Counseling for Trauma and Recovery

Our trauma counseling sessions are held by mental health counselors who understand trauma and the recovery process.

Trauma Help ChicagoA traumatic experience can look different for everyone, and it’s not always obvious.

Major events such as warfare, abuse, and life-or-death situations can be traumatic. However, it may be just as difficult to cope with other situations.

Trauma can include being bullied while in middle school, the end of a relationship, discrimination or harassment, public humiliation, or any number of other situations that leave you feeling like you are lost and stuck in a never-ending loop of despair.

You feel isolated because you don’t want to burden others with your problems. Just traveling to work or watching the news causes flashbacks or memories of what happened to you that you can’t seem to shake.

Relationships at work, home, and in the community start to suffer. You just can’t seem to snap out of it. Your trust in others and yourself suffers.

You have tried so hard to be brave and strong, but now all you feel is exhausted, both physically and emotionally. It’s taken everything just to survive at this point.

Trauma impacts the whole person — mind, body, and spirit.

Recognizing trauma is not always within your awareness at first.

You may experience the physical reminders of your trauma without fully understanding why. Events that happened years ago may still be impacting you now.

Disturbed sleep, nightmares, irritability, loss of hope, panic, disconnection from reality and your surroundings, feelings of shame and guilt, and difficulty connecting with others might be a part of your experience.

Trauma can make living your life to the fullest difficult. Maybe you just want to understand who you are and what you want out of life.

You tell yourself that you want to move on, move forward, and forget – but your trauma holds you captive.

Healing is possible with the right support.

Trauma Help ChicagoWe are here to be that understanding avenue for healing. It is our honor when individuals allow us to accompany them on the often-difficult journey of trauma recovery.

Working through traumatic experiences can help you to establish your sense of safety and trust in yourself and your world again.

We can help!

We will work with you to first establish a safe, compassionate, and trusting relationship for you to explore how your experiences impact your day-to-day life.

By working alongside you, we will help you develop skills to retrain your mind and body to cope in a healthy way with reminders of your trauma. We recognize that each person’s journey is unique, so we will create a plan and pace that works for you.

Recovering from trauma takes time, patience, and vulnerability.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to join you on your path to creating a sense of wholeness and fulfillment in your life!

Contact Us

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)