Mental Health Counseling
Metro Chicago Therapy, our goal as a Metro Chicago Therapist is to find solutions that work for you on an individual basis, helping you to discover the true potential of your life, so everyday can be a celebration, and feel like a real ‘breath of fresh air.’ There may be no magic button or quick-fix solution when it comes to changing things from the past that have been difficult, but what we can do is work together to find comfort and resolve in the difficult areas of your life, and the challenges you have to face. Read more about Gwen Ginski, MEd, LCSW.
What is Counseling?
Counseling is a self-discovery process that helps individuals become more aware of themselves and their environment while learning to better manage and cope with their daily life stressors as well as those of others. Chicago area therapist Utilizing a wellness approach, it incorporates the principles of mental health, psychology, and human development into cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and/or systemic interventions that address wellness, personal growth, career development, and pathology to empower clients to independently solve their own problems.
Who Benefits from Counseling?
Anyone and everyone may benefit from counseling!
What Can I Expect?
First and foremost, you can expect to be respected, appreciated, and welcomed. Counseling is a multidimensional process that is built upon the relationship fostered between the counselor and client. It is collaborative in that the counselor and client work together to work through difficulties and set and accomplish goals that enhance one's quality of life. This is not a "one size fits approach."
Coaching is a relationship in which one person--a coach--supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. This may entail a formal or informal relationship between two people, of whom one has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the latter learns; but coaching differs from counseling, as there is no formal diagnosis.
Crisis intervention is a form of emergency psychological care aimed at assisting those in a crisis situation, restoring equilibrium to their biopsychosocial functioning and minimizing the potential for long-term psychological trauma. Such support offers immediate, short-term help to individuals who experience an event that produces behavioral, emotional, physical, and/or psychological distress.
Crisis entails any situation in which the individual perceives a sudden loss of ability to use effective problem-solving and coping skills. Such situations may include criminal victimization, family disturbance, loss of a loved one, medical illness, mental illness, natural disasters, sexual assault, and suicidal ideation.
It is The Program’s mission to help individuals live their best life and reach their maximal potential in their professional, educational, and personal life. The Mentorship Program is for anyone at any age who feels that they could benefit from a structured program that focuses on setting and achieving personal goals as well as educating themselves as to how they can live their best life. Topics included in the mentorship program that the mentor and mentee will work to develop and strengthen are: goal-setting/career planning, stress management, work-life balance, problem solving/decision making, positive psychology and attitude, and more depending on individualized needs and goals. The mentorship program is typically organized into bimonthly meetings over the course of 6 months for a total of 12 sessions. However, the time frame and curriculum may be slightly altered depending on the mentor/mentee’s circumstances and schedules.
Mentorship Program prohibits discrimination against and harassment of any applicant, mentor or mentee because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law. Any violations of the non-discrimination policy should be brought to immediate attention to the supervisors of the Mentorship Program.
Definition of Terms
Mentor: the person who acts as a mentor or leader to the other person; this person may be a licensed clinician/counselor, a teacher, or another professional volunteering through
Mentee: the person who is getting mentored through the guidance of the mentor, seeking personal growth through the mentorship program
Mentorship: a program consisting of a professional relationship between a mentor and mentee, designed for personal growth and development for the mentee with the guidance/leadership of the mentor
*It should be noted that a mentorship is NOT the same as counseling/therapy, and the mentor a mentee received is NOT required to be a licensed clinician.
Criteria for Involvement in Mentorship Program
Criteria for Applying to be a Mentee
Anyone who feels they could benefit from a mentor who will help guide them to begin achieving their goals personally and professionally can apply to be a mentee.
Criteria for Applying to be a Mentor
Any professional with a passion for helping others achieve their personal and professional goals may apply to be a mentor through the Mentorship Program. This may be a licensed clinician or counselor, a teacher, a social worker, or anyone else with a passion for helping others live their best lives.
Available to meet the needs of your next speaking engagement. We have a library of customizable presentations and team of experienced facilitators prepared to work with you every step of the way. The focus and length of our speaking engagements can be tailored to meet the needs of both you and your audience. Presentations may vary in form from a simple roundtable discussion to traditional lecture or a full-blown workshop with open discussion and breakout groups. Due to the wide variety of topics available, we ask that you contact us with your specific needs so that we may work together to develop a presentation that is right for you. Sample presentation topics include but are not anywhere near limited to:
DASA Approved DUI Services
- Information on alcohol as a drug
- The physiological and pharmacological effects of alcohol and other drugs, including their residual impairment on normal levels of driving performance
- Other drugs, legal and illegal, and their effects on driving when used separately and/or in combination with alcohol
- Substance abuse/dependence and the effect on individuals and families
- Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level and its Effect on Driving
- Performance information about Illinois driving under the influence
- Laws and associated penalties
- Factors that influence the formation of patterns of alcohol and drug abuse
- Information about referrals for services that can address any identified problem that may increase the risk for future alcohol/drug related difficulty
Recently licensed by the Illinois Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA) to provide DUI Evaluations and DUI risk reduction education levels I and II. All of our program staff members are state certified or licensed to provide evaluations, substance abuse education, and counseling.
The road to recovery requires consistency. Although individuals may go extended periods without struggling, some periods may be more difficult than others. Accordingly, it is important to have knowledge of resources available for support when one struggles by oneself.
Purpose/Description of Services:
DUI/DWI Level I:
This psycho-educational group format is designed to identify those who may be harmfully involved with alcohol and other drugs and to educate all drivers with DUI/DWI related convictions about the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving. This class is designed to help DUI/DWI offenders increase their knowledge about alcohol and drugs as these substances relate to driving skills, to identify their own individual drinking/drug use and driving patterns, and to assist them in developing plans which will reduce the probability of future DUI/DWI behavior.
The level one class is designed for individuals who have been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI/DUI), or a DUI/DWI amended to reckless driving. This educational class is also intended for those offenders who may be required to secure a drug and alcohol evaluation for an out of state DUI/DWI convictions in order to obtain a license for reinstatement.
DUI Level II:
This educational drug and alcohol course is designed to specifically address issues pertaining to clients who have been convicted of more than one alcohol or drug-related traffic offense. Typically, this class meets the court-ordered requirements for repeat DUI/DWI offenses.
offers both Levels I and Level II Alcohol & Drug Education Classes. Participants in these classes are provided with information about the biological, psychological, and social consequences of substance use and abuse. An overview of the potential legal consequences of possession and/or use of drugs/alcohol is provided. For those attending the Level I program, there is also an introduction to the signs and symptoms of addiction and its treatment.