Depression Counseling Services

Our clinicians will partner with you to help you make sense of your depression and how to overcome it.

Counseling for Depression Chicago

Common symptoms of depression

  • Feeling sad more days than not
  • Losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Feeling lethargic or fatigued
  • Weight loss
  • Emotions can include worthlessness and excessive guilt
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

You are not alone! Although depression may feel unmanageable at times, it is treatable.

Learning how to understand depression

We all feel sad, lonely, and hopeless from time to time, but depression is different. Depression is disabling. Depression impacts your daily functioning and it can feel like you do not have control of your emotions anymore.

For some, depression may only occur for a single period. For others, depression may be chronic. Whether it be one period of time or many, the earlier treatment is sought, the better the outcomes will be. You do not need to suffer alone.

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How we’ll use the strength-based approach to help you form techniques for coping with and treating depression:

  • Understand how depression is impacting you so that we can create clear, manageable goals to promote healing and growth.
  • Learn to develop realistic habits that will help you take care of yourself physically, socially, and emotionally.
  • Uncover themes that have evolved over time and are not serving your well-being.
  • Explore challenging or painful experiences so you can move forward with a sense of hopefulness.
  • Gain an understanding of what is most important to you and your values to help determine what decisions are best for you.

What to expect from counseling for depression

We create a unique counseling process that is tailored to each person’s strengths and experiences.

Counseling is meant to be a time of self-exploration and growth. Your clinician will tailor treatment to your specific needs based on your goals and what you would like to achieve. Counseling has the potential to be short-term or long-term based on your individual needs.

Sustained progress can be made in as few as 8 weekly sessions, but most people find that they need treatment for a minimum of several months. We encourage you to attend weekly sessions, as this allows you to establish a close working relationship with your clinician and to make progress more quickly. Our hope is for you to reach your goals sooner rather than later so that you can live the life you desire.

Both before and during your first session, you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your reasons for seeking counseling. During the first session, your clinician will briefly review Restorative Counseling’s policies so that you are aware of your rights as a client and can ask any questions you may have. The primary focus of the intake process is to discuss your personal, social, family, and educational history to help give your clinician an overall picture of who you are. Goals for treatment will be discussed and your clinician will provide insight into how they conduct counseling sessions.

In addition to learning about you, the Intake process is a time for you to learn about your clinician. It is important that you feel they are the right fit for your style and needs. We encourage you to ask questions so you can be clear on what to expect from your clinician.

The intake session(s) typically lasts 55-60 minutes.

Working with you, your clinician will help you explore the sources of your difficulties and develop helpful strategies to address your concerns. Your clinician will provide a space for you to identify your strengths and difficulties. You will be empowered to decide what works best for you and what changes you are ready to make.

Ongoing sessions are 45-53 minutes, depending on your insurance plan.

As you move through the counseling process, you and your clinician will discuss your progress. Once it has been decided that you have achieved your goals, you and your clinician will discuss terminating services. These final few sessions will focus on reviewing the progress you have made and how you can continue to maintain these changes moving forward.

Together we can tackle depression

Meet our clinicians who offer depression counseling services

Stephanie Grunewald, PhD

I am dedicated to exploring the layers of shame, guilt, and fear that have prevented you from living the life you desire.

Read more about Stephanie.

Katie Jackson-Griffin, LCPC

I am passionate about guiding you to love yourself and build up your resilience to take on all of life’s challenges.

Jordan Meehan, LCSW

I provide a safe environment where you can develop insight into your experiences, behaviors, and relationships, as well as build healthy coping habits, self-care skills, and positive self-regard.

Defeating depression does not happen all at once but we will partner with you to take one step at a time to help you heal.

We believe in the intrinsic healing power within everyone. In a safe, non-judgmental environment, we will work to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may be contributing to your depression. It is important to not only understand your difficulties, but the strengths you possess to overcome depression.