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Jennifer Macias, LAMFT

SPECIALTIES:

  • LGBTQIA+ Care

  • Neurodivergent Issues

  • BIPOC Care

Couples and Individuals

50 minutes • $140

 

First Couples Session

75 minutes • $210

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Jennifer Macias, LAMFT

Let's talk about something we all know to be true – life is one big tangle of relationships. Whether you're dating, single, married, engaged, part of a cozy little family, or navigating the chaos of a massive one, relationships are everywhere. And, you know what? Contrary to those picture-perfect moments we see online, not all of these relationships are sunshine and rainbows 100% of the time, or even 50% of the time! But, here's the deal – you're not alone in feeling some type of way about your connections with others or with yourself.


Feeling a bit distant from your partner? Worried that your friend group just isn't vibing with you anymore? Are you struggling to make new friends? Do you feel disconnected from your own self? Maybe you’re a new parent trying to navigate the wild ride of those first years of your child's life. Being part of any relationship can be a beautiful mess – rewarding, but also filled with anxiety, doubt, and that ever-present question, "How do I do this?"


I'm here to be your sounding board, your support system, and your cheerleader. I'm here to provide you with education, support, as you navigate the twists and turns of a life made of relationships. Because here's the truth: relationships are woven into every corner of your life – past, present, and future. When they feel off, it can throw your whole world off. You don't have to navigate it alone. Reach out to me. I'm here to listen, understand, offer compassion, guidance, and care.

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  • How long should I plan to commit to therapy?
    After our first session, you will begin by meeting weekly for 50 minute sessions. If there are conflicts that prevent you from meeting weekly, we also offer extended sessions or sessions via phone or video chat. There is no definitive answer for how long you will need to continue therapy. Most couples see dramatic improvement in 12 - 16 sessions, individual progress can take longer or shorter depending on the issue being addressed. You and your therapist can decide together if you would benefit from more or less time as you continue treatment.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • Can I choose the therapist that I see?
    Yes. We have a range of therapists available. You can meet our therapists by clicking on the Our Team link [Internal Link to Team Page] We have a range of therapists available who are experts in different areas of mental health. You can book your free 15-minute call with them from our contact page. One of the most powerful forces in therapy is the alliance and rapport you have with your therapist, so we certainly understand that you want to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. Further, various qualities contribute to finding the therapist that is the best fit for you, such as availability, rate, experience, demographics, and so on. We recommend you read our bios and request an appointment with the therapist you feel most drawn to. From there, we offer free consultation phone calls to help determine if we’re a good fit.
  • When are your therapists available?
    Everyone in our practice offers slightly different availability. Together, we are available Monday-Friday 9 am - 9 pm, and Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm. We are closed on all major holidays.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • Does your center offer services for children?
    We do not offer services for individuals under the age of 18.
  • How long does premarital counseling typically last?
    The duration of premarital counseling can vary depending on the couple's needs and the format of the counseling program. Typically, it ranges from a few weeks to several months, with sessions once a week. Some counselors offer condensed workshops or retreats over a weekend as an alternative.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • Can we do premarital counseling if we're having relationship problems?
    Absolutely. Premarital counseling is not only for couples without issues but is also highly beneficial for addressing and resolving current problems. It provides a safe space to explore these issues with a professional's guidance, helping you strengthen your relationship before marriage.
  • What is premarital counseling, and why is it important?
    Premarital counseling is a type of therapy for couples who are engaged or considering marriage. It's designed to help partners understand and communicate about key aspects of their relationship, including conflict resolution, financial planning, family dynamics, and expectations for the future. It's important because it lays a strong foundation for a lasting, healthy marriage by addressing potential issues before they become serious problems.
  • What topics are covered in premarital counseling?
    Common topics include communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, financial planning and budgeting, sexual intimacy and expectations, roles and responsibilities within the marriage, and family planning and parenting philosophies. It can also cover dealing with in-laws, blending families, and cultural or religious differences.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • What topics might be covered in "couples therapy for one"?
    Topics might include understanding and modifying your contribution to relationship patterns, effective communication strategies, ways to cope with conflict and differences, managing your emotions and expectations, and strategies for fostering a positive, supportive environment that may encourage your partner to engage more fully in the relationship.
  • What if my partner decides to join the therapy sessions later?
    If your partner decides to join the therapy sessions at a later stage, the therapy can transition into traditional couples counseling. The therapist can incorporate the work you've already done individually, building upon it to address issues together as a couple and work towards shared goals for the relationship.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • How long does couples therapy for one typically last?
    The duration of couples therapy for one counseling varies depending on individual circumstances, the issues being addressed, and the goals of the therapy. It might range from a few sessions to several months, with the flexibility to adapt as the individual's situation and relationship evolve.
  • What is "couples therapy for one," and how does it work?
    “Couples therapy for one" is a form of therapy designed for individuals who want to address and improve their relationship dynamics but whose partner is unwilling or unable to participate in traditional couples counseling. It focuses on your role in the relationship, exploring ways to initiate positive changes, improve communication, and understand both your own and your partner's behaviors and needs more deeply.
  • Can my relationship really improve if only I attend therapy?
    Yes, significant improvements can be made in a relationship even if only one partner participates in therapy. By changing your behaviors, communication styles, and reactions, you can influence the overall dynamics of the relationship, often leading to positive changes in your partner's behavior as well and improving the relationship as a whole.
  • What common issues are addressed in counseling for polyamorous or open relationships?
    Common issues addressed in this type of counseling include jealousy, communication challenges, boundary setting, negotiation of agreements, managing time and resources among multiple partners, and navigating changes in the relationship structure. Counseling also often focuses on individual issues that may impact the relationship(s), such as insecurity, trust, and conflict resolution.
  • What is counseling for polyamorous or open relationships, and how does it differ from traditional couples therapy?
    Counseling for polyamorous or open relationships is specifically designed to address the unique challenges and dynamics that these types of relationships entail. Unlike traditional couples therapy, which typically focuses on the issues between two partners, poly/open relationship counseling takes into consideration the complexities of multiple partners, including communication, jealousy, boundary setting, and negotiation of relationship agreements. This form of therapy provides a safe space for all parties to explore their feelings, desires, and concerns, fostering understanding and respect among all involved.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • Can counseling help if one partner is unsure about being in a polyamorous or open relationship?
    Yes, counseling can be incredibly beneficial in situations where partners have differing levels of comfort or interest in pursuing a polyamorous or open relationship. A therapist can help individuals explore their feelings, fears, and desires related to non-monogamy, assisting couples (or multiple partners) in communicating their needs and boundaries more effectively. Counseling provides a neutral ground to discuss these issues openly, helping all parties involved to reach a better understanding or compromise.
  • Is counseling for polyamorous or open relationships only for when there are problems?
    Not at all. While many seek counseling during times of conflict or transition, it can also be a proactive measure to strengthen relationships, improve communication, and preemptively address potential issues. Counseling can provide tools and insights that benefit partners in maintaining healthy, fulfilling relationships, regardless of their current state. It’s a space for ongoing growth and development for everyone involved.
  • What can I expect during my first therapy session for anxiety?
    In the first session, your therapist will ask about your history with anxiety, symptoms, how it affects your life, and any specific situations that trigger it. You'll discuss your goals for therapy and may begin to explore coping strategies. It's also an opportunity for you to ask questions and see if the therapist's approach aligns with your needs.
  • How long does therapy for anxiety typically last?
    The duration of therapy for anxiety varies depending on the individual, the type of anxiety disorder, and the therapy approach. Some people see improvements within a few sessions, while others may need longer-term therapy to address deeper issues or more complex anxiety disorders. Your therapist will work with you to set a timeline that meets your needs.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • Can therapy for anxiety be done in conjunction with medication?
    Yes, therapy and medication can be complementary treatments for anxiety. While medication can help manage the physical symptoms of anxiety, therapy addresses the underlying causes and teaches coping mechanisms. A psychiatrist or a primary care doctor can prescribe medication, and your therapist can work in conjunction with your healthcare provider to coordinate a comprehensive treatment plan.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapists.
  • What is therapy for anxiety, and how does it work?
    Therapy for anxiety involves working with a trained therapist to address the causes of your anxiety, learn strategies to manage symptoms and how to process your emotions, and develop healthier thinking patterns.
  • How do I know if I need therapy for anxiety?
    If anxiety interferes with your daily life, causing significant distress, avoidance behaviors, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, or physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat or sweating, it might be time to seek therapy. Everyone experiences anxiety differently, so if you find it overwhelming and persistent, professional help can provide relief.
  • What can we expect during marriage counseling sessions?
    In marriage counseling sessions, you can expect to share your perspectives, feelings, and experiences while the therapist helps you identify specific issues within your relationship. The therapist will guide you through discussions, offer insights, and teach you strategies for communication and conflict resolution. Sessions are tailored to meet the unique needs of your relationship.
  • How long does marriage counseling typically last?
    The length of marriage counseling can vary widely depending on the couple's goals, the specific issues being addressed, and the progress made in therapy. Some couples may see improvements in a few sessions, while others may need months of counseling to work through more entrenched issues. On average, marriage counseling might range from 12 to 20 sessions.
  • When should a couple consider going to marriage counseling?
    Couples may consider marriage counseling when they feel stuck in a pattern of unresolved conflicts, when they experience a significant stressor or change that impacts their relationship, or when they notice a decline in emotional connection and intimacy. It's also beneficial for couples considering separation or seeking to enhance their relationship and understanding of each other.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • What exactly is marriage counseling, and how can it help our relationship?
    Marriage counseling, also known as couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping couples understand and resolve conflicts to improve their relationship. Through counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationship or going your separate ways. It can address issues such as communication problems, sexual difficulties, conflicts about child rearing or blended families, substance abuse, anger, and infidelity.
  • Can marriage counseling be effective if only one partner is willing to participate?
    While marriage counseling is most effective when both partners are committed to the process, individual therapy can still be beneficial. One partner's participation can lead to positive changes within the relationship by exploring and improving their own behaviors, reactions, and ways of communicating. This can sometimes encourage the other partner to join the counseling process later on.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • Online therapy saves you time
    You don’t have to take the L to our counseling office in the Chicago loop to get counseling services.In fact, you don’t even have to come into the city of Chicago to see one of our therapists.Through using online counseling sessions, you save a great deal of travel time to and from a physical office.It’s easy to fit in a counseling session during your lunch hour or even a child’s nap. You simply go to a private space at the scheduled time and log in.
  • Online therapy gives you extra choices
    One of the best parts of telehealth is that it opens up options for people. Through online counseling, you can see a therapist who is physically located anywhere in the state of Illinois. From our office in downtown Chicago, our therapist meet with people in Springfield, Peoria, Rockford, Naperville or anywhere else in the state!
  • Phone therapy sessions are also an option for individuals
    While video sessions are preferred for virtual counseling, we also know that technology can have limitations. Losing your internet connection and sharing the wi-fi with others can affect your connectivity. However, at the end of the day, don’t let internet problems stand in the way of getting the mental health support you need. For those with a poor internet connection, or for those who just don't want to be on camera, our therapists also offer phone counseling sessions for individuals or couples. We’re here and ready to help.
  • Experience additional privacy
    When you attend counseling sessions online, you don't have to fear that someone will see you walking into our office or that you’ll run into a colleague. Therefore, there is an increased element of privacy. You don’t need to explain to your bosses why you need an extra-long lunch since you’re logging in for only the time of your scheduled appointment. And because we use encrypted, HIPAA-compliant software, your data is secure online as well.
  • Online sessions make therapy accessible to everyone
    There are a variety of reasons you may have had difficulty attending counseling sessions in the past. You may live in rural Illinois and would typically have to drive a long distance for mental health services. Or you may have difficulty moving around due to physical limitations. Online therapy can be an excellent option in these situations. As long as you have access to a device with reliable internet and are physically located in the state of Illinois, you are able to easily access your online therapist. Furthermore, you are still able to attend counseling appointments and save your energy for the emotional work you’ll do with your therapist instead of worrying about the logistics of getting to a counseling office.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapists.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • Online marriage counseling saves you time
    You don’t have to take the L to our counseling office in the Chicago loop to get counseling services.In fact, you don’t even have to come into the city of Chicago to see one of our therapists.Through using online counseling sessions, you save a great deal of travel time to and from a physical office.It’s easy to fit in a counseling session during your lunch hour or even a child’s nap. You simply go to a private space at the scheduled time and log in.
  • Online therapy gives you extra choices
    One of the best parts of telehealth is that it opens up options for people. Through online counseling, you can see a therapist who is physically located anywhere in the state of Illinois. From our office in downtown Chicago, our clients can meet with people in Springfield, Peoria, Rockford, Naperville or anywhere else in the state! You aren’t limited to the therapists located closest to you.
  • Online marriage counseling can make it easier to get together
    It can be much easier to get two people in front of a computer from wherever they are located than to get both partners in the same physical space. There are a variety of reasons you and your partner may find online couples counseling a better option from a space standpoint. Perhaps one of you travels frequently. Or you both have jobs but where leaving for long enough to travel to our office would be a significant challenge. Regardless, this is an option that allows you to begin to work on your marriage or relationship together, even when you are separated by distance.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • Online marriage counseling sessions make therapy accessible to everyone
    There are a variety of reasons you may have had difficulty attending counseling sessions in the past. You may live in rural Illinois and would typically have to drive a long distance for mental health services. Or you may have difficulty moving around due to physical limitations. Online therapy can be an excellent option in these situations. As long as you have access to a device with reliable internet and are physically located in the state of Illinois, you are able to easily access your online therapist. Furthermore, you are still able to attend counseling appointments and save your energy for the emotional work you’ll do with your therapist instead of worrying about the logistics of getting to a counseling office.
  • Phone therapy sessions are also an option for individuals
    While video sessions are preferred for virtual counseling, we also know that technology can have limitations. Losing your internet connection and sharing the wi-fi with others can affect your connectivity. However, at the end of the day, don’t let internet problems stand in the way of getting the mental health support you need. Our therapists also offer phone counseling sessions for individuals or individual members of a couple. We’re here and ready to help.
  • Experience additional privacy
    When you attend counseling sessions online, you don't have to fear that someone will see you walking into our office or that you’ll run into a colleague. Therefore, there is an increased element of privacy. You don’t need to explain to your boss why you need an extra-long lunch since you’re logging in for only the time of your scheduled appointment. And because we use encrypted, HIPAA-compliant software, your data is secure online as well.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • What is divorce counseling, and how can it help me?
    Divorce counseling is a form of therapy that provides support and guidance to individuals or couples who are going through a divorce or considering it. It can help by offering a space to process the emotional impact of divorce, facilitating better communication between partners, and helping individuals navigate the complexities of separation in a healthy way. For couples, it may also focus on issues related to co-parenting, financial settlements, and establishing a respectful post-divorce relationship.
  • How long does divorce counseling typically last?
    The duration of divorce counseling varies widely depending on the couple's needs, the complexity of the issues being addressed, and how both parties are coping with the process. Some might find a few sessions sufficient, while others may need ongoing support throughout the entire divorce process and beyond.
  • What’s the difference between divorce counseling and marriage counseling?
    The primary goal of marriage counseling is to resolve issues within the relationship and improve the marital bond, often with the aim of preventing divorce. Divorce counseling, on the other hand, assumes that the decision to divorce is either final or strongly considered and focuses on navigating the separation process as smoothly as possible. While marriage counseling seeks to rebuild the relationship, divorce counseling aims to facilitate a healthy and respectful dissolution of the partnership.
  • Can divorce counseling help if we’re already decided on divorce?
    Yes, divorce counseling can be beneficial even if the decision to divorce is final. It can provide a structured environment to discuss the logistics of separation, work on co-parenting strategies, and address any lingering emotional issues. It's also helpful in minimizing the conflict and ensuring that the process is as amicable and respectful as possible for both parties.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • Is compassionate couples communication counseling suitable for individuals, or do all parties in the relationship need to participate?
    While having all parties participate can enhance the benefits and facilitate mutual understanding more quickly, individuals can also gain valuable insights and skills from compassionate couples communication counseling on their own. Learning and practicing compassionate communication can independently influence relationship dynamics and encourage more constructive interactions.
  • Can compassionate communication counseling help any type of relationship?
    Yes, compassionate communication counseling can benefit a wide variety of relationships, including romantic partnerships, family dynamics, friendships, and professional relationships. It teaches participants how to express their needs and feelings clearly and without aggression, making it a valuable tool for anyone looking to improve their interpersonal interactions.
  • How long does it typically take to see results from compassionate couples communication counseling?
    The time it takes to see results from compassionate couples communication counseling can vary depending on the individuals involved and their commitment to practicing the techniques learned in sessions. Many people begin to notice improvements in their communication and relationship satisfaction within a few weeks of consistent practice.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapists.
  • What is compassionate couples communication counseling?
    We have developed a specific form of communication that we teach couples. Through years of couples counseling, we've seen what works. Our therapists will help you learn a new, more effective way of communicating with your partner. When you and your partner learn how to focus first on connecting with one another, express your needs effectively and solve problems together you'll find new meaning in your relationship. With Compassionate Couples Communication, outside stressors that used to tear your relationship apart now will bring you closer together. The Three Stages of Compassionate Communication for Couples: Connection Together we will work to help you connect as a couple. We will take the time to move from fighting to listening. This first step is really about focusing on showing that you care for one another. When you both feel valued and cared for, there is less tension in the relationship and arguments are de-escalated. This space makes your relationship a safe space to open up and be vulnerable. Express Needs Once your relationship is seen as a safe, caring space, it's time to express your needs. In couples counseling sessions, we will talk about how you can communicate your own needs effectively. We'll also discuss how to actively listen to the needs of your partner so you can react in a supportive, nonjudgmental way. By learning to deeply understand what both partners need, you can begin looking for solutions together. Solving Problems Together When you fully understand what each partner needs, it's time to start solving problems. You'll learn to work together to solve problems as they come up in a way that leaves both people feeling good about the decision.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • What can we expect in our first couples counseling session?
    In the first session, your therapist will likely ask about your relationship history, the challenges you’re facing, and what you hope to achieve through counseling. It’s a time for the therapist to understand both partners' perspectives and for you to get a feel for the therapist's style. The initial session sets the stage for future work, establishing goals and expectations for the therapy process.
  • What is couples counseling, and how can it benefit our relationship?
    Couples counseling, also known as couples therapy or marital therapy, is a type of psychotherapy that aims to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen the relationship between partners. It can benefit relationships by helping couples understand each other better, address underlying issues, and develop healthier ways of interacting. Whether facing specific challenges like infidelity, financial stress, or general communication problems, couples counseling provides tools and strategies to navigate these issues together.
  • When should we consider starting couples counseling?
    Couples may consider counseling at any stage in their relationship when they feel disconnected, are experiencing frequent conflicts, or when they encounter specific challenges they cannot resolve on their own. It’s also beneficial for couples looking to strengthen their relationship, improve understanding, and prevent future issues. Seeking therapy early on can be particularly effective before patterns become deeply entrenched.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • Can we do couples counseling if one partner is more committed to the process than the other?
    Yes, it’s not uncommon for one partner to be more hesitant or less enthusiastic about therapy. Skilled couples therapists are experienced in engaging reluctant partners by creating a non-judgmental and safe environment. Over time, as the process unfolds and positive changes begin to occur, both partners often become more invested in the counseling process.
  • How long does couples counseling typically last?
    The duration of couples counseling varies depending on the couple's specific issues, goals, and progress. Some couples may find improvement after a few sessions, while others might engage in therapy for several months or longer. The therapist will work with you to set realistic timeframes for achieving your goals.
  • What can I expect during my first therapy session for depression?
    In your first session, your therapist will likely ask about your symptoms, history, any previous mental health treatment, and what you hope to achieve through therapy. It's a chance for you to ask questions and get to know your therapist. The session aims to build a rapport and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
  • How do I know if I need therapy for depression?
    If you're experiencing persistent sadness, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, changes in appetite or sleep, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, or difficulty concentrating for more than two weeks, it might be time to consider therapy. These are common symptoms of depression, and a professional can help diagnose and treat your condition.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • How long does therapy for depression typically last?
    The duration of therapy for depression varies widely among individuals, depending on the severity of the depression, the therapeutic approach used, and the person's response to treatment. Some may see improvements in a few weeks, while others may need several months or longer to experience significant benefits.
  • What is therapy for depression, and how does it work?
    Therapy for depression involves talking to a trained professional about your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It helps identify underlying causes of depression and teaches strategies to cope with negative feelings, process your emotions, change unhealthy thought patterns, and improve your mood.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • How do I know if I need individual therapy?
    You might consider individual therapy if you're experiencing persistent feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, or stress that affect your daily life; struggling with relationship issues, grief, life transitions, or self-esteem; or if you simply feel overwhelmed and need support. Therapy can provide relief, offer strategies for coping, and help you understand yourself better.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • Will everything I say in therapy be kept confidential?
    Yes, therapists are bound by ethical guidelines and laws to keep your information confidential. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as if there's a risk of harm to yourself or others. Your therapist will answer any questions you may have around the limits to confidentiality in your first session. This confidentiality is a cornerstone of the therapeutic process, allowing for a safe space to explore personal issues.
  • What can I expect from my first session of individual therapy?
    In your first therapy session, your therapist will typically ask about your background, current issues you're facing, and your goals for therapy. It's a chance to get to know each other and establish a rapport. Your therapist may also explain their approach and how sessions typically proceed, giving you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • How long does therapy usually last?
    The duration of therapy varies widely among individuals. It can range from a few sessions to several months or even years, depending on the complexity of the issues being addressed, and your progress. Some people find short-term therapy effective, while others benefit from longer-term support.
  • How often should I attend therapy sessions?
    Most people start with weekly sessions to establish momentum, then adjust as needed. The frequency of therapy sessions depends on your individual needs, therapy goals, and the therapist's recommendations. Your therapist will work with you to determine the best schedule for your situation.
  • Should we seek individual counseling in addition to couples counseling for affair recovery?
    In many cases, both individual and couples counseling can be beneficial for affair recovery. Individual counseling can provide a private space for each partner to process their feelings and work on personal growth, while couples counseling focuses on repairing the relationship and improving communication and trust between partners.
  • What are the first steps in healing from an affair?
    The first steps in healing from an affair typically involve acknowledging the pain and betrayal felt by both partners, establishing open and honest communication, and seeking professional help from a therapist specialized in affair recovery. It's important to set boundaries for future interactions and to make a mutual commitment to work through the challenges ahead with patience and understanding.
  • How much does therapy cost?
    Our therapists have different rates based on experience, so your session rate is based on your therapist’s rate, the type of therapy and the length of session. All of our therapists have a few sliding-scale time slots at off hours for clients in financial need. You can talk to your therapist about this opportunity before your first session. Check our team page [internal link to page] for more information on rates for each of our therapist.
  • Do you take insurance?
    While we do not take insurance directly, we are accepted as an “out-of-network” provider, so you can get any out-of-network benefits that your plan provides. If you don’t have insurance, choose not to use your insurance, or don’t have out-of-network benefits, we accept private pay clients as well. In fact, most of our clients are private pay. We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA Cards. We also have a few sliding scale slots to individuals or couples in need (you can talk to one of our therapists for more information).
  • Can a relationship truly recover after an affair?
    Yes, many relationships can recover after an affair, though the process is challenging and requires commitment from both partners. Recovery involves rebuilding trust, learning to forgive, and making significant changes to relationship dynamics. With the guidance of a skilled therapist, couples can often emerge from the experience with a stronger, more resilient relationship.
  • How long does affair recovery take?
    The timeline for affair recovery varies widely among couples, depending on the depth of the betrayal, the willingness of both partners to work through the issues, and the effectiveness of the counseling process. Recovery can take anywhere from several months to a few years. Patience and commitment to the process are crucial for healing.
  • What is affair recovery counseling, and how can it help after infidelity?
    Affair recovery counseling is a specialized form of therapy aimed at helping individuals and couples heal from the emotional turmoil caused by infidelity. It provides a safe space to explore feelings of betrayal, anger, and hurt, and it offers strategies for rebuilding trust, communication, and intimacy in the relationship. This type of counseling can help both partners understand the underlying issues that led to the affair and work towards forgiveness and healing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Chicago Illinois Counseling Center

Call: (312) 971-6500

Email: therapists@DCCtherapy.com

Physical Location:
Deeper Connections Counseling
111 N Wabash Ave #1622, Chicago, IL 60602, USA

Session Hours:

M - F 9 AM - 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM

Available for telehealth anywhere in the state of Illinois.

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