Mission Statement

We are dedicated professionals committed to providing quality mental health and substance abuse services. It is our overall goal to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families. Our belief is that all people are valuable and unique and should be treated with dignity and respect. While recognizing the potential for change, and assessment of the clients emotional, physical, spiritual, and life experience is provided in a caring environment. The growth of the individual is promoted through a course of treatment developed and executed in a timely and cost effective manner

Who are We

At Counseling Associates, our role as therapists is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients address current life challenges and long-standing issues. Our role as therapists is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients address current life challenges and long-standing issues.

Compassion

We promote strengthening the family unit by helping each family member understand not only themselves and their behaviors, but also the behaviors of others in the family. With that self knowledge, individuals propel themselves forward into growth.

Our Guarantee

Commitment and Quality With our support, we help clients take responsibility for their own life and their own happiness. We help individuals find resolution to a wide range of personal concerns and psychological issues by encouraging clients to learn about themselves and listen to their own inner voice

Featured Article

Trauma and EMDR

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust

According to one of the foremost experts in healing trauma, Dr. Peter Levine, “Trauma is a basic rupture – loss of connection to ourselves, our families, and the world. The loss, although enormous, is difficult to appreciate because it happens gradually. We adjust to these slight changes, sometimes without taking notice of them at all . . . although the source of tremendous distress and dysfunction, it (trauma) is not an ailment or a disease, but the by-product of an instinctively instigated, altered state of consciousness. We enter this altered state, let us call it “survival mode” when we perceive that our lives are being threatened.

If we are overwhelmed by the threat and are unable to successfully defend ourselves, we can become stuck in survival mode. This highly aroused state is designed solely to enable short-term defensive actions; but if left untreated over time, it begins to form the symptoms of trauma. These symptoms can invade every aspect of our lives.”

Linda Curran, a trauma specialist who has trained thousands of mental health clinicians on trauma treatment across the country states “The most effective to evaluate whether or not you have been traumatized is to answer this simple question: when you remember the incident, is the memory exactly the same every time? If the answer is yes, then the memory is a traumatic one. By no means does one traumatic memory constitute a diagnosis of PTSD; however it does indicate that the traumatic event has been dysfunctionally stored; remains inadequately processed; and continues to cause you distress” (Curran, Linda, BCPC,LPC,CACD,CCPD, Integrative Trauma Treatment , 2011) ..more

Parenting Classes

Counseling Associates is now offering parenting classes in the Nurtured Heart Approach (www.ChildrensSuccessFoundation.com) The classes normally run for two consecutive Saturdays from 11 am to 1 pm for two Saturdays in a row. For reservations or further information, call the office at 618-622-2579. NHA Introduction video courtesy of Howard Glasser.

Taking Flight

CASI is pleased to announce a group workshop for kids with Aspergers Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), and high-functioning Autism. Its slated for Wednesday evenings beginning in September. Call the office at 618.622.2579 for details and registration and one of our administrative specialists will be happy to help.