Counseling for Relationship Challenges

Restore your relationships in a healthy and productive way

Counseling for Relationship Challenges ChicagoSome of us crave social interactions more than others, but relationships are an inevitable part of life. Social, professional, and romantic relationships can be both rewarding and challenging.

Unfortunately, the emotional security provided in connecting with others can be overcome by conflict at times.

Often, the obstacles faced within relationships build up and can lead to “mountains from molehills.” Developing connections with others can lead to feeling vulnerable.

Key attributes of relationships…

Counseling for Relationship Challenges Chicago

In all relationships, we must balance the need to listen with being heard; the need for self-resiliency with the need to ask for help; and the need to set boundaries with the need to let others in. It is equally important to recognize that while you cannot control others, you can control the way you interact and react.

It is important to explore the past and how unspoken issues may be influencing present functioning. Facing unresolved conflicts is just one critical step toward change.

What can go wrong in relationships?

Everything.Counseling for Relationship Challenges Chicago

We recognize how challenging it is to take care of ourselves and our attitudes. Double that!

Often, the most common issue within a relationship is communication difficulties. This may be caused by one or the other ‘guarding’ what is said – or how to be free with our feelings while still maintaining control.

It’s easy to feel misunderstood within relationships. And it is hard to see there may be two sides. Managing conflict is never easy.

And then dependence. If the relationship is required ‘to make you happy,’ when it falls apart… feelings of abandonment may arise. Isolation may be the antidote – but it isn’t. Loneliness erodes self-confidence.

While our friends and family may say, ‘Get back out there; there’re more fish in the sea,’ we are thinking, ‘No way will I ever put myself in a relationship again. I won’t ever trust anyone again.’

We can help!

We will work with you to enhance your ability to effectively navigate issues that inherently arise within relationships. We offer counseling to individuals, couples, and families to help address relationship challenges together or in conjunction with others.

At Restorative Counseling, we provide a safe and empathetic environment for you to openly explore yourself and your experiences with and reactions toward others.

Delving into the past will allow us to understand the impact that previous relationships, as well as beliefs and expectations about relationships formed in childhood, may have on your current relationships.

Although understanding the past is an important element of our work together, our focus is on identifying the strengths you possess to establish the connections you desire with others. Together, we will cultivate the insight necessary to have deep, meaningful relationships.

Refining and adapting skills to communicate effectively can allow you to strengthen your connections with others.

Contact us today to experience the joy of fulfilling and mutually respective relationships.

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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)