Licensed in Illinois, Indiana & Michigan

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What IS counseling?

Therapy, or counseling is the art and science of active listening. I provide you with a safe and confidential space to talk. While counselors are experts at validating your unique world experience, you are the expert when it comes to those unique experiences. I am here to help you make sense of it all, and encourage you to grow through understanding. You won’t be greeted with silence, or bombarded by questions here. I do a lot of cognitive reality based work, mixed with creative eye opening exercises meant to help you reframe distressing ideas.  I also recognize that counseling isn't cheap. I may offer you work to do between sessions, or offer you resources that you can do on your own to support your in session growth.

Covid 19
2020 Price Reductions

Don't get lost in the chaos of quick therapy on over run video platforms!

For the safety of my clients and family, all sessions are taking place online. I am now offering 30 minute sessions for $50, and hour long sessions for $90. Life continues to change fast, even while we may feel stuck.

These services are offered to Michigan, Illinois and Indiana residents. Please be prepared to provide proof of residency for counseling (a photo of your driver's license or state ID on file will do). 

Isolation, coupled with the onslaught of change, not to mention worrying about people we love can all contribute to negative feeling states, and heightened anxiety.

Our sessions are held via video chat available through a private HIPPA secured dashboard. You have a private journal there as well, and a secure place to receive worksheets, or modules. Finally, you'll have access to me via email and text between sessions.

But, I am scared!

I know, confronting our junk can be a scary thing. Many of us stash bad memories, failed relationship pain, and grief in a little box and just try to forget about it. This is what we know: that never works when trying to manage symptoms, no matter how strong, resilient, or tough we are. 

Therapy provides a safe judgement free space, with regulated confidentiality, where you can speak your secrets.

Therapy - the way I do it - tends to balance funny with serious, giving you alternative ways of living your life, refreshing your viewpoint, and helping you learn to use tools that ease symptoms when they arise. 

I have seen lives transformed out of darkness into light through therapy, and that makes me very optimistic for you!

 

Licensure

Illinois LCPC 180.011108

Michigan LPC 6401014196

Indiana LMHC 39003735A

NCC National Board Certification

BC-TMH Board Certified Tele-Mental Health

About Me...

It's true, I am an optimist. After following my own path of healing and making change, I am a firm believer that if you are ready to work through therapy, the therapy will work for you. Sure, there will be hard bits, but I'll be right there with you, guiding you through. Many issues are resolved in 8 to 16 weeks, and I also offer ongoing support.

More about me: I live on a modern farm homestead in Northwest Indiana. I am the mom to two amazing young adults one is studying herbology and the other, innovation. Jeff and I married in 2018. Yes, love is available to all of us! Our Golden, Winston is a happy pup with absolutely no care at all for boundaries.

 

Since all sessions are online, the hours are pretty loose, so let me know what you need and I'll do my best to make it work. You'll find me in jeans and a tee or big ol' sweater on most days, the embodiment of what I aspire toward for your sessions atmosphere, comfort. It won't always be easy confronting your stuff, but I'll be right there with you.

My clients are the bravest people I know, and I love being a therapist. I have a Master's Degree in psychological counseling from Adler University, I am nationally board certified, and credentialed in distance counseling. As an LGBTQ mom and ally, I welcome clients of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, and cultures. 

Together, we hold the solutions. I believe in your ability to heal and change.
I'm optimistic like that.

 

Things to Know

I do not accept insurance. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask if they offer reimbursements for "Out Of Network Services". If they do, they will reimburse you for a portion of your therapy costs. I will provide you with all the information you will need to send them. Many insurance companies are offering same coverage as for in network services.

Initial Consultation is free. This is not a therapy session, but rather a chance for us to meet, and for you to see the set-up. There is no obligation to receive services.

See special Covid notice above for current pricing.

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Pay as you go $120

Four Session Package $420  One month of services

Eight Session Package $780  Two months of service

Group Psychoeducation* $250 Per hour

Couple or Family $180

*Group psychoeducation is for 7 or fewer people who want to learn about a specific topic, such as how to support a friend who has received a diagnosis, or group conflict resolution. Hours are by appointment, and needn't conform to the session calendar.

 

People are Asking...

Spend a little time enjoying some conversations between me and my friend Holly. These are (amateur!) 2-4 minute blurbs that will hopefully answer some of your questions, and give you a sense of what working with me could be like.

Still undecided?

Click on the arrow below to hear a brief conversation about preparing for counseling.

Tell the truth. Are you judging me?

Nope. Click on the arrow to hear more about what I'm thinking as you "reveal your ugly.'"

Can't I just lean on my friends?

If I have a really supportive friend, can't I just lean on them?

What's with all the optimism?

I'm not coming to counseling because everything is sunshine and rainbows!

...and the tag line?

The T Room Blog... a little taste of therapy in written form

 

Contact me

Please note: This email will be sent through WIX and gmail. It is not a HIPPA secured method of communication. If you prefer to communicate through more secure means, please call and leave a voicemail, or register using the button below, and contact me through Counsol. Thank you!

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