I began addiction counseling in 1999. In 2006 I obtained my masters in counseling and became licensed to treat co-occurring disorders (mental health/addiction). Because I have been in recovery from anxiety, alcoholism, and codependency for over 26 years, I know first hand what it means to travel through the phases of recovery.
I am a firm believer if a person lives in their truth they will have the ability to be ok and secure in who they are. Coming to therapy helps a person come to terms with who they are, accept it, and then be able to move on with the coping skills they need to continue a healthy mental outlook.
All therapy goals are directed by the patient. The patient will be asked what they want to gain from counseling. Everything is patient driven.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Involves a person sacrificing their needs to meet the needs of others. Their thoughts and actions center on a significant other, spouse, friend, or relative. Becomes an issue when relationships are unbalanced and unhealthy.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Alcohol addiction & abuse
Alcohol addiction & abuse
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
College & graduate student issues
Issues arising from being in a new environment or away from home for the first time. College-aged kids have the highest rates of mental illness, suffering things like stress, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and substance abuse.
Relying on others to an unhealthy degree. May manifest as submissiveness, clinginess, or fear of being alone. Generally stems from a lack of self-efficacy, making people feel unable to make simple decisions or express disagreement.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
IL, LCPC, 180010440
TX, LPC, 61966
FL, LMHC, MH13900
WI, LPC, 4869
OK, LPC, 4773
Master of Science in Community Counseling, National Louis University at Chicago, IL
Sherry Miller, MS, LPC, LADC, LCPC, CSADC, ICS, LMHC, M-CAP, CSAC, BC-TMH. Ms. Miller has a Master of Science in Human Service Community Counseling from National Louis University at Chicago, IL. Ms. Miller prides herself in strict confidentiality; with a unique insight into her consumers. Because Ms. Miller has been in a program of Recovery from Alcohol, Drugs, and Codependency herself for the past 26 plus years she knows firsthand what it takes to find the truth of oneself and wants to assist you with your own unique and personal journey of self-awareness. Ms. Miller is dually licensed to treat mental health and substance abuse concerns. Ms. Miller is also licensed as an Independent Clinical Supervisor in the field of Addictions. Her clinical interests include family dysfunction, addiction treatment, co-dependency, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and family, individual, or group counseling. She has over 22 years’ experience in the treatment of anger, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, behavioral issues, parent education, fearfulness, addiction issues, and co-occurring disorders. Ms. Miller is board certified to do telehealth (counseling over the internet) for clients that cannot make it to the office for their counseling appointment or prefer the comfort of having their counseling session in the privacy of their own home. Ms. Miller is experienced working with all ages, genders, and the LGBTQ community. In addition, Ms. Miller has experience working on a college campus with college age persons. In Ms. Millers free time you will find her spending time with her horses, cats, and dogs. Ms. Miller is also an avid walker and enjoys being outside riding her horses.
4327 E Winneshiek Rd, Freeport, 61032, IL