Jeff Zajkowski

Email:  jzajkowski@restorerockford.com

Title:    Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC] & Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor [CADC]

Jeff has eight years of experience in the counseling field serving individuals, couples and families in Chicago and suburban areas of Illinois. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Addictions Counselor (CADC).

2004-2005

Jeff was hired by Northwestern Counseling to provide individual in-home counseling for individuals experiencing substance abuse/addiction, mental illness, and psychosocial maladaptive behavior.

He assisted individuals challenged with bi-polar, depression, and anger management. Also counseled individuals afflicted with psycho-emotional aftermath resulting from domestic, sexual and child abuse.

2006-2007

Jeff volunteered as a Will County Suicide Crisis Center Operator. He verbally screened incoming callers to determine the seriousness of maladaptive intentions i.e. suicide, self-inflicted harm, domestic abuse. Provided direction for individuals experiencing suicidal ideation/tendencies and domestic abuse.

2009-2010

Jeff was employed by the Maryville Academy Scott Nolan Center Psychiatric Hospital. There he was responsible for the day-to-day teaching, guidance of youth, adolescent and young adults in a psychiatric hospital through implementation of individualized treatment plans or specialized treatment strategies. He conducted group counseling and psycho-education classes, which included, and not limited to, addressing patient feelings, goals and other information related to learning and behavioral development.

2010-2012

Jeff worked in the psychiatric wing of Elmhurst Hospital. While there he conducted individual/group counseling and psycho-education classes, addressed patient feelings, goals, explored and addressed foundation of issues, post-traumatic stress, neurochemistry, diathesis stress model, chemical dependency and other information related to learning and behavioral development. He assisted in managing the milieu and living environment of an 18 bed unit promoting the learned of desirable behavior patterns of adults in a safe nurturing environment.

2012-2015

Jeff was hired as addiction counselor at Rosecrance to aid individuals afflicted with addiction and related emotional issues.  He conducted both individual and group counseling utilizing cognitive behavioral and rational emotive behavioral counseling strategies.

Specialties:  

  • Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors
  • Relational and Family Dynamics
  • Mood Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger Management

Education:

Undergraduate work at Loyola University Chicago, in Psychology

Graduate work at Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago area of Counseling Psychology

Graduate work on Child-Adolescent Multi-Disciplinary Behavior

Jeff is a Chicago–born native, raised in a blue-collar family with a strong work ethic. His life and career experience contribute to the depth of his counseling.  Jeff has worked in the industries of hospitality and telecommunications in both laborer and management positions.   He finally found his passion in helping people through therapy.  Jeff enjoys playing guitar, reading and watching action/adventure movies. Someday he hopes to start working out again.

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