be about trust, honesty and rapport. Sounds nice and cliche, doesn't it. Let me explain. Living with an unresolved or unprocessed trauma, whether it be physical, sexual, emotional, or even relational, can make life seem heavy. Yet, there's hope to transform yourself from a victim to a survivor. Our therapeutic journey will explore the interweaves between negative/deviant compulsive behaviors, unhealthy attachments, as well as general life areas where you find yourself highly anxious or stuck. The goal is to ultimately be able to look yourself in the mirror, smile and say, "I'm OK." You won't be alone in this journey to a healthier more positive life. I will be supporting you as you get to a more satisfying place.
People decide to enter therapy for a myriad of reasons but the, oversimplified, common denominator bringing people to therapy is some form of struggle with relationships. Granted the boiling point that stirs the person to take the courageous leap to honestly look at themselves may be caused by some specific significant event. Yet, the ultimate reason most people seek help is because they want to maintain, create, or stabilize a relationship in their life. Nobody wants to be alone. We all seek companionship, a feeling of being connected. For those struggling with substance abuse, alcoholism, or any other compulsive deviant behavior, it is the "using" or the intoxication that provides the sought after companionship. Sometimes the relationship we seek is, in fact, with ourselves. You can't love others if you don't love yourself.
In order to effectively explore missteps or obstacles in your relationships, we, at Illinois Healing Center for Trauma and Addiction, will examine our therapeutic relationship as it truly serves as the most informative insight in to your personal relationships. All people naturally thrive at self-improvement if we remove the personal obstacles creating our barriers toward growth. Whether you're looking to succeed at work, at love, or at simply coping with daily stress, I will guide you in exploring and removing these obstacles. In therapy, we wont over-analyze the problems; we'll address the solutions. We'll try to understand the core of the struggle you are experiencing. Once we have that level of understanding, we can properly explore and remove your obstacle and discover healthy solutions. I find existential-humanistic and the cognitive-behavioral perspectives and models to be productive and effective in therapy. However, to work through unprocessed traumatic event(s) or a series of events that have created a deeply rooted negative belief about oneself I utilize EMDR as an effective tool and treatment.
With sincere warmth and genuineness, we respectfully care for everyone that walks into our office. We don't take the courage you have to confront your challenges lightly. In return, we commit to respond with a total non-judgmental perspective.
Do me a favor, for the next line, close the eyes of the part of you that wants to give up... Closed?... Ok; If you are reading this then I've touched the part of you that cares for you. Listen to this healthy part of you and take the next step to healing and succeeding. Remove your obstacles. Clear your path!
Illinois Healing Center for Trauma and Addiction 8001 Lincoln Ave. STE 711 Skokie, IL 60077