Services


Mental Health Counseling

What is Counseling?

Counseling is a self-discovery process that helps individuals become more aware of themselves and their environment while learning to better manage and cope with their daily life stressors as well as those of others. Utilizing a wellness approach, it incorporates the principles of mental health, psychology, and human development into cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and/or systemic interventions that address wellness, personal growth, career development, and pathology to empower clients to independently solve their own problems.

Who Benefits from Counseling?

Anyone and everyone may benefit from counseling!

What Can I Expect?

First and foremost, you can expect to be respected, appreciated, and welcomed. Counseling is a multidimensional process that is built upon the relationship fostered between the counselor and client. It is collaborative in that the counselor and client work together to work through difficulties and set and accomplish goals that enhance one’s quality of life. This is not a “one size fits approach.” At counseling speaks you can also expect for us to believe in you.

Alcohol Problems
Anger Management
Anxiety and Phobias
Behavioral Issues
Bipolar Disorder
Brief Crisis Intervention
Bullying in the Workplace
Career Counseling
Child or Adolescent
Communication Issues
Coping Skills​
Debt Management
Depression and Isolation
Domestic Violence
Drug Abuse
Dual Diagnosis
Emotional Disturbance
Family Conflict
Financial Crisis
Gambling
Grief and Loss
Immigration Concerns
Impulse Control Disorders
Job Pressure
Life Transitions
Men’s Issues
Mood Disorders
Moving and Relocation
Multicultural Issues
Older Adult Concerns
Oppositional Defiance
Peer Relationship Issues
Personal Crisis
Pet Loss
Problems with Children
Relationship/Marital Conflict
Sex Addiction
Sexual Abuse
Sleep or Insomnia
Stress
Suicidal Ideation
Teen Violence
Trauma and PTSD
Women’s Issues
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Coaching

Coaching is a relationship in which one person–a coach–supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. This may entail a formal or informal relationship between two people, of whom one has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the latter learns; but coaching differs from counseling, as there is no formal diagnosis.

Coaching Services

ADHD Coaching
Business Coaching
Career Coaching
Executive Coaching
Financial Coaching
Happiness Coaching
Health and Wellness Coaching
Life Coaching
Relationship Coaching
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Crisis Intervention

Crisis intervention is a form of emergency psychological care aimed at assisting those in a crisis situation, restoring equilibrium to their biopsychosocial functioning and minimizing the potential for long-term psychological trauma. Such support offers immediate, short-term help to individuals who experience an event that produces behavioral, emotional, physical, and/or psychological distress.

Crisis entails any situation in which the individual perceives a sudden loss of ability to use effective problem-solving and coping skills. Such situations may include criminal victimization, family disturbance, loss of a loved one, medical illness, mental illness, natural disasters, sexual assault, and suicidal ideation.

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Individual Psychotherapy

Alcohol/Substance Abuse
Anger Management
Anxiety and Phobias
Behavioral Issues
Bipolar Disorder
Brief Crisis Intervention
Bullying in the Workplace
Career Counseling
Child or Adolescent
Communication Issues
Coping Skills
Debt Management
Depression and Isolation
Domestic Violence
Drug Abuse
Dual Diagnosis
Emotional Disturbance
Family Conflict
Financial Management
Impulse Control Disorders
Life Coaching
Life Transitions
Men’s Issues
Mood Disorders
Multicultural Issues
Oppositional Defiance
Peer Relationships
Police Counseling
Relationship coaching
Sexual Abuse
Sleep or Insomnia
Stress and relaxation
Suicidal Ideation
Teen Violence
Trauma and PTSD
Women’s issues
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Mentoring Program

It is The Counseling Speaks Mentorship Program’s mission to help individuals live their best life and reach their maximal potential in their professional, educational, and personal life. The Counseling Speaks Mentorship Program is for anyone at any age who feels that they could benefit from a structured program that focuses on setting and achieving personal goals as well as educating themselves as to how they can live their best life. Topics included in the mentorship program that the mentor and mentee will work to develop and strengthen are: goal-setting/career planning, stress management, work-life balance, problem solving/decision making, positive psychology and attitude, and more depending on individualized needs and goals. The mentorship program is typically organized into bimonthly meetings over the course of 6 months for a total of 12 sessions. However, the time frame and curriculum may be slightly altered depending on the mentor/mentee’s circumstances and schedules.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Counseling Speaks’ Mentorship Program prohibits discrimination against and harassment of any applicant, mentor or mentee because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law. Any violations of the non-discrimination policy should be brought to immediate attention to the supervisors of the Mentorship Program.

Definition of Terms

Mentor: the person who acts as a mentor or leader to the other person; this person may be a licensed clinician/counselor, a teacher, or another professional volunteering through Counseling Speaks

Mentee: the person who is getting mentored through the guidance of the mentor, seeking personal growth through the mentorship program

Mentorship: a program consisting of a professional relationship between a mentor and mentee, designed for personal growth and development for the mentee with the guidance/leadership of the mentor

*It should be noted that a mentorship is NOT the same as counseling/therapy, and the mentor a mentee received is NOT required to be a licensed clinician.

Criteria for Involvement in Mentorship Program

Criteria for Applying to be a Mentee

Anyone who feels they could benefit from a mentor who will help guide them to begin achieving their goals personally and professionally can apply to be a mentee.

Criteria for Applying to be a Mentor

Any professional with a passion for helping others achieve their personal and professional goals may apply to be a mentor through the Counseling Speaks Mentorship Program. This may be a licensed clinician or counselor, a teacher, a social worker, or anyone else with a passion for helping others live their best lives.

For more information call us at 331 240 0044

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Speaking Engagements

counseling speaks ​is available to meet the needs of your next speaking engagement. We have a library of customizable presentations and team of experienced facilitators prepared to work with you every step of the way. The focus and length of our speaking engagements can be tailored to meet the needs of both you and your audience. Presentations may vary in form from a simple roundtable discussion to traditional lecture or a full-blown workshop with open discussion and breakout groups. Due to the wide variety of topics available, we ask that you contact us with your specific needs so that we may work together to develop a presentation that is right for you. Sample presentation topics include but are not anywhere near limited to:

Advocacy
Alcohol/Substance Abuse
Anger Management
Anxiety and Phobias
Behavioral Issues
Bipolar Disorder
Brief Crisis Intervention
Bullying in the Workplace
Career Counseling
Child or Adolescent Issues
Communication Issues
Coping Skills
Debt Management
Depression and Isolation
Domestic Violence
Drug Abuse
Dual Diagnosis
Emotional Disturbance
Family Conflict

For more information please call us at 331 240 0044

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DASA Approved DUI Services

counseling speaks, LLC has recently become licensed by the Illinois Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA) to provide DUI Evaluations and DUI risk reduction education levels I and II.  All of our program staff members are state certified or licensed to provide evaluations, substance abuse education, and counseling.

The road to recovery requires consistency. Although individuals may go extended periods without struggling, some periods may be more difficult than others. Accordingly, it is important to have knowledge of resources available for support when one struggles by oneself. 

Purpose/Description of Services:

DUI/DWI Level I:
This psycho-educational group format is designed to identify those who may be harmfully involved with alcohol and other drugs and to educate all drivers with DUI/DWI related convictions about the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving. This class is designed to help DUI/DWI offenders increase their knowledge about alcohol and drugs as these substances relate to driving skills, to identify their own individual drinking/drug use and driving patterns, and to assist them in developing plans which will reduce the probability of future DUI/DWI behavior.

The level one class is designed for individuals who have been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI/DUI), or a DUI/DWI amended to reckless driving.  This educational class is also intended for those offenders who may be required to secure a drug and alcohol evaluation for an out of state DUI/DWI convictions in order to obtain a license for reinstatement.

DUI Level II:
This educational drug and alcohol course is designed to specifically address issues pertaining to clients who have been convicted of more than one alcohol or drug-related traffic offense. Typically, this class meets the court-ordered requirements for repeat DUI/DWI offenses.

Drug Education: 

counseling speaks offers both Levels I and Level II Alcohol & Drug Education Classes. Participants in these classes are provided with information about the biological, psychological, and social consequences of substance use and abuse. An overview of the potential legal consequences of possession and/or use of drugs/alcohol is provided. For those attending the Level I program, there is also an introduction to the signs and symptoms of addiction and its treatment.

Within treatment groups, the clients will learn about:

  • Information on alcohol as a drug
  • The physiological and pharmacological effects of alcohol and other drugs, including their residual impairment on normal levels of driving performance
  • Other drugs, legal and illegal, and their effects on driving when used separately and/or in combination with alcohol
  • Substance abuse/dependence and the effect on individuals and families
  • Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level and its Effect on Driving
  • Performance information about Illinois driving under the influence
  • Laws and associated penalties
  • Factors that influence the formation of patterns of alcohol and drug abuse
  • Information about referrals for services that can address any identified problem that may increase the risk for future alcohol/drug related difficulty

Call (331) 240-0044 to set up an appointment to begin now

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Upcoming Presentations and Events

counseling speaks has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselor’s (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6926. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. counseling speaks is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

counseling speaks is a holistic counseling, consultation, coaching, supervision, and psycho-educational clinic that continually strives to enhance the mental health and overall well-being of individuals. counseling speaks embraces diversity and works within the community to promote a welcoming environment for all. Our multi-lingual staff is committed to providing a warm, safe, and welcoming environment for all clients that promotes a positive and healthy lifestyle. 1st Wednesday of Every Month 11AM-1PM Snacks Provided. RSVP Required. 2 CE’s Provided.

*Licensed professional counselors in Illinois (LPC, LCPC) are required to take: Thirty (30) C.E. hours every 2 years. All clinical professional counselors are also required to complete eighteen (18) hours in clinical supervision.*

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Below is a list of our upcoming presentations, including dates and times. Information pertaining to location and ticket prices can be found by pasting the following links into your browser:

  • (Continuing Education) Be Confident: 7 Ways To Improve Your Self-Esteem– August 1, 2018. 11 AM-1 PM.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-be-confident-7-ways-to-improve-your-self-esteem-tickets-47519124982
  • (Continuing Education) Consideration for Working With Client With Co-Occurring Disorders– September 5, 2018. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-consideration-for-working-with-client-with-co-occurring-disorders-tickets-47524105880
  • (Continuing Education) Correlations Between Teen Violence and Behavioral Health– October 3, 2018. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-correlations-between-teen-violence-and-behavioral-health-tickets-47524973475
  • (Continuing Education) Supervising Millennials in 2018– November 7, 2018. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-supervising-millennials-in-2018-tickets-47525436861
  • (Continuing Education) Therapy for the Therapist: Recognizing Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Burnout– December 5, 2018. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-therapy-for-the-therapist-recognizing-compassion-fatigue-vicarious-trauma-and-tickets-47525783899
  • (Continuing Education) Work-Life Balance: Finding Harmony– January 2, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-work-life-balance-finding-harmony-tickets-47526043676
  • (Continuing Education) On Loving Someone With Mental Illness– February 6, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-on-loving-someone-with-mental-illness-tickets-47526195129
  • (Continuing Education) The Bad, Detrimental, Effects of Drugs, Alcohol, and Sex in Male Adolescence– March 6, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-the-bad-detrimental-effects-of-drugs-alcohol-and-sex-in-male-adolescence-tickets-47526461927
  • (Continuing Education) Emotion Regulation: Understanding Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Strategies– April 3, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-emotion-regulation-understanding-dialectical-behavior-therapy-and-mindfulness-tickets-47526914280
  • (Continuing Education) Consideration for Working With Client With Co- Occurring Disorders– May 1, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-consideration-for-working-with-client-with-co-occurring-disorders-tickets-47528241249
  • (Continuing Education) Be Confident: 7 Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem– June 5, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-be-confident-7-ways-to-improve-your-self-esteem-tickets-47528377657
  • (Continuing Education) Correlations Between Teen Violence and Behavioral Health– July 3, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-correlations-between-teen-violence-and-behavioral-health-tickets-47528605338
  • (Continuing Education) On Loving Someone With Mental Illness– August 7, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-on-loving-someone-with-mental-illness-tickets-47528719680
  • (Continuing Education) The Bad, Detrimental, Effects of Drugs, Alcohol, and Sex in Male Adolescence– September 4, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-the-bad-detrimental-effects-of-drugs-alcohol-and-sex-in-male-adolescence-tickets-47529030610
  • (Continuing Education) Emotion Regulation: Understanding Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Strategies– October 2, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-emotion-regulation-understanding-dialectical-behavior-therapy-and-mindfulness-tickets-47529263306
  • (Continuing Education) Work-Life Balance: Finding Harmony– December 4, 2019. 11 AM-1 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuing-education-work-life-balance-finding-harmony-tickets-47529536122