Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as six or ten sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy. The population we currently serve and their presenting areas of focus are summarized below:
Children and Teenagers: Adoption, Teen Anxiety, Coping Skills, Teen Depression, Divorce, Peer, Relationships, Performance, Racial Identity, School Issues, Self Esteem, Substance Use, Stress Management, Transgender
Emerging Adults: Academic Transitions, Anxiety, Bi/Multicultural Unions, Career and Workplace, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Transitions, Mindfulness, Performance, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Sexuality, Sleep, Stress Management
Adults: Anxiety, Bi/Multicultural Identity, Career, Coping Skills, Depression, Grief and Loss, Leadership, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Parenting, Performance, Professional Identity and Development, Relationship Issues, Sexuality, Sleep, Stress Management
How to get started? What to expect?
Call 312-586-8721 to schedule your initial appointment and get started. You will be asked to provide some initial information over the telephone to help us evaluate if individual therapy is the best treatment option. You may then schedule an initial evaluation session which provides an opportunity for you to meet your counselor and provide him/her with some background about yourself and the reasons you or your child are seeking counseling. In addition, the counselor will be able to answer your questions regarding services, fees, confidentiality and what to expect in therapy.
At the end of that first session, if we decide that it is in your best interest to move forward working with the assigned therapist, you will decide on a mutually-agreeable time slot for your therapy sessions. Typically, the client and therapist will meet once a week, and each session will last approximately one hour. At your second appointment, you will begin working with your counselor to set goals for your therapy experience and then begin working together toward achieving them.