Comprehensive Counseling P.C. 1920 S. Highland Ave. Suite 300-10, Lombard IL 60148   Phone: 630-792-1343  Fax: 630-576-5553
Intervention

You're a person not a disorder. Everyone's needs and abilities are unique. Shouldn't your achievement plan be custom made to fit your specific goals using the latest empirically validated methods rather than some therapist's personal preferences?

Don't let the way that therapy is portrayed in the movies confuse you. There is no mystery about making the changes you want in your life. It is as simple as this:

The right plan + the right tools + committed action = goal achievement.

Our Decide to Thrive! © system is based on Biopsychosocial Therapy, a scientifically validated strengths-based approach to addressing the medical, cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral needs of the whole person. Our staff members are experts in human behavior and are well-versed in multiple methods of behavioral change. If, after making a good effort, the interventions on your achievement plan are not getting you the progress you would like toward reaching your goals, do we blame you or refer you elsewhere? No! We change the plan to something that works better for you.

You shouldn't have to have a degree in psychology to find the right expert to help you. At Comprehensive Counseling we have applied our Satisfaction by Design process to our staff selection. This means our staff were not only recruited for their expertise in all the major areas of behavioral concern, but also were chosen for their warmth, sense of humor, and dedication to superior client service.

The Satisfaction by Design process means that all aspects of your experience at Comprehensive Counseling from scheduling your first appointment, to selecting your staff expert, to taking time to answer all of your questions, and even returning your telephone calls in a timely manner have been consciously designed to give you the best possible experience. The ability to work with all major behavioral concerns combined with our conscious commitment to client service is what sets us apart.

Our intervention modalities include individual, couple, family, group, and workshop formats for adults, adolescents, and children.

Specialty Programs

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD's core effects include impairments in attention, executive functioning, motivation, motor control, and temporal information processing. It appears to be caused from multiple factors including genetic predisposition and a complex host of additional risk factors. It affects approximately 7% of the population and is frequently accompanied by learning disabilities and behavioral, emotional, social, and neurological problems. It can skip family members and has nothing to do with parenting styles or a lack of discipline. Symptoms can fluctuate between individuals and throughout the lifespan.

After an accurate diagnosis is obtained, we apply a Multisystemic Management approach to treatment. We develop a unique achievement plan for each individual based on intervention in multiple effected systems. Typical systemic interventions include:

Biochemical- the use of medications prescribed and coordinated with a physician.

Psychosocial- self-management skills training, parent training, family therapy, individual counseling, couple counseling, group counseling, and educational workshops.

Academic- consultation and participation in school staffings and creating Individualized Educational Plans.

Nutritional- changes in diet and use of supplements to decrease symptoms.

Sensory and perceptual- use of Occupational Therapists, Educational Audiologists, and other integrative therapies.

For youth we also offer The Quest.

The biggest problem with teaching ADHD youth self-mastery skills is that they don't want to go to therapy. Most behavior therapies are boring and inevitably focus on what the youth is doing wrong. We solved that problem.

The Quest is a unique group treatment program that combines cutting edge clinical self-mastery skills training with instruction in Bruce Lee's elite martial art Jeet Kune Do (JKD) to improve the personal performance of individuals with ADHD. Group members will have the opportunity to increase their focus, organization, communication abilities, social skills, fitness, self-discipline, and confidence.

Unlike traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do emphasizes adaptability and personal skills development. JKD instructors encourage their students to select and master techniques that work well with their own unique capabilities and body types. Using this method students are taught to reframe the task of problem-solving away from doing things the "right" way to doing things "the way that works best for me". The goal is to accomplish the task in an efficient and socially appropriate manner and not to focus on how everyone else does it.

Our classes are taught with a low student to teacher ratio using specialized training methods that allow students to receive individual attention and frequent opportunities for positive reinforcement. This flexible and individualized approach to teaching works exceptionally well to meet the special needs of ADHD youth.

The group meets weekly. Ages 7 and up. Enrollment is ongoing. Multi-family member discounts are available.

Chronic Illness

At Comprehensive Counseling we understand that you are not lazy, crazy, stupid, or to blame if you are chronically ill.

More than 50% of all Americans suffer from one or more chronic illnesses and chronic illnesses account for more than 70% of all deaths. Chronic illnesses can include both physiological diseases such as Diabetes Mellitus, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Fibromyalgia, Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain Syndrome, and Scleroderma as well as groups of diseases where the conditions after the primary treatment are continuously debilitating such as kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, and some forms of cancer.

The "Healthcare System" puts most folks with a chronic illness through the wringer. It takes an average of five to seven contacts with various medical specialists before an accurate diagnosis is found. Along the way many people experience very negative interactions with their doctors, insurance companies, employers, family, and friends who suggest that they are simply lazy, crazy, stupid, or to blame with regard to their symptoms particularly if the disease has no clear cause or if the symptoms are invisible to the casual observer.

Not at Comprehensive Counseling! We understand the pain, loss, and rejection that accompanies chronic illness because our staff have either experienced it themselves or have observed it happen with loved ones.

Our founder, Dr. Scott Dollinger, moved by the plight of his own family members, immersed himself in the empirical research on the treatment of the chronically ill and developed an integrated system of care to meet their unique needs. We are proud to be one of the few Behavioral Healthcare Practices to specialize in all aspects of caring for the chronically ill.

We offer treatment in the individual, couple, family, group and workshop format modalities as well as case management and employer interventions from our office location and telephone/computer sessions for those physically unable to come to our office or who live out of our area.

Dementia Care

Dementia is a class of disorders characterized by the loss of mental abilities (such as thinking, remembering, reasoning, and communicating) severe enough to cause difficulties with activities of daily life. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type but there are several others. Dementias are usually progressive (continues to get worse and spread to multiple brain areas), degenerative (symptoms get worse over time) and are irreversible (die from or die with the disease). Because of their similarities these types of dementia are sometimes identified as Alzheimer's Disease and Related Diseases (ADRD). Dementias from stroke, tumor, infection, or drug abuse may be reversible (not progressive or improves).

ADRD has reached epidemic levels in the United States. It occurs in 10% of people over age 65 and increases to more than 50% of people age 85 and over. Over 75% of nursing home residents have a dementia but only 12% of the residents in Illinois are diagnosed and receive appropriate treatment.

Treating Dementia Effectively:
The Importance of Prevention by Delay

"Ninety five percent of persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Diseases (ADRD) are diagnosed four years after the first symptoms appear. … Detecting ADRD this late is the equivalent to diagnosing a diabetic when she is blind, has kidney failure and can no longer feel her limbs (pg. 27)".

"Although ADRD treatment is usually effective it is not perceived to be so because most patients start treatment when they have an end stage disease. Starting treatment in the end stage of any disease is usually ineffective. … However delayed detection of dementia leads to delayed treatment and being put in a nursing home. The fear of this outcome causes people to avoid getting screened for ADRD until it is too late (pg. 29)". Rankle, W.R. & Amen, D.G. (2004) Preventing Alzheimer's: Ways to Prevent, Delay, Detect and Even Halt Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Memory Loss.

"Sadly, medication only works for about one out of three persons with ADRD and then mostly in the early phase of the disease process. Early detection by a memory specialist prior to noticeable cognitive decline is essential to utilizing Prevention Through Delay interventions. This approach delays the onset of symptoms or slows their progression by as much as six to eight years. Think of yourself and your loved ones and ask how much would six to eight years of independence be worth to you?" Dollinger, S. (2007) Simple Strategies for Sustaining Senior Health.

The research is clear. There is no cure for ADRD at this time. The best treatment strategy is known as Prevention Through Delay (PTD). PTD starts with early assessment and accurate diagnosis by the use of Neuropsychological tests (see our Assessment page). The goal of PTD is to halt or slow down the progression of ADRD, sometimes by as much as six to eight years, while maintaining as much independence as possible.

Typically, ADRD victims are diagnosed late in the disease when cognitive symptoms are obvious. Victims may then linger for 15 years or more in a nursing home. With successful PTD treatment, severe cognitive symptoms are delayed usually until the eighties, when appear quickly, and the person passes away soon after.

PTD interventions are biopsychosocial in nature and are a standard part of our Decide to Thrive! © system of care. Interventions include medication, dietary changes, supplementation, exercise, cognitively challenging brain exercises, stress reduction, and sleep analysis.

Receiving a diagnosis of ADRD can be devastating for the individual and their loved ones. Counseling can help deal with resistance to accepting the diagnosis and the intense feelings which may accompany it for the individual and their family. Counseling can also provide education about what to expect and how to address cognitive changes, help determine the ability to drive, assist with legal and financial planning, and determine appropriate level of care.

Comprehensive Counseling offers intervention in the individual, couple, family, group, and workshop format, modalities.

Therapy for Therapists

Not that long ago, most training programs required you to complete a course of therapy prior to entering the field. Therapy was considered a necessary investment in maximizing your effectiveness as a therapist. Many of us maintained this relationship throughout the course of our professional careers and considered it an indispensable part of our success.

Training programs have shifted their emphasis and therapy is rarely required anymore. Ironically, as a consequence, you may not enjoy the benefits of a therapeutic relationship yourself even though you strongly believe in the benefits and recommend it for others. Additionally, you may feel reluctant to seek out a therapeutic relationship because you are a discriminating consumer and you may have concerns about confidentiality.

Our founder, Dr. Scott Dollinger, understands and shares your concerns. He believes that as a Behavioral Healthcare Provider taking care of yourself is essential to your effectiveness in caring for others and should be considered a fundamental business expense. He believes that consulting collaboratively with other Providers is a both a privilege and a pleasure as they are highly motivated and educated consumers and he takes great pleasure in helping them reach their personal and professional goals.

Special professional service rates are available.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call: Dr. Scott Dollinger at 630-792-1343

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