Counseling for Divorce & Separation

Feeling overwhelmed about how to move forward?

Divorce & Separation Counseling ChicagoLost.

What went wrong? How did it get to this point? Splitting up was never supposed to be a possibility, and yet here you are – angry, resentful, numb, sad, and overwhelmed, all at once.

The thought occurs to you that if you keep yourself preoccupied with phone calls, lawyers, mediators, and meetings, then maybe you won’t have to feel so weighed down by your emotions.

The only problem is that the despair still creeps in at the worst times. You get tearful at work, cry on the train, feel detached when out with friends, or snap at your children. The exhaustion of putting on a brave face when you are really screaming inside has taken its toll.

You feel like you can’t turn to your friends and family as much as you would like because they have their own burdens to bear. Where do you go from here?

Divorce and separation affect the whole family.

Divorce & Separation Counseling ChicagoHave you noticed your children becoming distant? Your children may have started acting completely different than how they usually act — not following the rules, constantly retreating to their room when at home, avoiding conversations with you, and seeming preoccupied.

Or – maybe your children are taking on the “perfect child” role, and they are doing everything in their power to not upset you.

Both responses are normal, but there are often underlying feelings that they are unable to express to you – or anyone. Some children feel like they are put in a position where they must take sides when their parents separate or divorce, even if you tell them different. So, what can you do?

You can mourn this loss.

We can help!

Time does not always heal. During this transition, your mental and physical health are of utmost importance. At Restorative Counseling, we provide a compassionate space for you to work through the difficult feelings and thoughts that come with separating from your partner.

We also create a safe, neutral space where your children can feel understood and able to express their struggles with the changes in your family.

You can get through this difficult chapter. We will walk beside you to help you find hope again. You can create a new beginning for yourself and your family – once you believe and have guidance.

If you are ready to take the steps to heal, contact us.

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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)