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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. Developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, EMDR involves guided lateral eye movements or other bilateral stimulation while the individual recalls distressing experiences. The goal is to help process these memories, reducing their emotional impact and facilitating adaptive resolution. EMDR has gained recognition for its effectiveness in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related conditions, offering a unique and structured method for individuals to work through and reprocess traumatic memories.


Tony Nichols, LCPC
Wendy Graham, LPC
Amy Skillings, LSW
Andi Martinez, LCPC

Ego State Parts Work

Ego state parts work is a therapeutic approach that explores the different facets of an individual’s personality or identity, often referred to as “ego states” or “parts.” Drawing from psychodynamic and internal family systems theories, this method involves identifying and understanding various aspects of oneself that may have distinct thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Therapists using ego state parts work aim to facilitate communication and integration among these different parts, fostering a more cohesive and balanced sense of self. By acknowledging and working with these internal aspects, individuals can gain insight into their behaviors and emotions, leading to personal growth and improved well-being.

These counselors have training and experience:
Tony Nichols, LCPC
Andi Martinez, LCPC
Wendy Graham, LSW

Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT

CBT is a widely used and evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach that focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. CBT aims to identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviors contributing to emotional distress or dysfunctional outcomes. CBT has proven effective in treating various mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders, making it a versatile and widely practiced form of psychotherapy.

These Counselor’s have training and experience:
Amy Skillings, LSW                Salma Elkaraksi, LPA
Abby Fisher, LPC                   Tony Nichols, LCPC
Jason Givens, M.Ed              Tiara Armstrong, LCSW
Andi Martinez, LCPC            Wendy Graham, LSW

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes mindfulness, acceptance of difficult thoughts and emotions, and commitment to actions aligned with personal values. It helps individuals develop psychological flexibility by teaching skills to better handle challenging situations and move towards a rich, meaningful life. ACT encourages clients to observe their thoughts without judgment, detach from unhelpful patterns, and take purposeful action towards their values, even in the presence of discomfort. Through techniques such as cognitive defusion, mindfulness, and value-based goal setting, ACT fosters resilience and psychological well-being. It’s particularly effective for treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other mental health issues.

These Counselor’s have training and experience:
Salma Elkaraksi, LPA
Tiara Armstrong, LCSW

Substance Abuse Counseling

Substance abuse counseling involves helping individuals overcome issues related to drug or alcohol misuse. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a key approach in this field, emphasizing a collaborative and empathetic conversation between the counselor and client. MI aims to enhance motivation for change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. This approach respects the individual’s autonomy, recognizing that lasting change often comes from intrinsic motivation rather than external pressure. Substance abuse counseling, coupled with Motivational Interviewing, provides a supportive framework for individuals on their journey to recovery.

Andi Martinez, LCPC
Tony Nichols, LCPC

Somatic Exercises

Somatic exercises involve mindful movements and activities designed to increase body awareness and promote overall well-being. These exercises focus on the connection between the mind and body, emphasizing the release of physical tension, improved posture, and enhanced movement patterns. Somatic practices often include gentle movements, breathwork, and sensory awareness to help individuals recognize and release chronic muscle tension, stress, or trauma stored in the body. By engaging in somatic exercises, individuals can develop a deeper understanding of their physical sensations and movements, leading to increased relaxation, improved flexibility, and a heightened sense of embodied presence.

These Counselor’s have training and experience:
Tony Nichols, LCPC

Brief Solution Focused Therapy

Mindfulness-based techniques offer effective strategies for stress reduction by cultivating present-moment awareness and non-judgmental acceptance. Mindfulness practices, such as focused breathing, meditation, and body scan exercises, encourage individuals to observe their thoughts and feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them. By fostering a mindful attitude, individuals can break the cycle of stress reactivity, promoting a sense of calm and clarity. These techniques are often integrated into daily routines, empowering individuals to manage stressors more skillfully and enhance overall well-being. Regular mindfulness practice has been associated with reduced physiological markers of stress and increased resilience, making it a valuable tool for navigating life’s challenges.

These Counselor’s have training and experience:
Amy Skillings, LSW
Tony Nichols, LCPC

Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)

The Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) is a therapeutic model developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin that integrates principles from neuroscience, attachment theory, and psychobiology to enhance understanding and communication within romantic relationships. PACT places a strong emphasis on the physiological and neurological processes that underlie interpersonal dynamics, considering how partners’ nervous systems interact. Through experiential exercises and in-the-moment interventions, PACT therapists help couples identify and address patterns of relating that may lead to misunderstandings or conflicts. PACT aims to promote secure attachment and create a foundation for a more secure and fulfilling relationship. This approach is known for its practical and dynamic techniques, fostering deeper connection and intimacy between partners.

These Counselor’s have training and experience:
Tony Nichols, LCPC

Gottman Method and EFT Techniques

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method are two distinct yet effective approaches to couples therapy. EFT centers on identifying and transforming negative emotional patterns within relationships, emphasizing the importance of emotional responsiveness and connection. It seeks to create secure bonds by helping partners express their needs and fears. On the other hand, the Gottman Method, developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, relies on empirical research to identify relationship behaviors that contribute to success or distress. It incorporates practical interventions to improve communication, enhance friendship, and manage conflicts constructively.

These Counselor’s Provide Couples Counseling
Amy Skillings, LSW
Andi Martinez, LCPC
Tony Nichols, LCPC

Polyvagal Psychoeducation and Exercises

Polyvagal exercises are designed to regulate the autonomic nervous system, drawing from the Polyvagal Theory developed by Dr. Stephen Porges. These exercises focus on promoting a sense of safety and social connection, crucial for overall well-being. Techniques may include mindful breathing, grounding exercises, and vocal toning to engage the vagus nerve and modulate the body’s stress response. These practices contribute to improved emotional regulation, reduced anxiety, and enhanced social engagement, aligning with the principles of the Polyvagal Theory to foster a sense of safety and connection in both mind and body.

These Counselor’s have training and experience:
Andi Martinez, LCPC
Tony Nichols, LCPC

Mindfulness Based Techniques to Reduce Stress

Mindfulness-based techniques offer effective strategies for stress reduction by cultivating present-moment awareness and non-judgmental acceptance. Mindfulness practices, such as focused breathing, meditation, and body scan exercises, encourage individuals to observe their thoughts and feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them. Regular mindfulness practice has been associated with reduced physiological markers of stress and increased resilience, making it a valuable tool for navigating life’s challenges.

These Counselor’s have training and experience:
Amy Skillings, LSW
Tiara Armstrong, LCSW
Tony Nichols, LCPC
Jason Givens, M.Ed

Emotional Support Animal Letter

Ask a Mental Health Counselor below to help you with an Emotional Support Animal Letter. If you are not on caseload with Hope Centered you will need to complete a 60 minute Intake appointment.

Amy Skillings, LSW
Andi Martinez, LCPC
Tiara Armstrong, LCSW
Tony Nichols, LCPC
Wendy Graham, LSW

Psychiatric Providers in Savoy, IL

Do you need a provider for medication? Hope Centered refers regularly to our Savoy friends below. They treat Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, ADHD, and other mental health symptoms.

Clark and Schulz NP Practice
1806 Woodfield Ste 111 and 112
Savoy, IL 61874
708.405.9434
www.clarkandschulzenp.com

Nitin Bhosale, MD
411 Clarendon Ct, Suite 104
Savoy, IL 61874
815.683.6109
www.tocdoc.life

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