Mental Health For You E Illinois E KAREN BRIDWELL


City: Saint Charles, IL
State: Illinois
License Name:



Office Address:

Therapy Specialties: 

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues
  • Modality:

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth
  • Payments Accepted:

    My Approach to Helping

    At times psychotherapy will be recommended when a person is struggling with life, a relationship, employment, or a mental health issue, and these matters are causing the individual a great deal of emotional pain or are profoundly impacting their ability to function. The privilege of being able to assist people in need of therapy is not only my profession, but it is also my passion. When an individual choses to receive psychotherapy from me, I will do so with a nonjudgmental attitude, honesty, and a servant’s heart.

    The following are some of the issues that I most often see and my treatment approach to each of them.

    Anxiety: Anxiety takes on a variety of different forms; therefore, my initial approach is to find out the underlying cause(s) of the anxiety. Anxiety disorders differ considerably, and as a result, therapy is tailored to the specific symptoms. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Therapy (ET) have been shown to be effective in treating individuals suffering from the various forms of anxiety, and these are my preferred methods of treatment. Worries and fears do not need to be constants in an individual’s life, so the person and I will work together to find ways of looking at situations differently, develop coping skills, and consider new ways of problem solving.

    Depression: My approach in assisting people suffering from depression varies with each person. I initially search for the reasons causing the depression, and together the person and I will pursue the changes needed to alleviate the symptoms. I use the word picture with people suffering from depression as being down in a valley, and by putting the accepted interventions into practice, I can assist them in climbing out of the valley. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-researched therapy that has been shown to be effective in treating people suffering from depression, and this is the intervention I most often use along with other accepted techniques.

    Anger: Annoyed, aggravated, irritated, frustrated, hostile, infuriated, and full of rage. What do all these words have in common? These words all fall on the emotional spectrum of anger. Anger is not an unhealthy emotion, but sometimes people express their anger in an unhealthy manner. There are alternative healthy ways of expressing and managing one’s anger. I partner with the person to explore the reasons for their anger, and then I teach the individual how to manage and release anger in healthy ways.

    More Info About My Practice

    I am in-network with BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (BCBSIL), Anthem, CIGNA Behavioral Health, Inc., Aetna Behavioral Health, LLC, American Behavioral Ins., ComPsych, Magellan Health Services, Multi Plan, PHCS, PHCS Savility, HealthLink, Health Alliance, United Healthcare, and Humana Life Synch. I also accept other insurance companies such as United Healthcare on an out-of-network basis, and I do have a sliding fee schedule available for those who do not have insurance coverage. In addition, I accept cash, checks, and credit cards for the client’s portion of the fee.

    Specific Issue(s) I’m Skilled at Helping With

    My specialties include anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, panic disorder, panic disorder with agoraphobia, specific phobias, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Another area I specialize in is mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. I also have significant experience in counseling victims suffering from the effects of trauma including domestic abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and sexual assault. The reason I think I am qualified to treat these issues in particular is because of the positive outcomes experienced by my clients.

    Client Focus (Age)

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Treatment Orientation

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Positive Psychology
  • Reality Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Services Fee

    Billing and Insurance:I am an in-network provider for:

    • Aetna
    • American Behavioral
    • Anthem
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
    • Cigna
    • ComPsych
    • Health Alliance
    • Healthlink
    • Humana
    • LifeSynch
    • Magellan
    • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PHCS

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