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Other Resources

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King Jr.

In addition to her commitment to her own personal, spiritual, and professional growth, Darlene earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.  She has had certified training in addictions, trauma resolution (EMDR) and domestic violence. Darlene also earned a Masters in Ministry from Prayer and Word Theological Seminary in Whitewater, WI where she completed her thesis on personal tranformation and family intercession. She is currently working on her doctorate in ministry.  She is licensed with the state of Illinois as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, is a National Certified Counselor, and has been licensed as a minister by Sanctuary Outreach Ministries.  She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

Darlene accumulated broad experience in virtually all levels of the mental health field including inpatient psychiatric, day hospital, outpatient, and church pastoral settings.  She has experience in providing individual, group, and marital therapy in the areas of relationships, addictions, thought, mood and anxiety disorders, as well as the treatment of trauma.

Additional areas of training and expertise include trauma recovery (childhood emotional, physical, and sexual abuse), codependency, ACoA (Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunction), low self-esteem, boundary development, and women's identity issues.  In addition, she herself overcame a lifelong struggle with toxic shame and self-loathing.  Thus, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, Darlene is able to come alongside others who experience self-condemnation and torment.  Darlene has many years of training and experience in healing prayer and helping clients overcome emotionally-laden lies.

It is Darlene's particular passion to help individuals in the body of Christ be restored to optimal spiritual, emotional, and relational health so that they can fulfill their God-given destinies. 

For more information about fees or services Darlene provides, see Therapy Options.

                                                    Offices at 1500 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 310, Northbrook, IL 60062 
    and 814 W Happfield Drive in Arlington Heights, IL 60004   
Voice Mail for both Northbrook and Arlington Heights:  (847) 498-8925 X2


There are so many resources available today to supplement the healing and recovery process.  Following is a resource list that, while not all-inclusive, includes some self-tests and web site links which may be helpful.  Sometimes when we have had much counseling and prayer but still struggle, it is because we have not gotten to some of the root issues below.

Addiction Recovery Groups:

Substance Abuse Treatment Resources: 
Alcoholics Anonymous:  http://www.aa.org
Narcotics Anonymous for the drug addicted:  http://www.chicagona.org
Celebrate Recovery (Christian recovery group originally from Saddleback Church): http://www.celebraterecovery.com
Faithful and True (Christian support group for sexually broken):  http://www.faithfulandtrueministries.com
Desert Stream Ministries (Christian group for same sex attraction, love and sex addiction):  http://www.desertstream.org 

Support Groups for Loved Ones of the Addicted:

http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/ and www.whydonttheyjustquit.com

Resources for Talking to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol:

Talking to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol: The Ultimate Do's and Don'ts: http://www.treehouserehab.org

Intervention eBook: What to Do if Your Child is Drinking or Using Drugs: http://www.drugfreeazkids.org

Characteristics and Self-Help Quizzes:

Am I an Alcoholic? 
I Can't Be an Alcoholic!  I Function Too Well.  http://www.psychologytoday.com/search/query?keys=high+functioning+alcoholic&x=4&y=7
Adult Children of Alcoholics characteristics:  http://www.drjan.com/13char.html
Codependency Characteristics:   www.lifescript.com
Love Addiction Characteristics:  http://www.sexhelp.com/betrayal_bond.cfm

If you find yourself in any of the above self-help readings or quizzes, print off the results or information to which you relate and bring to the first session.



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