There are times when trying to deal with all that life throws at you seems impossible. Trying to understand uncontrollable emotions, dealing with mental illness, battling addictions, or suffering through trauma will negatively impact your life, putting you in a position where hope seems lost.

Furthermore, it is not always easy to ask for help if you are suffering, because you might not be taken seriously, or you are afraid you will be misunderstood. The Elgin, IL individual counseling services at Braden Counseling Center provides you a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental environment when you come to us for help. We will give you the resources you need to begin the road to recovery at your own pace.

Depression and Mental Health Counseling in Elgin

Elgin Individual Counseling ServicesToo many times those that suffer from mental health issues are told to “cheer up”, or their feelings are dismissed. The fact is that most people do not put mental health on the same level as physical health.

We know that mental illness is a serious issue, with many reasons behind it, which is why our Elgin mental health counseling services treat each client seriously. We want to be able to give each person the skills that can help them manage or overcome their illness through effective counseling.

The is no one way to treat depression, as each case is different and effects each person in differing ways. Our experienced counseling services for depression will evaluate our clients on an individual basis so we can come up with an effective treatment plan. This can be achieved through medication, counseling, cognitive behavior therapy, or a combination of all three. We pledge to make sure we are coming up with a plan for your unique situation.

If you are experiencing extreme highs or lows, you might be suffering from bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic depression), which is a form of depression. Learning to manage the disorder can be difficult because it is a condition that lasts the sufferer’s entire life. With bipolar disorder treatment, we can help our clients manage this disorder, and allow them to live a normal life.

Domestic Violence Counseling in Elgin IL

No one decides one day that they are going to start abusing the one they love. Instead, there are typically signs that incidents from the past have occurred in their lives that have made them act this way.

We can get to the root of why an individual is compelled to be an abuser through domestic violence counseling. Using group sessions, participants will be able to recognize their trigger moments, and be able to effectively communicate with their partner through non-violent means, how to resolve their conflict and stop the abusive patterns.

We can also be a safe haven for those who have been a victim of abuse and offer counseling for the fear and trauma they have experienced.

Substance Abuse Counseling

When some people experience painful life events or trauma, they may turn to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. No matter if it is through alcohol or drugs, dependency happens quickly, and the person will start to feel they are losing control of their life.

Our substance abuse counselors in Elgin operate a four-point recovery programs called SMART group sessions. This program focuses on:

  • Coping with Urges
  • Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
  • Building and Maintaining Motivation
  • Living a Balanced Life

The program is designed to give the individuals the tools they need to maintain sobriety and a focus on relapse prevention to get their lives back in order.

Driver’s License Reinstatement

Everyone makes a mistake at some point in their life, and for some, that mistake is having their driver’s license suspended or revoked because of a DUI. There are serious implications involved with a DUI arrest.

You will have an easier time dealing with the consequences of these actions through our Elgin DUI counseling. If you have had your license revoked, our alcohol license reinstatement service is the best way to prepare for your upcoming hearing. We can also provide DUI evaluations if you are trying to beat your case outright. We can help you on your path toward the difficult process of having your license reinstated.

Trauma Therapy in Elgin

There are many symptoms that can happen for those that have suffered trauma, both healthy and unhealthy. Many times, debilitating symptoms can greatly affect a person’s life, while other times the symptoms can be mild.

It is vitally important that you seek help immediately if you have suffered trauma, preferably before symptoms manifest or worsen.

Our knowledgeable and qualified staff can perform trauma-informed counseling and therapy at our Elgin location. It provides an arena where the participant is heard, understood, and feels free from judgment, introducing the human element into counseling. By being respectful and empathetic, we will be able to learn and understand what has happened to you, all inside a therapeutic, and most importantly safe, environment.

Trying to process trauma is extremely difficult due to its complexity. Trauma-Focused Therapy helps the counselor and client build a rapport, allowing the client to learn new ways they can overcome their negative experiences.

This kind of trauma treatment is the perfect way to find the best methods in treating the client in their own way.

EMDR Therapy

One of the best ways to treat PTSD is through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. During the treatment plan, the client will briefly focus on their traumatic memory while they are being introduced to bilateral stimulation, typically rapid eye movements. It will reduce the vividness and emotion behind the trauma.

Where to Begin

Do not be afraid to call the Elgin Braden Counseling Center for an initial 60-90 minute consultation. By doing so, we will be able to determine the best course of action and therapy plan for your individual needs.

Our strength-based model works to build the individual’s self-worth and resilience. They will be taught how they can cope with their issues, including those dealing with mental illness or trauma.

Even if you are suffering from stress, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, or other issues, we can provide you with counseling services to teach you how to manage your symptoms.

Through our philosophy of “New Ways for Better Days” you will be able to obtain the skills and tools you will need to achieve your goals. Contact us today.

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