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About Meier Clinics
As brother and sister, Dr. Paul Meier and Mrs. Nancy Meier Brown began working together in 1976 in Texas with the goal of developing the best Christian counseling services available. When her family relocated to the Chicago area, Nancy was asked to establish Meier Clinic‘s first Illinois location in Wheaton. The clinic opened its doors in September 1986 with just two counselors. Within the year, the Wheaton office outgrew the space and had to expand to the next building; one year later, they had to move once again to the current building. The clinical staff grew to approximately 35 psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed master level counselors, nurses, doctoral interns and a dietician to provide a wide range of counseling needs. Meier Clinics opened an outpatient clinic on the campus of Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC), in response to the need for affordable, quality outpatient therapy with Christian mental health providers within the Lawndale community, which includes predominately Hispanic and African-American individuals. Meier Clinics-LCHC sees referrals from the multidisciplinary care teams at the health center, and patients from the Lawndale community in order to provide collaborative, holistic care. Meier Clinics Wheaton is now the national headquarters of Meier Clinics and encompasses outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and neuropsychological programs; the Lawndale office offers an outpatient program with some opportunities to conduct psychological testing.
Meier Clinics strives to integrate biblically-based, Christian beliefs with psychological principles to treat the whole person – emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, Meier Clinic’s goal is to provide excellent, professional, psychological care to as many people as possible.
An important component of the Meier Clinics philosophy of training is the belief in the need to integrate scholarly knowledge, research findings, and critical thinking into clinical practice and clinical decision making. We encourage the consumption of scholarly research and facilitate regular interaction with current research literature through a weekly journal club discussion. In addition, interns are encouraged to engage in contributing to the existing body of research literature by pursuing individual or group research study. Ample data is available on site for scholarly inquiry. Interns are also encouraged to present their dissertation findings through didactic presentation to the Meier Clinics staff, interns and practicum students.
Community outreach, marketing and consultation opportunities are available through Meier Clinics and provided to the surrounding community on an as-needed basis. An important component of the Meier Clinics philosophy is to educate and de-stigmatize mental health treatment in faith-based communities, and Meier Clinics consistently reaches out to local churches and schools to provide consultation, psychoeducational presentations, and other services in order to accomplish this goal. Meier Clinics also sponsors the Chicago Christian Training Conference (CCTC) that is well attended by area colleges, churches, and providers. Opportunities for interns to learn conference development and implementation skills are also available.