Now offering online therapy for Chicago & Illinois residents
Online Therapy for Individuals & Couples
This unprecedented time is an epic transition for every part of our lives including our emotional, mental and psychological well-being. We are being called to take care of ourselves and possibly those closest to us in a different way than ever before.
Next Step Counseling is committed to being a support for you in navigating the impacts of coronavirus and quarantine together. Fortunately, WE SPECIALIZE in LIFE'S TOUGHEST TRANSITIONS and are now offering special stress and anxiety management counseling for Covid-19. Our expertise is rooted in navigating life transitions, so we are here for you now more than ever.
Next Step Counseling is a boutique multi-specialty group practice so this means while we all specialize in relationship and life transitions our counselors have expertise in various areas and are trained to meet your unique needs.
We’re 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, holistic, genuine and productive manner.” Ilene Kastel, CEO
Ilene Kastel, M.A., LCPCNext Step Founder
We make it easy
How it works
Your therapist and you will meet virtually at the same time, without distraction, and interact in real-time on a secure and confidential video platform. Clients have found virtual sessions to be incredibly easy, user friendly and a great alternative! Your clinician will send you a link and you’ll log-in at your session time.
Insurance coverage for Telehealth
Most Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Health Care insurance plans cover synchronous telehealth services and we can check your benefits for you. During Covid-19, please allow extra time for benefit checks. You can also check with your HR department or call your insurance to get mental health and telehealth benefit coverage information. We also accept self-pay clients for online therapy.
Acceptions for Online Therapy:
There are a few exceptions when virtual therapy or our practice may not be best fit. It’s important to us that you receive the best care possible! We will work with you to find referrals if you’re struggling with the following: