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Psychotherapy is a collaborative relationship between therapist and client who work hard together to reduce distress, solve problems, and improve functioning.  Psychotherapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy and it can have tremendous benefits.  It often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.  Psychotherapy calls for a very active effort on the client's part.  In order for therapy to be most successful the client will have to work on things talked about both during sessions and at home.

Psychotherapy can have risks as well.  Since therapy often involves discussing and processing unpleasant aspects of one's life, uncomfortable feelings may be experienced, like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness.  However, there are no guarantees of what you will experience.

In psychotherapy at Creative Psychology the first one to three sessions will involve an evaluation of problems, goals, and treatment options and the development of a treatment plan. 

We at Creative Psychology typically use a trauma-focused treatment approach that leads to reduction in emotional distress and improved functioning by processing or healing the effects of traumatic events.  Most people define trauma as a catastrophic event.  Our definition includes "Big T" trauma,  "Little T" trauma, and everything in between.  "Big T" trauma includes sexual and physical abuse, natural disasters, combat, surgery, terrorist attacks, and having a life-threatening or terminal illness.  "Little T" trauma may include insults to self-image such as teasing from peers and low self-esteem, going to the dentist, and daily stress.  "Everything in between" includes divorce, loss and grief, having a mental illness, life changes (including terminal and chronic illness), and work-related stress.

EMDR is highly efficient (typically working much faster than conventional therapies) and very effective in alleviating trauma-related symptoms whether a traumatic event is from many years ago or from yesterday.  We also use EMDR and related therapies to develop and strengthen internal resources by helping to provide what was needed and not received in early development (e.g. experiences of being nurtured, accepted, and respected).  Failures of attachment often result in a poor sense of self, difficulties developing and maintaining relationships, and feeling that something is missing in your life or within yourself.  EMDR is also effective in enhancing performance (e.g. speaking at meetings), creativity, and self-confidence, and for personal and professional growth and development. 

Trauma-focused therapy (with or without EMDR) can help people with problems including depression, anxiety, fears (from phobias, panic attacks, and agoraphobia to fear of flying and test anxiety), explosive anger, chronic pain, and psychological disorders caused or exacerbated by traumatic experiences. Trauma-focused therapy is also helpful for children and adults who have physical problems (such as those resulting from accidents), who have had or will have surgery (including heart, breast, and dental surgery), for those who suffer from chronic and terminal illness, and for their family members.

Creatively Blending Cutting Edge and Traditional Therapies

Creatively blending cutting edge and traditional therapies to best meet our clients' needs is one of the things that we do best.  These therapies include EMDR therapy, the energy therapies (TFT and EFT), CBT (Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and DNMS (Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy).  We use Critical Incident Stress Management debriefings when individuals and/or groups of individuals have been exposed to recent traumatic events.  Family therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy are also available and are utilized alone or in conjunction with the therapies mentioned above.  For individuals working toward personal growth and performance enhancement, aspects of several different therapies are often interwoven to reach the goal of "being your best."

Click on the links to the left to explore some of the different types of therapy available at Creative Psychology, Ltd.

See Problems Treated for an extensive review (including information and links) of many of the reasons people seek psychotherapy and the problems we treat.

See the pages For ChildrenFor Teens For Parents, and For Seniors for information about treatment and issues common to them.

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For Additional Information Contact:
Linda Bedsole, Psy.D.
Creative Psychology, Ltd.
3305 Open Gate Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Tel: 815-444-8469
FAX: 815-479-1709

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