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Harm Reduction Counseling Services

Any positive change
CRA offers harm reduction therapy. Our approach to therapy differs from what is normally available to people who use drugs. We don't ask for abstinence goals, or any other change in drug use for that matter. We respect the choices and goals that our clients have for themselves, whether that means using more safely, moderating use, getting on methadone or suboxone, or abstaining from one or more drugs.
In other words, we provide an individualized approach and we promote "any positive change", as you define it for yourself. There are no expectations or requirements to participate.
Want to attend a group, but not ready to talk? We welcome you to sit in, and you only need to stay as long as you want. Want to talk to learn more about what we do, but don't want to commit to sitting down for an hour?
Feel free to contact us for an appointment using this form or drop in and talk for a few minutes at one of our sites below.

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    • Individual counseling
      (ask for Ben or Annalise)

      2715 w. Harrison (Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph): Mondays 9-12pm; Fridays 11-1pm

      10 S. Kedzie (Franciscan Day Program): Mondays 11-1pm

    • Counseling groups
      (ask for Ben or Annalise)

      2715 W Harrison (Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph) Stress Management group: Fridays 10-11am

      200 S Sacramento (Annex Shelter) Men's Open Forum/Harm Reduction group: Tuesdays 5-6:15pm
    We can help with a range of concerns such as drug use, anxiety and depression, grief, trauma, psychosis, or difficulties adjusting to life. Our approach is to build on your strengths and to enhance your coping skills. We can also make referrals to providers of medication-assisted treatment, as well as case managers who can help with practical issues, like getting health insurance or finding housing.
    CRA is also a clinical training site for master's and doctoral level students. Students interested in applying for practicum at CRA should contact the coordinator of counseling services, Geoff Bathje, PhD.