Our Counseling Services
DUI and Counseling Services provides DUI evaluations and others, including Secretary of State evaluations and updates, and anger management and mental health evaluations.
When someone is arrested in Illinois for a DUI, the Court will most likely order an alcohol and drug evaluation. This evaluation will determine the extent of the defendant's substance use and his or her consequent risk to the public. It will also determine what kind of educational and counseling programs will be required. This evaluation must be done before any kind of driving permit can be issued.
If you decide to receive an evaluation, please bring the following items:
- 1. Notice of Summary Suspension from the officer.
- 2. Driving record from DMV (typically around $12)
- 3. Other tickets.
- 4. Anything you think might be relevant.
We will provide court, jail and off-site evaluations.
DUI & Counseling Services will ensure you receive the counseling you need and help you get your driver's license reinstated. We provide risk education, outpatient substance abuse treatment aftercare, anger, and mental health counseling. We have group meetings conveniently scheduled during evening hours.
Ron Partch, MS, has over 25 years of counseling experience. He is licensed by the state of Illinois as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Ron is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and holds numerous degrees.
Other counselors on our staff are Michael Fick, MS, and mental health specialist Pam Papapostolou.
DUI & Counseling Services also provides these important services:
- Alcohol and drug testing assistance with SCRAM Bracelets if court assigned
- Written verification for any service provided
- Public speakers and presentations in your community
Spanish and Polish interpreters are available upon request, with advance notice.
We will make referrals to other services as needed.
Please contact us to learn more about all of our services.
Providing Guidance to Help People Navigate Life's Challenges
According to 20/20: A vision for the Future of Counseling, the delegates comprised of 31 counseling organizations agreed upon a unified definition of counseling:
Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.
Counselors work with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing.
Types of Counseling
Individual counseling is a personal opportunity to receive support and experience growth during challenging times in life. Individual counseling can help one deal with many personal topics in life such as anger, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage and relationship challenges, parenting problems, school difficulties, career changes etc.
Every couple experiences ups and downs in their levels of closeness and harmony over time. This can range from basic concerns of stagnation to serious expressions of aggressive behavior. Marriage counseling or couples counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds. Overall, couples counseling can help couples slow down their spiral and reestablish realistic expectations and goals.
Family counseling is often sought due to a life change or stress negatively affecting one or all areas of family closeness, family structure (rules and roles) or communication style. This mode of counseling can take a variety of forms. Sometimes it's best to see an entire family together for several sessions. Common issues addressed in family counseling are concerns around parenting, sibling conflict, loss of family members, new members entering the family, dealing with a major move or a general change affecting the family system.
Group counseling allows one to find out that they are not alone in their type of life challenge. To be involved in a group of peers who are in a similar place not only increases one's understanding of the struggles around the topic but also the variety of the possible solutions available. Typically, groups have up to eight participants, one or two group leaders, and revolve around common topics like anger management, self-esteem, divorce, and domestic violence, recovery from abuse and trauma, and substance abuse and recovery.
What is Behavioral/Mental Health Counseling?
Assisting individuals, families, and groups with diverse needs through challenges in their life journeys. Counselors take a developmental perspective and know that people grow and change throughout their lives. Counselors understand principles of human development, psychology, mental health and change theories, and can establish effective helping relationships with people from diverse cultures. Counselors are skilled in the assessment of people and situation, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, and in the application of cognitive, affective, behavioral and systemic strategies to facilitate change.
Help the client create change: setting personal goals or making system-wide changes. As helpers, counselors are respectful and responsive to the client and offer a safe place for people to share their experiences and to explore ways to cope. Counselors are skilled in implementing therapeutic interventions designed to help clients challenged by a range of circumstances including trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, unanticipated life events, interpersonal discord, social injustice, co-occurring disorders, worksite disruption, and career issues.
What is Anger Management?
There is nothing wrong with feeling angry. It's normal, natural and sometimes necessary. Anger is an adaptive emotional response to experiences of hurt, injustice, fear, and frustration. Anger often inspires a powerful physical response in the body, such as adrenaline, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, and fast breathing. This physical response can lead to aggressive behavior, which allows u to defend ourselves if attacked. Feeling anger is not the problem, it's what we do with that volatile emotion that can lead to problems.
Anger, if not handled well, will become destructive at work, in relationships, and affect your overall well-being. Some indicators that you may need to consider an anger counseling course or group anger management therapy sessions include:
- 1. Feeling like you constantly have to "hold in" or repress your anger.
- 2. Frequent arguing with your spouse, children or co-workers.
- 3. Trouble with the law or reckless disregard for rules.
- 4. Physical violence, such as hitting, loud shouting, door slamming, etc.
- 5. Threats of violence against people or property
- 6. Out-of-control behavior, such as breaking things or reckless driving.
Anger Management Counseling Sessions and Group Classes
Out-of-control anger leads to a pattern of negative behavior that can hurt relationships, career, even mental and physical health. Anger management classes help unlearn these negative responses to anger and help you regain control. An anger management counselor can help you to recognize early signs of anger, and teach you to take the necessary steps to relax and deal with the situation in a positive way. Through talk, training, and behavior modification techniques, a highly angry person can begin to see results, moving closer to mid-range anger, in 5 - 8 weeks.
Anger management courses don't try to keep you from feeling anger but teach you how to express anger in a healthier way. Managing anger is a learned behavior, requiring practice and resilience. Group anger management sessions allow you to see others coping with similar challenges and hear their personal stories of failures and successes. Generally, anger counseling classes focus on learning specific skills and ways of thinking to cope with anger.
Below are tips that may help you manage your anger:
- 1. Be anger aware
- 2. Learn to Relax
- 3. Change your thinking
- 4. Problem Solve
- 5. Communicate effectively
- 6. See some humor in life
- 7. Take a break
- 8. Change your environment
Find help with anger management: if you or someone you know struggles with anger issues, it is important to know there is help available.
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Today's lifestyle lends itself to more stress than relationships of previous generations. But we can help you, as a couple, through it. We're N IL relationship specialists. Let us help you with issues regarding:
- 1. Communication strategies
- 2. Repairing and rebuilding trust
- 3. Conflict Resolution
- 4. Infidelity
- 5. Adjustment to married life
- 6. Premarital counseling
- 7. Parenting
- 8. Adoption
- 9. Divorce
- 10. Sexuality
- 11. Finances
What is Marriage Counseling About?
To help you identify problems, understand why past efforts to fix them didn't work and help develop better communication styles. Marriage counseling sessions at DUI & Behavioral Health are conducted in a safe and supportive space that allows you to say anything. Therapists are skilled in helping couples break through barriers keeping them apart, unite, & create long-lasting bonds.
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What is Employment Counseling?
An employment counselor, also known as a career development professional, advises, coaches, provides information to, and supports people who are planning, seeking and managing their life/work direction.
Employee counseling is a health care intervention which can take many forms. Its aim is to assist both the employer and employee by intervening with an active problem-solving approach to tackling the problems at hand.
The costs to industry and commerce each year associated with employees' poor psychological health are enormous. Employee counseling can do much to prevent the negative effects of stress at an individual level and ultimately at an organizational level.
Few organizations can now afford to ignore the consequences associated with employees' psychological health.
Employee Counseling - What's Involved?
Employee counseling gives individuals a valuable opportunity to work through problems and stresses in a strictly confidential and supportive atmosphere. Counseling provides access to several basic forms of helping: giving information, direct action, teaching and coaching, advocacy, and providing feedback and advice, for example.
Typically, counseling involves the individual employee meeting with a psychological adviser, usually on a one-on-one basis. It is not uncommon for the individual employee and counselor to meet once or twice a week for several weeks. However, the number and frequency of meetings required will depend upon the nature of the perceived difficulty and the nature of the intervention needed.
The focus of counseling sessions is to encourage discussion of personal and work-related difficulties. This is often followed by the adoption of an active problem-solving approach to tackle the problems at hand. The specific aims of employee counseling are to:
- 1. Explore and find the key sources of difficulty (this step may include the use of diagnostic self-report tests similar to those available on our public).
- 2. Review the individual's current strategies and styles of coping.
- 3. Implement methods of dealing with the perceived problem, thereby alleviating the issue. Often, this step may involve also improving interpersonal relations at work and/or improve personal performance.
- 4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the chosen strategies.