Family Counseling Services

Our Chicago family counselors can help you and your family reconnect and focus on building strong relationships.

Just as humans grow individually, your family must learn to grow and adapt to the challenges you’ll face at various stages of life.

Families go through phases. Having a baby. Raising children. Blending families. Children becoming adults.

With each phase, challenges arise. Learning how to effectively communicate with one another is key. Determining and setting healthy boundaries is a challenging, yet necessary task. The foundation of family therapy is to learn how to work as a team – a functioning system that supports each person.

A family has a personality – and each member of the family has a personality. Blending these varied personalities is a daily juggling act.

When should parents be stern and rules unbendable?

When should children be given more freedom?

What happens when life events shake up your family’s stability?

Even the strongest families face extraordinary circumstances.

Trauma, grief, and loss – we can’t plan for these things, and they can often be devastating.

Life transitions like moving, a new baby, a major health diagnosis, or a mental health condition — each change is challenging in its’ own way. Whether you plan for the changes or not, they affect each member of the family.

Divorce or separation – the end of a relationship brings on so many emotions for all family members. Even if you’re the one making the decision, traversing the transition is never easy.

You don’t have to face these circumstances alone.

When working with your family, we’ll address each family member’s individual needs. Each of you brings your own unique personality, perspective, and outlook – we respect that.

We’ll foster a safe space to explore what’s not working well and how you can all work together toward a united goal.

You’ll learn how to set boundaries, communicate effectively, and resolve conflict in healthy ways.

We can help!

At Restorative Counseling, our focus is on providing a compassionate space for your family to process and discuss family dynamics. We can give you the support, guidance, and resources you need to strengthen your family bond and face even the toughest obstacles together.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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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)