The Counseling Practice
Building Confidence. Finding Answers. Feeling Better.

About The Practice

The Counseling Practice, LLC aims to deliver expert and compassionate care to adolescents, adults and couples. Choosing counseling is a hard and courageous choice. As trained therapists, we understand that you want counseling to be useful and not a waste of time and money.

We are here to meet you where you are and to provide a customized approach tailored to help you the find solutions and confidence to live a happy and productive life.

Our experienced therapists integrate a variety of techniques and perspectives that will help our clients achieve their full potential in three stages: exploration, insight, and action.

If you would like to hear more before deciding, feel free to email us at or contact us at 847-322-3877.

About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in work with individuals, couples, teens and families. My specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting, life coaching, and a number of compulsive/addictive behaviors such as substance abuse, internet, and gambling. I have offices in Palatine and Oak Brook.

For the past twenty years I have helped hundreds of persons find their own answers through the use of five treatment modalities: Solution Focused Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Motivational Interviewing.

In addition to being a seasoned and prominent relationship therapist, I have presented at National Conferences and to general and corporate audiences in areas including, but not limited to, balancing work and personal life, parenting, stress management, mindfulness, addictions, conflict resolution, anger management, coping with trauma, and building healthy communication.

My goal is simple. I will help you develop your own skills to best manage current and past issues. You can count on your work with me to be deliberate and empowering so you may feel more satisfied now and fulfilled in the future.

Common Questions

How can therapy help me?

Taking that next step and participating in therapy takes courage. Once you do, we believe that therapy will be a step you will not regret. Our compassionate, professional, and experienced therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks.

You will discover that The Counseling Practice will help you grow personally and provide the guidance and direction you want for interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Our therapists are specially trained to the provide the support and help you need to find solutions to difficult problems. The more you are committed and invested in the therapy process the more you will notice the results that you want.

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, we believe that therapy is for people who are self-aware and feel courageous enought to realize you need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired.

You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

How do I know if it is right for me?

Our clients seek help from us for various reasons. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances as well as they want. Some need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks.

Therapy can help provide you much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, our clients contact us because they are ready to meet their challenges and to make necessary changes for a more satisfying life.

What is therapy like?

Because each person has different issues and goals, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you are emotionally invested in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, our therapists may suggest things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking therapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

What about medication vs. therapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of your distress and the behavior patterns and habits that have stood in the way of feeling progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

Does the practice take insurance?

To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between you and your therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Our therapist provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.

This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want our therapists to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law our therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

  • Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
  • If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.