Counseling for Depression

Understanding depression can seem impossible, especially when experiencing sadness and lack of motivation – our clinicians partner with you to help you make sense of it all.

Counseling for Depression ChicagoWe all feel sad, lonely, and hopeless from time to time, but depression is different. Depression is disabling. Depression impacts your daily functioning and may impede your ability to work or damage your relationships.

It can feel like you do not have control of your emotions anymore; things you once loved no longer seem to matter.

Depression doesn’t discriminate!

People of all ages, cultures, genders, and races can be impacted.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 6.7% of all U.S. adults have had at least one major depressive episode and 12.8% of U.S. adolescents aged 12 to 17 have had at least one major depressive episode*.

Counseling for Depression ChicagoFor 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.

Common symptoms of depression may mean feeling sad more days than not or losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy. You may find it difficult to concentrate or sleep. Emotions can range from excessive guilt to being lethargic with no energy – being almost numb.

The feelings of worthlessness that sometimes accompany depression can cause excessive weight loss or gain; these feelings can even lead to thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

“But I’m not depressed; I don’t feel like so-and-so who is.”

Counseling for Depression ChicagoDepression may be experienced differently from one person to another. Some people experience chronic, long-term depression that can last for years. Other people alternate between periods of depression and extreme elation or manic moods.

Maybe you notice that you experience depression symptoms only during certain times of the year. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) most commonly begins in fall or winter. On rare occasions, people suffer during the spring or summer.

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

Reference: *National Institute for Mental Health (n.d.). Major Depression.

We can help!

We partner with you to better understand how depression is impacting you so that we can create clear, manageable goals to promote healing and growth. It is important to not only understand your difficulties, but the strengths you possess to overcome depression.

In a safe, non-judgmental environment, we will work to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may be contributing to your depression. Often, we may uncover themes that have evolved over time and are not serving your well-being.

We believe in the intrinsic healing power within everyone. Let us join you in uncovering your strength to overcome depression. It is time to defeat your sadness, reconnect with your family and friends, and lead the life you always envisioned.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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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)