The key to any successful relationship is open and honest communication, even when there are disagreements. The real trouble begins when that communication breaks down and each individual does not feel like they are being heard or understood.
The longer the communication issues remain, the worse they get, and often couples do not know where to turn, or who to turn to help resolve the issues.
At Braden Counseling Center in Geneva, our couples and marriage counseling services can help open up the lines of communication between partners and guide the relationship down the path to success, because every relationship deserves to be happy.
By using a variety of techniques, our counselors work to identify the strengths and weaknesses within the relationship and assist each individual in learning new skills to achieve open and honest communication with each other.
A few of the skills we teach are:
- Assertiveness training
- Rebuilding trust/intimacy
- Attachment issues
- Active listening
If you are unhappy in your relationship, it is crucial that you do not give up before exploring counseling and therapy options at our Geneva location of Braden Counseling Center. We can recommend a therapy program that puts you both on course for a happier, more fulfilling relationship.
Domestic Violence Counseling in Geneva, IL
Abusers will abuse for many different reasons, but no matter what those reasons are, it should never be tolerated within a relationship.
If you recognize yourself as someone who abuses, then our domestic violence counseling program will help get to the root of your abusive pattern. The aim is to make long-term changes and improvements to break the cycle of abuse and allow you to manage your emotions in a healthy manner.
By allowing a person to understand how their behavior and actions affect others, our clients can start to make positive changes in how they handle themselves.
The program consists of a two-hour evaluation session followed by weekly group sessions. The state of Illinois mandates that a program is only complete once an individual has completed 26 group sessions.
Victims of abuse can be reassured that our counseling services will aid them in healing and allow them to move past their traumatic experience and finding safety.
Open communication, respect, and learning how to resolve conflict without turning to violence or abuse, are the foundations of any successful relationship. If abuse is not addressed, then it will most likely continue moving forward. If you think you are an abuser, or you have been a victim of abuse in the past or present, please contact us soon.
We strive to be there for our clients by offering:
- A free initial consultation
- Cash and credit card payment options
- Insurance benefits verification
Counseling Services in Geneva for Those Considering Divorce
Unfortunately, some couples find themselves at a breaking point and decide that the best thing to do is end the relationship.
There are many things to consider when deciding to divorce, and if these are not handled amicably, then it leads to a messy and painful process.
Our divorce counseling services in Geneva can help make the separation go more smoothly. We offer a range of services including divorce mediation, counseling, and support, particularly when there are children involved.
We also offer a range of evaluations which are sometimes required in court prior to being granted a divorce:
- Parental Visitations
- Psychological Assessment
Furthermore, we can help those in Geneva with custody evaluations, providing an unbiased synopsis of what we feel is in the best interests of the children involved.
Substance Abuse Counseling
Watching a partner suffer through substance abuse is incredibly traumatic, and very painful to live with. Watching someone we love suffer in this way can lead to many serious relationship problems, as well as the associated health risks for the person affected.
At Braden Counseling Center, we have a variety of techniques to help our clients recover from substance abuse while providing them with successful ways to prevent future usage.
Fully trained Geneva substance abuse counselors are on hand for those suffering from drug problems. If alcohol addiction is the problem, alcohol counseling is available to aid in recovery.
An intensive outpatient treatment program and outpatient counseling services ensure that we can provide comprehensive help to beat addiction.
Our staff is also fully trained to administer NARCAN spray for opioid overdoses.
A wide range of subjects are covered in our group therapy sessions to help clients understand substance abuse. The main focus, however, is relapse prevention, so we work to build skills in achieving this goal.
Our aim is that everyone who completes our treatment program does so feeling confident and equipped to leave substance abuse behind them.
Geneva, IL Trauma Informed Counseling/Therapy
We have team members fully trained in trauma counseling in Geneva who are available for clients in need.
Trauma-Informed Counseling (TIC) works by making the individual feel they are empathized with. Being heard and understood is one of the main aspects of this therapy.
During a trauma counseling session, we approach the situation by asking “what has happened to you?” instead of “what is wrong with you?” and treating the client with respect rather than allowing them to feel that they are a burden.
Trauma is a very complex issue, and implementing a safe, therapeutic environment is important to a person’s recovery.
Coping mechanisms for trauma can manifest in many different ways, few of them beneficial. We recognize that a person will try to find the best way to deal with their trauma and the resulting emotions. Our trauma informed therapy at our Geneva location assists its clients by building understanding and trust, which allows us to work closely with them to find the most effective method of healing.
EMDR Therapy in Geneva
One of the treatments we offer for trauma is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy which is a psychotherapy approach that has proven effective for the treatment of trauma, especially post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
If you are interested in couples counseling services or trauma counseling, please contact us at the Geneva IL Braden Counseling Center today.