Counseling & Therapy Services 2017-11-01T13:36:46-04:00

I am…
ready to start life off
in a new direction

Counseling &
Therapy Services

So you are considering the opportunity to reach out and get some professional help to address a problem or issue in your life. We help clients deal with thousands of issues that impact their quality of life. With insight and guidance from a professional counselor, advocate and life coach, you’ll improve your relationships with your family, colleagues, and peers. You will also learn how to relate to how you feel emotionally, physically, biologically, and socially. We help with a comprehensive range of issues, including:

  • Lifestyle Choices
  • Work-Related Issues
  • Marital Issues
  • Addictions (all forms)
  • Depression
  • Mood issues
  • Medical Conditions
  • Caregiver Issues
  • Feelings & Physical Symptoms of Medical Illness
  • Change of Life or Transitions Across the Lifespan (child, adolescent , young adult, adult through to senior years)
  • Life Coach skills for all ages
  • Collegiate transition
  • Retirement
  • Family planning and Childbirth
  • Natural healing and nutrition strategies to compliment your current medical treatment
  • Nutritional education emphasizing the role of diet and supplements in healing the physical damage of addiction to increase a person’s overall feeling of well-being early in the healing phase
  • Nurturing the spiritual element, offering meditation programs to work with anxiety, stress, problems solving and increasing a personal centering which promotes a general sense of well-being and safety
  • Nature based therapies
  • Music and movement based therapies
  • Meditation and relaxation based therapies
  • Impaired physician and Impaired healthcare professionals
  • Executive Outpatient Services- Individual, group and family

We have tried to provide some information that will help you think through your choices and the options available to you and some of the things that we can do to help you.

How long does therapy last?

Each weekly session lasts 45-60 minutes. The length of treatment depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the issues, the motivation of the individuals involved, and the goals. Brief therapy typically has a more specific goal or issue of focus, and can last from a few weeks to a few months. Longer-term or open-ended therapy may have more complex issues or concerns and can last up to a year or longer.

How does therapy work?

In this confidential and safe setting, We will help you look objectively at your behaviors, feelings, and thoughts and work with you on gaining the skills you need to deal with different situations. You have the opportunity to explore personal issues with someone who has unique listening skills, and is more neutral than those who are more directly involved with the situation. This leads not only to a deeper understanding of the issues, but also promotes the conditions that make long-lasting change possible.

Your relationship with your therapist plays an important and crucial role in benefiting from treatment. That’s why it’s important to find a person whom you feel you have a good fit with. A good fit means that you feel heard, understood, and accepted. As the trust deepens, this person becomes someone with whom you feel comfortable exploring deeper sources of conflict or pain.

What is a Clinical Social Worker?

Clinical Social Workers are professional health care providers with training and expertise in the areas of human behavior and psychology. More importantly, they understand how these factors influence one’s social health. Clinical Social Workers aim to reduce emotional and physical distress and enhance and promote psychological well-being. They learn about the human mind, human development, psychological problems, the measurement and understanding of personality characteristics, and other important areas of knowledge about how people think, feel, and behave. They also work to understand the quality of one’s social life and how well you are relating to others in many different aspects of your life.

Often, clinical Social Workers will consult with other medical personnel regarding the best treatment for patients, especially treatment that includes medication. Clinical Social Workers are not permitted to prescribe medication to treat patients; only psychiatrists and other medical doctors may prescribe certain medications. Often, we can enhance your care by working with your primary physician or psychiatrist to help in creating a holistic treatment team that works well together to resolve physical problems, alleviate symptoms, and provided added insight.

These are the main interventions offered at Life in Balance™ Clinical Counseling Services, but this list is far from exhaustive. The clinicians are trained in the most advanced and evidenced-based therapies proven to help address specific symptoms and conditions.

When you meet with your clinician for the first time, please feel free to discuss the best type of interventions, past forms of therapy that you have had, and what type of interaction, connection, and help feels best to you.

What kind of therapy is offered?

Life in Balance™ Clinical Counseling Services conducts therapeutic services for individuals, families, and couples in both brief and longer-term settings. Our primary therapeutic orientations are psychodynamic psychotherapy and dialectic behavioral therapy. Christian therapy is also available for those who want to incorporate faith-based concepts into their sessions.

The goal of psychodynamic therapy is to bring about improved psychological health through better self-understanding. People often repeat painful, unsatisfying patterns in their lives. Psychodynamic therapy helps people to recognize and work through the painful feelings that often underlie these patterns of relating to the world so that they can make choices to do things differently. We utilize both brief and long-term psychodynamic therapy.

Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) emphasizes the role of mindfulness in how we feel and what we do and stresses the fact that irrational thinking or faulty perceptions cause our negative feelings.


The essential part of all skills taught in skills group are the core mindfulness skills.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal response patterns taught in DBT skills training are very similar to those taught in many assertiveness and interpersonal problem-solving classes. They include effective strategies for asking for what one needs, saying no, and coping with interpersonal conflict.

Distress Tolerance

Most approaches to mental health treatment focus on changing distressing events and circumstances. They have paid little attention to accepting, finding meaning for, and tolerating distress. This task has generally been tackled by religious and spiritual communities and leaders. Dialectical behavior therapy emphasizes learning to bear pain skillfully.

Emotion Regulation

Dialectical behavior therapy skills for emotion regulation includes:

  • Identifying and labeling emotions
  • Identifying obstacles to changing emotions
  • Reducing vulnerability to “emotion mind”
  • Increasing positive emotional events
  • Increasing mindfulness to current emotions
  • Taking opposite action
  • Applying distress tolerance techniques
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Counseling for Seniors
Religious Counseling

How do I know when it’s time to get help?

People often consider therapy under the following circumstances:
  • The way they feel is affecting their sleep, appetite, job, or relationships.
  • Things are not getting better.
  • They can’t find the answers to their problems.
  • They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness, and they lack hope in their lives.
  • Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function fully from day to day.
  • Their actions are harmful to themselves or others.
  • They are troubled by problems facing family members or close friends.
  • They want additional support, information, or alternative methods to solve medical, physical, social, interpersonal, marital, work-related, or family problems.

Conditions Often Treated by Life in Balance
Clinicians and Counselors

  • Abuse (sexual, physical, verbal, emotional, psychological)
  • Academic Issues
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Addiction Disorders (Comprehensive – Alcohol and Other Substance, Sex, Gambling, Relationship, etc.)
  • Addiction – Substance Abuse Expert for Department of Transportation and Nuclear Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Aging (adjustment to
    the effects of)
  • Anger / Violence
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Austism Spectrum Disorders – effects on family and counseling and case management
  • Bipolar Disorder
    (Manic Depression)
  • Cancer – Comprehensive Oncology Assessment and Case Management and Connections
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Career difficulties
  • Children’s behavioral
    problems / discipline
  • Child development problems
  • Children’s anxieties and fears
  • Chronic mental illness
    (and the family)
  • Diabetes – Type I and Type II case management, counseling and supportive therapies and enhanced provision of alternatives in the medical field
  • Depression
  • Divorce & separation
  • Eating disorders
  • Executive and Professional Care Programs – Discreet
  • Family problems
  • Gay / Lesbian
    / Transgender Issues
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Grief and loss
  • Group Therapy
  • Health Related Behaviors
  • Hypertension
  • Identity issues
  • Learning disabilities
    (assessment of)
  • Life Transitions / Adjustments
  • Life Coach
  • Marital Issues
  • Medical Stress or Health Stress
  • Memory problems
  • Metabolic Syndrome X
  • Men’s issues
  • Nutrition counseling reducing bio-physiological side effects of Substance Abuse Sobriety – Higher Outcomes
  • Obsessive Compulsive
    Disorder (OCD)
  • Pain Disorders
    * Pain Management
  • Panic disorder
  • Parenting issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Personality problems
  • Phobias
  • Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Postpartum depression
  • Post- Traumatic Stress
    Disorder (PTSD)
  • Procrastination
  • Psychological Components of Medical Disorders
  • Relationship Issues / Skills
  • Rheumatology
    Disorders – LUPUS
  • School Related Issues or Problems (IEP also included)
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Senior Citizen/Aging – Geriatric Assessment and Assistance
    – Homebound or in Outpatient Office
  • Senior Citizen/Aging/Geriatric Case Management
  • Sexuality Issues
  • Sexual identity issues
  • Smoking
  • Social anxiety
  • Spiritual Distress
  • Sports Psychological Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Transplant – Medical Issues – KIDNEY, HEART, LUNG, LIVER, STEM CELL
  • Trauma / Post-traumatic stress
  • Weight Issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Work-related issues and Life Coaching for Success

Make An Appointment

Contact Life in Balance Clinical Counseling Services at 815-828-9511 or complete our new patient registration. It all starts with a call!

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Life in Balance is an In-Network and a Participating Provider of Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO & Medicare

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