Counseling for Life Transitions

Our team of Chicago counselors understand that change is inevitable – they can help you cope with life changes and transitions.

Counseling for Life Transitions ChicagoThroughout life, we will all experience transitions. Some may be welcome experiences while others may be situations outside our control. No matter the circumstance, it can be difficult to adjust.

Learn to embrace the change and feel in control of the journey.

Perhaps you were so excited about your upcoming move but moving day has arrived and you feel sheer dread. What if you don’t meet anyone? What if you hate the new neighborhood?

These thoughts continue even after you begin to settle, and you cannot seem to shake the nonstop worry surrounding your decision and what lies ahead.

Transitions come in many ‘shapes.’

We might think immediately of a divorce. Yes – that’s a big one. Divorce affects each family member differently.

But there are so many others.

Counseling for Life Transitions ChicagoBeginning or ending a relationship can cause stress or worry – perhaps indecisiveness. These same emotions may develop during a job change. It’s easy to second guess what we thought was a ‘firm’ decision made after careful thought.

The cycles of life: birthing a child, the child graduates, becoming an empty-nester – while we all may want this flow, sometimes each phase can surprise us with the degree of anxiety or depression that accompanies these steps.

Some transitions come with a heavy load of worry. Loss of a loved one can feel catastrophic. A serious illness or major medical diagnosis can change life as we know it.

Can’t wait to retire? Then what? Where did the lethargy or lack of motivation go? These are the ‘golden years.’ Really. Or they can be with a little help from our team.

We can help!

Whether you are going through a positive or a negative life change, it can be difficult. You may not realize yet, but the strength to move forward lies within you.

Part of the process is allowing yourself to explore what you are feeling while working toward a place of acceptance. Learning skills to cope with the change and create a renewed sense of balance is important.

We will work together to explore the positive and negative emotions you may be experiencing related to your life changes. We will delve into what you have been through, what you are going through, and the changes that lie ahead with an emphasis on the opportunity for growth with each new experience.

Contact us today so we can support you during your transition and time of growth.

Don’t let the stress of your life transition impact your functioning. Your performance at work, ability to connect to others, and maintaining important relationships should not suffer. Failure to address the problems can lead to mental health or physical conditions.

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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)