Young Adult Counseling

The time that we’re between 18 to 25 years old is often filled with many important life changes.

You are no longer a teenager but have not fully settled into “adulthood” yet. What does it even mean to be an adult? Many of us look forward to the freedom of becoming an adult but the demands of what this means are often understated.

Will you go to college? What will you study? Will you work instead? Where will you work? Where will you live?

Let’s navigate these life questions together

Entering adulthood also means your relationships may start to change. Friendships may become distant or relationships may become more serious.

Becoming a young adult is a time of self-discovery and exploration of how your strengths apply in this new normal. Each day is a new opportunity and new journey to grow in your understanding of who you are and what makes you happy.

Our counseling for young adults focuses on your unique journey towards positive growth and personal development.

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At Restorative Counseling, we know this time of change can feel complicated. Here’s how we will utilize our strength-based approach to help you:

  • Empowering you to develop your voice and explore social, educational, and career opportunities and goals.
  • Gaining an understanding of what is most important to you and what you value to help determine what decisions are best for you.
  • Learning to develop realistic habits that will help you take care of yourself physically, socially, and emotionally.
  • Learning how to create meaningful relationships with others to foster a sense of belonging.
  • Developing skills to navigate the many aspects and responsibilities of being an adult.
  • Exploring challenging or painful experiences from the past so that you can move forward with a sense of hopefulness.

Meet our clinicians who specialize in Young Adult Counseling

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.

What to expect during your counseling journey

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.

Intake (First 1-2 Sessions)

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.

Ongoing Sessions

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.

Ongoing sessions are 45-55 minutes, depending on your insurance plan.

Discharge (Final 1-2 Sessions)

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.

Our focus is you, your experiences and how we can use your strengths to uncover your best self.

Read more about our counseling approach

Our clinicians are here to support you throughout your counseling experience

We know that all the changes and expectations that come with being a young adult can lead to a mixture of many different emotions: excitement, fear, anxiousness, anticipation, grief, and overwhelm – all are valid!

Our clinicians are eager to assist you with navigating this complex time in your life. If you would like to get started on this journey, schedule an appointment today.

We offer many different counseling options so you can get exactly what you need.

Self Esteem Counseling → 

Experiencing low self-esteem is something most people experience at some point in their lives. We can help you work towards building confidence and self-acceptance.

Stress Management Counseling → 

An important aspect of overcoming stress is identifying the strengths within yourself, as well as the sources of support you may have available – friends, family members, or other networks.

We are here to support you through these years of self-discovery.

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Resources for young adults

Referrals

We partner with local universities in Chicago to make sure you get the care you deserve. These universities will refer students who seek counseling to Restorative Counseling.

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)

We can help you with identifying and building upon your strengths to form healthy habits.