The Juniper Center

The Juniper Center The Juniper Center provides expert, individualized care by 40 clinicians in five Chicagoland locations and throughout the state of Illinois via teletherapy.
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At The Juniper Center, our team of mental health professionals leverages their extensive experience and training to create individualized treatment plans to help our clients reach their goals. The Juniper Center specializes in trauma recovery, depression, anxiety, medication management/psychiatry, diverse sexuality and gender identities, addiction treatment, and relationship and family therapy. Fo

unded by Dr. Margo Jacquot in 1996, The Juniper Center is one of the largest women-owned counseling and therapy practices in the area and provides counseling and psychotherapy, psychiatry and medication management, therapeutic yoga and movement therapy, and psychological testing services for all ages.

Today is Juneteenth, a federal holiday that celebrates the emancipation of slavery. This day reminds us of what we came ...
06/19/2024

Today is Juneteenth, a federal holiday that celebrates the emancipation of slavery. This day reminds us of what we came through and what we can achieve. Juneteenth acts as a call for all of us to think about the meaning of freedom, particularly regarding African Americans, as well as the nation and the rest of the world.

06/17/2024

With June being Pride Month, it's important to help those who are going through struggles in the community and this JCU seminar helps those who are helping those transition. This training will review the basics on how to write a letter in support of various transition-related steps including medical surgeries, hormone therapies, blockers, and gender marker changes. The goal is to help therapists understand that they do not need to be "gender specialists/experts" to be able to write letters. https://ceu.thejunipercenter.com/courses/trans-affirming-letter-writing-recorded

On Friday, June 21st, Dr. Margo Jacquot will be giving a virtual CEU seminar on Zoom. Whether we like it or not, AI has ...
06/13/2024

On Friday, June 21st, Dr. Margo Jacquot will be giving a virtual CEU seminar on Zoom. Whether we like it or not, AI has arrived! While there are concerns for therapists to consider, there are also many potentially useful applications for AI in clinical practice, if done responsibly and ethically. In this workshop we will look at current trends in AI in clinical practice, as well as applying our collective codes of ethics to case examples. https://www.thejunipercenter.com/university/

06/12/2024

Meet Charles Pasternak! Chuck has experience working with children and adults of all ages providing individual, couple, group, and family counseling services in various settings. He is devoted to serving the LGTQ+ community and has a passion for supporting these individuals dealing with challenges in relationships, family-of-origin issues, career concerns, and low self-esteem. Chuck has also completed the training and clinical experiences to become a certified child-centered play therapist, a certified autplay therapist, and a foundational theraplay practitioner. https://www.thejunipercenter.com/our-staff/charles-chuck-pasternak-lcpc/

Tomorrow! The Juniper Center will be appearing at the Chalet Nursery for their Sip and Shop with Pride event! We will be...
06/12/2024

Tomorrow! The Juniper Center will be appearing at the Chalet Nursery for their Sip and Shop with Pride event! We will be answering any questions you may have about our LGBTQ+ therapy services in celebration of Pride month and 15% of the proceeds will benefit our center. If you're in the area, feel free to stop by and say hello! We can't wait to see you there!

If life feels meaningless to you, you’re not alone. Tips, such as fostering healthy relationships and observing what bri...
06/10/2024

If life feels meaningless to you, you’re not alone. Tips, such as fostering healthy relationships and observing what brings you joy, may help you find purpose and fulfillment. Psych Central gives some great advice on what someone can do if they ever feel down and having those negative thoughts about their life. https://psychcentral.com/health/life-feels-meaningless

If life feels meaningless to you, you're not alone. Support and self-help tips, such as making positive connections, may help you find purpose and fulfillment.

Today is World Caring Day! All acts of caring — big or small, are important, however, it is in times of upheaval when ca...
06/07/2024

Today is World Caring Day! All acts of caring — big or small, are important, however, it is in times of upheaval when caring matters the most. It's important that we practice caring for others, especially when the going gets tough for our loved ones.

June is also Men's Mental Health Month! The primary focus is for men to have a safe space to express their mental health...
06/05/2024

June is also Men's Mental Health Month! The primary focus is for men to have a safe space to express their mental health struggles with one another. The Juniper Center has a men's group therapy process that occurs every other Monday at 7pm on Zoom. If you are interested in partaking in this group, check out our website for more information and to register. https://www.thejunipercenter.com/mens-group-therapy-focused-on-emotional-and-relational-skills/

When Every other Monday evening at 7 PM Where Virtually on Zoom

June is Pride Month! It is a time when we all come together to raise awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community and share the l...
06/03/2024

June is Pride Month! It is a time when we all come together to raise awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community and share the love with all members and allies of the community. Psych Central has an article that discusses the Trevor Project, one of the nation's leading organizations in the LGBTQIA+ community, and how they help out young people in the community every day. https://psychcentral.com/blog/what-the-trevor-project-wants-us-to-know-about-lgbtq-youth-mental-health #1

Gabe Howard, host of the "Inside Mental Health" podcast, interviews Dr. Amy Green of Tthe Trevor Project on the state of LGBTQ+ youth mental health in 2021.

Have questions about the business side of your practice? Ask about 1-on-1 consulting with Dr. Margo Jacquot, award-winni...
05/30/2024

Have questions about the business side of your practice? Ask about 1-on-1 consulting with Dr. Margo Jacquot, award-winning founder and Chief Care Officer of The Juniper Center and host of Mental Health Business Mentor podcast. https://www.thejunipercenter.com/one-on-one-mental-health-business-consulting/

Dr. Margo Jacquot owns one of the largest mental health practices across Illinois. Get 1-on-1 consulting to grow your mental health business.

The Juniper Center is hiring! Experience the joy of working where you can bring your full self to work. Check out curren...
05/29/2024

The Juniper Center is hiring! Experience the joy of working where you can bring your full self to work. Check out current openings! https://www.thejunipercenter.com/about-us/jobs/

Experience the joy of working where you can bring your full self to work At The Juniper Center we provide care we would want for ourselves or a loved one.

Happy Memorial Day! We want to thank all of our US Military personnel who gave died serving our country and all of the m...
05/27/2024

Happy Memorial Day! We want to thank all of our US Military personnel who gave died serving our country and all of the men and women who are continuing to fight for our country every day.

Children and teens can experience a wide range of emotions as they respond to the world around them. Throw in social pre...
05/23/2024

Children and teens can experience a wide range of emotions as they respond to the world around them. Throw in social pressures, family pressures, and hormonal and developmental changes at every stage, and it can be challenging for parents to provide the support their children need to navigate their struggles. Juniper Junior gives children, adolescents, teens, and their parents, specialized support to experience a happy, confident, and meaningful life. https://www.thejunipercenter.com/juniper-junior/

From Toddlers to Teens: Specialized Support to Help Your Child Thrive Children and teens can experience a wide range of emotions as they respond to the

Meet Lauren Duncan! Lauren utilizes evidence-based therapies that will support the changes the client(s) wants to make. ...
05/20/2024

Meet Lauren Duncan! Lauren utilizes evidence-based therapies that will support the changes the client(s) wants to make. Together, as a team, Lauren and the client(s) will begin to gain insight, identify obstacles, and find ways to conquer obstacles to reach our therapy goals. Some of Lauren’s specialty areas are anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, depression, ADHD, self-esteem, interpersonal relationship needs, grief, and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. https://www.thejunipercenter.com/our-staff/lauren-duncan/

Lauren is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her Master’s degree in social work from Aurora University and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Central College. Lauren has been practicing for over 5 years. Lauren works with children and early adolescents who struggle with ...

LESS THAN 24 HOURS LEFT TO SIGN UP FOR TOMORROW'S CEU PRESENTATION! David Carbonell will be giving an in-person CEU pres...
05/16/2024

LESS THAN 24 HOURS LEFT TO SIGN UP FOR TOMORROW'S CEU PRESENTATION! David Carbonell will be giving an in-person CEU presentation at the Juniper Center. People who suffer from chronic anxiety disorders – Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, phobias of all kinds, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder -struggle with what seems to be an insoluble problem. “The harder I try”, they say, with a mix of frustration and despair, “the worse it gets!” Yet these disorders are very treatable once the client and clinician recognize, and treat the core of the problem. While DSM continues to label these conditions “anxiety disorders”, it would be more accurate to call them “disorders of excessive self-protection*”, and more helpful to treat them as such. This workshop will show you how. https://www.thejunipercenter.com/university/

We are getting closer and closer to the start of summer! The time for everyone to spend time outside, enjoy the beautifu...
05/15/2024

We are getting closer and closer to the start of summer! The time for everyone to spend time outside, enjoy the beautiful weather, and participate in outdoor summer activities. Summer is also a great time to invest in lifestyle habits and support your mental health. Centerstone explains more how the summer time can have an impact on one's mental health for the better. https://centerstone.org/our-resources/health-wellness/strengthening-mental-health-in-summer/

Summer! Many of us view it as an exciting time to go out and do activities, take vacations, and spend more time outdoors. It can be a time full of

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there. They do so much to help us become the people we are today and they are full...
05/12/2024

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there. They do so much to help us become the people we are today and they are full of love for their children. Let's take some time today to thank all mothers out there for the sacrifices they make for their children every day.

Next Friday, David Carbonell will be giving an in-person CEU presentation at the Juniper Center. People who suffer from ...
05/09/2024

Next Friday, David Carbonell will be giving an in-person CEU presentation at the Juniper Center. People who suffer from chronic anxiety disorders – Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, phobias of all kinds, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder -struggle with what seems to be an insoluble problem. “The harder I try”, they say, with a mix of frustration and despair, “the worse it gets!” Yet these disorders are very treatable once the client and clinician recognize, and treat the core of the problem. While DSM continues to label these conditions “anxiety disorders”, it would be more accurate to call them “disorders of excessive self-protection*”, and more helpful to treat them as such. This workshop will show you how. https://www.thejunipercenter.com/university/

Loving yourself is the result of staying true to one's values; however, it can be a bit hard for some people to love the...
05/08/2024

Loving yourself is the result of staying true to one's values; however, it can be a bit hard for some people to love themselves when they have some negative thoughts lingering in their heads. Psych Central has an article that gives some great tips on how to someone can love themselves just as much as they love their friends and family members. https://psychcentral.com/blog/how-to-improve-self-respect

Respecting yourself is essential to your emotional health. Here are 5 tips to improve self-respect and why it matters.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Teachers do so much to help give children all over the world the education that ...
05/06/2024

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Teachers do so much to help give children all over the world the education that they need to thrive and succeed in the future. Take some time this week to have your kids thank their teachers for all of the lessons that they teach them and all the sacrifices they have made to help benefit them every day.

Meet Daniel Lovan! Daniel Lovan, LPC (He/Him) is an LGBTQIA+ therapist specializing in trauma-informed therapy for adole...
05/03/2024

Meet Daniel Lovan! Daniel Lovan, LPC (He/Him) is an LGBTQIA+ therapist specializing in trauma-informed therapy for adolescents and adults. Daniel earned his MA in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that informs his use of other evidence-based practices such as CBT, ACT, and Exposure Therapy. Daniel is also trained in and utilizes Written Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and DBT Prolonged Exposures as discreet trauma protocols for clients suffering from acute trauma symptoms. https://www.thejunipercenter.com/our-staff/daniel-lovan-lpc/

Daniel Lovan, LPC (He/Him) is an LGBTQIA+ therapist specializing in trauma-informed therapy for adolescents and adults. Daniel earned his MA in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that informs his use of other evidenc...

On Friday, May 17th, David Carbonell will be giving an in-person CEU presentation at the Juniper Center. People who suff...
05/02/2024

On Friday, May 17th, David Carbonell will be giving an in-person CEU presentation at the Juniper Center. People who suffer from chronic anxiety disorders – Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, phobias of all kinds, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder -struggle with what seems to be an insoluble problem. “The harder I try”, they say, with a mix of frustration and despair, “the worse it gets!” Yet these disorders are very treatable once the client and clinician recognize, and treat the core of the problem. While the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders continues to label these conditions “anxiety disorders”, it would be more accurate to call them “disorders of excessive self-protection*”, and more helpful to treat them as such. This workshop will show you how. https://www.thejunipercenter.com/university/

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month! It's important to take care of your mental health to have a peaceful stat...
05/01/2024

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month! It's important to take care of your mental health to have a peaceful state of mind and if one is having trouble maintaining good mental health, it's best to seek the resources to talk about one's mental health. Psychology Today explains more about the significance of this month and what can be done to raise awareness of mental health. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mental-illness-in-america/202105/the-importance-mental-health-awareness-month

Have questions about the business side of your practice? Ask about 1-on-1 consulting with Dr. Margo Jacquot, award-winni...
04/29/2024

Have questions about the business side of your practice? Ask about 1-on-1 consulting with Dr. Margo Jacquot, award-winning founder and Chief Care Officer of The Juniper Center and host of Mental Health Business Mentor podcast.

Dr. Margo Jacquot owns one of the largest mental health practices across Illinois. Get 1-on-1 consulting to grow your mental health business.

Meet Sare Griffis! Sare Griffis helps children, teens, and young adults navigate the overwhelm that can come with anxiet...
04/26/2024

Meet Sare Griffis! Sare Griffis helps children, teens, and young adults navigate the overwhelm that can come with anxiety, depression, feelings of isolation, and non-belonging. They are trained in and passionate about working with trauma, grief, attachment, neurodevelopmental differences, and LGBTQ+ identities. Their clients have described their clinical style as warm, open, and relaxed. Sare believes in the power of play and narrative – often incorporating storytelling through art, regulating sand play, mindfulness, and movement into sessions.

Sometimes our feelings can overcome us to the point they feel intolerable. Sare Griffis helps children, teens, and young adults navigate the overwhelm that can come with anxiety, depression, feelings of isolation, and non-belonging. They are trained in and passionate about working with trauma, grief...

These past few days, the Juniper Center has been a part of several community events across the Chicagoland area. We love...
04/25/2024

These past few days, the Juniper Center has been a part of several community events across the Chicagoland area. We love being able to be a part of these events and spreading the word about the Juniper Center at these events. We have a lot more coming up this summer and we are so excited to be a part of them!

The Juniper Center is hiring! Experience the joy of working where you can bring your full self to work. Check out curren...
04/25/2024

The Juniper Center is hiring! Experience the joy of working where you can bring your full self to work. Check out current openings!

Experience the joy of working where you can bring your full self to work At The Juniper Center we provide care we would want for ourselves or a loved one.

Stress and anxiety can be a lot to deal with in one's life, but the Juniper Center has clinicians on staff who are here ...
04/24/2024

Stress and anxiety can be a lot to deal with in one's life, but the Juniper Center has clinicians on staff who are here to help those who are struggling with it. They can cause damage to your physical health, relationships, career, and overall quality of life. If you or your loved ones are suffering from anxiety, you do not have to face your fears alone.

Experience a life free of excessive anxiety Imagine a life free of excess worry, distress, panic and anxiety. While anxiety is a normal part of life,

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