Brandy Kruse, MA, LCPC

child counselor in Quincy ILHello, my name is Brandy. I am a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) at Connections Family Counseling, whom specializes in working with youth and their families.

Is your child or preteen struggling in school, at home, or socially? Maybe they seem sad, withdrawn, anxious, angry, or distracted? Do they struggle with issues tied to self-esteem? Are they struggling to cope with parent’s divorce, a significant loss, or some other trauma? Do their comments about themselves, others, or the world around them seem more negative? Has their behavior or functioning changed so much that it is contributing to disruptions within the family unit? As a parent or care-giver, are you at a loss as to how to help the child?

Difficulties and issues in childhood can be so numbered and challenging that it ends up impacting the entire family unit. Parents or caregivers can quickly become overwhelmed, exhausted, and unsure about what to do to make things better. Many times, the family unit has become so strained that there are serious doubts as to whether anything will help everyone feel connected again. But there is hope – change in one family member’s behavior or functioning, with the right help, can contribute to significant changes in the functioning of others.

I empower children, adults, and families to work-through issues that are impacting their functioning through the use of various evidenced-based interventions. Through an approach that is supportive, collaborative, & interactive, I help parents build resilient kids and a connected family. Together, we will identify and address potential barriers to the change process, establish personalized treatment goals, & then work collaboratively to meet each goal established. Throughout treatment, I aim to create and maintain a safe, relaxed, and playful environment for both children and their families.  I encourage everyone to freely and openly express themselves, while building upon identified strengths. If you want to help your child or preteen regain their sense of joy, confidence, and/or power please give me a call to see if I’ll be a good fit for your family.

I attended John Wood Community College, Western Illinois University and obtained my graduate degree at Ball State University. I have been providing therapeutic services for children, preteens, adolescents, and adults in residential and outpatient settings since 2010. I have training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Play therapy, & Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, (EMDR). I am committed to providing quality counseling services in a relaxed and comfortable environment. If you are a parent or caregiver, whom is overwhelmed and is struggling to make sense of what is happening with your child, please feel free to call 217-231-1413 to find out ways you may benefit from therapeutic services.


If you would like more information about counseling for your child, yourself, or your family, call to schedule an appointment at 217-231-1413.

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