Communication Difficulties

Communication is a requirement from birth.

Communication DifficultiesYou learn communication at birth – that first cry. Quickly, you understand that crying will bring attention, food, dry diaper, etc.

As you grow older, you no longer cry to get your needs – or wants – met but you may struggle finding other ways. Perhaps you are passive in a conversation where you fulfill the other person’s needs neglecting your own.

Or perhaps you don’t listen. You say what you think or feel at the expense of hearing what someone else may think. Clamming up is another poor communication choice, because those around you then have to ‘guess’ at what you are feeling.

If you identify with the above, you may want to look deeper into how you communicate.

Our well-being depends on communication.

Communication DifficultiesCommunication can be difficult but necessary for all relationships and our well-being. Communication is a way for us to use our voice to express our emotions, get our needs met, and to connect to the larger world around us.

When we are not communicating effectively, we may feel misunderstood and alone. These feelings may lead to us avoid or not want to communicate. And the snowball continues: we may internalize our feelings and may even feel like our voice doesn’t matter.

Enhancing your communication skills can help you become more confident in using your voice, communicating your needs, and connecting with others.

We can help!

At Restorative Counseling, we are dedicated to helping you increase your communication skills and truly use your voice.

We will begin by identifying and discussing your current communication skills.  Once we identify your current skills, we will explore how they may be affecting your relationships and different areas of your life. From there, we begin to discover, practice, and overall expand your communication skills.

If you would like to learn more or start the process of enhancing your communication, please contact us today! Our clinicians would love to join you on your communication journey!

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Read some frequently asked questions about counseling and accepted insurance plans.

Your privacy is important to us, and confidentiality is an important piece of the therapeutic process. All your information is kept strictly confidential. However, there are specific exceptions:

  • With your signed permission, we may collaborate with other providers such as your psychiatrist or primary care physician
  • By law, we are required to break confidentiality and report to the appropriate authorities if we learn that you are a danger to yourself or others or if we learn of actual or threatened harm to those who are vulnerable such as children, elderly, or those with special needs.

Our paperwork details the limits of confidentiality, and we will discuss this more fully during our first appointment.

Often, people think they must be in crisis or that things must be “really bad” before they go to counseling. Counseling can help offer support and validation, determine if and how to make necessary changes, and achieve goals.

Maybe you worked with a counselor in the past but feel like things are becoming difficult again. This happens; life happens.

Just as with many things in life, we, too, may require ongoing maintenance to deal with new struggles or to continue managing ongoing stressors.

We work together to learn about your experience and determining what may be most useful for you.

We offer counseling services only, not medication management. However, we are happy to refer you to psychiatrist, or you can ask your primary care physician to assist you with medication management.

With your written consent, we can collaborate with your psychiatrist or physician regarding your mental health care.

We are in-network with a variety of insurance options. As an “in-network” provider, we have a contract with the insurance company so you are able to utilize your in-network health insurance benefits. There are many types of insurance plans within a network, so it is advised to call your insurance company to see if Restorative Counseling is covered in your network. A few of the many plans accepted by Restorative Counseling are:

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health (Northwestern University students)
  • BlueChoice PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Meritain (not Meridian)
  • Optum
  • Oxford
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Resources (for Loyola University Chicago students and University of Chicago students)
  • United Medical Resources (UMR)