At Graceway Psychology Group, our psychologists are highly trained to provide assessment/psychological testing, psychotherapy, and counseling.

Our assessment and psychological testing helps our psychologists accurately diagnose mental health problems and develop a treatment plan that best fit the client’s needs. Our integrative psychotherapy and counseling help our clients effectively address and resolve these issues.

Psychological Testing and Assessment

We offer science-based psychological testing and assessment to help evaluate mental health concerns and personality concerns.

Psychotherapy

The Graceway Psychology Group provides in-depth therapy to change long-term emotional and mental health issues. Psychotherapy can be practiced in both individual and couple’s sessions.

Counseling

We offer short-term counseling to address specific mental health problems. We provide individual and couples counseling.

Group and Class

Women’s Empowerment Group

Connections: Women’s Shame and Resilience Class

Counseling Vs. Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy and counseling both use psychological methods to help clients with a mental or emotional problem or disorder. In actual practice, there may be quite a bit of overlap between the two. A therapist may provide counseling with specific situations and a counselor may function in a psychotherapeutic manner.

Generally speaking, however, psychotherapy requires more skill than simple counseling. It is conducted by professionals trained to practice psychotherapy such as a psychologist, social worker, or a family therapist. While a psychotherapist is qualified to provide counseling, a counselor may or may not possess the necessary training and skills to provide psychotherapy.

WHAT IS COUNSELING?

Counseling is broad term– it can be used in a variety of different fields, such as financial planning, career planning, and family planning. However, in the context of mental health, counseling is a series of conversations between a counselor and client. Counseling usually focuses on a specific problem and taking the steps to address or solve it. Problems are discussed in the present-tense, without too much attention on the role of past experiences.

WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?

Psychotherapy is generally a longer term treatment which focuses more on gaining insight into deep-rooted emotional problems. Instead of narrowing in on individual problems, psychotherapy considers overall patterns, long-term issues, and recurrent feelings. This requires an openness to exploring the past and its impact on the present. The aim of psychotherapy is to resolve the underlying issues which fuel ongoing complaints. Psychotherapists help to resolve past experiences as part of laying the foundation for a satisfying future.

Psychologists or Mental Health Counselors? What’s the difference?

Psychologists generally have greater scope of practice than therapists or mental health counselors. Psychologists go through 5-7 years of doctoral training on human behaviors, research, psychotherapy, and ethics to receive a Ph.D. or Psy. D. To become a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois, one also must complete a 2 year post-doctoral training. By the time a clinical psychologist is licensed eligible, they have already complete thousands of supervised clinical hours in order to practice on their own. The length and depth of the training enables psychologists to perform high quality of psychotherapy, counseling, and assessment/testing services.

Therapists or mental health counselors such as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) requires a Master’s degree and clinical training. They are more limited in the tests they can administer, but they have the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality counseling and therapy.

At Graceway Psychology Group, our psychologists are highly trained to provide psychotherapy, counseling and psychological testing.

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