We have been providing counseling services to individuals, couples and families in DuPage County for over 19 years. Our counseling services include:
Addiction Counseling and Addiction-Related Issues Counseling
Grace Counseling of DuPage helps with a variety of addictions, including Alcohol Addiction, Food Addiction, Drug Addiction, Internet Addiction and Pornography Addiction. Grace Counseling of DuPage helps their clients determine where and when these addictions first started and provides the counseling to help clients overcome their addictions.
Ms. Wakely is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. There are more types of addictions today than ever before and Ms. Wakely specializes in helping people in the area of Process Addictions. Process Addictions can be defined as any addiction a person acquires over time that has become a crutch- an addiction that is used to cope with their particular situation. Examples of addictions that Grace Counseling of DuPage helps their clients with include:
1. Food Addiction
2. Gambling Addiction
3. Smoking Addiction
4. Drug Addiction
5. Caffeine Addiction
6. Pornography Addiction
7. Alcohol Addiction
Grace Counseling of DuPage helps you determine where and when these addictions first started and provides the counseling to help you overcome your addictions.
Marriage Counseling (Gottman Trained Counselor)
Grace Counseling of DuPage counsels couples at various stages in their relationship, whether prior to marriage, prior to divorce or helping couples avoid divorce altogether.
Ms. Sheila Wakely, principal counselor of Grace Counseling of DuPage, utilizes the Gottman technique in her marriage counseling service. The Gottman technique has been recognized as the most effective conflict resolving technique in couples counseling. In his book, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, John Gottman identifies four characteristics of marriages that signal the marriage is beginning to deteriorate. These four characteristics, known as the four horsemen, are:
Ms. Wakely, a DuPage County Certified Divorce Mediator, understands the conflicts and challenges that can be created by the four horsemen and will help couples mine the strong points in the relationship and marriage, counseling couples on ways to get in touch with their feelings.
Grace Counseling of DuPage provides counseling services for women, men, families and adolescents in the area of divorce recovery. Often times, there are strong feelings of resentment harbored by each group. Children may need help with their parents divorce, sometimes feeling that they are to blame for their parents separating or divorce. Grace Counseling of DuPage provides mediation to the children to facilitate healing.
One parent can feel more responsible than the other for a divorce and Grace Counseling of DuPage provides the divorce recovery counseling which helps people heal, to reinforce respect for themselves, to restore good boundaries, to establish a “co-parenting” relationship.
Eating Disorder Counseling
Grace Counseling of DuPage can also provide counseling on various addiction-related issues. Eating Disorders are one example of an addiction-related issue that can arise from a process addiction.
Eating Disorders and related issues are many and include:
Ms. Wakely is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, she has the authority to provide outpatient treatment and admit those with eating disorders into hospitals.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Grace Counseling of DuPage provides effective treatment and counseling for a variety of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders. The consequences from certain traumatic events can be devastating and even debilitating. Events such as Rape, Car Accidents, 9/11, military combat such as Iraq , Viet Nam , and Desert Storm, the sudden passing of a friend, relative or associate can have lasting effect for years and sometimes decades.
Ms. Sheila Wakely and Grace Counseling of DuPage utilize the number one rated technique in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR. Ms. Wakely is but one of approximately 200 recognized EMDR Therapists in the world.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a form of psychotherapy developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach to address past, present and future aspects of disturbing memories.
The theory underlying EMDR treatment is that it works by helping the sufferer process distressing memories more fully which reduces the distress. A specialty of Ms. Wakely and Grace Counseling of DuPage, EMDR has been proved to be more effective than a variety of other treatments and techniques, including typical treatments, medication and traditional exposure treatments.
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