Welcome to Next Step Counseling

Mindfully Modern Therapy for Relationships & Life Transitions

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Counselors Specializing in Life's Toughest Transitions

Helping You Navigate Love & Life

Relationship Transitions

Evaluate. Empower. Improve.

  • Breakup & Divorce Recovery
  • Couples & Marital Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Date Smarter
  • Self-Relationships
  • Relationship Uncertainty

Life Transitions

Survey. Strategize. Strive.

  • Stress & Anxiety Counseling
  • Depression Counseling
  • Grief & Loss
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Phase of Life Challenges
  • Trauma Counseling

Specialties & Services

Personalized Sessions. Flexible Scheduling. Available for both individuals & couples.

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Breakup & Divorce Recovery

Break-Ups / Relationships / Dating

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Our relationship, breakup, and divorce specialists will help you navigate the rush of emotions and tough decisions that accompany a breakup or divorce. We’ll meet you where you are at in your recovery process and provide you with supportive counseling based on your strengths, needs and provide tools to better manage thoughts & feelings in order to transition faster, more fully, and with less pain.

 

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Couple's Counseling

Couples & Pre-Marital Counseling

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We offer relationship counseling for couples & individuals confronting relational difficulties. What’s important is your emotional and physical needs being met, effective communication, and life goals being in alignment. We’ll learn what you’re struggling with and help you work through it! We work with any gender identity, sexual orientation, and couple type.

 

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Phase of Life Challenges

Life Transitions / Change

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Adulthood is one transition after another. How you approach and perceive your life change will impact how you get through it and how you’ll feel moving forward. Life challenges are our speciality; we’ll help you increasing self-awareness, and help you identify your values and strengths in order to make realistic goals and movement towards the life you want.

 

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Self-Relationship

Break-Ups / Relationships / Dating

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You should feel good about yourself and we have the compassion and expertise to get you there! Self-worth is pivotal to your happiness, how you treat yourself, interact with others, and engage with the world around you. Self-relationship counseling helps with self-esteem, depression, anxiety, perfectionism and codependency issues.

 

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Relationship Uncertainty

Couples & Pre-Marital Counseling

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Are there parts about your relationship that you love and parts that you’re unsatisfied with? Can these difficult areas be worked past? Do you stay or do you go? Our trained relationship counselors respect the importance of this decision and provide you with tools, techniques, and guidance for contemplation + self-reflection to support in reaching your decision.

 

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Stress & Anxiety Counseling

Life Transitions / Change

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No matter how long you have been experiencing symptoms, if your stress or anxiety is interfering with your work, social, or family life, we can help! Our counselors will support you in managing your anxiety and improving your understanding of it. We custom-tailor our therapeutic approach to each client because your worry is unique to you.  

 

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Date Coaching

Break-Ups / Relationships / Dating

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We specialize in helping clients be strong and single while managing dating and the world of online dating for a more successful experience. Clarify what patterns you don’t want to repeat, what you’re looking for, and how to find it! We’ll also help you manage and cope with self, societal and family pressures about singlehood. Let us help you date smarter.

 

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Premarital Counseling

Couples & Premarital Counseling

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You’ve taken the time and worked hard to find the right person and relationship. Now, more than ever, it’s time to invest in the quality, longevity and health of it! We’ll take the time to learn and explore what’s most relevant to your relationship so that your needs are met and provide you with support, evidence based techniques, insight, and problem solving skills + tools.

 

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Depression Counseling

Life Transitions / Change

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The severity, frequency, and duration of depressive symptoms vary depending on the individual. Our counseling with you works to lessen symptoms, shorten the depression course, and significantly lower the rate of relapse in the future. Let our therapists help you through this time and figure out what’s causing + contributing to your depression.

 

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Grief & Loss

Life Transitions

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The world as you know it is no longer the same and now you’re expected to adjust, but, you’re left mourning and managing a lot of emotions, while it feels like the rest of the world “moves on”. We’ll help you process your loss and help you learn how to blossom again, even with this missing piece in your world.

 

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Gambling Addiction

Life Transitions

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What once was a fun and an occasional experience may have lead you or someone you know to a gambling problem or addiction. Our counselors use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which research shows as the most effective for gambling problems, as well as mindfulness and solution focused brief therapy.

 

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Trauma & EMDR

Life Transitions / Change

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Trauma is the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope and causes short and long-term consequences. We understand the sensitivity of this work. We’ll provide a safe, warm and compassionate place to process through it. Our goal is to utilize your strengths and support you in overcoming your trauma.

 

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Unmatched versatility & experience.

Our Counselors

We are well-trained, warm, and thoughtful clinicians who thoroughly enjoy getting to know our clients. Our therapy is based on working with you in a collaborative, genuine and productive manner. As counselors, it’s important to us that you feel comfortable and connected so that we can build a positive working relationship where growth and change happen.

Meet Our Counselors

100% of Clients Gave a Perfect 5 Star Rating

Plus, we have a great reputation in the community and come highly recommended by other respected clinicians in the industry.

Monika SharmaPsy.D., CHHC

"Ilene Kastel demonstrates that she is invested in truly understanding her clients’ needs, working collaboratively toward reachable and life-enhancing goals, and promoting mindful awareness in both her clients + herself. I do not hesitate sending potential clients to NSC and know they have helped clients successfully move toward experiencing greater satisfaction, gratitude, and sense of power."

Serena WadhwaPsy.D., LCPC, CADC

"Next Step Counseling creates a welcoming, safe place to help clients feel comfortable. While NSC is most known for their work in “break-up & divorce recovery”, the founder Ilene and her team are effective & knowledgeable with other issues as well. Blending several approaches into their unique style, they demonstrate ethical and clinical integrity collaborating with clients.”

Laura FosterLCPC, ATR-BC

"NSC practices with admirable integrity and knowledge in a warm and inviting space. Their commitment to identifying and prioritizing the needs of clients makes the therapy sessions extremely individualized and effective. NSC is highly competent in guiding clients through struggles with the ending of relationships, relationship improvement, mood instability, grief and loss and phase of life challenges and brings much needed clarity and relief to clients."

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