Services

Psychotherapy

Individual Therapy

  • It takes a tremendous amount of courage to seek out therapy, so take a minute to pat yourself on the back for getting this far! Individual therapy is an investment in YOU. It takes time, money, energy, and it is difficult, without question. But it is a step closer to being the kind of person you want to be; a step closer to having the kind of life you want to have. Those things are available to you and we believe that you can be happy and fulfilled again…It’s just going to take a little work to get there. We’d be honored to go on that journey with you.

 

Couples/Family Therapy

  • Being a part of a couple/family is one of the most wonderful, most painful, and most complicated experiences a person can participate in. Even the most loving, well-intentioned people can encounter difficulties when life gets in the way as it tends to do. When that happens, it can be incredibly helpful to have an objective third party to help navigate these tumultuous waters. Our couples/family therapists can help you develop deeper empathy for your loved ones, work through conflict, improve communication, and get back to enjoying life with the people you love most.

 

Groups

Girls Group is for teenage girls, aged 13-18, who could use some extra support. Girls Group runs weekly on Wednesday nights from 5-6:30 pm with Dr. Petya Randelova. In this group, participants can expect to: 1) Talk about their experiences; 2) Hear other peoples’ stories, struggles, and triumphs; 3) Give and receive support; 4) Learn how to better cope with a myriad of unpleasant experiences (depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, etc).  A pre-screening intake is required before participation.  BCBS PPO is accepted for both intake and group sessions. The self-pay rate is $155/intake and $30/group.

In this group, participants can expect to 1) Discuss their experiences with other women who understand 2) Hear other women’s stories 3) Explore how the trauma continues to impact their present-day life (friendships, romantic relationships, sex, work, etc) 4) Learn ways to better cope with traumatic symptoms. Dr. Samantha Gehr and Mariya Sirman, LPC, run this group. An intake session is required before joining the group. Please email admin@ciracenter.org if you are interested in joining. 

If you are a Psychotherapist who has clients on your caseload who have just enough trauma in their backgrounds to be tricky, but not enough to refer out, this group is meant for you 🙂 The group meets 6 times over the course of 6 months and is structured as part didactic and part consultation. Basic and intermediate trauma-informed concepts and interventions will be covered (window of tolerance, grounding, phase-oriented treatment, etc) and ample time will be reserved for case-consultation. Membership also gets you access to a private Slack community with other trauma-informed therapists and tons of resources. 

If interested, please email admin@ciracenter.org or call (872) 395-8091 and leave a message for Maria as spaces are limited.

The HEART Program:

Holistic Empowerment and Action to Recover from Trauma

CCBH knows that surviving trauma, whether it’s long-term difficulties with your family of origin, a one-time traumatic incident during adulthood or any number of experiences in between, can be an incredibly difficult journey to navigate.  And we know that figuring out how to survive and then thrive after a traumatic experience/s is complicated and nuanced – there is no one simple answer. Which is why we created The HEART Program: Holistic Empowerment and Action to Recover from Trauma.

The HEART Program has several different elements, meant to address the multifaceted needs of a trauma survivor:

  1. Individual therapy: Forming a safe, healthy one-on-one relationship with a warm and loving therapist lays a foundation from which all further healing is possible.  Evidence-based treatment (EMDR, PE) with trauma-trained, trauma-informed clinicians that can sensitively and effectively meet people where they are in order to reduce current symptoms and responsibility work through stressors and traumas from the past.
  2. Group therapy: We offer different groups based on the client’s readiness for change and place in their recovery: Time-limited, skill-based groups for clients who are at the beginning of their recovery and need to learn more coping skills, better tolerate distress, and manage their moods. Psychoeducation and process groups for trauma survivors who specifically identify as LGBTQ+. And long-term process and support groups for women who are more advanced in their recovery journey, but need a place to connect with other survivors and deal with the aftermath of their trauma.
  3. Holistic Care: We have partnered with Northwestern physicians and other alternative healthcare providers in the community (trauma-informed yoga, acupuncturists chiropractors, etc) to provide truly holistic, mind-body care to help our clients heal on every level.
  4. Continuity of Care: Regular consultation and communication with all treatment team providers to give the client the most collaborative and best treatment available.

If you are a client and would like to schedule or you are a healthcare provider and want to learn more, please feel free to email us at admin@ciracenter.org or call us at (872) 395-8091 and press extension #1 to speak with our Client Care Coordinator, Maria.  Thank you for your interest and we look forward to working with you.

Consultation

It’s a complicated world out there and there’s always more to learn – always room to improve our skills or seek a second opinion. At CCBHC, we know women and we know trauma and would be happy to help you or your organization learn more about treating and/or seeing these populations. From evidenced-based practices to creating a trauma-informed practice model to better conceptualization skills, we’re happy to help start an interesting and fruitful dialogue that will make a difference in your clients’ lives that you can see.

 

Monthly Trauma Consultation Group

Who: Any therapist who would like to grow in their trauma-informed skills and consult about cases involving trauma.

What: 6 Month Trauma Consultation Group

Where: 155 N. Michigan Ave

When: Third Thursday of every month for 6 months

Start Date: TBD depending on members availability

Cost: $50

Facilitator: Dr. Colleen Cira, Founder and Executive Director of Cira Center for Behavioral Health

Program Overview: If you are a Psychotherapist who has clients on your caseload who have just enough trauma in their backgrounds to be tricky, but not enough to refer out, this group is meant for you 🙂 The group meets 6 times over the course of 6 months and is structured as part didactic and part consultation.  Basic and intermediate trauma-informed concepts and interventions will be covered (window of tolerance, grounding, phase-oriented treatment, etc) and ample time will be reserved for case-consultation.  Membership also gets you access to a private Slack community with other trauma-informed therapists and tons of resources.

If interested, please email admin@ciracenter.org or call (872) 395-8091 and leave a message for Maria as spaces are limited.

Supervision

Obtaining excellent supervision – while either training to become a therapist or as an early career psychologist – is one of the most important things you can do for yourself along this (long) journey. These are the years where you lay down the foundation of knowledge and experience for the rest of your career and you want to make sure it’s solid. I have been supervising students for over 8 years and was the Associate Director of Training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Behavioral Health Center which is the largest training site in the state. I would be honored to help you during this crazy journey!

 

Presentations

  • CCBH does presentations/lectures and would be happy to tailor a presentation based on what you and/or your organization needs. The current presentations include:
    • Chronic Trauma and Complex PTSD – Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
    • Integrative Practice – Conceptualization, Treatment, and Style
    • Supervision 101
  • If you need a presentation that seems to be in our wheelhouse but is not listed, please let us know and we’re happy to create a presentation to fit your needs.