Elgin, IL Counseling for Depression at Braden Counseling Center

Life can be a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, not every day promises happiness. When you begin to feel that just getting out of bed in the morning is the biggest chore you will face, there is something wrong. Do not struggle alone. The local counselors for depression at the Braden Counseling Center in Elgin, IL can help you now.

We are here to tell you, there is a better way. We offer solutions to your most difficult situations, whether you want to see us individually, as a couple, or as a family. Our goal is to teach you new skills to replace the old, to help deal with the destructive behaviors that have been clouding your daily life.

How Will Depression Affect You?

Everyone feels sad or blue sometimes. It is a normal emotion in reaction to situations all around us. However, when feelings of sadness and hopelessness linger, disrupting daily life, it is time to seek help. Depression can cause people to lose interest in everyday things, including interests that have previously made you happy but no longer occupy a special place in your heart.

Be wary of advice that it is just a passing phase or that it will get better on its own. While this is sometimes the case, other times getting help is necessary. At the very least, it can ease the process of recovery, or confirm that you are essentially okay. With one small phone call to our counselors for depression at our Elgin office, you will be on your way to finding out what is wrong and fixing it.

Let’s Chat


    Counseling ServicesEvaluations

    A Checklist of Common Symptoms of Depression

    1. Sad or empty mood– All day long, you feel sad or unwilling to face anything that comes along. Teenagers often exhibit this mood as anger and irritability.
    2. Loss of interest– People and activities that always interested you no longer do so.
    3. Weight change– You may have put on or lost a significant amount of weight without dieting. This is likely to be evident to your family and friends.
    4. Sleep issues– You might be sleeping too much or not sleeping well at all.
    5. Changes in appetite– You may no longer be enjoying food at all, or you might notice that you are gorging on unhealthy foods.
    6. Agitation and restlessness– You may even experience feelings that your body movements have slowed.
    7. Guilt– Significant guilt over past events is a common trigger for depression and a sign of its continuance.
    8. Lack of concentration– Concentrating can become very difficult when depressed. It may feel like you are experiencing what is known as “brain fog.” Making a decision can become a momentous task.
    9. Negative thoughts– When depressed, negative thoughts can crowd your mind, and you may have great difficulty “turning them off.” These thoughts could be about yourself or others.
    10. Feelings of worthlessness– Another common sign, low self-esteem can afflict depression sufferers day and night.
    11. Unexplained aches and pain
    12. Suicidal thoughts– If you believe that your life is not worth living anymore and have been thinking about death or suicide, contact your local crisis center immediately. Do not wait for our office to open.

    Depression is a very serious issue, one that can affect you and can last for years. Our counselors will help you understand what you are going through and that you are not alone. Note that depression is often expressed in different ways in children, teens, men and women.

    Children and teens, for example, often act out as grouchy, angry, and irritable. For men, depression may show up as anger, aggression, and substance or alcohol abuse. Because men tend to have difficulty expressing emotions, they typically manifest depression in their actions.

    Because depression can last for months or years, it has the potential to become a very destructive force. The counseling for depression and anxiety services we have at our Elgin, IL location will help you to identify factors that might have led to these feelings.

    Once we have accurately diagnosed your depression, counselors will work with you towards a solution. They provide individual, family, or couples therapy to help you better understand the causes of, and solutions for, depression. Their goal is to rid you of destructive behaviors by replacing them with new skills that will empower you.

    Depression Counseling

    What Our Elgin, IL Counselors for Depression Offer You

    • Flexible scheduling that includes evenings. Because not everyone is available during the day, we work with you to find the right times for you.
    • A free initial consultation. Come in and talk with one of our Elgin, IL counselors for depression.
    • Counseling and medication services. Sometimes, counseling is all you need to turn your life around. At other times, additional help is needed, such as medications that can make all the difference.
    • Verification of your insurance benefits. You will know what to pay each and every time you visit us.
    • Cash and credit card payments make it easy to book your appointments.
    • Same-day DUI evaluations.

    When you seek professional help, be sure it is with someone that you trust. Counseling for depression is one of many disciplines we treat at our counseling center in Elgin. We know how important good mental health is, and no one should have to suffer through another day of depression if they do not have to.

    You and your counselor will work together to determine which treatment methods will be best for you. Those with less severe symptoms often make great progress with a therapist through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) alone. This approach changes ineffective and destructive ways of thinking, feeling, and acting.

    The most important thing is that you (or someone you know suffering from depression) gets better. For more information on depression and how our depression counseling can help, contact our Elgin office right away, or one of the other locations we have at Braden Counseling Center. Our staff is trained to help you to recognize what is wrong, and we will work with you until every day is a brighter day.

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

    What Our Clients are Saying.....

    I would rate as excellent the counselor with whom I've been working. She listens and offers very good suggestions for consideration and action.
    Harry Leffler
    Harry Leffler
    01:18 11 Apr 24
    My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
    stacie dishman
    stacie dishman
    16:30 20 Feb 24
    Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
    Todd Friedewald
    Todd Friedewald
    00:31 12 Feb 24
    David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
    Natalie Hernandez
    Natalie Hernandez
    13:44 06 Feb 24
    Highly recommend!
    Joseph Dolcimascolo
    Joseph Dolcimascolo
    02:12 31 Jan 24
    Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
    Antonio Diaz
    Antonio Diaz
    02:14 24 Jan 24
    I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
    Joe Freehill
    Joe Freehill
    15:18 23 Jan 24
    Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
    Jen Rupp
    Jen Rupp
    20:06 15 Dec 23
    Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
    Eva Thompson
    Eva Thompson
    01:25 30 Nov 23
    I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
    Lan Hankes
    Lan Hankes
    22:56 03 Oct 23
    Everyone was very professional and kind!
    Cody Neuschwanger
    Cody Neuschwanger
    16:49 18 Sep 23
    Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
    Bret Van Gampler
    Bret Van Gampler
    23:30 05 Sep 23
    Very friendly and did a great job.
    Matthew Quirk
    Matthew Quirk
    21:41 18 Aug 23
    I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
    Maggie Opiola
    Maggie Opiola
    19:52 26 Jun 23
    David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
    John Boehm
    John Boehm
    06:31 24 May 23
    Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
    Wanda Sutton
    Wanda Sutton
    23:21 21 Apr 23
    understanding compassionate reflextive knowledged tool based
    happy holiday
    happy holiday
    20:10 09 Dec 22
    Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
    Maggie Miilano
    Maggie Miilano
    16:57 02 Dec 22
    Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
    Cody Bell
    Cody Bell
    23:02 21 Sep 22
    Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
    Lisa Tegeler
    Lisa Tegeler
    00:19 29 Jul 22
    As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
    Brian Mirandola
    Brian Mirandola
    16:59 26 May 22
    I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
    Devon Buza
    Devon Buza
    15:25 25 Jun 21
    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
    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
    Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
    Jeffrey Kerner
    Jeffrey Kerner
    13:53 01 Aug 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