At Braden Counseling Center, we understand that people are complex and complicated. While we are all free-thinking human beings, our thoughts, wants, and desires are typically linked to our personal experiences throughout our lives.

The unfortunate reality is, people face very real stress every day. While each of us experience different kinds and levels of stress, it still affects all of us in varying ways, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. We are here to guide, counsel, and treat all of our clients with any mental and psychological troubles that they face in their day-to-day lives. By enlisting the help of a caring psychiatric provider, you bring yourself one step closer to feeling like you again.

The professionals at Braden Counseling Center are licensed and qualified to perform unbiased psychological assessments of our clients in order to get them on the fast track to recovery. A treatment plan cannot be made properly without first identifying the aspects of your life that trigger stress.

Psychological Testing and Assessment

There are many reasons why an individual would undergo a psych evaluation, and it is nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. Just as a General Practitioner would examine your body for any physical ailments, a psychiatric provider needs to do the same for your mind in order for you to get better. Some of the reasons why a person needs to be evaluated are as follows.

Peace of Mind

We know that we all experience stress. We also know how stress can negatively affect our everyday lives. What many of us are unclear on is what we can do about it. A psychiatric evaluation is the first step toward trying to find a better way to deal with our stress. At Braden Counseling Center, we utilize the latest in tried and tested methods to get to the heart of what is causing you stress, and then formulate a plan that can begin the process of healing.

Child Psychological Evaluation

As difficult as it is for an adult to understand the psychological implications of the stress that they go through, it is exponentially more difficult for a child. We tend to think of children as always having the time of their lives, and that nothing that is going on can affect them in any negative way. Nothing could be further from the truth. Children face stress and doubt in the same way as adults, the only difference is, they probably understand what is happening to them even less than adults do.

If a child is falling behind in school or is getting in trouble, the default reason that many people think is that they are not trying hard enough or lack discipline. This type of thinking can dangerously affect a child’s development because the reasons why they are not performing the way they should be far more complex. A child psychiatric provider, like those found at Braden Counseling Center, will be able to help them understand what is going on in their minds and put them on a path toward recovery. Do not make the mistake of thinking that there is no way your child needs psychiatric assistance. Get them the help they need, just as you would if they faced a physical illness of some kind.

The Three Factors of a Psychiatric Evaluation

A psychological evaluation can be broken down into four main components.

  • The Therapist
  • The Client
  • The Psychiatric Provider
  • Trust

Without these four areas coming together, it is impossible for any progress to be made. The therapist needs to fully understand the history that has led the client to their current position, as well as the methods that they use in order to effectively treat their patients. The client needs to be open, forthright, and willing to accept that they might need changes in their lives. The psychiatric provider needs to be knowledgeable of the use of psychiatric medication to manage the challenges of the client.  Finally, the two must trust each other that the patient is willing to put the time and effort into healing, the therapist has their best interests in mind, and that progress takes time.  Patience is key in these situations.

Our Main Assessor, Amy Adams

Braden Counseling Center is lucky to have Amy Adams on staff to provide psychiatric servicesand treatment for adults and children. Amy Adams (MSN, APN, FNP, PMHNP) is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Illinois State University and psychiatric certification from University of St. Francis. She comes to us with 25 years of nursing experience in a wide variety of settings, caring for patients across the life span. She has been working as an advanced practice nurse for 12 years with an additional certification in family medicine. This additional training and experience helps her to assess and treat clients in a more holistic manner. She has experience in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Amy believes in creating a caring therapeutic environment and working with her clients to establish an individualized plan of care that fits their needs in order to achieve their goals.

Start Down the Path of Recovery

Whatever reason why you might feel that you or a loved one need psychiatric services, please understand that there is absolutely no shame in admitting that you need a little help. For many years, mainstream media, movies, and television shows have portrayed the need for psychiatric help as a weakness. It is completely wrong and dangerous to make this assumption. We have no problem admitting that we need help with work, our relationships, or even something as simple as fixing a car, therefore we should not feel intimidated to admit that we might need a little help fixing our minds as well. Contact Braden Counseling Center today if you or someone you know could benefit from a psychological evaluation. We fully live by our motto “New Ways for Better Days,” and are here to help you.

We offer psychiatric services in Bartlett, Sycamore, Rochelle, Oregon, Geneva and Elgin.

What Our Clients are Saying.....

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