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There Is Hope. There Is Always Hope.
If you’re looking for Illinois counseling services, you’ve come to the right place. But first, a scenario. Let’s say you have a gym membership. You’re serious about getting into the best shape of your life. The first thing you should do, before you pick up any weights or start the treadmill, is find a personal trainer. Wise choice. A trainer is there to spot you. They show you the best exercises to do, tell you about the right things to eat and they coach you up.
But it’s more than that. The right trainer keeps you motivated and accountable. They give you a reason to show up on the days when working out is the last thing you want to do, they listen to you when you tell them, “Hey, this is really brutal,” and they help you keep going, rep after rep and day after day. The effort isn’t visible at first, until suddenly, it’s right in front of you. The difference is obvious.
You probably see where we’re going with this.
The right mental health counselor is a lot like the right personal trainer. At Stenzel Clinical Services, our counselors act as your mental and emotional spotters as you work through pain, let go of strife and practice new behaviors that lead to remarkable transformation.
There is hope. There can be peace, understanding and love that flows from your mind and into your life.
Don’t wait to get help.
You are worth it. Your family is worth it. It won’t always be easy—good things never are. But if you do the work in the short term, there are permanent gains to be enjoyed in the long term.
If you’re looking for Illinois counseling services, explore the list below to learn more about the area that’s specific to what you need. When you’re ready to talk and connect with the ideal therapist, click here to contact us.
This is one of the most common questions we hear when working with clients who have experienced a traumatic event. People experience trauma in different ways, but there is a common theme among events that are classified as traumatic: exposure to a perceived or actual threat. Some common examples of traumatic experiences are:
Physical or sexual assault
Undealt with childhood experiences
Any situation where you feel that your safety was threatened
Something to keep in mind:
Personally experiencing these situations is not necessary for you to feel the effects of trauma. Even being a witness to traumatic events can severely affect your mental health. After experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, your ability to think clearly and function normally can be impaired. Your sense of self and feelings of safety can become blurred and lead to increased anxiety.
If you decide to seek help in processing your trauma to move toward a healthier life, it takes a tremendous amount of courage to begin. We encourage you to keep going. Don’t let your trauma make you feel like you have to suffer alone. Our goal at Stenzel is to walk alongside you for every step of your journey.
Many treatments that can be used to help you find hope again, and we have multiple therapists who focus on working through trauma with clients. Some of their specialties include:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Play Therapy (for children who have experienced trauma)
For a complete list of therapeutic approaches available to help you or a loved one heal from a traumatic experience,click here to contact us.
We encourage all people suffering from chemical addictions to first seek in-patient treatment to detox and get hands-on care. We are happy to help once you’re released. We specialize in working on the issues beneath the surface that prevented you from staying sober in the past. We want to help you process and heal.
A process addiction is an addiction to a behavior that you cannot stop. Gambling, over-eating, sex, pornography and shopping are some of the more prevalent process addictions. Participating in these behaviors doesn’t necessarily make you an addict. However, if you are turning to these things to cope with anxiety or depression, and if you cannot stop even though you have tried, then you may have a process addiction.
Many people, both men and women, suffer from sex and pornography addiction. In fact, 6 to 8 percent of all Americans can be classified as addicted to sex, according to the National Council on Sexual Addiction Compulsivity. While having sex or viewing pornography doesn’t automatically make you an addict, many people use them to help cope with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Due to the chemicals produced in your brain from the thrill, this could actually be as addicting as a chemical dependence.
At Stenzel Clinical, we help treat process addictions similarly to chemical addictions. We will provide tools to help you stop the behaviors, as well as assistance with finding the root cause of your addiction so it can be healed.
We are here for you.
We understand that there is great shame in having a process addiction. You may have been frustrated with yourself for not being able to “just stop.” Please know that it is more than that, and you need help. We are here for you.
Anger can feel like someone else is living inside of us, someone who doesn’t share our rational thoughts and beliefs. When left unchecked, anger often leads to feelings of regret. Broken trust, emotional scars and shame are all consequences when you’re not making rational decisions.
It’s not always wrong to feel angry; it is simply an emotion. But it’s important to realize how often we hurt the people who are important to us while we are angry.
Why do we get so angry? The answer is going to be different for each person, but anger is not the primary emotion. There is another emotion fueling the anger. Often it is hurt, shame, fear or insecurity. Learning how to process these emotions will help you take back control of your life and improve your relationships. At Stenzel Clinical Services, we want to help identify what fuels your anger so we can help you learn how to deal with it in healthy ways.
Everyone experiences anxiety sometimes, but if it’s overwhelming and impacting your life, then it might be an anxiety disorder. There are many symptoms of anxiety, but these are some of the most common:
Anxiety disorders might feel debilitating, but they are treatable. There are many ways to treat anxiety: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention, Mindfulness and a variety of coping skills. Stenzel clinicians are familiar with many treatments, and we will help you determine what course of treatment is right for you and whether or not medication may be helpful for your recovery.
Treating your disorder will help you worry less and give you the opportunity to experience a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
Depression is one of the most common issues our clients seek counseling for. Feeling sad at times is a part of life, but depression is more than that. If you’re struggling with low mood or an aversion to activity that interferes with your ability to function or go about your daily life, then you’re probably more than sad. Some of the common symptoms of depression are:
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“Is my child normal?”
It’s a question just about all parents ask themselves. However, the deeper question is, how do you know if your child needs counseling?
Taking your child to counseling doesn’t mean that there is something inherently wrong with them. There are many reasons why a child may benefit from it. Whatever the reason, counseling will help them develop skills to understand and process their emotions, and will ultimately help them become well-adjusted adults.
If they are struggling with something emotionally, it might present as them acting out or withdrawing. Experiences like divorce, moving, being bullied or experiencing a traumatic event can cause intense emotions in a child.
A note about children and grief:
Counseling is especially recommended if your child has experienced the loss of a loved one. Talking about death with children must be adjusted to suit their developmental level, to be respectful of their family’s values and to be sensitive to their capacity to understand what is happening. It’s important to be as truthful as possible depending on the age of the child. Children may imagine more extreme circumstances if specifics are not shared with them. Even if they do not fully understand death, children will be aware of and affected by the actions of adults in their lives. Loss and death are part of the cycle of life that children need to be able to comprehend.
A great thing about children is that they are resilient!
Here at Stenzel Clinical Services, we specialize in play therapy. Play therapy is a type of counseling for children 3-12 years of age. The way in which a child expresses themselves through play is often their natural way of communicating. A play therapist enters their world to communicate with them and help them understand any psychological and psychosocial challenges they might be facing. In play therapy, children are able to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided and self-healing process. Play therapy helps children grow and encourages healthier social integration and development.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Christian therapy, first and foremost, is compassionate.
We mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice. Jesus cared for people who were hurting, and we believe in carrying on this tradition. Each of us has received comfort from God during personal trials, and from those trials we have learned to give the comfort we ourselves received from God. It’s our prayer that you would understand the greatness of God’s immense love for you.
Our core beliefs:
Christian counseling is based on truth. That truth is the Word of God. The Word of God is the highest authority and provides all that a Christian needs for training in righteousness.
Believers can and should be challenged to live a better life through obedience to God’s word.
God’s word is relevant to everyday life. It offers great wisdom concerning relationships, communication, emotions, finances and family issues.
Prayer is powerful. God hears and desires for us to call out to Him, and we will offer to pray for you and your situation. We can also lead you to passages of scripture that have prayers relevant to what you are currently going through.
This is a safe place to heal.
We are here to support the work of local churches by ministering to anyone within the church who requires more time and expertise than church staff has to offer. In addition, the local church is not perfect and, at times, can cause additional pain. We are here to listen and to support you through the hurt.
Our team of therapists practices their faith in different denominations. Stenzel Clinical Services is not affiliated with any denomination. We offer Christian counseling to anyone who seeks it. Whether you are Catholic, Baptist, EV Free, Lutheran, non-denominational, just curious about God or not affiliated with a church at all, we are here to offer Christian counseling to you in a non-judgmental environment.
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If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to walking with you.
If you are transitioning in a career, a relationship, a home or an environment, consider allowing our team of professional counselors and therapists to assist you. Together, we will create ways to reduce stress and maximize opportunities to make the life transition not only smooth, but rewarding as well. We can help you navigate through:
Grief is something everyone experiences at some point. It’s often due to the death of a loved one, but there are many experiences that can cause grief. Some of the other most common examples:
Severe illness and other changes in health
Experiencing a traumatic event
Processing grief is not something that comes with universal steps. People respond differently, and there is no right way to grieve. As one example, the effect a death has on us depends on our relationship with the deceased, the manner of death and other factors that vary and will contribute to the way we process our feelings.
You should never be alone in your pain.
Depending on the cause of your grief, individual therapy, group therapy or a combination of the two can be beneficial in navigating through it.
It can be difficult to reach out to loved ones in times of grief, especially if you feel the need to stay strong for those around you. In this case, it can be beneficial to express the emotions, thoughts and experiences that come with grief to an objective third party. Grief is a lot to navigate alone, but you don’t have to be alone. If you or a loved one needs help during a difficult time, remember that we have licensed counselors who are here to work through it with you.
If you are unsure about couples counseling, think of it as an investment in yourself and in your marriage. Going to couples counseling does not even mean there’s anything wrong with your marriage; it just means that you and your spouse are dedicated to being emotionally healthy people who desire a healthy marriage.
Couples counseling helps all types of couples recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Typically it involves both partners, but sometimes one partner chooses to attend alone. Stenzel Clinical Services has therapists who are able to provide premarital counseling, couples counseling and sessions that focus on parenting as a team. The sessions will focus on strengthening your partnership, increasing your understanding of one another and helping you develop skills to foster continuous growth in your relationship.
Ready to pursue Illinois counseling services for marriage and relationships?
Self-Injury is widely misunderstood and can have a variety of underlying causes and triggers.
Our counselors and therapists understand that these causes and triggers are real and painful. By helping to identify them, we can offer alternative coping methods that are not addictive or destructive.
If you or your adolescent is struggling with any form of self-injury, please seek help.
First and foremost, our goal is to help your teen. Our secondary goal? To bring peace, love and hope back to your home.
We were teenagers once, and many Stenzel therapists now have teens of their own. It’s tough, both being one and raising one. No parent is perfect, no teenager is perfect. We know that fact all too well.
In session, we meet teens where they’re at. We take the time to get to know them and to build relationships with trust at the foundation. We walk with them, side-by-side. It takes time, but in time, we understand their unique self, their struggles and what they need to grow.