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Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals, families, and couples.
Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Former owner and developer of The Center for Collaborative Counseling & Psychiatry
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Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.
I believe the one constant thing in life is change, which is ironic, to say the least! Insomuch, I have always been fascinated by why do we do the things we do, what makes people tick, how people use deductive reasoning or problems solving skills to make decisions and how we all navigate change. I have also been equally interested in helping people work through problems and reach their goals. I know that creating change, even positive change, can be challenging and oftentimes stressful. But, I also know that making thoughtful, meaningful changes in our lives can be profoundly rewarding, which is why I offer genuine support and sincerely enjoy encouraging my clients to connect with and live as their authentic selves.
Even as a teenager, I knew that I wanted to be involved in healthcare in some way. I was the one friend that everyone went to for advice or "counseling." Because I enjoyed helping others, I decided to study psychology and sociology in college. As I advanced in education, I was attracted to working with children and adolescents and their families. When my practice matured, I broadened it to include adults. I realized that I truly love working with all kinds of people. I find working with different populations, ethnicities and ages is engaging and helps me get closer to being able to answer my life-long question of, “why do we do what we do?”
In a growing world of interracial and ethnic couples and families, people’s culture plays a significant role in their lives. This includes our family history and the structure of how we grew up. I have learned about the importance and impact of how family systems influence us as adults in our close relationship with others.
We both consciously and subconsciously repeat behavioral patterns and find ourselves replaying cycles or acting in ways similar to one or both of our parents—whether those cycles are positive or negative. Identifying and working through unresolved past issues can create so much insight and relief in the present, allowing us to live with increased awareness, engagement and joy.
I feel fortunate to have the parents I do, who I watched overcome many struggles in their lives. They are both survivors, which may be why I feel compelled to help people work through the tough challenges that life inevitably throws our way. My parents are both entrepreneurs and demonstrated strong leadership qualities. They had several businesses throughout the years, and I watched how they re-invented themselves in a fast-paced, changing world. They went from being farmers to florists and ended their careers in real estate. They also undertook another challenging event in their lifetime by adopting me. Adoption was a taboo subject back then, for both the birth family and the adopted family. I am also an only child who grew up in a rural area. At times in my life, I felt lonely and isolated from others. I was shy and very self-conscious around others. I had to learn how to be comfortable being by myself without getting sad, depressed or anxious. Ironically, I also adopted my son, and he is an only child as well. I understand personally—from both sides—the issues that can arise with adoption, and I love helping families better understand and sort through attachment issues, as well as everything else that can come up while raising both biological and adopted families.
I believe in taking a collaborative approach to therapy, and I view the therapeutic relationship as a journey that we embark upon together. In sessions, I will share personal experiences when appropriate, which I think is an important way to build trust—trust being the cornerstone of any successful therapeutic experience. With me, what you see is what you get. I am down-to-earth, genuine, loyal and honest, and most of my clients tell me I am a lot like them or a “real” person. Just because I have an advanced education does not make me better or smarter than anyone else. At the end of the day, I deal with life stressors, just as you do. I try very hard to practice what I preach, but I am not perfect.
I also have a sense of humor, and I love to laugh! Even though therapy can be difficult at times, it can also be fun. I believe that all problems—both big and small—are valid. No matter what a person is dealing with, he/she deserves compassion and support. I have helped people work through everything from major trauma, depression and anxiety to losses and the challenges and stressors that arise in relationships and daily life. I once had a client tell me that I seemed much like Yoda from Star Wars, in that I seemed full of wisdom. While I am not sure how much wisdom I really offer, the compliment made me smile and reinforced my belief in the power of effective therapy.
While I love being a therapist, I also believe in maintaining a healthy life-work balance. Outside of the office, I love spending time with my family and friends. Those close relationships are important, and I believe we need to put them first. I enjoy playing golf, reading a good book and listening to all genres of music. I also enjoy dancing, anything that keeps exercising fun, and I love a great BBQ party! Taking time alone in silence or in my garden is also important to me. I treasure those simple, quiet moments, reflecting on my own.
If you or your child are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship or grief issues, or trying to navigate daily stress or a life transition, please know that you don’t have to do it alone. There is always help and hope for meaningful growth, healing and change. Regardless of what is going on in your life, our team of experts at Barr Counseling and Associates can help you feel supported, heard, well informed and relieved. We invite you to call 847-214-3651 to schedule an initial appointment and/or for a free phone consultation.
Andrea Barr, LCPC earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Stress Management from Roosevelt University and her B.A. in Psychology from Keuka College. Andrea is an accomplished licensed clinical counselor with a solid track- record in developing, implementing and facilitating client-centered therapy programs. She is trained and/or certified in: cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy; EAP (Employer Assistance Program); motivational interviewing; DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy); dual diagnosis and addictions training; career management and life coaching training; domestic violence training; adolescent suicide; teen violence and gang awareness; and dream analysis. She is also qualified in providing supervision for those entering the mental health field.
Kelly is an experienced therapist working with individuals and families including extensive experience with children, adolescents and parents. She has worked in the field since 1999 and in a variety of community and private institutions including Linden Oaks Hospital, Community Counseling Center, Downers Grove Social and Health Services and her private practice in Downers Grove. Kelly uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients develop emotional regulation and interpersonal skills.
I work with a lot of children and teenagers coping with life transitions and traumas such as the divorce or death of a parent. I use play therapy and individual and family sessions to help young kids and teens struggling with depression, anxiety, anger, school problems, self-injury and self-esteem issues. The side effects of trauma, depression and anxiety have an incredible toll on not only the child or teen, but on their relationship with peers and family members. I think it’s critical to address all these areas to help them live happy and productive lives.
I also enjoy working with women who are going through life transitions in their private or professional life. I believe that we all have the ability to better ourselves throughout our lifetime and challenge ourselves to truly become authentic human beings. I help women and men struggling with relationship issues with friends, significant others or family members.
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Whether it’s a parent struggling with their young or adult child or a woman entering the world of dating after a breakup, I try to empower and help clients explore their values, wants and needs through self-advocacy and assertiveness.
I believe that each of us has our own journey and as a therapist, it is my job to help people find their purpose and their own life goals and needs. I believe in the power of mindfulness in what we say and do and how we interact with the world around us and the people within it. I use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients accomplish this. I also believe in challenging negative and destructive thinking patterns through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the ability of people to better their lives and enrich their relationships by having a better understanding of their thoughts and actions.
I have a special interest in working with caregivers as they navigate taking care of ill spouses, children or family members. I believe this is an undertreated and often forgotten population. I strive to provide caregivers with an understanding of their emotions and thoughts and provide a safe place where they can be heard, understood and nurtured. I also work extensively with people struggling with grief issues. This includes not only the death of a loved one, but also the grieving of other traumas such as divorce, relationship loss and the significant grief that accompanies being a caregiver.
I work with adults living an alternative lifestyle and provide an outlet for them to talk about their struggles and challenges they face in the vanilla world.
I believe that understanding and coming to terms with our past is an important piece in the choices that we make today. And that people have an amazing ability to be resilient and create the life they want by understanding the past but not allowing it to control their present. I strive to create an environment where patients feel safe and understood. A place where they can be educated on their issues such as depression or anxiety and the symptoms that accompany them. I believe in the importance of having a well balanced life and the power of using healthy coping skills. I strive to help people identify, explore and expand their positive ones while replacing their negative ones. It’s important to me to equip clients with coping skills they can use outside the office so they can create better and more fulfilling lives for themselves.
Kelly Meeneghan, LCPC earned her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University and her B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University. She is an experienced therapist with an expertise in working with individuals and families including children and adolescents. She has worked in a variety of community and private institutions including Linden Oaks Hospital, Community Counseling Center, Downers Grove Social and Health Services and her private practice in Downers Grove. Kelly uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients develop emotional regulation and interpersonal skills. Kelly is also a part of the Community Crisis Response Team through Linden Oaks Hospital which responds to traumatic events in the community through focused debriefing to minimize harmful effects. The crisis team also provides strategies to relieve acute stress, crisis intervention counseling, referrals and linkage with behavioral health services to help the individuals involved return to their usual level of functioning as quickly as possible.
Seasoned social worker who enjoys working with a variety of people. I have extensive experience working with adolescence and their families; especially those with spectrum issues. Although my background has been working with adolescence I am open to working with adults as well. My focus is providing motivational and supportive therapy helping client's meet their own goals that they set in our initial session.
On a more personal note, I am very much a family person and stay close to home. I do enjoy spending time with friends, movies and listening to music. I take advantage of our lovely city of Chicago going to many events throughout the year.
Barr Counseling &Associates
2250 Point Boulevard
Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: (847) 214-3651
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Point Boulevard, Elgin, Illinois 60123, United States