Counselors Associates Ltd https://counselorsassociates.com Counseling, Psychotherapy & Psychological Testing Fri, 26 Feb 2021 22:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7 https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.31/m6u.616.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/cropped-Favicon-32x32.png Counselors Associates Ltd https://counselorsassociates.com 32 32 Counselors Associates Welcomes New Clinicians & Staff https://counselorsassociates.com/2020/10/29/counselors-associates-welcomes-new-clinicians-staff/ Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:34:02 +0000 https://counselorsassociates.com/?p=211662 Counselors Associates Welcomes New Clinicians and Staff

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Megan Newkirk, MS, LCPC

Counselors Associates Ltd welcomes Megan Newkirk, MS, LCPC. Based out of our Shiloh location, Megan assists Children, Teens, Young Adults, and Adults with Anxiety & Depression, LGBTQ, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, and Relationship Concerns. She is now accepting new clients for Tele-Health & In Person Sessions.

Elizabeth Eugea, MS, LCPC, NCC

Counselors Associates Ltd. welcomes Elizabeth Eugea MS, LCPC, NCC. Based out of our Peoria office, She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety & Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Self Esteem, Stress Management, & Women’s Issues.

Counselors Associates Welcomes Elizabeth Wooten

Counselors Associates Ltd. Welcomes Elizabeth Wooten, Intern.  Based out of our Shiloh location, Elizabeth is an intern currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at Webster University. She assists Children, Teens, and Young Adults with Anxiety & Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Self Esteem, Social Skills, & Stress Management. She is accepting new clients for Tele-Health and In-Person sessions.

Steve Weiss, Office Manager & Assistant to the Operations Director

Counselors Associates Ltd. Welcomes Steve Weiss.  Steve is the initial point of contact for the Shiloh office. He facilitates appointment scheduling and works collaboratively with the front office team and therapists to provide the best possible customer service to our clients. In addition, he assists our Operations Director and Marketing Department.

Michael Gonzolez, Marketing Coordinator

Counselors Associates Ltd. Welcomes Michael Gonzalez. Michael coordinates Marketing and Social Media for Counselors Associates Ltd. He facilitates connections in our community, and promotes company growth. Contact Michael at michaelgcaltd@gmail.com.

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CALTD Welcomes Libby Fisher, MA https://counselorsassociates.com/2020/08/13/caltd-welcomes-libby-fisher-ma/ Thu, 13 Aug 2020 22:34:52 +0000 https://counselorsassociates.com/?p=210957 The post CALTD Welcomes Libby Fisher, MA appeared first on Counselors Associates Ltd.

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Counselors Associates Welcomes Libby Fisher

Counselors Associates Ltd is please to announce that Libby Fisher, MA has joined our team!

Libby’s specialties are Art Therapy, Behavioral Issues, Anxiety & Depression, Self- Esteem, & Trauma. 

Libby’s philosophy is that each client should be approached with respect, compassion, and non-judgement. The client-therapist relationship is at the core of her work. The support of a strong therapeutic relationship provides space to heal and change. Mutual trust and understanding helps us to work through issues that are brought to therapy. Libby treats each client as an individual who will bring their own unique experience to the therapeutic relationship. 

Her therapeutic approach combines art therapy counseling training with client-centered theory, while incorporating relational cultural theory. Art therapy is an excellent way to help navigate through trauma safely and address other life issues. It is used to help people of all ages, from children to adults. Often feelings may be hard to label with words, in these cases art-making can be incredibly beneficial. Art therapy can enhance emotional self-efficacy and improve self-esteem.  Libby is now accepting new clients ages 3 & up for Tele-Sessions, and In-Person sessions.  

To request an appointment with Libby, please contact the office at 618-972-1568.

 

 

 

 

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CALTD Golf Outing https://counselorsassociates.com/2019/09/19/caltd-golf-outing/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:09:16 +0000 https://counselorsassociates.com/?p=210580 At Counselors Associates we understand the importance of self care. We encourage everyone to schedule fun days and recharge! Recently our team was able to participate in the O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. A good time was had by all! We are so honored to be a part of this awesome community!

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At Counselors Associates we understand the importance of self care. We encourage everyone to schedule fun days and recharge!

Recently our team was able to participate in the O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. A good time was had by all! We are so honored to be a part of this awesome community!

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Counselors Associates Welcomes Lauren Richter https://counselorsassociates.com/2019/09/12/counselors-associates-welcomes-lauren-richter/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:57:35 +0000 https://counselorsassociates.com/?p=210545 Counselors Associates Ltd is pleased to announce that Lauren RIchter, MA, LPC, NCC has joined our team! Lauren will begin seeing clients at our Shiloh office, located at 1941 Frank Scott Parkway East, Suite C. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, self-harm, trauma, anger management, and domestic violence. Lauren sees adults, adolescents, and children. Lauren […]

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Counselors Associates Ltd is pleased to announce that Lauren RIchter, MA, LPC, NCC has joined our team!

Lauren will begin seeing clients at our Shiloh office, located at 1941 Frank Scott Parkway East, Suite C.

She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, self-harm, trauma, anger management, and domestic violence. Lauren sees adults, adolescents, and children.

Lauren is an integrated psychotherapist who believes clients are their own expert. She provides a supportive environment to help foster bringing out her clients’ fullest potential by helping them recognize their strengths and learning how to set healthy boundaries. Lauren strongly believes a trusting relationship is the foundation for which healing is built on. She works with her clients to develop and work toward their goals. Lauren uses a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered, mindfulness, and Solution-Focused therapy. She also uses play and art therapy techniques when working with children.

To request an appointment with Lauren, please contact the Shiloh office at 618-206-8350,

 

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Counselors Associates Welcomes Ken Kubicek https://counselorsassociates.com/2019/09/12/counselors-associates-welcomes-ken-kubicek/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:38:42 +0000 https://counselorsassociates.com/?p=210538 Counselors Associates Ltd is pleased to announce that Ken Kubicek, LCPC, PhD has joined our therapy team! Dr. Kubicek will begin seeing clients at our Maryville location, located at 3 Oak Drive, Suite B. Dr. Kubicek works with couples and individuals seeking therapy for anxiety & depression, stress management, and relationship concerns. Ken uses Client […]

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Counselors Associates Ltd is pleased to announce that Ken Kubicek, LCPC, PhD has joined our therapy team!

Dr. Kubicek will begin seeing clients at our Maryville location, located at 3 Oak Drive, Suite B.

Dr. Kubicek works with couples and individuals seeking therapy for anxiety & depression, stress management, and relationship concerns. Ken uses Client Centered Therapy along with Solution Focused Therapy to assist clients in clarifying their own goals in therapy. He works with clients to determine their current strengths and past successes to determine what changes they can make to improve their current situation.

Call our Maryville office at 618-972-1568, to request an appointment with Ken Kubicek, LCPC, PhD.

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Join us for our Parenting Skills Group https://counselorsassociates.com/2019/09/11/join-us-for-our-parenting-skills-group/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 17:44:45 +0000 https://counselorsassociates.com/?p=210516 The post Join us for our Parenting Skills Group appeared first on Counselors Associates Ltd.

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Join us for our 1-2-3- Magic Parenting skills group.

Our Director, Katie Roemer, LCPC and Brandy Smith, LPC are taking reservations for our 1-2-3- Magic Parenting Class on Saturday, November 2nd.

The class will address managing difficult behaviors, learning techniques that encourage good behaviors, and ways to strengthen parent-child relationship.

Class will be held on Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm at our Maryville location. A light lunch will be provided.

Cost is $250 per attendee or $275 per couple.

Reserve your spot today by calling: 618-972-1568 or emailing info@counselorsassociates.com

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Counselors Associates Welcomes Mallory Allgire https://counselorsassociates.com/2019/02/21/counselors-associates-welcomes-mallory-allgire/ Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:31:52 +0000 https://counselorsassociates.com/?p=210214 Counselors Associates Ltd is pleased to announce Mallory Allgire has joined the therapy team. Ms. Allgire will practice out of the Shiloh office, located at 1941 Frank Scott Parkway East. Counselors Associates expanded to the O’Fallon-Shiloh area in February 2018. Ms. Allgire works with children, adolescents and adults seeking therapy for a variety of concerns […]

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Counselors Associates Ltd is pleased to announce Mallory Allgire has joined the therapy team. Ms. Allgire will practice out of the Shiloh office, located at 1941 Frank Scott Parkway East. Counselors Associates expanded to the O’Fallon-Shiloh area in February 2018.

Ms. Allgire works with children, adolescents and adults seeking therapy for a variety of concerns related to anxiety and depression, behavior, divorce (as it pertains to the child’s perspective), self-esteem, social skills and school-related interests. She strives to help her clients reach their full potential and assists them in developing a healthy self-perception, a resilient response to life’s changes and challenges and in developing fulfilling relationships with others. To schedule an appointment with Mallory Allgire, MA, LPCA, please call (618) 206-8350.

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What’s Self-Esteem? How Do I Get It? How Can I Get Rid of It, Once I’ve Got It? https://counselorsassociates.com/2018/12/05/whats-self-esteem-how-do-i-get-it-how-can-i-get-rid-of-it-once-ive-got-it/ Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:16:26 +0000 https://counselorsassociates.com/?p=210150 Originally from: Feeling Good, The Website of David D. Burns, MD The following is a note I posted to my Stanford psychotherapy training group today. It is a follow-up note from a dialogue I had during one of our Sunday hikes with a new member of our group. I’ll call him “Mike” to protect his […]

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Originally from: Feeling Good, The Website of David D. Burns, MD

The following is a note I posted to my Stanford psychotherapy training group today. It is a follow-up note from a dialogue I had during one of our Sunday hikes with a new member of our group. I’ll call him “Mike” to protect his identity, although that probably isn’t necessary. On the hike, Mike was arguing, quite persuasively, for basing self-esteem on accomplishments. After the hike, I had some additional thoughts about this approach to self-esteem, so posted my thinking. I am hopeful that some of the visitors to the website might enjoy the dialogue.

I apologize for the poor formatting. I will try to fix it on Monday when the help line is available again for my website.

Thanks Mike, for your kind note about the TV interview.

I’ve had some more thoughts about our dialogue on the hike comparing self-defense vs. acceptance paradox to combat negative thoughts re self-esteem, such as “I’m not good enough” or “I’m inferior” or “worthless” or whatever. If anyone in our group wants to comment, please post your thoughts or experiences to the list. Much of this is old, and will be familiar to most of you. If it is of interest to anyone, I would love to hear that, or if you have a different idea, or want to challenge some or all of it, fine also.

Negative thoughts that one is not good enough, as we all know, are at the core of depression, especially when combined with feelings of hopelessness. And the pain can feel so real and be so intense as to drive many people to thoughts of suicide. So we definitely want powerful tools to combat these thoughts.

How do we help people develop greater self-esteem? You can combat most negative thoughts with the Acceptance Paradox or the Self-Defense Paradigm or a combination of the two.

Let’s say that someone is proud of what he or she has achieved and therefore feels worthwhile and also lovable. That’s the essence of the self-defense paradigm. You modeled it beautifully, I thought, on the hike. Very impressive! However, there might be a few potential problems with this formulation of self-esteem as something you must earn.

1. Your self-esteem will depend on your achievements, so it is always contingent and going up and down, like a roller coaster ride–because sometimes we tend to fail, and sometimes we are more successful. So, in the Tuesday group, you may get anxious, thinking that “you” are “less worthwhile” because you are not particularly skilful in this or that skill that is being demonstrated. You may also feel you are less worthy of friendship and fear that others in the group will find you out and judge you, since they will also link self-esteem with skill or success.

2. Is it true that people who achieve more are more worthwhile than people who achieve less? Some highly successful individuals have done lots of horrible things to people.

3. You have to be successful to be lovable. In fact, if someone loves you and is attracted to you because of your success, money, power, or status, you may be in for some trouble!

4. What happens when you fail, or hit a bad patch, and don’t feel particularly successful? Does this mean you are suddenly less worthwhile, and less lovable?

5. And if you achieve a great deal, does it mean you are “more worthwhile” or “more lovable”? More worthwhile and lovable than who?

6. How much “success” does one need, on a scale from 0 to 100, to be “worthwhile” or “lovable”? Is there some magical cut-off point, such as 65, or 85, on the scale? If so, it means that billions of human are “worthless” and “unlovable.”

7. Self-esteem becomes something you have to constantly earn, so you are never truly secure. We can never guarantee endless successes.

8. You buy into the concept that there is such a thing as a “worthwhile human being,” and you also buy into the concept of “worthwhileness” as having meaning. Of course, many people have no motivation at all to let go of these seemingly precious ideas.

9. The system implies that some individuals are more or less worthwhile than others.

10. Specifics can be more or less worthwhile–for example, you could be better at this or that, and not so good at this or that, like dancing, or running, or using the Disarming Technique, or singing, or performing mental calculations. How does this make you more or less worthwhile as a human being?

11. When you fail, which is inevitable, you may have to deal with the actual failure plus on overlay of shame, depression, and anxiety.

12. The concept that we could be more or less worthwhile is the cause of most depression and a great deal of anxiety as well, especially social anxiety.

13. It is not true that people can or do love us for our success. They can admire or appreciate our success, but generally love us because we love them, and because of the warmth and support and commitment they feel in the relationship.

14. Most of our suffering, as the Buddha taught long ago, result from these abstract notions in the clouds, rather than from anything specific or real on the surface of the earth. I’m no good at tennis, but this causes not suffering because I don’t tell myself that I “should” be good at tennis, or that I am “less worthwhile” because I am not very good at tennis. In fact, everything about us could be improved a great deal, and everything is flawed. But those specific defects or deficiencies do not influence how we feel–on the distorted negative thoughts can cause the suffering of depression and anxiety.

There is more, but that’s all I can think of at the moment.

So how can we develop greater “self-esteem”? I think of the development of self-esteem as a ladder you can climb:

Step 1 on the ladder is conditional self-esteem. You decide you are worthwhile because of this or that skill, talent, feature or accomplishment. For example, you may tell a depressed child that she is worthwhile or special because she has pretty eyes, or a nice voice for singing, or an athletic skill, or good grades, or whatever. This is a step up from self-hatred and depression, and is sometimes promoted by parents and teachers.

But even as an adult, we may tell ourselves that we are worthwhile because, for example, we have a PhD, or good therapy skills, or a good income, etc. Often, therapists make the same mistake of trying to cheer up a depressed patient by pointing out their good qualities. I have never seen this help anyone, and have often seen this irritate patients who are depressed. I’ve seen it in group therapy groups, and in my workshops, too, when I do live demonstrations.

Or, in another version of conditional self-esteem, we can decide we are “lovable” and “worthwhile” because others have loved us. In this case, self-esteem depends on love as opposed to achievement, but both are contingent versions of self-esteem.

Or, you can decide, as many religious people do, that you are “worthwhile” because of your faith in God, or in your religion. Well, what happens when you suddenly doubt your faith? Are you now “less worthwhile”? And, do you believe you are “more worthwhile” than others who do not share your faith, or who have no religious faith at all?

Anytime you say, “I need substance X” to be worthwhile, you are potentially in trouble.

Step 2 is unconditional self-esteem. You decide you are worthwhile and lovable just because you are human. Ii is simply a decision you have made to love and accept yourself, just as you might decide to love your child–as a gift, or because your child is hurting and needs your love and comforting, and not because your child has “earned” your love through some accomplishment, like getting As in school.

And by the same token, you can declare that all human beings are worthwhile, and equally worthwhile. You can decide that we all have one unit of “worth” just because we exist as human beings.

As an aside, would this mean that we are now “more worthwhile” than animals? Lots of people think this way, including, perhaps, people who hunt for sport. Many humans treat animals shabbily, even horribly, just as Hitler decided that some humans are more or “less worthwhile” and chose to exterminate them, thinking he had a justification.

Step 3: Once you have achieved unconditional self-esteem, you can decide to throw it away, to get rid of it as fast as possible. You suddenly see “self-esteem” as just another perfectionistic (and meaningless) verbal trap, a waste of time. You discover that “self-esteem” and “worthwhileness” are something you never needed in the first place. Just another burden, like the equally meaningless concept of a “self.”

When you make the decision to get rid of your self-esteem, you can decide to get rid of your belief that you “have” or “are” a “self” as well. You may discover that you don’t need or want or have a “self.”

These are just some rambling thoughts. This is on a philosophical level–ultimately, in clinical settings, we have to do agenda setting. What is it the person wants help with?

If someone feels successful, and therefore worthwhile, and wants to preserve this system of thinking, he or she definitely has the right to do that. Perhaps, like an addiction, you may have to hit a low point to feel motivated to challenge the habit. And certainly, the idea that we are “special” or “superior” or “worthwhile” can be a heady one, something like getting high, perhaps. But the goal of therapy, to my way of thinking, is not to develop self-esteem, but to throw the concept away and to recognize it as meaningless.

It is my belief that this is part of what the Buddha promoted as “enlightenment,” but there are many forms of enlightenment. Letting go of the idea that you have a “self” is only one of them, and the “Great Death” can take many forms, I think.

Finally, I want to emphasize that for many negative thoughts that cause anxiety or depression, the combination of self-defense plus the acceptance paradox will be, by far, the most effective, or only effective, approach. For other negative thoughts, the self-defense paradigm will be, by far, the most effective, or only effective, approach. There is never any one single “best” approach to the relief of suffering, but many approaches.

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Counselors Associates Cuts Ribbon at New Shiloh Location https://counselorsassociates.com/2018/09/07/counselors-associates-cuts-ribbon-at-new-shiloh-location/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 16:56:10 +0000 https://counselorsassociates.com/?p=210104 https://www.ofallonweekly.com/2018/09/07/counselors-associates-cuts-ribbon-at-new-shiloh-location/

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Counselors Associates Ltd Opens Shiloh Office https://counselorsassociates.com/2018/08/21/counselors-associates-ltd-opens-shiloh-office/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 01:21:38 +0000 https://counselorsassociates.com/?p=209894 The post Counselors Associates Ltd Opens Shiloh Office appeared first on Counselors Associates Ltd.

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Counselors Associates Ltd. is pleased to announce the expansion of the practice into Shiloh, Illinois. The grand opening of the Shiloh office will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 23rd at 11:30 a.m. In conjunction with this exciting occasion, Counselors Associates Ltd. is welcoming their clients, families, friends and neighbors in the community to an open house reception (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at the new office located at 1941 Frank Scott Parkway E, Suite C, Shiloh, Illinois 62269. 

Founder and Executive Director Kristin Kneedler feels at some point in every person’s life, therapy can be helpful. She believes people who seek therapy are engaging in a healthy, proactive approach towards their life, typically seeking to implement positive, lasting life change and growth. Kristin says, “Counselors Associates has a highly skilled team of clinicians available to help people who are ready to learn how to engage in their best life.”

Counselors Associates Ltd. is a mental health practice consisting of an exemplary team of licensed therapists offering a variety of mental health services to children, adolescents and adults. Some treatment areas include: ADD/ADHD, Anxiety & Depression, Career Counseling, Grief & Loss, Infertility, Postpartum Depression & Pregnancy Loss, Self-Esteem, Stress Management and Trauma.

For more information or to make an appointment in our Shiloh office, please call (618) 206-8350.

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