Individual therapy consists of a one on one meeting between a client and a therapist. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. During this time the client and therapist work on achieving mutually agreed upon goals. At times the therapist and client may choose to include other family members in the sessions, such as a spouse or parent. Sessions typically occur weekly at the start of therapy; as problems decrease the therapy may be spread out.
Family therapy consists of more than one person in a family meeting together with a therapist to address an issue/problem. Family therapy may consist of all family members being present or just some; different sessions may also have different family members present. Family therapy is often used when a problem a person is having in a family is related to another family member or simply impacts another family member. Family therapy is also used to help family members adjust to changes that a person in therapy is making. Initially sessions are held weekly, but may decrease in frequency as progress is made.
Group therapy consists of a therapy session (usually 45 – 90 minutes long) whereby a group of people either with similar problems, backgrounds, or interests meet to help each other with the assistance of a therapist manage a problem. Learning from other group members often occurs and group therapy can be an effective way to improve ones functioning. There are groups for children with ADHD, adults with depression, adolescents with anger control problems, children and adolescents with social skills problems, etc. Groups can be created for almost any problem. Feel free to contact us to see what groups we currently have in place.
Couples therapy consists of a couple coming in together to address issues related to the marriage/relationship, or that are impacting the relationship. At times sessions will be conducted with both partners present, while at other times individual sessions may be used. A variety of issues can be addressed in couples therapy; the issues to be addressed are mutually decided upon by the couple and the therapist. Initially sessions are held weekly, but may decrease in frequency as progress is made.
EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a specific approach designed to relieve distress as well as assist in helping someone realize their potential. EMDR uses specific, focused strategies which stimulate access to dysfunctional stored information, forging new association within and between memory networks.
EMDR is founded on the premise that each person has both an innate tendency and capacity to move toward positive mental health. This is an approach that is used within the context of the current treatment plan.
Our staff consult to a variety of schools, agencies and law firms for several purposes. We are able to provide program development to schools, as well as provide psychological testing for schools. We also provide training of school personnel for staff development purposes. Our staff also consults to law firms to assist attorneys for trial preparation and to prepare clients for court. We also conduct psychological testing of clients for attorneys.
Our staff provide presentations and seminars to a variety of groups. We speak to school personnel during inservice days on a variety of topics. We also give presentations to parents in the community when requested by schools, or other agencies. Our staff have experience presenting to school personnel, attorneys, physicians and other mental health professionals. If interested in having one of our staff speak on a topic of interest, please contact our office at (847) 680-2715 ext. 221.
Medication Management consists of meeting with a psychiatrist to determine if medication may be helpful in assisting a person reduce problematic behaviors or feelings. Initially the psychiatrist will meet with the patient (if the patient is a child, with a parent as well) for 45 – 60 minutes to determine if medication is recommended or may be beneficial. Follow-up medication management visits are scheduled to assure continued progress in reducing the presenting symptoms. Medication may be helpful in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, and other emotional and behavioral difficulties. If a patient does not have insurance, they may be eligible for services through the public health department of their county. They may also be eligible to participate in research studies which may provide medication at no cost. For information regarding the research studies, please visit www.capstoneclinical.com.
Roadmaps Social Skills Group
There are two groups meeting every other Thursday evening at the Libertyville office: ages 10-12 (currently there's a waitlist) and 13-15y/o. The group focuses on using appropriate social skills through getting to know one another through conversations and activities such as role plays and games. It is a supportive environment of acceptance of who you are while helping to understand why social skills are beneficial. If you are interested in learning more about the group, please contact Carolyn Nam, LCSW at (847)680-2715x240.
Cogmed Working Memory Training
Cogmed Working Memory Training is a home-based program that helps people with attention problems by training and increasing their working memory capacity. Clinically-proven results demonstrate that after training, users improve their ability to concentrate, control impulsive behavior and better utilize complex reasoning skills. In the end, in the case of children training, better academic performance can be achieved especially in math and reading.
- Improved ability to sustain attention
- Improved impulse control
- Better complex reasoning skills
- Better academic performance
What is working memory?
- It is the ability to keep information in your mind for a short time, focus on a task and remember what to do next.
- With a working memory deficit, it is difficult to stay focused, plan next steps, remember instructions, start and finish tasks.
- Studies show a deficit in working memory often leads to difficulties in reading comprehension and math.
Signs of working memory deficits
- Problems focusing
- Easily distracted
- Difficulties starting and finishing tasks
- Forgetting instructions
Improving working memory can lead to better academic performance.
Research has established an important connection between working memory, attention and schoolwork:
- Most children with an attention problem also have a working memory deficit. That means they don’t have the same working memory capacity as their peers.
- Cogmed Working Memory Training is backed by clinical evidence and is proven to train and improve a child’s working memory.
- Post training evaluations show this helps kids perform better in school.
- To put it simply, increasing working memory capacity improves attention which helps improve academic performance.
Comprehensive, home-based program.
- Kids are motivated and train effectively with our unique coaching method and software.
- Training takes place at home five days a week for five weeks. An office visit is not necessary.
- The software automatically increases in difficulty gradually improving the child’s abilities.
- Every participant has a Personal Coach at our practice who leads the training, analyzes results and provides encouragement through weekly phone calls.
8 out of 10 children show measurable improvement.
Parents and teachers see real improvements in attention, problem solving skills and controlling impulses.
- 80% of children who complete training show measurable improvement in attention and complex reasoning skills.
- Parents and teachers also report other benefits in daily life:
o improved social skills
o taking initiative
o remembering things
o completing tasks like homework assignments more independently
- When asked one year after training to report on their experience, 79% of parents whose children had benefited from training reported effects had remained or increased.
Cogmed Working Memory Training is scientifically validated by placebo-controlled clinical studies published in respected professional journals, and there is on-going research at several leading U.S. universities. Visit www.Cogmed.com for complete information. You can also find useful information about Cogmed by visiting www.Aboutworkingmemory.org.
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