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The Antioch Group, Inc.

Beside You Throughout Life's Journey

Who We Are: Many of us at some point in our lives encounter an emotional or relational problem that we can’t just “work out” by ourselves. 

We find ourselves in a great deal of pain—and we need healing. Healing for a broken relationship, an aching heart, or a lost dream. Healing for painful and poisonous thoughts and ideas. And, sometimes, in order to find that healing, we need the support and guidance of a professional counselor. 

At The Antioch Group, we specialize in contemporary Christian counseling and psychological services. Our Christian world view allows us to work with people from an “open arms” perspective—rather than a perspective of “us versus them.” 

What We Do: 

Our counselors and psychologists treat a wide variety of mental health issues that create distress and cause suffering for children, adolescents and adults. We tailor a variety of counseling and psychotherapy methods to meet our client’s needs. A few of the methods we use are:

  • Play Therapy (We have certified play therapists)
  • Social Skills training for children and adolescents
  • Heart Rate Biofeedback
  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Family Counseling
  • Behavioral Assessment and Training
  • Psychological Testing
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Group Counseling

We realize that finding the right therapist can be a difficult process. Here at The Antioch Group, we do our best to make finding the right therapist both comfortable and easy. Each of our 20 clinicians maintains a general practice, specializing in both specific age-groups as well as therapeutic areas. Our therapists and psychologists work with a large variety of clinical methods used in counseling in pursuit of both spiritual and mental health. Our assessment and treatment processes are tailored to meet the needs of all ages, ranging from children to adults in categories such as:

Areas We Serve:

For a full list of counseling areas, or for more information, please visit our website to find a directory of specific categories, linked to a list of our therapists and psychologists who specialize in that particular area of need. Allow us to help you find the right fit! Our practice is located in Peoria, Illinois – we serve clients in many counties including: Knox, Henry, Bureau, Livingston, Stark, Marshall, Woodford, McLean, Tazewell, Mason and Fulton. 

How Our Clients Rate Our Care:

Question 1: Helpfulness of Therapy: How helpful was therapy in addressing and resolving your problems and concerns? 
3.85 out of 4.0 

Question 2: Functioning level and coping: As a result of therapy, how much have your skills to cope with ongoing issues and problems improved? 
3.65 out of 4.0 

Question 3: Using our services again: If needed, would you use our services again?
3.94 out of 4.0

The “3 Cs” of Psychological Survival In Economic Hard Times by Steven A. Hamon, Ph.D

Whether one’s own personal hard times are caused by financial pressures, job loss, or just plain worry about what the future holds, research consistently shows that three coping attitudes are foundational to psychological survival – to putting the brakes on potential breakdown. 

About 25 years ago, psychologist Salvadore Maddi and a team of investigators began trying to find out why some people seem to avoid the troubles that accompany job loss and economic uncertainty, such as heart attacks, depression, burnout, and marital breakup. The psychologists’ research showed that those who come through economic uncertainties in tact consistently had three defining attitudes – the “3-Cs of psychological survival.” 

These attitudes are: 

Commitment – The decision to do everything one can to face the situation squarely in search of a way through it. This includes drawing on the support of family, friends, and advisors instead of avoiding people in shame because of changes in financial or job status. It also involves personal choice not to lapse into escapism through venues of alcohol, drugs, computer time, or pornography. 

Control – This attitude places emphasis on healthy control, which begins with the active, pragmatic acceptance that not every factor can be controlled. From there, this attitude involves “thinking outside the box” (with help from others) to reconstruct one’s situation in such a way that factors that can be changed come to the fore, then actively doing whatever is necessary to take control of these and bring change about. 

Challenge – The hallmark of this attitude is recasting obstacles as challenges that can be dealt with, rather than as threats to be avoided. Practically speaking, this means being willing to try out solutions to elements of the problem, and to treat both solutions that do work and those that don’t as learning opportunities, rather than as personal failures. 

Additional research by Dr. Maddi and his team showed that the “3-Cs” can be learned – one can grow stronger in each, or in all three! To do so takes personal preparation. To learn more about how to prepare for growth in these attitudes visit 

“Virtually everything we do or fail to do (in life) Constitutes a decision, whether we recognize this or not” - Salvadore Maddi, Ph.D (2002)

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The Antioch Group, Inc.

6615 Big Hollow Road
Peoria, IL 61615

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by “Contemporary Christian Counseling” in your headline?

The Antioch Group is “Contemporary” in that we draw upon cutting-edge, empirical evidence-based methods for treating mental health suffering. We are “Christian” in that our care foundationally rests upon the dignity and worth of all human beings, the healing power of spiritual practices (i.e. self-examination, prayer), and a commitment to treat people as individuals – the hallmark of the Christian faith.

Do you only work with clients/patients that are Christians?

No. While two thirds of the people who come to see us are Christian believers looking for someone who shares their belief system during times of crisis, fully one third of our patients do not identify themselves as Christian. When polled, this one third sought us out knowing we are Christians for the following reasons (in descending order of importance to them):
  • The reputation of excellence and quality care provided by our clinicians in dealing with clinical issues
  • The expectation of an honest, straight-forward, and non-coercive approach to clinical issues from people who identify themselves as Christians
  • The simple need for reliable help. Although wary of religion, those clients not identified as Christians explained that they were delighted to receive a caring and non-judgmental approach to therapy by their clinicians.

What about insurance? Do you accept it?

Yes. The Antioch Group is a provider for most insurers in central Illinois, as well as for military insurers.

Will I have to do my own insurance billing?

Generally, no. When a person makes an appointment, our support services staff will ask for an insurance plan number and individual insurance account information. Our staff will call your insurer as a courtesy to you, so you start your care knowing exactly what the amount of your coverage is.

What if I have poor mental health benefits or no benefits at all?

There are several options open for those who have little or no insurance coverage. These include:
  • Establishing a no-interest monthly payment plan
  • Receiving assistance from a church or other benevolent plan
  • Receiving care at a reduced rate (a tax return is required to verify need)
At The Antioch Group, we try to see that all who desire help receive it, regardless of ability to pay. If an Antioch clinician can’t help, we’ll do our best to assist you in finding competent help elsewhere.
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