Accept & Commit Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Couple & Marital Therapy
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Brené Brown Methodologies
Gottman Method & Emotionally Focused Therapy
Emotionally focused couples therapy works with couples to take control of the dances of disconnection and conflict and increase security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships. EFT – Learn More
A Perfect 5 Star Rating on Yelp
“I have been working with Corey for more than 3 years and I am so grateful that I found her. She has helped me transform the way I think about myself and others and my quality of life is infinitely better than it was a couple of years ago. I know that she hears what I'm saying, believes that my story matters, and cares about me. She has made such a positive difference in my life and I absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a therapist.”Emily W.via Yelp
“Alexandra is warm, attentive, and I knew I could come into sessions and express myself fully or explore my thoughts without judgement. I can't overstate how valuable that dynamic was. Alex asks challenging, thoughtful questions which force you to think deeper about your feelings and motivations. A great therapist - someone you're comfortable with, listens, and challenges you, is a tremendous asset in life and I found that with Alex.”Payton M.via Yelp
“My experience Next Step Counseling has been absolutely incredible. My counselor is supportive, empathetic, professional & has helped me navigate through some significant life challenges. From relationship & life transitions to working through death and illness in my family... she always makes me feel like I am in a safe place to share while offering helpful tools to use in everyday life. I highly recommend any therapist on the Next Step team.”Krystie R.via Yelp
“Ilene listened so well that she was sometimes able to sense my feelings/emotions better than I could. She could read between the lines of what I was saying and sense if I wasn't feeling great about something. She wouldn't let me get away with being unfair to myself and would always challenge me when I was. I feel so lucky to have found her and to have spent time working with her. I wouldn't be as happy and healthy as I am today if it weren't for Ilene.”Emily K.via Yelp
We are in network with the following insurance carriers:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice Advantage
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice Preferred
- United Behavioral Health, aka United Health Care
- Optum Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
However, if you have a carrier that we don’t accept we can still work together! Using your out of network benefits, many insurance companies will provide you with 20% to 80% reimbursement for sessions. We provide you with an invoice, you send it into your insurance company and they mail you a check. If you’d like to know what your out of network benefits are call the number on the back of your card and ask, “What are my out of network benefits for mental health counseling?” Please contact us to provide you with additional information about this.
All el lines are within 1-2 blocks, and, there are two parking garages nearby at 60 E. Lake St. and 20 E. Randolph.
Therapy varies depending on the personalities of the counselor and client, as well as the particular concerns brought forward. Sometimes the chemistry between the counselor and client or the counselor’s style or approach just isn’t a good fit. The relationship between the client and the therapist is of utmost importance. Therefore, we work to create a safe environment where open and honest communication is encouraged so that concerns or questions about treatment or the relationship can be addressed in session. This often benefits the therapeutic process and deepens the therapeutic relationship.
During the first and second session, we will gather information about what has brought you into therapy including your concerns, what you’d like to work on and information about your current and past emotional health and life history. This information helps us gain a deeper understanding about your situation, you as a person and how to best help you. As noted earlier, since it is important that clients feel comfortable with their counseling, we encourage clients to also use the first session as an opportunity to assess if this is a good fit for you as well.
During therapy you will begin to discuss and share your feelings, thoughts, and reactions in order for you to begin to gain insight, develop new thinking patters, coping skills and overall improved quality of life. It is natural to feel uncomfortable about opening up at first but this process because much easier after a few sessions. Since self-growth is possible through commitment and work I will encourage you to practice the things you discuss and learn outside of session.
The number of sessions needed is different for everyone depending on a number of factors including but not limited to your goals, severity or intensity of your concerns or symptoms, how long you’ve been dealing with your concerns, current levels of stress, and the progress you make towards reaching your short or long-term goals.
In general, all communications between a client and counselor are confidential and can only be released with the client’s written permission. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- When there is a reasonable suspicion of child/dependent abuse or of an elder adult.
- When the client communicates a threat of bodily injury to others.
- When the client is suicidal.
- When disclosure is required pursuant to a legal proceeding.