We’re partners for change.

Serving clients in Chicago and Chicago’s western suburbs, including: Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, Naperville, Wheaton, West Chicago and Hinsdale.

We are offering Telemental Health Services due to the Covid Crisis.  Most of our therapists are certified in Telemental health.  Telemental health is simply counseling through phone, or computer video.  We offer these services over a secure HIPPA compliant platform and are able to provide therapy and counseling from the comfort of your own home.  This mode of delivery has many advantages in saving travel time, providing a safe environment during this pandemic.  Please be sure to let us know if you are interested in Telemental health.

New to Counseling?

We want to congratulate you for bravely taking the first step toward a happier, healthier you. We have tremendous respect for the courage and strength it takes to seek professional guidance.

Our role as counselors is to work together with you to clarify your thoughts and feelings, and to help you recognize your potential to choose positive changes in  your life. During our first meetings, we will explore your strengths as well as your concerns, and we will talk about the changes you want to make. These changes may result in new problem-solving skills, improvement in your relationships, and greater balance and insight into yourself.

Collaborating for Change

The process of change is not without risk, which is why we often avoid change in the first place. It has the potential to be stressful and painful at times, and you may experience periods of very intense feelings. We will work through these feelings together. In counseling, we will discover ways to help you realistically look at your current life situation, as well as your thinking and belief systems.

Goal-setting

We will do our best to provide you with our assessment/diagnosis, which will help in guiding our treatment planning (goal-setting). We will talk about your treatment plan and your progress throughout the counseling process, and we will develop strategies to work toward your goals during and between sessions. If, mutually, we determine that medication may benefit you, we will refer you to an appropriate psychiatrist and work together with him or her throughout your treatment.

Counseling Confidentiality

Confidentiality is a crucial aspect of our professional relationship and we will treat everything you tell us with great care. Our discussions will remain confidential. Ethically, we are guided by the ACA Code of Ethics, published by the American Counseling Association in Alexandria, VA; legally, we adhere to U.S. and State of Illinois statutes. Our complete Privacy Notice can be found here.

The Choices Counseling Staff

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Susan Thorne-Devin, LCSW, ACSW

Choices Counseling Executive Director and founder, Susan specializes in anxiety/depression, adolescents and families, marriage counseling, divorce mediation, life coaching, child sexual abuse – adult survivors, and EMDR. See Susan’s full bio.

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Clairmarie Szopa, MS, LCPC, NCC

Claire specializes in adolescents and young adults; couples, families, and individuals; depression and anxiety; bipolar disorder; stress management; relationships; personal growth; and life transitions (divorce, illness, etc.). See Claire’s full bio.

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Laima Zavistauskas, MS, LCPC

Laima is multilngual, speaking English, Lithuanian and Russian fluently. She specializes in depression, self esteem, parenting, relationship difficulties, life transitions, multicultural counseling, and anger management. See Laima’s full bio.

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Julia Ahlers, MS, LCPC, LSC

Julia partners with her clients, explores their values and goals, and provides a safe space for exploration and growth. She believes that every person has the right to happiness and self-acceptance.  See Julia’s full bio.

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Beth Cipriano, MS, LCPC, NCC

Beth specializes in adolescent and adult counseling, coping with stress, physical illness or disability, grief and loss, life transitions, career counseling, and developmental disorders. See Beth’s full bio.

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Janet Williams, MS, LCPC, NCC, RRT

Janet specializes in anxiety and depression, stress management, personal growth, life transitions, mindfulness, couples counseling, children’s counseling, anger management, and rapid resolution therapy.  See Janet’s full bio.

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Clay Green, MS, LPC, NCC

Clay specializes in children, adolescents, and young adults, couples and families, anxiety/depression, relationship difficulties, life transitions, anger management, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). See Clay’s full bio.