In this heartfelt testimonial, a Compass patient alumnus from the adult program shares their transformative experience with Compass Health Center. Their reflection touches on overcoming self-doubt, seeking help for depression and anxiety, and finding comfort within a compassionate community.

For those facing similar struggles, it's a reminder that seeking mental health care is a courageous choice.

Compass Health Center provides immediate access to comprehensive, specialized mental health care in-person and virtually throughout Illinois and Maryland. T
reatment specialties include trauma, OCD, school refusal, anxiety, depression, and mental health and substance use.   

Seeking care when you need it – including during the stressful holiday season – is more than okay.


Compass Health Center Adult Patient Reflection: PHP and IOP Programs

I have a feeling if you’re here, that you’re going through a challenging time in your life. So, I'll say this: the best thing I've ever done for myself was realizing I needed professional help to manage my depression and anxiety and taking the steps to sign-up and show up to Compass [for help] each day. 

I had shamed myself into thinking I didn't deserve help, that I was just lazy, burnt out, or that I wasn't allowed to feel depressed or anxious because, [as people are made to feel], "it could be worse.” 

Giving myself permission to seek help was the best thing I could've done. It’s difficult for me to imagine where I’d be now if I hadn’t started treatment at Compass. There was a time I truly believed I would never feel joy again. 

The more I shared, the better I felt. I learned that I was not alone in my feelings or experiences, and I related so much to the struggles of other patients. The lessons on coping skills, group process therapy, art therapy, and one-to-one sessions with a customized treatment team were all incredibly valuable. The safe environment and sense of community that Compass creates is extremely unique and helpful. 

The trajectory of my life, my marriage and relationships, will be forever changed because of my time here. I learned more about myself in just a few months at Compass than I learned in years of therapy.  

I hope you prioritize yourself and do the same. Life doesn't have to be this painful. You can do this. 
With gratitude and sending you strength wherever you are in your journey...  


Compass Health Center supports adults (ages 23+), both in-person and virtually, offering specialized programs in:

At Compass Health Center, we prioritize immediate access to specialized and comprehensive mental health care, including:

  • Assessments within 24 hours of initial inquiry (M-F) to prevent ER visits and inpatient admissions
  • Same or next-day starts, either in-person or virtually
  • Psychiatric evaluations within 24-48 hours of starting the program
  • Ongoing psychiatric medication management throughout treatment

Call us at 877-552-6672 to learn more or visit our website.



Brittney Teasdale

Associate Director of Brand Management