Sally's clients want relief from symptoms of anxiety and depression, They are often in recovery from addiction or have been affected by the addiction or mood issues of those they love. They want to live lives that are not hindered by their histories which may include trauma and loss and may have resulted in difficulty putting their own needs first. They want to grow in relationships and live fulfilling lives.
Facing life's difficulties can be experienced as a combination of confusing, scary, and at times outright overwhelming. Many of these difficulties arise when our approach to the world, while adaptive at one time, is no longer effective in our current life situation. Because emotional distress is often related to dynamics we are unaware of, we can find ourselves unable to break free from unhealthy, self-defeating patterns that prevent us from leading fulfilling lives.
It seems like you've got it together but nobody seems to realize you're floundering. They don't know what's inside: a tally of every failure, a plan for every what if, chronic worry, fear and insecurity and thoughts- so many thoughts! It's impossible to focus. You may play a lot of roles: spouse, friend, parent, employee, entrepreneur- it's crazymaking! It can be easy to lose the YOU in all of this. You were a person before you became the social chameleon you're required to be right now. The anxious feeling never goes away and you don't know what to do, so you suffer quietly. You don't have to stay here.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, SEX, THERAPY
If you are suffering with erectile dysfunction, male or female loss of desire, unconsumated marriage, retarded or premature orgasm, dyspareunia and/or issues of marital distress such as difficulty communicating and disconnection, you will have one of the most experienced sex and marital therapists in the country. Specializing in rapid and consistent success for cases that have failed in previous marital therapy. "Chicago Magazine's" Top 500 physicians referred their own patients for decades. The Center's reputation is built on its commitment and success at offering the most effective and rapid treatments available.
Welcome to the SamaraCare Counseling, a nonprofit community organization with offices in Lake Forest, Winnetka, Wilmette, Evanston, Oak Park, Lincoln Park and Old Town in Chicago. Our therapists see adults, couples, adolescents and children over the age of six with a wide range of concerns. These include struggles with anxiety, depression, doubt, school and work performance, lack of fulfillment, grief, divorce, mid-life, career change, and other life transitions.
My approach to therapy is active, collaborative, and conversational. I work hard to create a space where you feel comfortable and understood. Within this type of connection, you are better able to explore difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences and you are more likely to make meaningful, lasting changes in your life.
I work with individuals, couples, and families struggling with a wide range of issues. I have clinical experience and interest in working with clients whose challenges include conflict resolution, communication issues, anxiety, parenting issues, life stage transitions, loss and grief.
I believe that therapy is an opportunity for healing and growth. I offer a supportive, yet direct environment that opens the door to self-discovery. We'll work together to understand what might be getting you "stuck" in certain areas of your life, drawing on your strengths to develop healthier ways of coping with the challenges you face. When appropriate, we will focus on relieving specific symptoms that prevent you from being happy on a day-to-day basis. But we can also address the root causes of those symptoms to empower you with life-long self-insight.
Life is filled with sorrow and joy, frustration and wonder, stagnation and growth, obstacles and openings. At times, our skill set and resources are not optimal for helping us adapt to the shifts and movement in our lives. I believe that art therapy and counseling can support understanding of our skills and resources that better equip us to adapt to life's changes. Art therapy allows opportunities to imagine the best, healthiest version of ourselves and permit clarifying moments where we perceive possibility and potential. My goal is to support clients in becoming active agents in developing positive, purposeful ideas towards wellness and good health.
I have worked in multiple settings nationwide assisting individuals who are experiencing life transitions including divorce, illness, bereavement, and change of careers. I also treat depression, anxiety, addictions (including substance abuse), trauma, and a variety of other psychological concerns. I routinely work with individuals' physicians and a variety of other practitioners to create a comprehensive treatment plan. I am an anger management specialist, certified by the National Association for Anger Management Specialists as well as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). I am also a certified EMDR therapist.
I work with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relational issues, school/work related challenges, family conflict, and life transitions. My approach focuses on the development of coping skills to deal with life’s stressors, exploring our internal resources and strengths, refining our communication and fostering deeper insight and understanding of oneself.
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor with over 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. I work to facilitate positive change and growth for those struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship issues. I am particularly interested in the challenges and growth we experience during life transitions such as changes in relationships, career, college, health, marriage, divorce and the changes which occur during our mid life years.
I work to provide a safe and supportive therapeutic environment in which the client can explore their difficulties.
I work with both individuals and couples. We begin by defining your needs for therapy.Then, we work toward clarity and understanding to learn for example, why you feel stuck or why you might be successful in one part of your life and not another. My work often incorporates learning better relational skills like boundaries and effective communication as well as developing a more compassionate and helpful way of relating to yourself.
Are you part of a high functioning family with current roadblocks in the way? Are you questioning your parenting abilities or your marriage? Did you build your family through adoption? Is an adolescent or addictive behavior disrupting the home? As a seasoned therapist with 20+ yrs. of experience I can assist in developing the skills necessary to address life transitions, divorce, addiction, adoption or grieving a significant loss. Life happens and sometimes we need a flashlight to find our way. I will help you shine a light on your strengths to address your current challenges. When you are ready for change I am here to help.
Do you feel that anxiety, stress and panic are taking a toll on you body and the mind? Have you been hit with anxiety about your child's wellbeing or concerned they have anxiety? I know what you're feeling. Being a parent is hard work. If only there was a guide book, right? I am here to support you and work with you, your children, and/or your spouse. Mindfulness based practices can reduce anxiety significantly, and I look forward to teaching tools to take back your life.
Anyone can benefit from engaging in therapy. I provide a warm, nonjudgmental approach to help you find your innate strengths, values and resiliency. I am especially attuned to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and approach therapy from a trauma informed perspective. My clinical approach is eclectic and draws from Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Whether you have attended therapy before or this is your first time, together we will develop a plan to help you get back to your life.
Allison offers therapy to adults ages 18+ struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, PTSD symptoms (i.e. flashbacks, dissociation, and panic attacks), and has a special interest in complex trauma including childhood experiences that have long-lasting impacts on adulthood. Allison’s top priority as a psychotherapist is to create a trusting and equal therapeutic relationship in which clients can safely explore their past to make better sense of the present, and to ultimately experience more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist and for over 25 year, I have been helping adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety and depression feel calmer, more confident and more positively connected in their relationships and in life. Problems in life can take many forms: failed relationships, ongoing self doubt, a traumatic experience or poor coping strategies. Psychotherapy offers the safest place to feel accepted and make the changes necessary achieve fulfillment and happiness.
Susan knows that self-exploration is a lifelong process and considers it an honor to support clients of all ages. Her authenticity and ability to “keep it real” set the stage for honest reflection, productive conversation, and an overall feeling of trust. Clients who work with Susan learn to embrace the fabric of their lives while they set goals and develop strategies for navigating obstacles in healthful ways, promoting personal growth.
I am a licensed psychologist and have been in private practice for over 25 years, with an emphasis on treating depression, anxiety, stress and relationship issues. After helping you, the client, identify the underlying causes or contributors to your distress, we together establish treatment goals.
I assist you in implementing actions and behaviors to reach these goals, ease your symptoms, and help you feel a greater sense of control and emotional well-being.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Winnetka are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Winnetka then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Winnetka, or Child Psychologists in Winnetka.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Winnetka psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Winnetka specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.