Individuals have their own ways of functioning, belief systems, expectations, and communication patterns. When involved with another, these characteristics do not always fit well. Couples counseling at Braden Center focuses on identifying strengths and vulnerable patterns within the relationship. At BCC we work on practicing new skills of active listening, mindfulness, assertiveness training, rebuilding trust/intimacy, and attachment issues. There are also times that one or both individuals would benefit from working alone with a counselor, and we encourage this when it’s needed. This does not take the place of counseling for the couple and can continue during the process. Know when this occurs, boundaries are maintained for all involved to facilitate continued forward movement.

We often get calls from one person who wants to attend counseling with their partner, but their partner does not want to attend. We strongly encourage coming to counseling, even if your partner does not want to. There are changes you can make that help you function better. Very often these changes result in the relationship changing as well. Sometimes their partner comes in for treatment as well, and at others, they continue to refuse. Either way, you can be healthier because you worked to take care of yourself.

Below are some of the counseling services we offer for couples.

Marriage and Couples Counseling Services

It is a well-known fact that no two people are completely compatible with one another. Often each individual in a relationship has differing wants and needs that occasionally clash with the wants and needs of the person they are with. Unfortunately, sometimes these differences lead to catastrophic results. At Braden Counseling Center, we offer couples counseling services that are designed to educate both people involved to actively listen to one another and to be mindful of each other’s feelings. We also work to provide assertiveness training, how to rebuild trust and intimacy, and underlying attachment issues that may exist. Sometimes, it is beneficial for each person in the relationship to have individual therapy to go along with their couple’s counseling, and we encourage this when it is necessary. However, regardless of if it is through couple’s therapy, individual therapy, or both, we pledge to maintain boundaries, and help everyone move forward toward a brighter tomorrow.

Typically, the type of couple’s therapy that we see most often is marriage counseling. It is not uncommon for two people to begin to drift apart, no matter how many years they have been together. People change over the years, and it is not always easy for their partner to change with them, or to accept the changes that they are seeing. At BCC, our experienced counselors will listen to how you have drifted apart and offer solutions on how you can begin to come back together. Most importantly, we do not assign blame or make someone feel as everything is their fault. We are committed to assisting each individual in finding what they can improve on to begin recapturing the magic that first brought you two together.

Domestic Violence Counseling

Braden Counselling Center also specializes in domestic violence counseling, and helping individuals find a way to stop their aggressive behavior. Domestic violence can present itself a variety of ways, including physical abuse, repeated name-calling, isolation, intimidation, sexual abuse, and domination. It may happen all the time, every so often, or even once, but whatever the case, it is a complicated and learned behavior that needs to be addressed and treated immediately. Each team member that treats domestic violence has undergone 40 hours of domestic violence training, and 20 hours of partner abuse intervention program facilitator training, both of which are court approved.

Counseling Services for Divorcing Couples with Children

Sometimes marriages do not work out the way we want them to, and divorce becomes the only option. This process can become especially complicated when there are children involved. If this is the case, it is necessary for a custody evaluation to take place, in order to determine the best place for a child to live moving forward. At BCC, we take into account each child’s age, level of development, and which situation will provide the most stability in their lives. We understand that each parent is important for their kids, so we pledge to assume nothing going into the evaluation and provide honest and unbiased results. Furthermore, we can help each parent learn how to successfully parent their children, now that they no longer live with their partner. Children need structure and discipline, but also need room to explore and grow. If you are unaware of how to provide those needs, we can assist you.

Substance Abuse Counseling for Couples

Another problem that faces couples all over our country is substance abuse by one or both people in the relationship. Braden Counseling can provide you with a substance abuse counselor that understands the addiction you are facing and has been trained in how to help you begin the road to recovery, while still being a productive parent and spouse. Our counselors are highly trained, knowledgeable, and certified by the state of Illinois to ensure that you are receiving the best treatment to address your problem. Through communication and honesty, our experienced substance abuse counselors will formulate a treatment plan that works for you, so you can be the person you want to be.

Alcohol Related Counseling Services

Illegal drugs are not always the only problem when it comes to substance abuse, however. It is not uncommon for one or both members of a relationship to develop a dependency to alcohol. If you require alcohol counseling, contact us today and start the recovery process now. It is vital that you are honest with not only the counselor, but with yourself as well, because the only way you can begin to heal is through honesty and trust. The alcohol treatment program that we provide is very similar to the substance abuse program, and the goal is, of course, the same. We will help educate you on how to cope with your problem, quell your urges, and begin to become the person, parent, and spouse that you strive to be.

Trauma and PTSD Counseling Services

Braden Counseling also has team members that have been trained in trauma counseling. Trauma is a complicated feeling, one that can affect both the person experiencing it, as well as the person in the relationship with them. Trauma informed therapy is a process that is based on listening to our clients, understanding what they are going through, and empathizing with their current situation. By doing this, it shows that we are not treating you as a statistic, but rather someone who needs to be heard. Our experienced trauma counselor will approach the treatment as something has happened to their client, not that something is wrong with them, or that they are a burden on the people that they love, including their spouse. Trauma focused therapy is a safe and therapeutic environment that is a perfect way for clients to begin recovering. Counselors will build a rapport with you, and through that connection, find the best way for you to heal.

Couples counseling can be difficult, but it can also save your relationship. It is important that you learn to grow together, communicate with one another, and understand that you are both individuals as well, each with their own wants, needs, and desires. Contact one of our counselors to schedule an appointment and let us help you how to grow as an individual, a couple, and as a family.

We offer couples counseling services in Bartlett, Sycamore, Geneva, Elgin, Oregon and Rochelle

What Our Clients are Saying....

Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
gage butts
gage butts
19:43 07 Feb 21
Amazing place
Ralph Burton
Ralph Burton
16:30 30 Jan 21
Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
Gregory Link
Gregory Link
17:16 21 Jan 21
Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
Gary Duffett
Gary Duffett
21:18 19 Dec 20
My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
Veris Nicole
Veris Nicole
22:36 12 Oct 20
Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
Jennifer Rosales
Jennifer Rosales
21:50 29 Jul 20
I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
randall nuckles
randall nuckles
15:12 09 Jul 20
I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
Majah’s Mayhem
Majah’s Mayhem
19:30 20 May 20
Not a recent time with them but ive been there for 6 or so years and loved them always helpful during trying times i greatly appreciate everything they do there.
Shawn Soby
Shawn Soby
21:28 09 Apr 20
Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
miguel tovar
miguel tovar
00:58 17 Dec 19
All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
Zack Newby
Zack Newby
01:23 18 Nov 19
One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry
16:58 10 Jul 19
Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
Sean Battersby
Sean Battersby
18:46 12 Mar 19
Shout out to Nikki and Nicole. These special women are compassionate professionals and have earned my utmost respect. Braden Counseling is lucky to have them on staff. Also, Cindy at the front desk is amazing!
Angie Johnson
Angie Johnson
21:34 08 Oct 18
Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
Jeffrey Kerner
Jeffrey Kerner
13:53 01 Aug 17
Braden Counseling really cares about their clients! They offer discounts to military veterans which I believe shows their true caring nature! Its nice to have a local place for people to go for help!
Travis Velazquez
Travis Velazquez
22:27 12 Jan 17
Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
T Anderson
T Anderson
21:54 06 Apr 16
Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
Ndisox
Ndisox
03:03 29 Mar 16
Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
Jessica jorgensen
Jessica jorgensen
22:34 24 Mar 16
They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
Brad Jorgensen
Brad Jorgensen
22:33 24 Mar 16
The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
Deborah Mccoy
Deborah Mccoy
19:00 24 Mar 16
I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
Pam Pascolini
Pam Pascolini
15:57 24 Mar 16
The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
Tricia Hernandez
Tricia Hernandez
15:45 24 Mar 16
Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
Amanda Poturalski
Amanda Poturalski
13:56 24 Mar 16
Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
Master Shake
Master Shake
21:57 23 Mar 16
I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
Melissa Stathis
Melissa Stathis
21:48 23 Mar 16
Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
Sarah Schuyler
Sarah Schuyler
20:37 23 Mar 16
Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
Jennifer Alexander
Jennifer Alexander
19:54 23 Mar 16
I highly recommend Braden Counseling Center for all of you mental health needs! The staff is courteous, respectful and kind. Dr. Braden is one of the best clinical psychologists I have had the pleasure working with.
Wendy Hardesty
Wendy Hardesty
15:58 22 Aug 12