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According to the Department of Health Services, one in five Americans experience a mental illness every year including Illinois residents of all ages, races and economic backgrounds. Unfortunately, some of our residents don’t receive the help they need for various reasons, one major reason for this lapse in care is the lack of resources in the language they need. The Arden Shore Counseling Center has offered English and Spanish counseling to the Lake County communities for nearly 5 years. This program, which Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois helps support with a Community Partner grant, provides children and families counseling to improve the relationship of a family. It also addresses emotional and behavioral disorders.
The center, which is located in Waukegan, treats children and families with various issues such as depression , violent behavior, truancy, suicidal thoughts, self-injury, trauma and separation and loss. They also address issues such as domestic violence or substance abuse that impact the whole family..
Arden Shores offers both individual and group counseling with children to improve the children’s relationships and behavior at home, at school and in their communities. They do so by teaching anger management skills, building up their self-esteem as well as focusing on and encouraging the child’s strengths.
Aside from assisting the children, they also work with families to help understand the disorders they are going through and help develop coping mechanisms such as problem solving, parenting techniques and access to community resources. All these services are offered in in the office, at home or in the school.
The counseling center is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Evening and weekend hours are by appointment only. To inquire about our counseling services contact (847) 623-1730 ext. 102.
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