The Meier Clinics of Illinois established the first clinic in Wheaton, a western suburb of Chicago. Mrs. Nancy Brown, the Meier Clinics President and sister of Paul Meier, M.D., originally worked with her brother in establishing the first Meier Clinics in Richardson, Texas in 1976. When her family relocated to the Chicago area, Nancy was asked to establish the first Illinois Clinic. The clinic opened its doors in September 1986 with just a couple of counselors. The Clinic grew rapidly as word got out that there was finally a Meier Clinic in the Chicagoland area. Within the year, we outgrew our space and had to expand to the next building and, one year later, we had to move once again to our current building. We've grown from two counselors to a clinical staff of approximately 35 psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed master level counselors, nurses, doctoral interns and a dietician to provide a wide range of counseling needs.
Available Services at the Wheaton Clinic
With a broad range of professional experience and solid educational backgrounds, our Outpatient Christian counselors are able to help individuals (ages two years old through geriatric), couples, and families address the concerns and hurts that are affecting them emotionally, relationally, physically, and spiritually. Through developing an individual treatment plan, issues are dealt with effectively to help clients move forward in life and find the restoration they are seeking. People are finding ways to cope with ongoing health concerns, medical management care to address the physical component of their illness, action plans to help them turn their lives around in the right direction, new and effective ways to communicate with loved ones and co-workers, solutions to mending damaged relationships, improved self-image, the courage to stop destructive behaviors, the ability to give and receive forgiveness, new insights into their spirituality, and much more.
Adult Day Treatment Program
In 1987, we created an Adult Day Treatment Program which was a cutting edge type of care at that time and is still quite unique even today. When clients find they are stuck in Outpatient counseling or need to transition from hospital or residential care, the Day Program is the answer. This typically three-week program allows clients to immerse themselves in the healing process to move along more quickly to a restored and healthy lifestyle. Clients receive care Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through daily, personalized one-on-one counseling and self-study time in addition to a variety of group therapies and activities including, devotions, community meeting, Christian living group, education group, assertiveness group, expressive therapy, relationship building group, health education, and multi-family group.
After-School Program for Adolescents
Breakaway is an intensive outpatient program created by our staff to address the specific issues of adolescents 14-18 years of age. It provides a safe and unique healing environment for those struggling with issues such as depression, fears, anxiety, grief, addictions, compulsions, self-harm, poor self-image, stress, problems at school and home, family divorce, and poor relationships. The program meets Monday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. so the student can continue to attend school during the day and typically runs for four weeks. The adolescents receive individual and group therapy, and families are involved in a weekly educational support group. Click here for more information about this wonderful program.
We hope that the above information about our Wheaton clinic was helpful. Our staff looks forward to coming alongside you to help you with your specific concerns and struggles. You don't have to go it alone! Please give us a call to schedule an appointment, for more information, or for a brief telephone assessment to determine which program is right for you
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The Meier Clinics of Illinois offers a pre-doctoral internship in psychology and is an APPIC approved program. This training program provides an opportunity to learn clinical applications with a Christian emphasis.
Each year, three students will be selected to participate in the program. Two of these students will participate in the clinical psychology program and one will participate in the neuropsycholgy program. This is a 12-month internship that requires 2,000 hours with at least 25% of this time in direct client contact. The clinical psychology pre-doctoral internship will include therapy with children, adolescents and adults in outpatient, partial hospital and intensive outpatients settings. Psychological assessment is also performed. The neuropsychology pre-doctoral internship focuses on neuropsychological assessment and treatment across populations. Individual and group supervision is provided on a weekly basis.
The Training Manuals for both pre-doctoral internships can be downloaded here:
To apply for the Meier pre-doctoral internship go to www.appic.org to complete the APPIC application.