COUPLES & FAMILY THERAPY

The Center for Creative Arts Therapy believes ALL relationships can benefit from therapy to reduce stress, conflict and improve connection, while significantly improving relationship strengths, happiness and intimacy. We offer Premarital Counseling, Couples Counseling, Family Therapy and our world-renowned Baby Bootcamp Program.

Imagine your relationship as a painting. First, the canvas must be prepared. It’s then up to the artists to determine what colors and tools to use, and where to place the paint. As you create your painting, and as you nurture your relationship, it will start to manifest itself into something beautiful.

 

Here's a few ways the Center for Creative Arts Therapy can support your most precious creation.

PREMARITAL COUNSELING

As a Certified PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator, the Center for Creative Arts Therapy offers premarital counseling to increase awareness across the whole of your relationship, provide scientifically reliable and objective results that help you talk about what really matters in your relationship, and primes you for conversations and skill building to establish and strengthen your relationship foundation.

We help couples to identify their relationship strengths, understand dynamics, and build skills. Center for Creative Arts Therapy administer the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment, provide results through feedback sessions, and promote relationship growth.  We act as your own personal "relationship champion"!

COUPLES COUNSELING

The Center for Creative Arts Therapy recommends couples counseling not only when experiencing relationship distress or a specific issue, but also during times of transition (i.e. moving in together, getting married, starting a family). Also, some couples take part in couples counseling even if they have decided to separate, especially when children are involved, and they need to develop ways to effectively communicate and co-parent.

Common Issues Couples Bring to a Therapist:

  • Communication problems

  • Premarital concerns

  • Co-parenting

  • Financial issues

  • Conflict resolution problems

  • Division of labor

  • Trust/boundary matters

  • Sexual/intimacy concerns

  • Relationship stress due to various life issues (new baby, health challenges, career changes, financial stress, etc.)

FAMILY THERAPY

Family therapy sessions are created to identify and foster familial strengths. Your life, experiences and relationships are intricate and unique. At The Center for Creative Arts Therapy, our therapists work collaboratively to provide families compassionately creative counseling and arts-based psychotherapy that impacts each aspect of their lives.

 

  • We believe that the family is the singular, most significant factor influencing human identity.

  • We understand that your family may take diverse forms, and is not limited by the boundaries of biology, intentionality, or law.

  • Our staff works collaboratively with individuals and their loved ones to provide deeper, integrative and effective care.

  • We take your specific issues and relationships into account when approaching your care, ensuring a safe, supportive environment.

BABY BOOTCAMP PROGRAM

Transitioning from a baby-free couple to a couple with an infant can put a lot of stress on even the strongest relationships. This world-renowned, 6-session Baby Bootcamp Program is a great way for expecting parents to develop tools and a plan for thriving the first few months of life with baby as a couple and parenting team!

 

In the first 3 sessions (prior to the arrival of baby), we will cover common challenges that couples face and how to manage them together. Some of the topics addressed will be expectations of the transition in general, returning to work, sex and intimacy, how to handle unwanted parenting advice, and much more!

 

The following 3 sessions (after the arrival of baby) explores the reality of parenting, reinforces support, explores challenges and finds solutions. This program is great for those wanting to know more about what to expect for yourself and your relationship when baby comes along.

 

You finish this program with a plan, feeling more confident as you start this new chapter in your life AND you receive the support post-baby to continue your journey of parenthood!

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We are located in Downers Grove and frequently see clients from Downers Grove, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Darien, Elmhurst,

Glen Ellyn, Hickory Hills, Hillside, Hinsdale, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, Oak Brook Terrace, Oak Park, Riverside, Villa Park, Warenville, Westchester, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Woodridge, and Western Springs.

 

Counseling and arts-based psychotherapy for individuals, groups and families looking for help with children, adolescents, stress, relationships, motherhood, creative parenting interventions, life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief/bereavement, autism, communication, caregiving, terminal illness, and career counseling.

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