Bill Harrison, MA, LPC
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Bill Harrison, MA, LPC
|Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 178.011406|
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
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If you're here searching for a therapist, chances are that things in your life are not going as well as you'd like them to go right now. Perhaps you've suffered a recent loss or an unexplainable change in your mood or outlook on life. The fact that you're on this website actively seeking help is a very good sign. You've taken the first step towards the restoration of your mental and emotional health. Good for you!
Therapy is a creative endeavor. There is no one-size-fits-all. Decades of research have clearly shown that is the quality of the unique relationship formed between counselor and client that is most responsible for successful results. What this means for you is that it is crucial for you to find a therapist with whom you "click", who you feel authentically "gets" you. I can't guarantee that I'm the right counselor for you (no one can), but I invite you to get in touch with me for a free initial phone consultation to see if we might be a good "fit" for one another.
Please visit my website for more information and to schedule an appointment online. I now have SATURDAY OFFICE HOURS in Oak Park.
Email or Call Bill Harrison, MA, LPC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 29766
More Info About My Practice
Counseling is a second career for me. I bring nearly 40 years of experience as a performing artist, writer and teacher to this profession. So when I say that I offer "therapy as creative as you are", I really mean it. Although I work with a diverse group of clients, my specialty is helping artists with the unique issues that the creative life presents. Because I've been there I can truly empathize with both the internal and external difficulties you may be experiencing.
Please call, email or schedule an appointment on my website and I'll be glad to speak with you. I can usually schedule appointments within 48 hours.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I believe that therapy can serve a variety of purposes. People enter treatment for many reasons and, more often than not, the therapeutic process has multiple benefits. At first, you may be looking to reduce the occurrence of certain symptoms, like obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors. Maybe you're suffering from anxiety or depression and begin therapy to get some relief from those mood disorders. Psychotherapy can help with all of those presenting problems.
In addition, people who do well in therapy report that they feel more powerful, independent, active and emotionally balanced. They also experience greater self-awareness and have deeper and more rewarding relationships with others.
Ultimately, though, psychotherapy can help you to "know thyself" which, in turn, allows you to develop greater empathy and compassion for others - a highly desirable goal I believe we can all agree on!
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
If you're not sure that counseling is going to help you, let me assure you that there's ample evidence that it helps most people most of the time. There are a lot of misconceptions about what therapy is and how "just talking to someone" could possibly help you to feel better. If you do decide to give it a try, here are some proven ways to get the most benefit from seeing a counselor:
1. Make your counseling sessions a priority. Therapy works best when there's continuity and a feeling of momentum to the work you're doing.
2. Co-create an authentic relationship with your therapist. Research has shown that the connection forged between you and your counselor is crucial to the healing process. Strive to be as open, honest and direct as you can be.
3. Keep the focus on yourself. Remember that the only person you have any power to change or control is you. You've entered counseling because there are aspects of your life that require your attention.
4. Know that all the parts of your personality are welcome in the therapy room. We all have certain aspects of our selves that get activated at different times. Some of these parts we think are desirable, others we prefer to hide. Therapy works best when you are able to allow all of your various "selves" to be seen and heard during your sessions.
5. Allow yourself to express whatever emotions arise. Fear, anger, shame, joy - emotions are neither right nor wrong. Your feelings are a window into your inner life; they contain all kinds of useful information. All feelings are important and worth bringing up during your therapy session.
6. Use counseling to identify themes and patterns in your life. We've all developed strategies for survival - some are more helpful than others. Be curious but non-judgmental about why you are the way you are.
7. Take responsibility for your behavior, but not for things that are out of your control. There is a huge price to pay for imagining that you can control things you can't. Depression and anxiety are two mental health issues that often arise from this dilemma.
8. Continue your therapeutic work outside of sessions. As you begin to develop some insight into your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, start using the challenges of everyday life as opportunities to practice what you've learned.
Services I Provide
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
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