See us in three locations
Sycamore | Rochelle | Elgin

815.787.9000 | 815.561.8855| 847-717-7347

Hours Of Operation

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
After hours by appointment only

Services

Domestic Violence

Braden Counseling Center’s Partner Abuse Intervention Program, (P.A.I.P.) is most often completed by individuals who have been accused of, or have engaged in, abusive behaviors with a significant other. This program focuses on resolving the root of the problem to help with long term change.

Domestic Violence is a learned behavior and it is these learned behaviors that have caused you trouble. Our program is designed to help you unlearn the problematic behaviors, and understand why they are problematic, so you can have healthy relationships in the future. Healthy communication, respect, and conflict resolution are focused upon during the program.

Our program consists of a two hour evaluation/intake session followed by weekly group sessions that are 1 ½ hours in length. The State of Illinois mandates at least 26 weekly groups for completion of the program. There are groups held separately for men and for women, and are also conducted in English and Spanish.

To begin the program, call and schedule an appointment for an evaluation/intake session. This intake session is to determine if you are appropriate for the program and/or if you are in need of other services. The intake fee is $100 and is due at the time of service. Enrollment in this program is open to anyone who experiences this challenge. The fee for each group session is $45.00. There is a sliding scale rate available to those who qualify.

This program is Court Approved and all staff members are required to complete a 40-hour Domestic Violence Training and a 20-hour Partner Abuse Intervention Program Facilitator Training.

DUI Services

Bad things happen to good people. Many have been arrested for DUI and it is important for you to remember the things you do don’t define who you are. The State of Illinois requires a DUI evaluation before a case for DUI can be closed and Braden Counseling offers services to those who have been arrested for DUI. DUI evaluations and all levels of DUI treatment are available in all office locations, and financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

Sometimes we are able to plan our lives very effectively. At other times, we are not as efficient. For these reasons, we offer DUI evaluations to be completed in one day. To complete this for you, you will need to bring specific documents to your appointment, or have your attorney send them to us before your appointment.

This evaluation will determine what level of care you need, to help you avoid being in that situation again. There are four different categories of recommendations that result from an evaluation.

  • Level I
    • Risk Education-10 hrs.
    • Risk Education consists of four 2 ½ hour classes that are held every Tuesday in the Sycamore office from 6-8:30pm. Saturday classes are also held periodically in Rochelle and also periodically in Elgin so call for start dates. You must start on class number one and attend every week for all four weeks.

  • Level IIM
    • Risk Education-10 hrs.
    • Early Intervention-12 hrs.
  • Level IIS
    • Risk Education-10 hrs.
    • Substance Abuse Treatment-20 hrs.
    • After Care Program
  • Level III
    • Intensive Outpatient Treatment-75 hrs.
    • After Care Program

Substance Abuse Treatment

Many times our personality characteristics impact our substance use. For this reason, in addition to the DUI services we provide, we offer group counseling services that integrates mental health treatment with that for substance abuse. This enables clients to learn skills to manage mental health challenges as well as skills related to substance use modification, which can significantly enhance their success rates.

The substance abuse treatment we provide is also beneficial for individuals who have completed inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is very intensive, and very helpful. Following up by engaging in outpatient counseling after discharge is helpful as it allows you to have support and additional assistance when you have re-entered your life. Putting all the new skills into place is challenging, and continuing counseling greatly enhances the your progress and success. You invested a lot of time and energy into inpatient treatment, and owe it to yourself to get the best chance for success that’s available.

Early Intervention, Substance Abuse & Intensive Outpatient Treatment is held in the Sycamore office on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-9pm, in the Rochelle office on Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30pm, and in the Elgin office from 6-9pm. The first step is to call and schedule an intake appointment to get started.

Braden Center can provide services for all levels of DUI treatment recommended at all Braden Center locations.

There are four different categories of recommendations that result from an evaluation.

  • Level I
    • Risk Education-10 hrs.
    • Risk Education consists of four 2 ½ hour classes that are held every Tuesday in the Sycamore office from 6-8:30pm. Saturday classes are also held periodically in Rochelle and also periodically in Elgin so call for start dates. You must start on class number one and attend every week for all four weeks.

  • Level IIM
    • Risk Education-10 hrs.
    • Early Intervention-12 hrs.
  • Level IIS
    • Risk Education-10 hrs.
    • Substance Abuse Treatment-20 hrs.
    • After Care Program
  • Level III
    • Intensive Outpatient Treatment-75 hrs.
    • After Care Program

Risk

Risk Education consists of four 2 ½ hour classes that are held every Tuesday in the Sycamore office from 6-8:30pm. Saturday classes are also held periodically. You must start on class number one and attend every week for the next three weeks.

To attend the class you need to bring a copy of your DUI Evaluation, if you did not complete it with us and the fee for the program.

Driver’s License Reinstatement

A DUI arrest often impacts your ability to drive legally. If you license is suspended, you don’t need to schedule a hearing with the driver’s facility and only pay a reinstatement fee. It is suggested you send in your fee 45 days before the date you are scheduled to get your driving privileges back. Remember, just because you have sent in m=your fee, and the date you are ale to drive has come, you are not legal until you receive notification from the Secretary of State that you are . You also don’t need to finish your court requirements in order to drive again. The court process and that of the Secretary of State are totally separate.

If you license has been revoked, that’s a different process. You will be required have a hearing with the Hearing Officer. An Informal Hearing is necessary if you have only been arrested for DUI or had a Statutory Summary of Suspension once. You will need to complete the majority of your treatment in order for your driving privileges to be reinstated. The Informal Hearings take place at the local Drivers License Facility where you will meet with a Hearing Officer. Most Drivers License Facilities do not have a Hearing Officer available every day to make sure to check before you go. They usually don’t take appointments either so typically first thing in the morning or right after lunch are best.

If you have been arrested for DUI twice or have had two Statutory Summary of Suspensions or more, you will need to attend a Formal Hearing. These are held at a limited number of locations and require you apply by mail for a hearing date. We have the forms you need to send in for this in the office. There is a $50 fee to have a hearing, which you send in with the request. It can take 3-6 weeks from the time you send in your request to the time you get a hearing date. The hearing date is often 3-6 weeks from the date you receive the notice. If you need help deciding when to send in your request, just ask us.

At Formal Hearing, you will need to have the majority of your treatment completed to have your license reinstated. It is possible to have your treatment completed and be in the process of finishing your continuing care when you go for your hearing. If you were classified as substance dependent, the Hearing Officer will require you are sober for 12 months, have a support network, and bring additional supporting documents related to your support network.

If you need to go to hearing, there are several documents you will need to take with you. Some of these you may have from when you did treatment, and others will need to be created. For example, your DUI evaluation is only valid for 6 moths and then needs to be updated. Every time you are denied reinstatement, the letter of denial you are sent needs to be addressed.

The license reinstatement process can appear very difficult. We can help take the mystery out of the process, and have for many who are now driving legally again. We have an outstanding reputation with the Secretary Of State and are very knowledgeable about what’s required. We can work with you to get the documents you need and share how to prepare for Hearing.

Individual

At BCC our philosophy of “New Ways for Better Days” becomes a reality. An initial assessment session, usually 60-90 minutes, is usually the first step. During this time, you discuss your challenges and your goals of how you would like things to be. Your counselor will also talk with you about your history as sometimes there are factors that can influence your current situation that you didn’t realize were related. We provide counseling services for all ages, and encourage clients to have significant others participate as well, but this is not mandatory.

We practice on a strength-based model, identifying strengths and building resiliency. For clients who are dealing with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic medical illness, bipolar disorder, grief/loss, adjustment disorders (due to moves, transitions, life changes) we will work with you through these issues. We will teach self-advocacy, skill-building, increasing self-care and family/community support, as well as learning to advocate within the medical/mental health system.

We know if we can help you determine what skills you need, we can help you learn these skills. If we encouraged along the way, and help you make adjustments, you can reach your goals. Our intention is to help you not need us.

Family

The family is a combination of different relationships. The individuals in the family also have their own unique characteristics. For this reason, there are often challenges that result from the necessity of working together. At times these challenges arise from events that change the functioning of the family. At other times changes in functioning are due to changes in individual family members or particular relationships within the family. Whatever the cause, our staff can help you increase communication and the methods used to cope with these challenges.

Couples

Individuals have their own ways of functioning, belief systems, expectations, and communication patterns. When involved with another, these characteristics do not always fit well. Couples counseling at Braden Center focuses on identifying strengths and vulnerable patterns within the relationship. At BCC we work on practicing new skills of active listening, mindfulness, assertiveness training, rebuilding trust/intimacy, and attachment issues. There are also times that one or both individuals would benefit from working alone with a counselor, and we encourage this when it’s needed. This does not take the place of counseling for the couple and can continue during the process. Know when this occurs, boundaries are maintained for all involved to facilitate continued forward movement.

We often get calls from one person who wants to attend counseling with their partner, but their partner does not want to attend. We strongly encourage coming to counseling, even if your partner does not want to. There are changes you can make that help you function better. Very often these changes result in the relationship changing as well. Sometimes their partner comes in for treatment as well, and at others they continue to refuse. Either way, you can be healthier because you worked to take care of yourself.

C.A.L.M.

Anger tends to be one of those emotions that doesn’t get a lot of attention, until it’s problematic. Many of us did not learn how to express our emotions when we were children. As a result, anger is often the emotion we express, instead of a variety of emotions that are really at the heart of an issue. There are also many times when we have experiences and are angry as a result. Sometimes we know the situation has led us to harbor anger, and at other times we are not as aware of this. Regardless, this anger impacts our thoughts, decision making, and actions.

Our C.A.L.M. program focuses on resolving the root of the problem. Temporary fixes of counting to ten or walking away are just that, temporary. To change the way you react when angry, it is critical to examine the ways you learned that were ineffective. It’s these ineffective ways that cause you trouble.

The C.A.L.M. program is held in a group format or on an individual basis. The group program consists of eight weekly group sessions that are 2 ½ hours in length. This eight week program is followed by a three month after care program. If the individual session format is chosen, there are 6 one hour weekly sessions followed by the same three month after-care program.

Enrollment in this program is open to anyone who experiences this challenge. Attendance at all eight sessions, as well as the after-care program, is required. The class is held periodically when the minimum number of six participants is reached. Payment is required to register for the program and reserve your seat.