You’re probably reading this because you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, anger, a marital conflict, or an addiction and you believe that God is leading you to a Christian counselor. If so, I’d consider it an honor and a privilege to serve as your counselor. Christian counseling is my calling and my passion. After more than 25 years of professional Christian counseling experience, I feel well-equipped to minister to your needs. After a quarter century of doing this work full-time, I continue to find my labors more meaningful, satisfying and fruitful with each year.
Selecting your counselor can be one of the most important decisions of your life. Also, counseling requires a significant commitment of time and resources — both yours and mine. So before we go further, let’s make absolutely certain that my services match what you’re looking for in your counselor. This website is designed to help you in that regard. In addition to my qualifications and published work, this website has specific information on my Christian beliefs, my personal life, and answers to the most FAQs I receive from new clients. Your insurance plan probably covers my services and my fees are fair and reasonable. But if you can’t afford my fee and don’t have adequate insurance, you may qualify for a sliding scale.
After carefully reviewing my counseling approach— which should take you about 10 minutes — please call my office (815/229-8750) to set your first appointment. (The best time to call and talk to me directly is between 9 AM and noon Monday-Friday (CST). Appointment times are as follows: 3:15, 4:30, 6:15, and 7:30 PM Monday-Thursday. Each session usually runs for 75 minutes because briefer sessions often fail to get to the deeper issues and require more visits over the long run.
After you set your appointment, please print each of the five documents (PDF files) below and bring each form fully completed to your first session. Each form MUST be fully completed before the first session can begin. (If you have insurance simply call the phone number on the back of your card in order to get required information on coverage for the Insurance Information Form below. I will be happy to file claims for you provided that you bring your insurance card to the first appointment so that I can make a copy of it. And if you have Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance: yes, I’m a BCBS Provider).
- Welcome Letter
- Patient Data Sheet
- Family Data Sheet
- Patient’s Rights and Responsibilities
- Insurance Information Form
This website also has directions to my office. I try to start each session on time so please arrive promptly. In order to minimize waiting room traffic and distractions, please do not enter the waiting room more than about 5 minutes early. If you have any questions whatsoever that are not answered here, please feel free to call my office at 815-229-8750.
May God bless you on your journey!
Scott Lownsdale, Ed.D. (“Dr. Scott”)
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor