We Can Help You Heal Trauma with Resiliency.

7 out of 10 people will endure a traumatic event in their lifetime.

8 out of 10 People have Experienced  Trauma.


It’s a stunning fact, isn’t it? That studies show that approximately 89% out of 10 people have experience trauma in childhood. And, If you google PTSD you will see a lot of formal definitions followed by articles and studies about the military and veterans. Most people associate PTSD with being a war veteran since it has previously been referred to as “shell shock”, “battle fatigue syndrome”, and many others. The truth is, PTSD goes way beyond the battlefield. PTSD is about exposure to trauma, and 8 out of 10 people that you know, are trauma survivors. 


PTSD can develop at any age in survivors of trauma. Trauma includes physical and sexual assault, abuse, abandonment by a loved one, car accidents, disasters, terror attacks and many other serious events. At it’s root, a traumatic event has caused a person’s brain to become fearful for their (or someone else’s) life and is responding to triggers in the environment to continue to keep you safe from perceived threats around you. 

In addition to trauma therapy, we offer alternative medication approaches for managing symptoms of trauma and the anxiety/depression often times associated with trauma. Please see our alternative care page for more information. 


Get Your Life Back Now.

All of our therapists, psychologists and interns at Transformative Growth Counseling, are trained in the clinical treatment of trauma, PTSD, acute stress and adjustment disorders. Through a variety of methods; from play therapy, exposure, and Rapid Resolution Trauma Therapy, and somatic therapies, we can help you understand the roots of your trauma and how to take control of the effects. From reducing or eliminating hypervigilance  and flashbacks, to moving on with life, without fear of being triggered – we’re here to help you get there.

Dr. Norman and Maryellen Murphy, MA oversee the community research and Trauma Resiliency program at TGC. Together with our community partners, have developed multiple a trauma resiliency programs. The biggest project to date was called  Return To Base,  which was created with, by and for Kankakee Community College, Prevention Insititute  and Movemeber Foundation. Through these collaborations, TGC as a partner with each organization; and through KCC, we work with 13 other hand-selected community practitioner sites around the country. We are proud to work alongside with the Veterans Association, Prevention Institute and the Movemeber Foundation. Our work in Trauma is vast; from individual, children, couple and family work, to nationally recognized trauma and resilience program development; we are one of a kind experts in our approach and care of those living with the aftermath of Trauma.


of people will experiance adversity & trauma in childhood.


Number of Military Veterans Suffering From PTSD.


Of Domestic Violence Victims who Struggle with Trauma Symptoms.

Symptoms of PTSD



Patients who suffer from PTSD often experience flashbacks of traumatic events, and they often find themselves reliving those instances. This can also present in the form of night terrors and dissassocation. In children, this presents often as acting out or anger.


Hypervigilance: The anxiety that never seems to go away....

When a person has been affected by trauma, the “warning system” part of the brain are turned on … and looking for danger! Except, there’s not as much “danger” as the hyper-vigilant brain thinks there is. One of the most uncomfortable side effects of Trauma and PTSD is feeling anxious and “ON”, all the time.


Anger Outbursts

PTSD and Trauma, affects your emotions and thoughts. For some,  if left unchecked, you may start to have random outbursts of anger in response to issues that would normally not cause this reaction. And, it’s understandable – when your brain is preoccupied with feeling endangered (hypervigilance), it’s pretty hard to be as loving, kind, and expressive, as you would like to be.

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – that’s the name, but at TGC we simply call it trauma. Trauma is a biological response in the brain and body, for current and future survival after experiencing life threatening event such as military combat, sexual assault or rape, child abuse, or even a natural disaster. While slightly different, emotional trauma also develops when we are abandoned by loved ones, or lose our attachment to our spouse, children or family members. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder often can serious emotional distress, panic and anxiety – and we understand fully that living with Trauma is uncomfortable. When you are is suffering from the effects of trauma, it’s often difficult to do normal everyday tasks like getting up to goto work, maintain healthy relationships. or  doing day to day activities such as the the laundry. At times, this can lead into a cycle of depression.

At TGC, we offer evidence based trauma care for children and adults. As practitioners, we use Memory Reconsolidating, EMDR techniques,  and Somatic healing to help you become more than an amazing Trauma survivors – but rather, a trauma THRIVER. 

Can Children Experience PTSD?

Unfortunately, yes children are traumatized, and that can result in PTSD or other stress disorders. A recent study indicated (ACES) that 70% of children will experience traumatic events in their childhood. We work with children – and adults – to overcome trauma, and develop strong resiliency to prevent future traumatizing events from affecting your brain and body. The newest Research shows that therapy alone isn’t enough for PTSD. People, and entire communities, need resiliency to survive and thrive when bad things happen to us or around us. By becoming resilient, trauma doesn’t “hit” us as hard; and oftentimes this can lessen or stop the effects of what would be, PTSD. At TGC, we don’t just treat trauma, we take that extra step in your care to help you become resilient; a vital step in your future survival, is often overlooked in many common trauma therapies. 

Will I Find Relief After Getting Treatment?

Most patients who abide by treatment plans do experience relief, and over time, they usually have no or minimal occurrences of PTSD, especially when using the newest neuroscience therapy of  Memory Reconsolidation / Rapid Resolution Trauma Therapy, and incorporating Resiliency building. While some patients go on to never experience a single symptom ever again, no one can guarantee that you won’t experience any symptoms related to trauma. This is especially true if your trauma is complex and repeated. We can, however, help you learn to find renewed inner peace and protect yourself against further traumas. 

Counseling Really Does Help.

There are a wide variety of treatment options currently available for chlidren and adults affected by Trauma and PTSD, and that also includes cognitive behavioral therapy. It takes time to manage this disorder, but getting help sooner is better than later.

Call 630-423-6010 

Our intake specialists can take your information and get you started with an appointment, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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