SCOTT COSTELLO

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MANAGER, PSYCHOTHERAPIST

 
 
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker, IL License #: 149-009346

Licensed Continuing Education Sponsor, IL License #: 159-000909

Family & Divorce Mediator, Will County IL

SPECIALIST AREAS

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (individual and group)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (individual and group)

Panic Disorder & Panic Attacks (individual and group)

Adjustment Disorders (stress related anxiety & depression)

Child Behavior Management ("Parenting") **

Mental Health Assessment

Marital Therapy

Anger Management (individual and group)

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE AREAS

Major Depression & Mild Depression

Bipolar Disorder I and II

Addictions and Substance Abuse

Eating Disorders

Sleep Disorders

Impulse Control Disorders

Personality Disorders

APPROACHES (EBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Interpersonal and Pscyhodynamic Therapies

Insight Oriented Marital & Group Therapies

PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

    With regards to individual therapy, I develop a clear and thorough understanding of problems and then apply the most appropriate techniques for each contributing factor. The cause of problems should not be over-simplified and circumstantial factors need to be considered. I use techniques that have a scientific and ethical basis. I will not just sit and listen.

    I prefer to work with people who are either not using medications or who are interested in stopping medications. However, I do recognize and respect the usefulness of medications for certain problems. After the assessment is completed, please expect me to be direct and interactive.

    With regards to couples and marital therapy, couple therapy is very structured and methodical. I do not let couples yell in sessions. Problems are identified and the nature of the problems are clearly understood and agreed to by each spouse before interventions are suggested or tried.

    With regards to child behavior problems, including ADHD and especially "Bipolar disorder," I never assume that your child has been accurately diagnosed. I will conduct my own thorough assessment and make recommendations from there. Please understand that diagnostic labels are just labels; they do not explain the cause of the your child's problems. There is no such things as a chemical imbalance. Child behavior can be confusing and complicated, but there are good techniques that work for nearly all their behavior problems.

    For all clients, please expect to be asked to make behavior changes, either additions or subtractions from your life in order to reach your goals. Talking and reading about problems may provide more insight, but at some point behavior changes are a must for success. I will educate you regarding the change process, help you develop specific plans to change, and provide you with techniques to use along the way. I do my best to make sure you are comfortable and supported.

INSURANCE PANELS

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO (Advocate Medical Group)

American Psychiatric Systems (APS)

PHCS / Multiplan

Value Options

Aetna / Horizon

Great West / First Health / Coventry

Humana / Lifesync (Corphealth)

Cigna Healthcare / Cigna Behavioral Health

Magellan Behavioral Health & EAP

HFN, Coresource, PBA, BAS

ERS, Maps, IBH, Dovetail EAP

Beech Street

EDUCATION

DePaul University, Family & Divorce Mediation training, 2009

University of Illinois, Master of Social Work 1997

Illinois State University, Bachelor of Social Work, 1993

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Psychotherapist, 2000 to Present

Owner & Manager of PSC, 2002 to Present

Clinical Director of two Mental Health Residential facilities, 2000-2004

Advocate Christ Medical Center, Psychiatric Social Worker, 2003

Program Supervisor, IL Dept Child & Family Services, 1997-2000

Stepping Stones of Rockford, 1994-1996

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

The Mental Health Review, blog

The Mental Health Review Podcast, Itunes

SimpleDivorceAdvice.Com, blog

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, 2015

Avoiding Liability: A Case Study in Misdiagnosis, 2015

A New Way of Understanding & Treating OCD, 2015

Success with Couples, 2015

Working Through Infidelity, 2008

Psychotropic Medications and Psychotherapy, 2008

Mental Health Assessment & Treatment in Managed Care, 2006

Crisis & Risk Management in Mental Health, 2006

Case Note Writing in Managed Care, 2006

 

** Child behavior management is useful for children who are diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, or Anxiety Disorders, as well as School Refusal.
 

Office           815-806-9300

Email             ScottLCostello@gmail.com

Address        20855 S LaGrange Rd Suite 202

                     Frankfort IL 60423

Visit Scott's additional public profile:

www.psychologytoday.com

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

When Panic Attacks, David Burns

Feeling Good, David Burns

The Emperor's New Drugs, Irving Kirsch

Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker

Mad in America, Robert Whitaker

Talking Back to Prozac, Peter Breggin, MCD

Talking Back to Ritalin, What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Stimulants and ADHD, Peter Breggin, MD

Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why To Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications Peter Breggin, MD

Sandcastles, M. Gary Neuman

Feeling Good,, David Burns

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber

Siblings Without Rivalry, Adele Faber