FAQ

If you are experiencing problems in your life that prevent you from being as happy or as effective as you can be, you may benefit from psychotherapy. There are many reasons for entering psychotherapy. These reasons include depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, obsessions or compulsions, health challenges, relationship issues or problems adjusting to new circumstances in life.

Friends and family can be wonderful to talk with; however, because they are involved in your life, they may have strong reactions or be personally invested in your decisions. As therapists, we provide a more neutral perspective to you.

Our goal is to help you clarify what you are thinking and feeling so you can make good choices about your life. We can provide tools to reduce symptoms while also looking underneath the surface to help you understand why challenges arise to begin with.

Because our relationship is a professional one, you will find it easier to talk about issues that might feel “off-limits” in other contexts.

You can call or text us at 847.942.2006 or email rhoward@lakefrontcounselinggroup.com.

All sessions are confidential. If your doctor were to see you in public, he or she would not acknowledge you or greet you unless you greet him or her first.

However, certain situations involving danger to self or others limit confidentiality regarding therapeutic treatment. Some other extreme rules do apply to limit confidentiality, and we will discuss such limits to confidentiality in our first meeting.

In our first session, you will have the opportunity to talk about the issues you are struggling with and your goals for treatment. If you are unclear on both or either of these, that is fine—know that we’ll get there. We will ask you questions to clarify our understanding of your problems, strengths, and current life circumstances. At the end of the meeting, we will come to a consensus on the next steps for our work together.

When one spouse refuses to come to therapy, the other willing spouse/partner should come alone. We can provide you much needed support and help you strategize about ways to get your spouse/partner involved and also help you manage the challenges you experience in your relationship that are driving the desire for couples therapy.

Coaching and therapy work with different paradigms. Therapy tends to treat past emotional issues along with current stressors or challenges that leave you stuck or emotionally overwhelmed.

Coaching uses positive psychology and considers that clients are healthy and focuses on where they are now, where they want to be, and how to get there. Coaching is very action-oriented and focused on a specific goal. Like a coach for physical fitness, coaching is all about accountability and motivation. Because coaching goals are not considered medically necessary, insurance will not cover the cost of coaching.

Yes, we are in network for BCBS PPO, Blue Choice, and Humana. Some of our therapists also accept other insurances. Please ask us if you are unsure.

We are out of network for all other insurance companies. However, most insurance companies will provide reimbursement for out-of-network care. Check with your provider to learn what the specific limits are.

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Millennium Plaza
155 N Michigan Ave,
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Chicago, IL 60601
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