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.



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, except for matters regarding:

  • Suicide or harm to another person
  • Physical/sexual abuse or neglect of minors, the elderly, or persons with disabilities
  • Legal activity resulting in a court order
  • Anything else required by law

Should any of the situations arise, we are legally and ethically required to involve others. 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.


Preparing for your first visit

Call us at 630-858-1353 to schedule your appointment – we offer face-to-face counseling as well as online counseling, using secure video. After you’ve made your appointment, please take the time to download, read, and fill out the forms below. Our initial visit will be an hour long, with subsequent visits lasting 50 minutes, so please bring the following items with you to your first session so we can make the most of the hour we have together.

What to bring:

  • Insurance cards
  • Registration form
  • Questions
  • Personal history
    may or may not apply
  • Family history
    may or may not apply
  • IEP and report cards
    may or may not apply


What to expect

During  your first visit, we will talk about what brought you to us and get to know each other better so we can develop a mutual sense of trust. We will provide a safe, comfortable environment where you can work toward achieving the goals we set together. Once we begin setting goals, we will outline a process by which you will start making changes to reach those goals. Throughout our subsequent sessions, we will refer to this plan to check in and see how we’re progressing. We will ask you questions, but we know you’ll have plenty of questions of your own  — so please, ask away!

Though we try hard to connect you with the therapist who we believe will be the best fit for you, only you will truly know if this is the case. You are not committed to working with the first therapist you meet; like you, we want to make sure you are comfortable with the counselor who will guide you on your journey toward healing. Please don’t hesitate to raise any concerns you have, and if you feel you would be better served by a different therapist, we will be happy to refer you to another counselor — either within or outside our practice. Working with someone you trust is incredibly important, and finding a new counselor is a better alternative than dropping out of treatment without first addressing your concerns.

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