About amanda

Bartlett, Illinois Marriage and Couples Therapist Colleen Koncilja LCSW CADC

Hi, I’m Amanda.

If you are struggling with managing your emotions, or you’re concerned about how much and how often you feel anxious, worried, and stressed, I can help. 

If you are someone who, no matter how much you try just can’t seem to feel calm, confident, or relaxed, have too much on your plate, or never reach a sense of relief, we can work together to help you feel better. I would consider it a privilege to help you decrease your anxiety, stress, and overwhelming feelings while helping you build coping skills and ways to feel better so you can feel confident and capable.

I help adolescents, teens, young adults, and adults:

  • Calm their difficult emotions, gain insight about what they can and can’t control, and learn new skills to decrease and manage their intense feelings.
  • Decrease their anxiety and depression so they can stop avoiding, isolating, and using unhealthy behaviors to cope.
  • Gain insight into their non-helpful thoughts and beliefs and how those can affect their behaviors in a way that promotes unhelpful feelings, situations, and experiences.
  • Build skills and an awareness of how to increase self-esteem and self-compassion so they can learn to like themselves more.
  • Learn how to ask for what they want and need in relationships so they feel heard and supported.
  • Develop an understanding of what bipolar disorder is, how to cope and manage life with the illness, and how to develop a meaning life in spite of having a mental health disorder.
WAYS YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM COUNSELING & THERAPY

We have to face various challenges and some of them are unwanted and beyond our total control. At times they cause a lot of distress and upset, and it’s difficult to work through it all alone. And yet, sometimes our family and friends are too close, and we don’t want to talk to them about certain things.

Other times family and friends are either part of the problem, or no matter how much they try, they just don’t get it.

These are the exact times when counseling can be extremely helpful. Therapy and counseling provide you with someone who is objective and can listen, care, encourage, guide, and support you when you are going through a rough time. When you give yourself the opportunity to work through your challenges, struggles, stress, and pain with a supportive therapist, you are committing to your growth and healing.

I admire your courage to reach out for support and consider counseling to assist you with all the stressors and difficulties you are facing. Allowing yourself the time and space to be open and honest about how you are really doing and how you are really feeling can be incredibly helpful and healing.

 You deserve the help and support counseling can provide for you, and I’d be glad to be a supportive part of your counseling experience. We can work together to get you to where you want to be.

HOW I WORK AS A THERAPIST AND WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IF WE BEGIN WORKING TOGETHER

Whether you have engaged in therapy before, are interested in re-engaging, or are new to the therapy process, when working with me you will be offered a welcoming warmth and supportive and non-judgmental acceptance.

First ,we would start by me getting to know you, what’s important to you, who’s important to you, and what your amazing strengths are. I will do my best to create the kind of accepting, safe, and comfortable environment that will help you to be open, honest, take risks, and be as transparent as you can be. I believe that an open and honest relationship is the foundation of successful therapy.

You will find me to be someone who will encourage, educate, sometimes challenge, and invite you to try new things such as helpful exercises, or new coping skills. We will work together to determine what is most important for you to work on and develop an idea of how you would like things to be different so we know what goals we are working toward. Some of those goals may take a while, but others may be more short-term. You are unique, so how I work in therapy is going to be unique to you and to the goals and kind of life you want to work toward.

Therapy is a commitment to yourself, which can help build your confidence while facing things that have caused you upset and pain. I will incorporate evidenced-based therapies into our sessions which have proven to help people meet their goals, decrease stress and anxiety, and build their internal strengths toward creating a healthier life.

Overall, I believe that my down-to-earth attitude, strong enthusiasm, and sometimes funny personality, my commitment to connect, and passion to help people grow, will create a safe and comfortable environment for you. It will allow you to talk, express, and share as we explore the issues and concerns that are most pressing for you as you begin counseling services.

I’d be honored to support you in your journey toward growth and healing.

MY PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY AS A THERAPIST

I have been providing various counseling and therapy services for the past six years. I’ve worked with clients who were involved in a psychiatric hospitalization program, a transitional living program, a partial hospitalization program, and others who were involved in outpatient counseling, medication management, and psychiatric care. Through providing these mental health services of adult counseling and adolescent counseling, I’ve gained the opportunity to grow, learn new therapy practices, enhance my counseling skills, and deepen my helping abilities.

One of my strengths is searching for and identifying resources, services, and additional care options for those with whom I work. Sometimes counseling and therapy is just what people need, and other times people may benefit from additional health-related services. If you believe you can benefit from more services such as psychiatric care and/or medication, holistic medical care, chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, meditation etc., I am glad to locate and connect you with these services. These resources, in addition to counseling and therapy services, can effectively alleviate people’s anxiety, depression, distress, overwhelming feelings, and other emotional suffering.

Therapist Colleen Koncilja LCSW CADC of Health and Healing Therapy

Professional Bio

COUNSELING AND THERAPY APPROACHES

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Positive Psychology/Strength Based Interventions
  • Person Centered
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Crisis Intervention

 

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • BA in English, Psychology Minor; Roosevelt University
  • MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Roosevelt University
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) 180010955
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

In Closing

Allowing yourself to be vulnerable and take the next step to obtain the non-biased level of support you have been seeking is a sign of courage and strength and displays a level of commitment to yourself.

I have admiration for you as you contemplate learning about yourself and exploring the areas of your life with which you are struggling. You deserve to feel better. You deserve to feel a sense of peace. Together, we can help you achieve both.

If you’d like to meet to determine if I will be someone who can help you create the life you want, please reach out and schedule an appointment. I hope to meet you soon.

Ready to create a life full of health, hope, and happiness?

We are in this together, and we are here to help you through this difficult time.

Health and Healing Therapy is committed to providing new and current clients with transitional and uninterrupted care during this current public health crisis.

We currently provide online teletherapy sessions 7 days per week.