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Comprehensive Services

Individual Therapy

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

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.


Couples Therapy

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. Currently, EMDR services are provided by Arlene Messner-Peters, LCPC, China Oughton, LMFT, and Taylor Witt, LCSW.


Psychiatry and Medication Management

We have two child and adolescent psychiatrists located within Counseling Connections:  Dr. Michael Greenbaum, MD and Dr. Shazia Tayyab, MD.  Initially the psychiatrist will meet with the client and their parent(s)/guardians for 45 – 60 minutes to determine if medication is recommended or may be beneficial.  Follow-up medication management visits are scheduled to monitor progress and adjust dosages or prescriptions as needed.  Medication may be helpful in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, and other emotional and behavioral difficulties. 

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    



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. 


Community Services

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.   


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.

Clinically-proven results.
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 for complete information. You can also find useful information about Cogmed by visiting