Marriage Counseling Park Ridge, IL 60068, Brendan D Sullivan, LCSW -
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I view psychotherapy as a process that cherishes the unfolding of authentic self-experience. Through our lives as individuals, we may have sacrificed genuine aspects of ourselves, in order to accommodate important others and/or necessarily adapt to certain environments. Therapy revisits these "thwarted" areas of need in the self, allowing emergence

2011 - Present ( 7 years 6 months )

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Office Information
Office Information

Office is located in Park Ridge, bordering the north side of the city at Norwood Park.

711 W. Devon, Ste. 204
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Office Hours:

Monday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Other Hours: By appointment only
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My Approach
My Approach

Many clients I see face problems that can be understood in terms of inner space. This seems to be predominant within adult years, when the individual is looking to separate himself or herself from the assumptions, beliefs and values instilled by thier families of origin. The process of shedding, replacing, or creatively using these internal structures- although sometimes lengthy- is the fundamental solution.Ultimately, "space" is opened up for the client to receive and respond to their own needs, which in the past, may have been crowded out by competing interests. Furthermore, with the added sense of freedom, comes a new-found appreciation for and acceptance of the complexity of life with and between people. 

Credentials
Credential Information
Jurisdiction: 
Illinois
License Type: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
License Number: 149.015720
Marriage & Couples Counseling
Marriage & Couples Counseling
Anger Management Issues

Marriage Counseling focused on Healthy vs Unhealthy expressions of anger, addressing root causes, and how to express anger in nondestructive ways:

Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you're at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.

Anxiety Issues

Marriage Counseling focused on addressing relationship issues related to anxiety, reducing symptoms, while addressing the root causes of the anxiety:

Anxiety is defined as, a persistent or chronic, unsubstantiated concern that causes significant distress, resulting in disturbances in your social life, or interferes with your course work, or professional life. Individuals with anxiety disorders amy avoid  common social situations for fear of being judged, embarrassed, or humiliated. Panic attacks or persistent worry and anticipation of panic attacks, are common symptoms as are feelings of terror or impending doom. Other symptoms may include, an apparent irrational fear or avoidance of an object, place, or situation.

Chronic Pain or Illness Issues

Marriage Counseling focused on addressing relationship issues related to chronic pain, reducing and relieving those symptoms, while addressing their root causes:

Chronic pain is a complex problem that needs to be understood in a multi-dimensional way for effective management. Management should be holistic, rigorous in the application of conventional therapies (including analgesics and physical therapy) and ready to admit an improved understanding of psychological and social techniques.

Depression Issues

Marriage Counseling focused on addressing relationship issues related to depression, reducing symptoms, while addressing the root causes of the depression:

Depression is a medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can cause physical symptoms, too. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder and clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave. Depression can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn't worth living.

Internet Addiction Issues

Marriage Counseling focused on addressing compulsive Internet use or an obsession with using the Internet, reducing and mitigating symptoms, while addressing their root causes:

While time spent on-line can be hugely productive, compulsive Internet use can interfere with daily life, work, and relationships. When you feel more comfortable with your on-line friends than your real ones, or you can’t stop yourself from playing games, gambling, or compulsively surfing—even when it has negative consequences in your life—then you may be using the Internet too much.

Intimacy Issues

Marriage Counseling focused on addressing and soothing issues related to intimacy, and their impact on your relationship, while addressing the root causes of these issues:

An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves emotional and or physical intimacy. Intimate relationships require and can have issues with communication, transparency, vulnerability and mutual trust.

Life Transitions Issues

Marriage Counseling focused on addressing and attenuating the effects of life transitions, and their impact on your relationship:

In the simplest terms, transition is change. In a broader sense however, transitions are life’s way of asking us to reexamine our present way of being. These transitions can be predictable such as a child leaving for college or marriage, or they can be unpredictable, such as the sudden death of a loved one or a traumatic accident. Whatever the degree or intensity of the event, every transition we experience has one thing in common. It forces us to make changes to our existing life. And with change, comes resistance. A major life transition literally closes one chapter of our life, and starts a new one, putting us in a new place and direction that we have not walked before. It is often a very difficult adjustment as we endure intense feelings of fear, doubt, and uncertainty.

Parent - Teen Relationship Issues

Marriage Counseling focused on Healthy vs Unhealthy methods of parenting teens, addressing root causes, and developing mutually agreeable parenting strategies:

Anyone who has a teenager is probably familiar with the term conflict. In fact, most adolescents seem to come by this state of being quite naturally. There are many important misunderstandings that occur both with the parent and with the adolescent, that, if recognized would not only reduce conflict, but strengthen the relationship, even if it seems there is hardly one there. While arguments between a parent and their teen is not of itself a bad thing, the manner in which we choose to resolve these disagreements is what ultimately determines the outcome and anxiety each encounters.

Parenting Issues

Marriage Counseling focused on Healthy vs Unhealthy methods of parenting children, addressing root causes, and developing mutually agreeable parenting strategies:

No one is born with natural parenting skills. They are something that is learned from watching our own parents or from our own care givers. We do what we have learned, or what we have not learned! It is learned behavior.

PTSD Issues

Marriage Counseling focused on addressing and reducing symptoms related to post traumatic stress, addressing the root causes of the trauma:

Some symptoms of PTSD are ongoing and recurring nightmares, flashbacks, and or emotional numbing relating to a traumatic event in your life that occurred several months or years ago.

Individual Counseling
Individual Counseling & Coaching
Adult Children of Alcoholics Issues

Counseling focused on addressing issues related to being an adult child of an alcoholic and its impact on your relationship, reducing and alleviating symptoms, while addressing their root causes:

The alcoholic family is a family that is riddled with chaos, inconsistency, unclear roles, and irrational thinking. Arguments and sometimes violence permeate all aspects of daily living, in some cases incest may play a role. Children in alcoholic families may suffer trauma as acute as soldiers in combat; they can carry this trauma well into their adult lives.

Chronic Pain or Illness Issues

Counseling focused on addressing relationship issues related to chronic pain, reducing and relieving those symptoms, while addressing their root causes:

Chronic pain is a complex problem that needs to be understood in a multi-dimensional way for effective management. Management should be holistic, rigorous in the application of conventional therapies (including analgesics and physical therapy) and ready to admit an improved understanding of psychological and social techniques.

Internet Addiction Issues

Counseling focused on addressing compulsive Internet use or an obsession with using the Internet, reducing and mitigating symptoms, while addressing their root causes:

While time spent online can be hugely productive, compulsive Internet use can interfere with daily life, work, and relationships. When you feel more comfortable with your online friends than your real ones, or you can’t stop yourself from playing games, gambling, or compulsively surfing—even when it has negative consequences in your life—then you may be using the Internet too much.

Intimacy Issues

Counseling focused on addressing and soothing issues related to intimacy, and their impact on your relationship, while addressing the root causes of these issues:

An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves emotional and or physical intimacy. Intimate relationships require and can have issues with communication, transparency, vulnerability and mutual trust.

Men's Issues

Counseling focused on issues relating to masculinity:

Men's issues encompasses wide a range topics such as the exploration of masculinity and what it means to be a male in a society where sexual and other forms of interpersonal violence are prevalent., such as rape, custody battles and sexual harassment from women and other men.

Mood Swing Issues

Counseling focused on addressing issues related to mood swings, reducing and diminishing symptoms, while addressing the root causes of the mood swings:

Some moodiness is likely a part of everyone’s life; sometimes we feel happy, other times we are sad; some days we have lots of energy, while at other times we may be fatigued and unmotivated. When such mood changes interfere with our ability to work or go to school, when they harm our relationships significantly, when they cause us to miss sleep, abuse drugs, or behave in ways we later regret, or when they lead to risky behaviors, thoughts of suicide, or losing touch with reality, our mood requires professional attention.

PTSD Issues

Counseling focused on addressing and reducing symptoms related to post traumatic stress, addressing the root causes of the trauma:

Some symptoms of PTSD are ongoing and recurring nightmares, flashbacks, and or emotional numbing relating to a traumatic event in your life that occurred several months or years ago.

Substance Abuse Issues

Counseling focused on addressing issues related to substance use / abuse, reducing symptoms, while addressing the root causes of the substance use / abuse:

Substance use can cause difficulty in every area of your life, work, home, school, and your relationships, leaving you feeling lonely, powerless, and remorseful. It's not always easy to see when your substance use has crossed the line from "moderate or social use" to problem abuse. But if you use substances to cope with difficulties or to avoid feeling bad, you're in potentially dangerous territory. Substance use / abuse can sneak up on you, so it's important to be aware of the warning signs and take steps if you recognize them. Understanding the problem is the first step to overcoming it.

Counseling Approaches
Counseling Approaches
Child & Adolescent Counseling

A counseling speciality specifically for children & adolescents. Counseling provides an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about personal concerns and to facilitate personal growth. The counselor and client work together to define and discuss personal issues and to reach mutually agreed upon goals. Addressing a range of issues such as: Depression, anxiety (panic attacks, test anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders), eating disorders, relationship difficulties, family conflict, grief and loss, self esteem, sexuality, substance abuse, sexual assault/trauma, anger management.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about personal concerns and to facilitate personal growth. The counselor and client work together to define and discuss personal issues and to reach mutually agreed upon goals.  Addressing a range of issues such as: Depression, anxiety (panic attacks, test anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders), eating disorders, relationship difficulties, family conflict, grief and loss, self esteem, sexuality, substance abuse, sexual assault/trauma, anger management.

Marriage Counseling

Marriage counseling is a type of therapy for a married couple or established couple that assists in resolving problems in the relationship. Typically, two people attend counseling sessions together to discuss specific issues. Marriage counseling helps couples learn to deal more effectively with problems, and can help prevent problems from becoming more serious. Research shows that marriage counseling, when effective, tends to improve a person's physical as well as mental health, in addition to improving the relationship.

Object relations therapy

Object relations therapy - Object relations therapy uses the patient therapist relationship as the focal point of the process of healing. The patient and therapist join together to examine the patients internal world, exploring the effects of early childhood memories and experiences. The focus of therapy is the early childhood relationships with important caretakers in the patient's life. In object relations therapy each memory is considered to be an "object" that relates to early childhood memories. It is theorized that these memories shape our personality and influence aspects of the patient's life.  Through exploration of these memories  and their interrelationship to the present, insight is gained and the process of healing is facilitated. 

Psychoanalytic Therapy

Psychoanalytic therapy looks at how the unconscious mind influences thoughts and behaviors. Psychoanalysis frequently involves looking at early childhood experiences in order to discover how these events might have shaped the individual and how they contribute to current actions. People undergoing psychoanalytic therapy often meet with their therapist at least once a week and may remain in therapy for a number of weeks, months or years.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behavior. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior.

Languages
Languages Spoken
English