akefront Counseling is a group practice offering the best in psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, and families in downtown Chicago and Evanston/North Shore neighborhoods. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive and extraordinary care to our clients. We are committed to helping you thrive. Our practice is comprised of highly experienced therapists who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to their practices. Our treatment approach is tailored to each person, family and couple utilizing the best evidenced-based treatments available. Our belief is that we are each unique and shaped by our experiences. Therapy helps you to understand how your development, biology and life issues have impacted you while providing tools to reduce symptoms and help guide you towards living a meaningful and balanced life.
We offer a wide variety of counseling services, and our therapists each have specialties in certain areas of mental wellness and stages of life. To read our bios click here. For a more comprehensive explanation of our services, please visit our services pages.
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Adult counseling is a safe place to explore aspects of life that may not be working well. By creating a collaborative relationship, we explore challenges, gain a deeper understanding of what drives them and provide tools to make positive and lasting life changes.
Couples come into counseling for many reasons, like ineffective communication, infidelity, detachment, loneliness and separation and divorce. We are Gottman trained therapists with expertise in teaching couples how to connect, improve communication, reawaken intimacy and rebuild trust.
Raising teenagers can be tough, and sometimes they present with challenges which require intervention. We collaborate with parents to address anxiety, depression, disrespect or lack of motivation. And we also work with teens themselves on how to better understand their issues and manage their fluctuating moods.
Sometimes individual issues are best addressed within the context of a group of peers who can relate to your experiences and goals. Group counseling provides a unique opportunity to work with others who have similar challenges.
We offer professional development (executive coaching, training, consulting) and personal growth (counseling, speaking and seminars) programs. We are available to work with you as an individual or a workplace group.
We offer teletherapy for clients who don’t want to (or can’t) come into the office due to distance, health, childcare or busy schedules. We use a convenient, secure, HIPAA compliant platform to provide online counseling services. All you need is a computer with a camera and mic and internet access.
It is wise to invest in your professional development. We have many years of experience providing clinical supervision to students, both graduate and post graduate and to licensed clinical social workers and psychologists. We are also available for professional consultation.
We provide speeches, presentations and workshops ranging from continuing legal education for law firms to parent & teacher education in school settings. Recent presentations include: Motivational Interviewing, Social & Emotional Learning in Schools, Parent Training and workplace presentations. Ask us if you would like a customized presentation.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who provides therapy to adults, couples and families. For more than 20 years I have helped clients experience tremendous change leading to happier, more fulfilling lives. My practice is focused on working with individuals facing a variety of psychological and wellness issues. I also specialize in...Learn More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, families, couples, and children to help them build, strengthen, and heal themselves and their their relationships. In more than a dozen years of clinical practice, I have developed transformative ways to work with adults and children, including those experiencing anxiety, depression,...Learn More
As a seasoned therapist providing counseling for individual, families and couples. I am committed to strengthening your psychological health, and believe it is a critical part of your overall wellness. As a partner in your well-being, I listen and work with you to address psychological and relationship challenges using evidence-based approaches to...Learn More
Dr Howard was truly amazing, so much so that I have referred her to many of my friends. As a recent college grad I was really struggling, and confused, about what to do next with my career and a questionable...
Mary is very knowledgeable and has been able to help me reduce my anxiety to a level that has allowed me to move forward on many areas of my life. EMDR has been extremely helpful for me.
Chicago, IL My wife and I were overwhelmed with several very difficult issues. It was badly affecting our marriage, and we were heading towards divorce. Dr Howard really took the time to get to know us as a couple, understand...
Very good. Fascinating work, and I'm excited to continue my sessions. Mary has a lot of experience and knowledge with EMDR.
I have had an excellent experience with Mary Hotze she very obviously knows when she is talking about and her approach has been really effective for me. I am very grateful for her impact, time and care.
Dr. Howard is a talented, and wise psychologist who has helped me to feel more confident and less critical of myself. I sought therapy after the ending of a long relationship. I felt damaged and unlovable. She provided solid guidance...
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