Claudia Mellott Counseling specializes in treating Adults in Downers Grove, Illinois and the Western Suburbs of Chicago for Anxiety, Communication Skills, Life Transitions, Depression, Relationship Issues, Divorce, OCD, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety, Stress Management, and Substance Abuse Aftercare.

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety TreatmentIf you feel you are barely surviving the stress and anxiety in your life,  it is time to take action. Constant worry, generalized anxiety, and panic attacks will rob you of the mental, emotional and physical energy you need to function at a healthy level.  Insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, and cardiovascular disease are just a few of the physical conditions exacerbated by anxiety and stress. Obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety can limit a person’s potential and the toll taken on relationships can be substantial. Some forms of anxiety can be hidden such as anxiety-driven inattentiveness or perfectionism.  As you may have experienced, anxiety left untreated tends to become worse with time.

There are some things in life that are outside of our control. However, there is no reason to suffer in silence.  You can have an impact on every area of your life by treating your anxiety.  Treatment can include cognitive restructuring (changing how you think) using ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).  Behavior modification and breathing techniques may also be used.  Learning to deal with things outside of your control with communication skills and stress management skills will help to bring a calm, peaceful flow back into your life.

Depression Treatment

Depression TreatmentDepression can include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, numbing of feelings, loss of energy,  sleep disturbances, brain fog, agitation, and emptiness. There are many factors that can cause depression.  Whether genetics, life circumstances, trauma or grief have overwhelmed you, the effects can be debilitating.  Depression can be chronic in nature or a result of a life circumstance.  A chronic condition, such as bipolar disorder, can be especially challenging because you are dealing with both depression and the results of periods of mania or hypomania, racing thoughts, impulsivity, and agitation.  A divorce or break-up, loss of a loved one or job can create inertia and confusion.

When life seems overwhelming, reaching out for help can feel like too much work. However, studies have shown that even individuals taking antidepressants report better results when psychotherapy is part of their treatment. Psychotherapy will help you understand this disorder as well as help you reconnect with your strengths.  In addition to ACT and CBT techniques to move forward using psychodynamic techniques to help understand underlying issues that may impact progress is important.

Marriage & Couple Therapy

Marriage & Couple TherapyA  relationship has a life of its own. It needs nurturing for it to grow into the partnership desired by most people. You may have put off marriage counseling/couple therapy for some time now. Here are a few questions to help you clarify whether it is time to seek professional help.

  • Do you feel like nothing ever gets resolved in your relationship?
  • Do you feel like you are often misunderstood or not heard by your partner?
  • Do you feel like you are taken for granted or are unappreciated?
  • Are you dealing with the infidelity of a partner or are you the one straying?
  • Have you shut down, just going through the motions of daily life without being engaged?
  • Are differences in how the two of you approach issues making situations worse instead of better?
  • Are the two of you struggling to adjust to unexpected stress?

If yes, then couple counseling is an option for you. It is easy for a  relationship to develop problems.  Whether it be communication skills,  intimacy problems, or parenting differences, we can work together toward the goal of a more fulfilling relationship.

Life Transitions

Life TransitionsLife is always a combination of both joys and sorrows.  Change is commonplace in today’s world.  Negative circumstances such as job loss, illness, death of a loved one, betrayal of a spouse or friend or divorce can leave you spinning.  Even changes that seem positive such as retiring, a career change, moving or getting back into dating can cause difficulties in adapting.  If you are going through a difficult time in your life, counseling can serve as a valuable tool.

A support network is invaluable to anyone going through a life transition.  However, many people describe the experience of reaching out to friends and family for valuable feedback only to become more confused and overwhelmed.  Decision making can feel more manageable with the guidance provided by a mental health professional.

We’re Here for You.

Please contact us with questions or to make an appointment for counseling. We proudly service clients in Downers Grove Illinois and The Western Suburbs of Chicago.

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