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Coping Together

Coping Together is a non-for profit organization determined to help individuals with developmental disabilities receive quality treatment for emotional, psychological, and behavioral challenges...


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) designed to help individuals who exhibit self-destructive behaviors...

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Shelley Skas is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor...


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Mental Health Services for Adults and Children with Developmental Disabilities

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Mental Health Services For Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Who We Are

Coping Together is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit community organization that has been serving the Chicago land community since 2013. Staffed with highly qualified mental health professionals, our therapists are licensed by the state of Illinois and have extensive training in mental health.

What We Do

We provide mental health counseling services to help individuals with developmental disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals in order to experience a higher quality of life. We partner with support agencies & group homes in the Chicagoland area to provide therapy approaches for all levels of emotional or physical development. We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, and Solution Focused Treatments.

The Need

Individuals with developmental disabilities are at an increased risk for developing mental health disorders. This can be due to biological and genetic factors, as well as environmental factors such as isolation and social disruption. Problem areas that should be addressed include communication, coping skills, social skills and self-awareness.

The Process

As in traditional mental health therapy, individuals with developmental disabilities develop a trusting relationship in a safe environment with a therapist who is trained to understand their needs. Consistent sessions and specific goals help clients deal with emotions and challenges of daily life.

The Benefit

Benefits include clients having better opportunities and support to live as independently as possible, to participate in community activities and be valued for their unique contributions.

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