Jill Cummins

Email:  jcummins@restorerockford.com

Title: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor [LCPC] with a Master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling

Jill has 10 years of comprehensive clinical experience.  Jill works with children, adults, teens, tweens and families. Jill also counsels couples in all stages of relationships. She works with divorced and single parents, blended families and people of every race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Jill has a particular passion and expertise for working with teenagers as they struggle to define their identities, cope with the rapid physical, emotional and psychological changes that take place within them and adjust to the demands of peers, schools, families and society. When seeing Teenagers, she tends to work collaboratively with parents, the family, schools and others to provide an optimum level of care. She incorporates a varying amount of family work when seeing adolescents as she finds this to be a powerful medium for lasting change. Her other passion and area of expertise lies in dealing with relationship issues, grief and trauma, and all that it encompasses.

Jill provides a non-judgmental and compassionate atmosphere in which you can safely explore and work through feelings, thoughts, images and beliefs, conscious or unconscious, that may be keeping you stuck. She is eclectic in her orientation and offers a holistic, integrative approach to client-centered therapy.  She tempers the process with creativity, imagination and humor, along with practical solutions and concrete goals.

Professional Experience:

2014-2017    Qualified Mental Health Professional for Wexford Health Sources at Dixon Correctional Center.  Provided clinical screenings and assessments for treatment needs of offenders. Provided crisis intervention counseling, brief therapy and group therapy along with consultation on mental health issues to medical staff.  Provided mental health and crisis training to center staff.  Monitored clinical condition and treatment needs of seriously mentally ill offenders.  Provided re-entry psycho-educational services to mentally ill offenders returning to the community upon discharge

2008-2014     Qualified Mental Health Professional for Freeport Memorial Hospital Family Counseling Center.  Provided clinical services to clients and their families in a clinical setting.  This included the provision of individual, family, group therapies, assessment planning, community support, discharge planning, interdisciplinary teamwork and community liaison.

Education:

2008     Masters of Science in Community Counseling from National-Louis University

1990      Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Health from Illinois State University

Specialties: 

    •  Depression and Bipolar Disorder •Anxiety Disorders • Mood Disorders
    •  Anger and Stress Management
    •  Personality Disorders
    •  Self-Harm Behavior Teen Issues; Peer Pressure, Self    Esteem
    •  Behavioral and Discipline Challenges
    •  Self-image and Self-Esteem Issues
    •  Family and Relationship Issues
    •  Dating Violence/Abuse  • Non-Suicidal Self-Harm Behavior
    •  Obsessions and Compulsions
    • Complicated Grief Reactions
    • Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse
    • Trauma and Abuse
    • Criminal Thinking and Behavior
    • Suicide Assessment and Risk Reduction •
    • Group Psychotherapy

Jill and her husband call a 9 acre Christmas Tree Farm, home.  They have four children, two cats, two dogs, a Potbelly Pig, a Pigmy Goat, and four chickens. When not busy on the family mini-farm, they enjoy spending time with friends and family.

 

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