773.312.3612 | Sliding fee scale considered at all of our locations

Support Groups for adults and adolescents coping with COVID-19

Our world has changed dramatically due to the current pandemic. If you’re struggling with these changes and feeling stressed, this group is for you. This group will provide a safe space for people to come together and connect while learning valuable tools for coping with stress.

ADULTS: Saturdays from 3PM-4PM for the foreseeable future, beginning on Saturday, May 2.
ADOLESCENTS 13-17: Saturdays from 3PM-4PM for the foreseeable future, beginning on May 2.

Group members will be provided with an invite to a HIPAA-compliant virtual meeting room prior to the start of the first group. Insurance will be billed. If group sessions are not covered in your plan, ICP will work with clients to create a private payment plan. For questions or to sign up, email hsale@innovativecounselingpartners

Services

There is no one-size fits all therapy model. We offer a variety of therapy services and our clinicians are vetted and trained in different therapy models so their work with you provides a supportive and enriching environment. Please see below for some of our therapeutic services; in addition, we offer specialized and integrative services that offer an alternative to traditional therapy such as Reiki and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (descriptions below).

Individual Therapy

Our therapists can help you, no matter where you are right now. We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. We offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our clients in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere.

Anger Management

Is your temper raging “out of control”? Do small things set you off? Do you react with sudden outbursts, flinging insults? Or, do you retreat in silent rage? Do you often feel your anger is justified, but upon reflection, regret your behavior? Or, do you find yourself locked in constant battle with people closest to you and those you love? Anger is a natural emotion, but unregulated anger can be destructive. We will help you learn to understand and manage your anger, and lead a more peaceful self.

Anxiety & Panic Disorders

Are you feeling overwhelmed by life’s demands? Does your body feel tense and stressed out? Is your heart racing ? Stress and anxiety present themselves differently to each person. We help you understand your stress or anxiety—we not only help you calm yourself through cognitive behavioral approaches but also through our partnership with Nutritionists we can help assess your internal endocrine system and provide support through mediherbs.

Trauma & Post-Trauma Counseling

Our therapists guide the individual and family down the path of healing and recovery. If you are experiencing personal loss, or the effects of a current or past traumatic event (j.e. sexual abuse, domestic violence, natural disaster, community violence), we’ll help you face the initial shock and crisis, help you to process, and support you in getting your life back in balance.

Trauma EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)1 is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach that includes psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies. EMDR attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.

Addiction Therapy

This therapy treats substance abuse, sex addiction, overspending, overeating, and internet shopping addictions. Working in collaboration with other 12-step programs in the community, together we will develop a plan to help you and your family through the difficult decisions and process of change of defining, understanding, and coping with addiction.

Depression

From mild to severe, the levels of sadness or depression that may color your world can be oppressive. We can help you understand the complicated nature of your own sadness or depression, including both the bio-chemical aspects as well as the emotional impact. Through this understanding, we develop a plan with you to access your strengths again, and see the world differently.

Divorce Counseling

Our skilled and concerned therapists will help you navigate through the separation process, cope with the grief and tumult, heal the wounds and uncover your strengths and resilience. We will help you communicate with your children, family members, and friends. We will collaborate with you on effective parenting strategies, in order to help your children continue to grow in relationship to both parents. Divorce can be a journey that you can do together even though you choose to live separately, with guidance and help from us

Eating Disorders

Whether you are currently suffering from or overcoming issues with restricting, purging, or overeating, you don’t have to be trapped by your eating issues. We are experts in the specialized treatment of eating issues, including eating disorders, and can help you free yourself from their crippling effects. We will help you explore your relationship with food, through individual, family, couple and group therapy, depending on your needs. Together, we can help you understand your patterns and develop a behavioral program to break the cycles

Coping With Grief & Loss

One possible consequence of trauma is loss—of safety, of life, of relationships. Our therapists understand that an important step in the healing process is the compassionate acknowledgment of and grieving for losses. Additionally, we believe that losses themselves can be traumatic. Through our understanding of trauma, we can help you ease the pain of loss

Self-Destructive Behavior

Self-injurious behaviors can be frightening to you and those in your life. We understand the unique meaning behind these behaviors and can help you and your family to understand them as well. We counsel all forms of self-injurious behavior, from mild addictions to life-threatening, self-abusive behaviors. Together, we will create options to heal, not to hurt.

Sexual Dysfuction

Inhibited Sexual Desire, Obsessive Sexual Behavior, Addiction to Pornography, these are only a few sexual dysfunctions. We will help explore with you the reasons behind the dysfunction and help develop a plan for change.

Traumatic Stress From Violence

Sexual Abuse, Incest, Rape Counseling, Domestic Violence
Our clinicians have been helping our clients in the treatment of trauma, violence and sexual abuse. Whether you are a childhood survivor of these traumas or these acts are currently happening in your life. Our clinicians can help you.

Relationship and Marriage Counseling

Life is complicated. It is hard to create and maintain healthy relationships with those we love the most. There are many different thoughts and feelings, from the past and present, that exist in all of our interactions with one another.

It isn’t always simple, whether we are trying to effectively communicate feelings, establish rules for the household, navigate the waters of intimacy, guide our children toward a successful future or simply attempting to provide a healthy meal while working, studying, and cleaning. The world and our family lives are increasingly more complex. Though we all have the tools within ourselves and within our relationships to create thelives we want.

Through our psychotherapy approaches whether parenting coaching, couples or family therapy, we will help you identify the resilience necessary to get you through and develop the skills needed to create the life you and your family desire and deserve.

Relationships Therapy, Marriage Counseling

We can help you create and sustain a close, honest and mutually satisfying relationship you deserve. Whether you are struggling with profoundly serious relational patterns, sexual challenges, communication problems, or just a few bumps in your road, our method of couples counseling can move you from pain, silence or anger to passion, restoration and love. There is no problem too difficult, too deep, or too ingrained that cannot benefit from counseling.

Communication Therapy

All couples create negative patterns of communication that they wish were different. We get more frustrated with our partners than we want. We can help you address your issues in a safe environment in order to open communications, be heard by your partner and learn how to ask for and get what you need. We treat both partners with equal respect regardless of gender, marital stature, or  offending behaviors. This therapy is specifically designed to open the channels of communication in order to create balance between the partners

Sexual Fulfillment Therapy

Does your relationship not satisfy you sexually? Do you feel you can address this with your partner comfortably? We are experts in assisting couples to find sexual fulfillment and overcome barriers that might keep you separate. We will provide a respectful, safe, and professional environment to explore your intimate difficulties.

Couples Struggling

Are you hanging on by a thread, trying to make it in the marriage just until the kids turn 18? Are you afraid or unprepared to leave, but can’t imagine staying? Do you ask yourself, “Is this all there is?” but don’t know how to make it better? Let us help. There is no problem too serious to work with.

Gay & Lesbian Couples

Same-sex relationships are challenged by a unique set of issues, created by our world, vulnerabilities, and strengths. We can help in working with LGBTQ couples to heal wounds, empower change, open communications and restore sex and love.

Healing Childhood Wounds in Relationships

We all come with a history into the present relationship. When the wounds of your past wreaks havoc on your current relationship, we can help identify and heal unresolved issues so that your future is not defined by your past.

Child & Family Therapy

We encourage families to meet together, even if one of the children is the identified client. Every member is impacted by each and every member. It is our experience that for the most effective change to take place, the entire family needs to be part of the journey and the plan for change. Change happens faster and last longer when we have the support and knowledge of one another.

Assessments

We will help you assess the strengths and vulnerabilities of each individual member of your family and provide recommendations for the most effective course for service you or your child are needing.

Parent Education

Whether in family, couple or individual sessions we will provide you with many opportunities to learn about your parenting style and design structures that will work in your home.

Parent Coaching

We will ask the right questions to help you discover the best ideas for supporting your child’s growth and development

Individual Child Therapy

Because we know that children often need their own person to play with, process with, and confide in, we provide creative individual therapy with children while regularly including the parents. It is important to keep the parents involved with their child’s change.

What is Theraplay?

Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

In treatment, the Theraplay Practitioner guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.

Why Play?

Play is as important to human happiness and well-being as love and work. Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego

Why Play in Therapy?

Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children. Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings (Gil, 1991). In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language (Landreth, 2002). Play therapy may also be used to promote cognitive development and provide insight about and resolution of inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking in the child.

Trauma & Post-Trauma Counseling

Our therapists guide the individual and family down the path of healing and recovery. If you are experiencing personal loss, or the effects of a current or past traumatic event (j.e. sexual abuse, domestic violence, natural disaster, community violence), we’ll help you face the initial shock and crisis, help you to process, and support you in getting your life back in balance.

Who Benefits from Play Therapy?

Although everyone benefits, play therapy is especially appropriate for children ages 3 through 12 years old (Carmichael, 2006; Gil, 1991; Landreth; 2002; Schaefer, 1993). Teenagers and adults have also benefited from play techniques and recreational processes. To that end, use of play therapy with adults within mental health, agency, and other healthcare contexts is increasing (Pedro-Carroll & Reddy, 2005; Schaefer, 2003). In recent years, play therapy interventions have also been applied to infants and toddlers (Schaefer, et. al., 2008).
In Play Therapy children become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.

  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
  • Learn to experience and express emotion.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.

How Can My Family Be Involved in Play Therapy?

Families play an important role in children’s healing processes. The interaction between children’s problems and their families is always complex. Sometimes children develop problems as a way of signaling that there is something wrong in the family. Other times the entire family becomes distressed because the child’s problems are so disruptive. In all cases, children and families heal faster when they work together.

The play therapist will make some decisions about how and when to involve some or all members of the family in the play therapy. At a minimum, the therapist will want to communicate regularly with the child’s caretakers to develop a plan for resolving problems as they are identified and to monitor the progress of the treatment. Other options might include involving a) the parents or caretakers directly in the treatment by modifying how they interact with the child at home and b) the whole family in family play therapy (Guerney, 2000). Whatever the level of involvement of the family members, they typically play an important role in the child’s healing (Carey & Schaefer, 1994; Gil & Drewes, 2004).

Social Skills Group

Please join us every Saturday from 10 to 11:30am to participate in our Social Skills Group. Our goal for this group is to assist youth in learning the skills to sucessfully navigate their social environment. Participants will learn each skill and have a chance to practice it while interacting with peers and therapists. This group is open to 13-18 year olds.

Some of the skills we will be working on:

  • Self-esteem/confidence
  • Making and maintaing friendships
  • Communication
  • Emotional regulation

When: Every Wednesday starting TBD
Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Where: 715 Lake St. Suite #800 Oak Park, IL 60301

To register or Questions? Call 773-312-3612

Specialty Therapy Services

Reiki Energy Healing

Reiki is an energy-healing practice that is done by placing the hands in a series of positions over or slightly above the body. It promotes healing by activating the relaxation response and helping the body to balance itself from a very deep level.  Reiki can be a spiritual healing practice that supports overall balance of your chakra healing points. Reiki helps people feel more energetically balanced, relieves pain, releives stress, and more.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Accelerated Resolution Therapy, often referred to as ART, is a form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies but shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions). Clients suffering from trauma and other mental health problems such as Anxiety, Depression, Phobias, Panic Attacks, OCD, PTSD, Addictions/ Substance Abuse , Codependency, Grief, Pain Management, and more can experience remarkable benefits starting in the first session. Please contact us for more information.

Consultation Services

As mental health providers we are often brought in to consult on various subjects that have a psychological component.

Integrated Care Consultation

Our Founder has provided consultation on Integrating Behavioral Health and Medical care over the last 16 years. She has assessed patient wait times in clinic and behavioral health settings, as well as, patient improvement rates and employee satisfaction rates.

Employee Satisfaction

Given the large rate of dissatisfied and underperforming employees there is a need to do a thorough evaluation or assessment of what brings about that dissatisfaction. We have assisted hospital and clinic systems in evaluating and training their employees and administration on ways to improve performance by changing the systems and increasing good communication.

Preschool and Head Start Consultation

Many companies are faced with needing to ensure that their programs live up to the high standards set forth in their industry to be competitive with other service providers. Preschools and Head Start programs are no different. Given our expertise in serving the 3-5 year old we are well versed in assessing classroom settings and their students/teachers to ensure that all tools are being used and identified to ensure solid standards are being achieved and integrated.