Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists in Normal, IL

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Jennifer Hamilton
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness , and DBT therapeutic techniques.
As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor I know the importance of providing a safe and encouraging environment to make important decisions and changes. Seeking help is an act of both courage and vulnerability, and I meet these strengths with compassion, warmth, and understanding. My approach to therapy emphasizes your personal values and views relationships as the most important aspect of our lives.
(309) 588-4304
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Normal, IL 61761
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Jeffrey Graham
Counselor, MA, NCC, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I try to incorporate practical approaches and draw from a variety of modalities, including from ACT, CBT, person-centered, and mindfulness .
Life can often involve a series of setbacks, transitions, difficulties, and challenges that can cause us to feel stuck or lost. My aim is to help clients identify not only what they wish to change or problems they hope to address but also build self-acceptance and self-compassion. I have significant experience working with young adults and college-aged clients but also see adult and adolescent clients. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, identity exploration, grief/loss, or relationship concerns, I will collaborate with you to work towards your goals.
(844) 593-0599
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Normal, IL 61761
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James Gibb
Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC, BC-TMH, AMTP
2 Endorsed
2 Endorsed
I employ many different therapeutic techniques such as client centered, mindfulness , cognitive-behavioral, ACT, etc.
It was Irvin Yalom who said something to the effect that "psychotherapy is like a dress rehearsal for life". With this said, it is my intention to not only offer you support in therapy but to also help you generalize the skills you learn in therapy and apply them in your outside life and relationships. I specialize in anger and anxiety management for adults and adolescents. I hold an Anger Management Certification. I also enjoy working with highly intelligent adults and teens who have a difficult time adjusting and adapting socially. This includes working with individuals on the high functioning end of the Autism scale.
(309) 716-3874
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Julleon Garrison
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
Verified
My treatment style is integrative and borrows from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness , and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
My ideal client comes from many walks of life. They are children, teenagers, and adults and present with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, relationship and family problems, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), school problems, and oppositional-defiant disorder. They all share a common need to be heard, empowered, and guided on the path of recovery. I provide evidence-based treatments tailored to the needs of my clients. I focus on strengths and capabilities rather than "illness."
(312) 262-2473
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Lavina Velasco
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, MS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I integrate mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
I work with adults across the lifespan needing support for anxiety, grief, relationships, and major life changes. Whether we meet virtually, face-to-face, or outdoors in nature, my clients leave sessions feeling reconnected to their self-worth and ability to change unwanted patterns. I have a special interest in helping clients heal from loss; establish healthy boundaries; practice courageous communication; and enjoy meaningful connection with others.
(217) 733-0462
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Joan Gjesfjeld
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You might be wondering if you can find a therapist who “gets you,” someone you can trust and who will be in your corner. I am committed to providing you with a safe, nonjudgmental relationship that allows you to reach your goals at your own pace. You can expect our work together will help you deepen self awareness and acceptance, increase compassion for yourself and others, and resolve old patterns that no longer serve you.
(309) 365-6259
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Normal, IL 61761
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Courtney Lee
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am an experienced therapist who works with people of all ages and with a variety of presenting concerns. I use multiple therapeutic approaches paired with a good sense of humor to provide comprehensive mental health care to all. I work with people with depression, anxiety, substance abuse issues, difficulties with stress management skills, relationship problems, and more. My goal is to work with you to help you reach your true potential. If you are ready to make changes in your life please give me a call. We'll get started right away!
(309) 790-3596
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Normal, IL 61761
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Alya Abbed
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Alya Abbed is a licensed therapist specializing in trauma treatment. Al has over 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in mental health. Her clinical expertise is treating complex trauma including childhood abuse/neglect in addition to physical/sexual/emotional abuse and sexual assault. She is formally trained in EMDR, ITR, Theraplay, and trauma-informed sexual assault. Al's therapeutic modality of choice is talk therapy alongside EMDR, CBT, and DBT. She received her Bachelor's degree in Pyschology and her Master's degree in Community Counseling from Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
(309) 226-4516
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Normal, IL 61761
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Jenna Mangold
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sometimes we lose our way in life or we are inhibited by past trauma/grief that can leave us overwhelmed and confused. I believe that you can't always choose your circumstances in life, but you can choose to overcome them. I also believe that you have the power to manage/control your thoughts and feelings instead of allowing them to control you. My goal is to help you work through those past or current issues, overcome those difficult circumstances in life, and to help you gain control over your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to help enhance your well-being.
(309) 265-0740
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Normal, IL 61761
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Jackie Vermaat
MS, LCPC, RYT-200
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
|| Check out my virtual trauma groups! || Do you feel like your world is unraveling? Life often throws obstacles in our paths blocking our way, and sometimes we feel trapped... stuck and unable to move forward. Our minds and bodies may no longer feel like home. We may feel frustrated, lost, and utterly alone. Our relationships may feel broken beyond repair. And we may even feel like we might be "crazy." >>> Life is too short to be spent miserable in your relationships, suffocated by your traumas, fearful for your sanity, or hustling for your own self-worth. <<<
(309) 724-4194
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Normal, IL 61761
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Kathryn Bell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Entering into counseling is the beginning of discovery and change. It's an important decision that deserves careful consideration. I've observed that most people want freedom from suffering and to live authentic, satisfying lives. Yet they may feel overwhelmed by the challenges of contemporary society while coping with life transitions, grief, relationships, self-esteem and identity issues, trauma, and spiritual crises. Where does one begin? A therapist can be an important guide in navigating the inner world of emotions while also building more effective skills for living in a dynamic, ever-shifting world.
(309) 220-3497
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Normal, IL 61761
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Not accepting new clients
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Angie House
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Do you feel stress or anxiety? Does your life feel out of balance? Although you are managing, you might feel like it takes more effort to do what came easily before. Perhaps you feel stuck, and need some guidance and support to get back on track, and moving toward achieving your goals and dreams. Imagine having a comfortable, supportive place where you can be yourself and begin working to change the things preventing you from moving forward and thriving. When working with individuals, I help them identify, explore, and integrate creative and customized solutions to overcome their fears, break down barriers, and get "unstuck."
(309) 795-6225
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Normal, IL 61761
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new clients
Michelle Staley
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LFYT-II
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I'm not currently taking new clients. My hope is that while in therapy with me, you will experience personal growth that provides you with a feeling of peace and a release from pain. Our work together could point you in the direction of a sustained sense of balance, happiness, and wholeness. I typically use a blend of cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and yoga therapies to work toward finding a lasting sense of well-being.
(309) 751-4860
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Normal, IL 61761
Not accepting new clients
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Julia M Bozarth
Counselor, MA, MS, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Before I was a therapist, I was an educator. For one course, my job was to teach first responders how to get important information from potentially traumatized witnesses/victims. I often wondered what I would do if I were permitted to see the crisis through. I believe it's my combination of a solid background in communication-which includes relationships, gender-speak, assertiveness and self-talk-and my education in Clinical Psychology and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor certification that provide for a well-balanced approach to individual counseling.
(309) 271-1161
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Normal, IL 61761
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Heidi J Larsen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
It takes great courage to recognize when things aren’t working and seek help. Do you feel like you’re stuck, and try as you might, find yourself repeating the same patterns? Have you been struggling with relationship problems? Are you feeling that despite your best efforts you’re not enough? Maybe you can’t name the source of unrest, hopelessness and pain but know that something needs to change? You’re not alone, there is another way and I’m here to help.
(309) 808-6211
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Normal, IL 61761
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Waitlist for new clients
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Jason Reel-Haas
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
(Currently have a wait list for new clients) Looking for relatable and down-to-earth? Someone to champion you in the midst of challenges and big adjustments? Who HASN'T experienced major upheaval during the last few years! My goal is to help you through life transitions, whether it's difficulties you face in college, grappling with stress in the day-to-day grind, or gaining a better idea of who you are later in life. Making sense of how you got to where you are can bring clarity about how to get where you want to be.
(309) 271-1541
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Normal, IL 61761
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Dawn M Leedie
Counselor, MC, LCPC
Verified
Verified
***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** My job as a therapist is to help when you feel overwhelmed, confused, or lost. This process frequently requires working through the impact of past experiences and/or thought patterns which keep you stuck. Therapy is a process of self-exploration and increasing self-awareness to realize the power you have to make changes in your life. My hope is that with our work together you find insight, confidence, and a more positive way of looking at your world.
(309) 518-9286
Normal, IL 61761
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Elliott Counseling Services, LLC
Counselor, MSEd, NCC, LCPC
Verified
16 Endorsed
Verified
16 Endorsed
My philosophy towards therapy and, being a therapist,can be put this way.You can create positive change in your life. You can overcome difficult and even seemingly overwhelming obstacles. The first step is to believe that you are worthy of a better life no matter what the present situation tells you. The next step is to accept that, 'Life is a Journey'. I think there is incredible wisdom and hope in those words; a journey is on-going, and, life gives you opportunities to change as you choose! Sometimes we just need a little help figuring out how to start.
(309) 319-6958
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Normal, IL 61761
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Wendy Alleen Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
"I am a firm believer in finding balance between feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Sometimes what we are dealing with is simply present day stress, needing a safe environment to process and get feedback. Other times events from our past dictate our reactions to today's experiences. This leads to giving our power away and continuing to suffer. I practice cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as other approaches when indicated, always focusing on the client's goals. I am focused on respectful approaches to teaching tools that allow each client's efforts to result in positive impacts throughout their lives."
(309) 244-4152
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Janet Marie Reckard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified
Verified
My ideal client is seeking relief from either chronic pain or anxiety disorders (especially OCD, GAD, panic) across the age span. My hours flexible on an individual basis. I offer Christian-based counseling but can remain secular if desired. I individualize treatment by exploring an individual's strengths, support system, and goals through a cognitive-behavioral approach and also hypnotherapy as appropriate.
(309) 481-4131
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Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists

How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy originated in the work of John Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He developed mindfulness-based stress reduction, which is a technique found in yoga and meditation. MBCT is a combination of this type of stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy; it essentially quiets emotional distress through mindfulness, utilizing proper breathing and meditation. These techniques aim to bring the individual into the present moment when in a state of distress.

When do I know if I need treatment with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

If an individual’s mind is filled with emotional distress and general negativity, the person may feel trapped. A mindfulness-based cognitive therapist can help a person change their thinking patterns as well as their behavior through calm acceptance and compassion. This therapy can provide an individual with the coping skills needed for a healthier and more constructive life.

What should I expect from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

This therapy often takes place in group sessions. A therapist will work with the group as well as with each individual. Meditation and breathing exercises are core practices that aim to invite inquiry and discovery into a person’s troubled mental state. The objective is to identify and lessen negative thoughts and behaviors and move toward optimal health and productivity. The individual will see life in a more realistic way. This therapy is supportive, accepting, and warm.

Is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy effective?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is evidence-based and effective. One study found that people with major depressive disorder have benefitted from this type of therapy; the person accepts their distressed thoughts and also moves into healthier patterns of thinking. This therapy also aims to move an individual away from automatic negative responses. This type of therapy can bring a person lifelong change, with higher levels of satisfaction, less stress, as well as positive emotional and behavioral habits.