Throughout my career, in fact, throughout my life, I’ve always had one main mission: to walk beside others through life’s most difficult transitions and help them live successful lives. As a counselor, I help clients deal with unhealthy relationships, or the stressful effects of a demanding job, like firefighting or law enforcement. I help them deal with grief in a positive way or transition to a new career move or a new phase in life.
After graduation from Western Illinois University with a B.S. in Psychology, I spent my early clinical years counseling terminally ill children and their parents, and in crisis intervention for domestic violence and rape victims. My career path took me into the high schools, then colleges and universities, where I began counseling young adults towards their academic, personal, and career development goals. At the university level, I have been a faculty member, taught, as well as counseled students.
I received my M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University, and later, my school counseling license from Lewis University. I currently work with developmental challenges, suicide prevention, bereavement, stress management, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, and more. I employ client-centered therapy, so together we discover the tools and strategies you need for success.
I am also a life-long learner and continually expanding my skills and certifications. I am proud to serve the growing population of firefighters and law enforcement, who deal with mental health issues because of their emotionally demanding occupations. Most recently, I became certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), therapy for processing PTSD and depression. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor.
Here are some of my other qualifications:
Recovery Coach from Governor’s State University through the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc.
Former Clinical Director of Program Development for the ILFFPS/Lead Consultant for the Retired Firefighters Program
Police Psychological Service Committee member for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
Clinical Consultant for Operation Shattered Stars
I encourage you to contact me at (630) 815-3735 to schedule an appointment today. I look forward to walking beside you on your personal journey to greater emotional well-being.
Jada Hudson, M.S., LCPC, CADC