Common Questions

How do I know if I need therapy?

  • You want to learn and grow during times of stress and emotional pain
  • Feeling stuck and overwhelmed
  • Panic attacks and impairing fears
  • Depression or mood swings 
  • Long-lasting irritability, anger, guilt, or shame
  • Constant worries or obsessions
  • Self-destructive thoughts and behaviors 
  • Loneliness, hopelessness
  • Problems in home, work, school, relationships, or social settings
  • Chronic pain, physical illness
  • Change in functioning after traumatic event(s)
  • Domestice violence or abuse
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Difficulty adjusting to life transitions
  • Acculturation stress


What are the benefits of therapy?

  • Increase insight and realistic/helpful perspective on challenges
  • Create and implement solutions to problems
  • Enhance personal growth and interpersonal development
  • Having somebody to listen in a nonjudgmental way
  • Decrease stress and conflict
  • Increase coping skills to tolerate distress and regulate emotions
  • Increase balance of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Create and implement new skills for managing symptoms
  • Process difficult events and circumstances with a skills professional
  • Modify unhealthy behavior
  • Create new and health patterns that are more effective
  • Improve overall functioning and quality of life
  • Increase balance and resiliency 


How long and often are sessions? What can I expect during a session?

  • The first session is usually 60 minutes, during which time presenting concerns are discussed, the process of therapy is discussed, therapeutic rapport is developed, and treatment recommendations are explored. 
  • Other sessions are typically 45 or 60 minutes, during which time concerns are processed and worked on.
  • Weekly session are typically scheduled in the outpatient setting.

  • More frequent sessions (e.g. 2 per week) may be requested by the client or requested by the therapist if more time is needed to address and work on on the treatment needs. 
  • Sessions are scheduled during business hours.
  • Upon completion of treatment goals, the process of termination occurs, at which time less frequent schedule occurs (e.g. move from weekly to biweekly sessions) to ensure a fluid transition out of treatment.


Is information discussed in sessions kept private? 

  • Yes, we follow strict privacy and security policies based on federal/state laws and ethical standards.
  • Confidentiality is our standard so that you as the client can control access and disclosure of information.
  • Insurance companis require certain information about the client from the therapist for billing/payment, but that information will only be released by the therapist if the client provides written consent. 
  • Self-Pay options are availble for clients that do not want to provide information to insurance companies.
  • We do not share any information the client shares with others (e.g. doctores, family members), unless the client gives written consent on a disclosure form.


How do I get started? I'm ready!

  1. Call the Center at 847-607-1589, email, or complete the Contact Form.
  2. If you are ready to schedule an appointment right now through our online portal, click here.
  3. Briefly discuss interest in services and presenting concerns. Ask any questions you may have. 
  4. Set up your first appointment and receive appointment reminders via email to help you stay on track.
  5. That's it!
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