Life Transitions Counseling Services

Change is inevitable. We can help you cope with life changes and transitions.

Counseling for Life Transitions Chicago

Throughout life, we will all experience transitions – graduating, moving, changing careers, beginning or ending relationships, and so much more. Some may be welcome experiences while others may be situations outside your control. No matter the circumstance, it can be difficult to adjust.

Some transitions come with a heavy load of worry or indecisiveness. It’s easy to second-guess what we thought was a ‘firm’ decision or accept what must be. Whether you are going through a positive or a negative life change, accepting change can be difficult.

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

How we’ll use the strength-based approach to help you manage Life Transitions:

  • Learning skills to cope with the change and create a renewed sense of balance.
  • Allowing space to explore what you are feeling while working toward a place of acceptance.
  • Focusing on internal strengths and resources to make changing behaviors and improving your life easier.
  • Learning to develop realistic habits that will help you take care of yourself physically, socially, and emotionally.
  • Empowering you to develop your voice and explore social, educational, and career opportunities and goals.
  • Developing a positive self-concept to contribute to resilience.

What to expect from counseling for Life Transitions

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.

We are constantly experiencing life transitions, we’ll support you through those changes.

Meet our clinicians who focus on counseling for Life Transitions

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.

Embrace the change and all it may entail.

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.