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posted: 6/11/2014 2:31 PM

Next alliance on mental illness coffee Saturday in St. Charles

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Submitted by NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is sponsoring its monthly coffee from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14. This free event will be held at Cadence Health, Behavior Health Services, 964 N. Fifth Ave., St. Charles.

The guest speaker Allison Johnsen will have a presentation and discussion on "Anxiety." Johnsen is a licensed clinical professional counselor, and board certified coach. She is dedicated to helping people live more fulfilling lives by enhancing their mental and physical well-being, relationships, spirituality, and other important aspects of life.

As a clinical counselor, she first helps her clients to identify the causes of their mental health and relationship problems and then teaches them what they can do to relieve their distress or symptoms. Next, she assists clients to discover, understand and change any patterns of thought, behavior, or communication that may be contributing to their problems. In this second stage of therapy, clients achieve lasting change. Her clients appreciate her professional and personal understanding of anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, adolescent and family problems, marital/couples relationships, divorce/co-parenting problems and mid-life issues.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness-DeKalb, Kane-South & Kendall Counties is an affiliate of the national grassroots organization consisting of family members, persons living with mental illness, professionals, and community members. NAMI membership is open to all. It is dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness and their families.

The public is welcome to attend the free monthly coffees. Visit; email or call (630) 896-6264.

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