Sometimes life can be tough. Stuff happens, right? Much of which we have no control over. Sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to...friends and relatives are great, but a counselor is an objective ear who will listen to what you say and help you to find solutions.
I see asking for help as a sign of courage and strength, because it means you are ready to face your issues and make a change.
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) who is also trained in art therapy. My approach as a counselor is eclectic. I look at each individual's needs, personality, and background and tailor a plan based on those and many other factors. Some issues are deep-rooted and require looking at the causes. Some may be specific to a situation that is stressful or emotional, such as loss or trauma.
Art therapy is a helpful tool for all ages and I use it when the client is open to it. Art therapy has nothing to do with one's ability to draw or paint; it is a means of self- expression. It is especially helpful for those who are having trouble finding the words to express their feelings. Drawing and painting can be a catalyst for some to help get in touch with feelings that are painful to remember and/or discuss.
I've been a counselor/psychotherapist for 17 years. I earned my master;s degree in 2002 from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. I've lived in the metro east area most of my life. My early college education focused on fine art and education. My interest in psychology led me to seek a master's degree in counseling. I have experience with many ages and diagnoses. I have done extensive group work as well. The populations I work with are:
Issues I have helped people cope with are:
• Self esteem
• Adjustment disorder
I applaud you for taking the first step toward self-care. It's a big step. But you can do it! Counseling is like a journey (just like life!) There will be ups and downs as we work together to achieve healing. I will meet you right where you are without judgment to make that happen.
I accept insurance from the major companies, including BCBS of Illinois, CIGNA, and TRICARE. I hope to join UHC and have an application pending. I am also on the EAP lists for these companies and participate in a few private EAP companies. If you do not see your insurance listed, I suggest you contact your employer to find out about their EAP services for one-time contracts.
My self-pay rate is 60.00 as many insurance plans do not cover mental health. I strive to be available to as many people as possible.
My office is located in Shiloh, Illinois, at 2362 Country Road.
Susan Norsigian ReachesBelleville IL