Anxiety Counseling Services

Our counselors use strength-based methods to help you develop techniques for coping with anxiety.

Counseling for Anxiety ChicagoRacing thoughts…

Tight chest….

Feeling flush…

It goes unnoticed – these feelings come and go – they’re just accepted. If you are someone who feels anxious, you may experience these feelings in an entirely different way:

While sitting on your couch watching your favorite show, you notice your heart begin to beat faster, your breath is uneasy, and your palms begin to sweat.

What is happening?

Why can’t you just enjoy the evening?

We all worry! How is this different from anxiety?

Counseling for Anxiety ChicagoEveryone worries; we all feel nervous from time to time.

However, the term anxiety has been used so much, many people are unsure what it means and how it may impact them.

Anxiety is the term used to describe intense, uncontrollable worry; it can also be felt in your body: a simple headache to gastrointestinal discomfort, irritability to withdrawal, and muscle tension to sleep difficulties.

The intensity and the duration cause distress and impact your functioning at work or school, with your family or friends.

Some people experience a generalized sense of anxiety that is persistent, excessive, unrealistic worry about everyday things. Other people might experience panic attacks, which can be mistaken for a heart attack. Social anxiety may be experienced only related to social events or outings.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is another type of anxiety where unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) compel a person to perform rituals and routines (compulsions) to ease the anxiety.

You can learn to control anxiety!

Counseling for Anxiety ChicagoWe understand how difficult living with anxiety can be, but you are not alone. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that “anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults, or 18.1% of the population every year.”

Reference: Anxiety and Depression Association of America (n.d.). Facts & Statistics. Retrieved from

We can help!

Working together, we can address your unique situation.

When counseling for anxiety, it’s important to gain deeper insight into your triggers. Through the process, we connect thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to your anxiety symptoms. Then, we can incorporate coping strategies to either prevent or mitigate symptoms when they occur.

By offering a safe space to discuss your experiences, Restorative Counseling clinicians help you develop skills to cope. We can help you determine ways to make meaningful change and take back control.

Together, we can help you restore a peaceful sense of control. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to join you on your path to creating a sense of wholeness and fulfillment in your life!

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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)