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New Mind Paradigm

Greater Chicagoland Area, IL 60507
United States

New Mind Paradigm


Contact Name: Gretchen Alder

Insurance Accepted: N/A


Phone: 224 201 6485

Kink-Awareness: Kink-Knowledgeable


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Tried counseling and felt disappointed, frustrated, and/or misunderstood? Does the idea of "being in therapy" not appeal to you?

There is another way: Personal Development Facilitation.

Personal Development Facilitation is a peer-mentoring process that takes the judgment out of the interaction completely by focusing on what you want your life to be like, then by figuring out how to get there. All in the comfort of your own home (or a private space in a public library, if you aren't comfortable meeting in your home).

Personal Development Facilitation’s objective is to help people manage their unique neuro-cognitive condition (as defined by medical/psychiatric professionals) via internal goal achievement by emphasizing a non-judgmental, natural-consequences approach to help an individual recognize, evaluate, and change the thoughts that lead to goal-impeding behavior. Once these thoughts are changed, the individual can then begin to build goal-directed thoughts and coping skills, which internally generate behaviors that enhance the individual’s quality of life. While Personal Development Facilitation has its basis in cognitive-behavior therapy, the method is both less than and more than traditional counseling/therapy, and helps you find creative ways of achieving the life you want to live by looking at things from a different perspective, and, thus, seeing a new path to build that life. It's not about "right" or "wrong," "good" or "bad," "should" or "shouldn't;" it's about finding and applying "what works," and non-judgmentally evaluating and learning from what "doesn't work."

Gretchen Alder, founder and practitioner of Personal Development Facilitation, has been exploring this method of helping people for the past five years, and has a wide variety of success stories of the benefit of Personal Development Facilitation. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2001, her Certification in Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling from the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Certification Association in 2011, and a Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012. She has advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Art Therapy. Her experience working in the social services field motivated her to develop Personal Development Facilitation, which she describes as “not walking ahead of you and leading you; not walking behind you and pushing you; but walking beside you and pointing out things you might not see along the way.” She advises, however, that it is not counseling, nor is it therapy. She uses both her education and personal experience to act as a mentor for those who find life's challenges overwhelming.

New Mind Paradigm is the non-profit organization that supports both the research and practice of Personal Development Facilitation. Its unique donation-only system is structured to help those in greatest need regardless of ability to pay; as such it bills no insurance organizations, but accepts donations from those it serves and from the general public.

Interested? Send an email to to set up a free 30-minute consultation.

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Date Added: 10-05-2013  Last Updated: 10-11-2013   
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